This summer, Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History will add a Wildlife Explorer's Camp to its list of summer programs. While the summer programs are available for children ages 4 to 11, the new Wildlife Explorer's Camp is open to students grades three through eight.
Wildlife Explorer's Camp, from Aug. 10-13, will teach students about plants and animals living in Kansas. In addition to plant and animal identification, campers will learn collecting techniques for amphibians, birds, fish, insects, mammals, plants and reptiles. They will take short field trips to habitats in Ellis County to practice identification and collecting techniques.
FHSU biology professors, Kansas Wildlife and Parks biologists and Sternberg Museum curators will be on hand to instruct lessons and lead the trips.
For students grades three through five, the camp will run from 8 a.m. to noon. For students in grades six through eight, the camp will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The registration deadline is Aug. 2. Registration is $60 for museum members and $85 for non-members. The maximum number is 20 participants for each age division.
Regular annual summer programs will run throughout June, July and August.
In "Birds Abound," June 10, participants will watch and learn about birds in Hays' Frontier Park. Registration (deadline is June 7) is free for museum members and $5 per person for non-members.
"Snakes Alive," June 24, will inform on the benefits of snakes and give participants hands-on time with the museum's reptiles. Registration deadline is June 21. The program is free for museum members and free with paid regular admission to the Sternberg Museum for non-members.
"Sculpting Dinosaurs," July 15, will let participants sculpt their own dinosaurs out of clay to take home, paint and display. They will also learn about the science behind dinosaurs' shapes and skin colorations. The registration deadline is July 12. The program is free for museum members and $5 plus paid regular admission to the museum for non-members.
"What Are Those Swimming Dinosaurs Anyway?," July 29, will take participants into the belly of the museum, which is off limits to regular museum visitors. Participants will investigate prehistoric sea creatures, examine a variety of fossils found in Kansas and determine where to find them. Registration (deadline is July 26) is free for museum members and free with paid regular admission to the museum for non-members.
"Sayonara SuperCroc," Aug. 5, will provide participants with a special guided farewell tour of "The Science of SuperCroc" on the exhibit's last day at the museum. The registration deadline is Aug. 2 and is free for museum members and free to non-members with paid regular admission.
For children from age 4 to beginning kindergarten, these summer programs will each have two sessions, one at 10 a.m. and another at 11 a.m. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes and is limited to 15 participants. Sessions for grades one and two will be at 1 p.m., and grades three through five will be at 3 p.m. Each session will last approximately one hour and is limited to 30 participants.
All participants must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information or to register, contact Brian Bartels, Sternberg Museum education director, at (785) 628-5502 or (785) 432-0593 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A special program, "Monarch Mania," will be Aug. 28. Participants will build their own caterpillar houses, learn about monarch husbandry and take a field trip into the Ellis County countryside to collect their very own Monarch caterpillars or eggs to raise and release. Adults are also welcome to participate.
The registration deadline is Aug. 23. The fee is $20 for museum members and $40 for non-members. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. The maximum number of participants is 25.
For more information or to register for "Monarch Mania," contact Thea Haugen at (785) 628-5517 or email@example.com.