National DNA Day Scavenger Hunt in Cold Spring Harbor Village


DNA. Every living thing has it. It helps us understand our shared history. And, what we are learning today about DNA is shaping the future of our world from healthcare to agriculture, the environment and even the economy. 

National DNA Day Scavenger Hunt in Cold Spring Harbor Village: An afternoon of fun for elementary school children and their families! 

April 20, 2013 

12:00 – 4:00 pm 

Take your kids and grandkids on a scavenger hunt to discover the rich history of Cold Spring Harbor Village and its special connection to DNA. The hunt will guide you through village landmarks including Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center (DNALC), Whaling Museum, Firehouse Museum, and The Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center. In addition to hands-on activities at these locations, clues will be hidden around the village.

The DNA Day Scavenger Hunt starts at the DNA Learning Center (334 Main Street) where you may pick up your map and questions – and take part in your first hands-on activity and ends at the Cold Spring Harbor Library (95 Harbor Road). 

Along the way, stop, shop and snack at the stores throughout the village. Parking is available along Main Street, in the parking lot in Cold Spring Harbor Village and at the public library.

DNA Day is celebrated across the country, with educational events sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953 – events closely tied to the world-famous biomedical research laboratory in our backyard, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

For information on other ways to celebrate National DNA Day visit The DNALC also has great resources for young DNA sleuths at

This event is free to the public. 

For more information on the National DNA Day Scavenger Hunt visit or call the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Department of Public Affairs at 516 367 8455. DNA Learning Center Preparing students and families to thrive in the gene age 

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is the world’s

first science center devoted entirely to genetics education. The DNALC

provides unique hands-on laboratory learning experiences to over 30,000

middle and high school students each year and trains teachers to enhance

science curriculum. In total, 410,000 students have been taught in N.Y. state

alone. For more information on the DNALC, visit

View the following 30-minute films on Saturday, April 20: 

DNA: The Secret of Life: 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm 

This presentation combines stunning animations and visual effects to chronicle the story of James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of the DNA structure. Their 1953 discovery changed biology and has far-reaching impacts and implications for science research and human health and genetics.

Long Island Discovery 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm 

Created by Cablevision, Long Island Discovery (LID) is a multimedia presentation on the history of Long Island. LID chronicles the colorful history of the people, places, and events that shaped Long Island’s history: from the massive glaciers that etched its landscape and determined its geography, to the ever-evolving communities that indelibly mark their residents with the lessons of life. At the same time, Long Island Discovery speaks to the future -to the children who are learning to respect their rich, common heritage and preserve it for generations to come.

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