Eco Wise

Enrich Yourself at Eco-Exhibits

A mixed-media work by Nancy Scheinman is part of
A mixed-media work by Nancy Scheinman is part of "'Tis the Season to Go Green." (Fleckenstein Gallery)
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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Green-minded Washingtonians, we've got a question for you: When was the last time you took a field trip to a gallery or museum?

If your answer involves a yellow school bus and your seventh-grade class, then you may not be aware that in the past few years, the area's cultural institutions have -- like many other segments of society -- begun embracing environmental issues and touting conservation with exhibitions on a wide range of topics. Here are just a few of them:

· "Art on the Trail" is a unique sculptural showcase that takes place annually on Baltimore's Gwynns Falls Trail. It highlights local artists, found materials and the natural environment. Through Nov. 22. Leakin Park, Winans Meadow, Trailhead 2, 4500 Franklintown Rd., Baltimore. For details about group tours, call 410-448-5663, Ext. 120. Free.

· The Fleckenstein Gallery picks up on the theme of reuse with its new exhibition, "'Tis the Season to Go Green: Art Incorporating Recycled Materials." Through Jan. 3. 3316 Keswick Rd., Baltimore. 410-366-3669. Free.

· The latest in the National Building Museum's series of ecologically themed exhibits, "Green Community" delivers an engaging look at locales around the world that are implementing sustainable practices. Through Oct. 25. 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. $5 suggested donation.

· In "Dig It! The Secrets of Soil" at the National Museum of Natural History, you can compare soils from across the country while learning about the importance of dirt. Through January 2010. 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

· One of the permanent exhibitions at the Marian Koshland Science Museum, "Global Warming Facts & Our Future," teems with graphs, figures and interactive displays. Sixth and E streets NW. 202-334-1201. $5; seniors, military, students and children ages 5 to 18 $3; 4 and younger free.

-- Jenny Mayo

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