One way to beat the summertime heat is by joining the education staff at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History on select Thursday afternoons in an exploration of the "critters that roam, crawl or fly across the Kansas prairie," said Brian Bartels, museum educator.
Programs will accommodate children ages 4-12, with two age groups for each program so that children receive information at an age-appropriate level. Children ages 4 to 7, who must be accompanied by a responsible adult, can attend the 1 to 2 p.m. program. Children from ages 8 to 12 will meet from 3 to 4 p.m.
Maximum class size is 30. The registration deadline for each program is the Monday prior to the program. Programs are free-of-charge (except for Monarch Madness, $5 per child, museum members free).
"But donations are always greatly appreciated," said Bartels.
For registration and/or additional information, contact Bartels at (785) 628-5502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program schedule:
Dino-mite Dino-saurs!, June 12 -- Registration deadline: June 9.
This is an investigation into the dinosaur fossils that are on display in the "T. rex cetera" exhibit.
My, what big teeth you have! June 19 -- Registration deadline: June 16.
Children can put their mammal knowledge to the test as they explore what mammals eat and what mammals wear (horns, antlers, fur and more) while viewing live specimens of some of the smaller varieties of mammals that can be found along a Kansas dirt road.
Build your bird brain! June 26 -- Registration deadline: June 23.
Discover the birds that make their summer homes in Kansas and learn about their lives by exploring their feathers, bills, talons and songs.
Who's New?! July 24 -- Registration deadline: July 21.
In this one, said Bartels, "We’ll get cozy with the cute and cuddly critters -- snakes, lizards, birds, mice and more -- that have recently hatched into our wild world."
Leapin' Lizards, Sneakin' Snakes! July 31 -- Registration deadline: July 28.
"We'll get touchy-feely with the scaly things that crawl in and out of Kansas fields," said Bartels.
Bugzzz Galore! Aug. 7 -- Registration deadline: Aug. 4.
There are lots of interesting insects in the average backyard, said Bartels. "Come see our insect zoo while you learn more cool facts about insects than you ever wanted to know!"
Monarch Madness! Aug. 14 -- Fee: $5 per child. Registration deadline: Aug. 11.
The learning here is about butterflies. Children can build their very own caterpillar houses to take home, and then they can watch their monarch caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies. Each participant will be given a monarch caterpillar to take home. The caterpillar houses can be used as bird feeders when they are not being used to raise butterflies.