Ventura County APCD opens “AIRtropolis” exhibit at Oxnard’s Gull Wings Children’s Museum

On September 10, 2015, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District launched its new exhibit AIRtropolis at the Gull Wings Children’s Museum in downtown Oxnard. According to APCD public information manager and creator of the exhibit, Barbara L.Page, “We’ve been working on this project with Gull Wings for over two years and we are so excited that it is now officially open and ready for Ventura County children to enjoy. It is our hope that they will learn about the importance of clean air, how air can become polluted, and what they can do to protect it.”

The 235-square foot exhibit is the place children can go to learn about air quality with a “hands on” experience. The focal point of AIRtropolis is the A-mazing Airways maze, created by MindSplash of Naperville, Illinois. It’s a pneumatic air system that engages children and adults to explore the properties of air. Inspired by work curated in partnership with the National Science Foundation, the maze is currently inspiring visitors of all ages in 42 museums across the world. Air Pollution Control Officer Mike Villegas adds, “The District is proud to partner with the Gull Wings Children’s Museum on this important project. The museum serves about 30,000 visitors annually from all areas in the County. We are thrilled to share this exhibit with the future environmental stewards of our air and hope they will see air as a precious natural resource.”

The exhibit also consists of the AIRtropolis mural, the clean air wheel, and the Pyramid of Pollution. It will be the newest of the many exhibits housed at the museum with topics thatrange from medicine, art, archaeology, geology, animals, health and many others. According to Gull Wings Children’s Museum Board President Julia Chambers, “Gull Wings Board Members and staff are so happy for the children and families of Ventura County, who have the privilege to enjoy this wonderful new exhibit and learn so much about preserving our environment.”

AIRtropolis will also be the backdrop of continuing environmental education activities at the Museum. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.
Tuesday: 9 am –1 pm
Wednesday: 9 am –4 pm
Thursday: 9 am –4 pm
Friday: 9 am –4 pm
Saturday: 10 am –4 pm
Sunday: 10 am –4 pm
Adults: $6
Children & Seniors: $5
Under 2 yrs: Free
418 W. Fourth Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
(Downtown Oxnard, on the corner of Fourth and C Streets–about 5 minutes from the 101 freeway)
(805) 483-3005