Children's Natural History Museum
half day summer classes
June 23-July 2021

   Price: $25.00 for 2 hours
or $30 if you stay up to 1 hour for lunch (total of 3 hours)(add on payment options)
Bring water, snack and lunch (if having lunch after class). Materials will be provided  and most activities will be in our patio lab.
20 max.  7-11 years old; 
materials leveled to age   Instructor:  Brandon Stubbs, Geologist

7-11 years old
June 23, Wednesday
10-12 noon
Water Chemistry in the Environment

Learn about how water moves through our environment and the changes it undergoes.  Students will apply their knowledge to char the path of the water cycle. Explore why bubbles are spherical. Identify what makes water unique as a molecule and compare what other elements are dissolved in water.

7-11 years old
June 30, Wednesday
10-12 noon
Minerals and Crystal Structure

Minerals come in all sorts of different shapes, colors, and sizes. Students will learn what exactly minerals are as well as the structures that make them up. Handling real minerals, they will describe the differences between minerals and other crystals and explore the large diversity of mineral properties.  Are all crystals, minerals?
7-11 years old
July 7,Wednesday
10-12 noon

Uncovering Fossils
Spend a day in a paleontologist’s boots. Students will learn how to excavate and interpret fossils as a window to the past. By considering the traces of organisms alive today, students will use fossils to make inferences about the organisms they once belonged to. See the fossils found in the Fremont area and explore some of the Ice Age Megafauna.

7-11 years old
July 14, Wednesday
10-12 noon
Craters of the Moon

Impact events have left the moon pockmarked with craters. Using flour, students will experience and describe the process for themselves. Additionally, they will apply their knowledge about craters to make inferences about the moon’s surface.

 7-11 years old
July 21, Wednesday
10-12 noon
Shaping Landscapes

A lake, beach, or mountain might seem like no big deal, but thousands or millions of years may have gone into its creation. Students will consider natural landscapes and the processes that formed them. Examining sedimentary rocks, they will learn to make inferences about landscapes long since passed.

 7-11 years old
July 28, Wednesday
10-12 noon

Dormant and extinct volcanoes dot the West Coast. Students will compare the different types of volcanoes and how they are formed. By studying volcanic rocks, they will learn to draw conclusions about the volcanoes they came from.

 Summer of 2021 will see limited classes and a new instructor.  Brandon Stubbs, a graduate of Brown University  in Earth Sciences. Debbie Davidson is min instructor.  Students are limited to 20 and much of the class with be outside in the patio.  We will go into the museum and classroom just for instruction.  The museum will not be open, so students will have the building all to themselves.  Social distanting and all CDC guidelines will be in affect.  All instructors and staff will be vaccinated or have a mask.  We recommend students bring their own water.
or more information on classes.  No refunds one week before, a $5 processing charge per class for all refunds.  You may transfer to another class for no charge if there is room available.

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