Community Programs

The Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab works hard to reach out to the Central Indiana community in the spirit of connecting Hoosiers to nature and increasing environmental literacy. For a list of current scheduled public programs and events conducted at the EcoLab, click here.

Specific Programs

Adult Science Programs For Adults

Although the primary audience for Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab programs is Pre K - 12, programs can be presented for adult audiences upon request.  Some of the programs that have particular appeal to adult audiences are:

Genetically Modified Organisms 

Humans have been genetically modifying organisms for years, but what does that really mean? This program will explain the science behind the term “genetically modified.” Further, participants will understand why scientists have developed modification techniques, how they are being used in the world today, and the effects on our daily lives. 

Cloning and Stem Cell Research 

Cloning is a hot topic in the news. This program will begin to help participants understand the science behind stem cell and cloning research. From there, participants will learn how scientists are using these principles to develop techniques to improve the quality of life for humans. 

Forensic Life Science 

Forensic life science principles are at the center of many mysteries being solved by scientists. This program will demonstrate some of the techniques that help solve many scientific mysteries; from anthropologists looking for clues to the past to entomologists studying insects in order to better understand decomposition.


The Centers for Disease Control provides health and life-saving information about epidemics that may concern our nation and citizens. But what are scientists studying and discovering? By starting with the basics of life and learning more about some of the microscopic organisms that impact our city and well-being, we will become more knowledgeable citizens. 

Life-Saving Nature 

The idea that nature provides cures and remedies is not a new idea. As early as 2000 B.C., ulcers were treated with mold. What other items found in nature are being used in medicine today? How do scientists find new cures from nature? This program will explore the life-saving plants and animals scientists use to develop the medicines of today.

To schedule one of the above programs, contact Janice Hick Slaughter by email at or call 317.524.7701.

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