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Interactive crime lab exhibit opens at Environmental & Heritage Center in Buford

BUFORD -- Interested in fingerprinting, searching for clues or examining hair follicles for DNA? Well, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center has the exhibit for you.

Beginning Saturday, the center opens its latest traveling exhibit called Crime Lab Detective, which teaches children -- and adults -- the important keys to the scientific process while at a crime scene.

"The GEHC is so excited to host this special exhibit. I can't think of a more fun way to explore the scientific process," said Jason West, GEHC's director of educational programming and development. "The evidence will be right before your eyes. The challenge will be to solve the crime."

The exhibit focuses on a home that has been burglarized while the homeowners were on vacation and several items were stolen.

Visitors will scrutinize evidence left behind at the scene and record their findings, then will be challenged by the lab activities as they work to decide which of the five prime suspects committed the crime.

The "detectives" examine clues, like fingerprints, hair, DNA, tire marks left outside the crime scene and cloth fiber caught on a picket fence. As a group, everyone will learn how to collect, sort and analyze evidence and data.

To keep with the super sleuth theme, the center is showing Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective" today and "The Goonies" July 27. For $1 to $3, guests can have a sneak peek of the Crime Lab Detective Exhibit and partake in crime fighting activities.

The exhibit is included in the price of general admission and ends on Oct. 15.

GEHC is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford. For more information, visit www.gwinnettehc.org.