Science Sunday Open House to offer family-friendly STEM demonstrations

On Sunday (Oct. 7), the University of Notre Dame’s Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF) will host its annual Science Sunday open house from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will take place at ND-LEEF within St. Patrick’s County Park on Laurel Road in South Bend.

In discussing the event, Diogo Bolster, associate director of the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI) and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and earth sciences, said, “Science Sunday at ND-LEEF presents a great opportunity for local families to interact with our globally unique research facility and engage in environmental science and research on an exciting level. I encourage the public to participate in this annual event to learn about everything from the ND-LEEF bald eagles, stream ecology and more.”

This year, in addition to hands-on activities and demonstrations by ND-LEEF researchers, Science Sunday will include demonstrations by the “Notre Dame Chem Demo Team,” who will be making ice cream and more with liquid nitrogen. Attendees can also learn about the preliminary results of the prey the eagles brought to the nest and talk with researchers about the work at ND-LEEF

The event is free and open to the public, and ND-LEEF will provide snacks and refreshments for attendees. To learn more, visit

The Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) at the University of Notre Dame brings together more than 50 researchers across disciplines to help people and ecosystems adapt to climate change, mitigate the effects of land use change, predict species occurrences in a shifting world and improve water quality. The initiative works hand-in-hand with partners to support research that matters to society, answering the most critical environmental questions of our time. To learn more about ND-ECI, visit

Contact: Brett Peters, ND-LEEF assistant director, Environmental Change Initiative, 574-367-7621,

Originally published by Brandi Klingerman at on Sept. 25.