The Sternberg Museum of Natural History will offer summer classes for kids
03/30/2006

From animal babies to butterflies to live snakes, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History will have classes for elementary students this summer.

Classes are structured for families and will accommodate children up through the fifth grade, but a responsible adult must accompany children who will be entering the first grade.

Class sizes are a minimum of four students and a maximum of 10, and each class will meet twice a week. If the minimum number is not met by the enrollment deadline, the class will be canceled, enrolled students will be notified and the registration fee, which varies by class, will be refunded.

Students will be assembled with an Education Division representative in the lobby before class and then moved to the Engel Education Center or the Expeditions Room as a group. Class periods are one hour. An Education Division representative will escort the children back to the lobby after each class and remain until an adult picks them up.

Classes, times and teachers are:

Swallowtail Butterflies, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 22; Thea Haugen.

This class involves a butterfly with tails and a tale, coloring pages, stories and taking a caterpillar and its home to keep.

The fee for museum members is $6.50 and the public fee is $8.50. Registration deadline is June 5.

Elephants! Mammoths! 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 6; Cami Liggett.

This class, in correlation with the traveling exhibit "Elephants!," which runs May 27 to Sept. 3, offers activities, touchable specimens, including fossil elephant parts, and other information.

The fee for museum members is $4.50, and the public fee is $6.50. Registration deadline is June 19.

Animal Babies, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 13; Thea Haugen.

The museum's Discovery Room houses a variety of baby animals, which students will discover in this class.

Museum members fee is $6.50, and the public fee is $8.50. Registration deadline is June 26.

Rock Collections, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 20; Cami Liggett.

This class is for students interested in rocks, who have a rock collection or who would like to start collecting rocks. Students are encouraged to bring their collections and any questions or stories they would like to share about rocks, and Liggett has some rocks she would like to share.

Museum members fee is $6.50, and the public fee is $8.50. Registration deadline is July 3.

So Many Snakes, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 27; Thea Haugen.

This class involves snake games, snake crafts and viewing live snakes.

Museum members fee is $6.50, and the public fee is $8.50. Registration deadline is July 10.

Footprints, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3; Cami Liggett.

This class is like CSI without the crime. It involves thinking about the students' footprints, making a plaster cast of a footprint that they can take home and comparing to footprints of different animals.

Museum members fee is $8.50, and the public fee is $10.50. Registration deadline is July 17.

Backyard Bugs, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10; Thea Haugen.

Critters from the museum's backyard will be brought in and observed along with fun activities and crafts about tiny animals that are all around us.

Museum members fee is $4.50, and the public fee is $6.50. Registration deadline is July 24.

My Own Monarch, 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17; Thea Haugen.

This class studies monarch butterflies and their habits. Children will be sent home with their very own monarch caterpillars in butterfly habitat cages.

Museum members fee is $8.50, and the public fee is $10.50. Registration deadline is July 10.

For more information concerning summer classes, contact Cami Liggett at (785) 628-5502 or cliggett@fhsu.edu.


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