HAYS, KS -- Exploring herbs, butterflies and other animals are on the schedule for Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History this summer.
"Summer at the Sternberg" features five multi-session classes: Exploring Herbs, Backstage with the Discovery Room Animals, An Invitation to Butterflies, Magical Metamorphosis and the Pillbug Project.
Enrollment begins June 21. Registration forms can be received by calling (785) 628-4286 or toll free 1-877-332-1165. Space in the classes is reserved when the form is returned with payment.
In the two sessions, youths from grades 3 through 7 will make their own planters and fill it with culinary herbs (including those needed to make pizza) and take home recipes that use the herbs. The first session is from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 28.
The second session, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, will include a tasting party and recipe swap.
The cost of $18 for non-members of the museum ($13 for members) includes all the materials necessary. The students will make a planter designed for hot, sunny Kansas.
The first meeting will be outside, so students should wear jeans and closed-toe shoes.
Backstage with the Discovery Room Animals
The three sessions of this program are designed for different ages. Young people can meet the native animals on display in the museum's Discovery Room and students who bring cameras can have their pictures taken with their favorite animals.
The cost for each session is $2 for museum members, $5 for non-members.
Students from age 4 through grade 1 will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25. Participants will take home a life-like model of the Kansas state amphibian, the tiger salamander .
From 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, students in grades 2, 3 and 4 will take home a magnifying insect viewer to use in their own observations of creepy-crawlies.
Fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, and will take home their own binoculars.
An Invitation to Butterflies
On Wednesday, June 27, from 10:30-noon, children from grades 3 through 7 will make their own planters and fill them with flowers that butterflies love.
The cost is $10 for museum members, $15 for non-members.
The work will be outside, so jeans and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
For youths in grades 5 and above, this course is in five sessions in June and July, beginning June 26, and another in September. All sessions are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participants will complete their own scientific observation journal, have a photo taken of them and the Monarch butterflies they raise and attend a celebration party when the Monarchs migrate through Hays.
The cost is $20 for members, $30 for non-members.
The class will follow the development of Monarchs from egg, through five sheddings and into a mature black and orange butterflies.
Pillbugs, roly-polies, wood lice, sowbugs, isopods -- whatever you call them, they make for fun and science in the air-conditioned classroom at the Sternberg Museum.
Students in grades 3 through 7 will take home their investigations notebook and a photo of themselves conducting their investigations.
The cost is $2 for members, $5 for non-members for the entire four-session course running from 10:30-11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, beginning Aug. 6.