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From dinos to outer space: virtual Nat Geo event begins next month with free shows

Last Updated Jan 24, 2021 at 12:48 pm MDT

Header image for the virtual talk "Reimagining Dinosaurs" by National Geographic Live, one of five free shows offered to Calgarians beginning next month. (Credit: Arts Commons/National Geographic)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Have you ever wondered what sits on the bottom of the ocean floor? Or how exactly dinosaurs looked, moved, and lived?

Those scientific questions – and many more – will be answered during the Arts Commons “National Geographic Live” speaker series beginning next month.

Moved online this year due to the pandemic, the scientific gathering involves speakers from around the world.

It is the 10th anniversary of the event and is open exclusively to residents of Calgary and its surrounding areas.

“I’m finding that Calgarians love science, they love nature, in ways that other communities don’t. They love the outdoors,” said Alex Sarian, president and CEO of Arts Commons. “I’ll be curious to see, as these events start taking place, just how many people are connecting into them.”

The five shows are meant to appeal to all ages and will cover a variety of topics including dinosaurs, migration, life on other planets and the deep sea.

The shows will run once a month beginning in February. Virtual admission is free.

“We have an incredible presentation on scientific exposure and essentially what it means to explore science through the lens of National Geographic, and in this case, two of their explorers,” said Sarian.

“Over the course of five months, we really are tapping into the variety of topics that National Geographic has within its explorers. So I can’t think of a better way to honour this 10th anniversary, celebrate it, and provide it to Calgarians for free.”

Sarian says more than 700 households have already signed up for the event.