ScienceWork's newest exhibit is designed for the creative exploration of flight.

ScienceWorks' newest exhibit is designed for the creative exploration of flight.

The 1,400-square-foot "Take Flight" exhibit runs through Sunday, Aug. 15, at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, 1500 E. Main St., Ashland. "Take Flight" examines every element of flight, including the principles and forces involved, and features large scale-model aircraft, ranging from a Wright Flyer to an F-18 hanging from the museum's main hall.

The museum will host a celebration to open the exhibit this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 20, on the ScienceWorks' field.

The outdoor event will feature helicopters, a hot-air balloon, radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations and more. A hot-air balloon pilot and hang glider will discuss and demonstrate the principles and aerodynamics of their sport. Other aviation experts will be on hand to discuss their areas of expertise. Visitors of all ages can try their hand at paper airplane launchers, a hoverport, a rocket launcher and other flight experiences.

Inside the museum, the Civil Air Patrol, science educators and a World War II pilot re-enactor will offer aviation activities to learn about model wartime aircraft. Wildlife Images, a nonprofit corporation concerned with rehabilitating and preserving North American wildlife, will teach about birds at 1 p.m. Saturday in the ScienceWorks' theater, and three birds of prey — the owl, eagle and hawk — will be on exhibit. At 4 p.m., James DiRienzo, a professor at Embry Riddle Aeronatuical University, Tom Larson, a pilot for United Airlines, and Ryan Davol, a helicopter pilot from Brim Aviation, will discuss what it's like to be a pilot.

On Sunday, a former smokejumper from the Siskiyou Smokejumpers base, located south of Cave Junction, will present historic photos and exhibits from the days when firefighters parachuted from aircraft to battle remote fires.

Admission is $7.50, $5 for children ages 2 to 12 and seniors older than 65. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. See www.scienceworksmuseum.org or call 541-482-6767.