Children are invited to warm up their minds this winter at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History with Science Fun Month, coming in February.
Every Saturday, museum education staff will have free entertainment and educational programs for children. The 11 a.m. to noon program is for children ages 4 to 7 and the 1 to 2 p.m. program is for 8 to 11 year-olds.
Participants must register because each class is limited to 30 participants. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. In case of bad weather cancellation, the museum staff will notify parents/guardians.
"Animal Tracks in the Snow," Feb. 7; registration deadline, Feb. 2.
The class explores a variety of local animals who leave tracks in the snow while on the prowl for food, water and shelter. Children will learn how Native Americans and plainsmen knew which tracks belonged to which animals.
"Nature’s Oddities," Feb. 14; registration deadline, Feb. 9.
Children will explore the odd adaptations that help animals survive in a diverse world.
"Birds of a Feather … Feed Together," Feb. 21; registration deadline: Feb. 16.
Students will create a pine-cone bird feeder that will attract colorful winter birds to the yards and learn how to identify wintering birds by size, shape, color, sounds and behavior.
"Owl Pellet Treasure," Feb. 28; registration deadline, Feb. 23.
By dissecting owl vomit pellets, children will learn to identify what critters the area owls have been eating. They will practice identifying the skulls and bones of a variety of mice, rats, voles, shrews and birds that have been consumed by the owl.
All programs are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. For registration or more information, contact Brian Bartels at (785) 628-5502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.