Monday, July 24, 2017

Nature Detective Questions

This week we're learning all about nature and some of its mysteries. Here are some questions you can ask your camper at the end of each day.

On Monday, we're learning about endangered animals. Ask me...

  • What are Vaquita and why we need to protect them.
  • What questions I asked the marine biologist!
  • Who's my favorite endangered animal.
On Tuesday, it's all about water. Ask me...
  • If I could clean up an oil spill.
  • What happened to Freddie the Fish.
  • How does the Super Bowl affect plumbing.
On Wednesday, we're going to the Arb! Make sure campers wear their camp T-shirt and comfortable shoes!

On Thursday, we're learning about plants. Ask me...
  • About my paper clay leaf. 
  • How to make a wetland model.
  • What leaves I can identify.
On Friday, we're back to animals. Ask me...
  • How I figured out the animal track scenes.
  • Some of the wildlife habitat riddles I learned.
  • What was the best part of camp this week!

Dinosaur Explorers Questions

This week will be learning all about dinosaurs!

On Monday, we will be learning what are the dinosaurs?  Ask me about...
  • What a dinosaur is. 
  • The dinosaurs and non-dinosaurs we sorted. 
  • The dinosaurs we uncovered in our icy eggs. 
On Tuesday, we will be learning about dinosaurs.  Ask me about...
  • The dinosaurs and non-dinosaurs we saw on the 2nd floor. Which one was my favorite?
  • The dinosaur game we played and what actions we made for the different dinosaurs. 
  • The dinosaur hat I made. 
On Wednesday, we will be learning about dinosaur sizes.  Ask me about...
  • The different dinosaur sizes.  Which one was the smallest?  Which one was the biggest?
  • The dinosaur matching game I played. 
  • The dinosaur I decorated. 
On Thursday, we will be learning about fossils.  Ask me about...
  • The fossils I got to look at and touch on the 2nd floor. 
  • The fossils I made with the sand dough. 
On Friday, we will be learning about paleontologists.  Ask me about...
  • The tools "Pete and Paula the Paleontologist" use on dig. 
  • The fossils I found in the dig box. 

Paleontology Rocks Questions

Happy Monday, camp families!! Welcome to Paleontology Rocks camp! This week, we will be learning all about prehistoric animals and dinosaurs. Here's a summary of what we'll be learning about this week, and what you can ask you campers about each day!

On Monday, we will learn about Geologic Time, looking into which animals lived when and how long it takes for fossils to form! Ask me...

  • What the supercontinent was called 200+ million years ago
  • How I made my geologic time spiral
  • Which came first, triceratops or crocodiles
On Tuesday, we will learn about the many different types of fossils, and get to see some up close! Ask me...
  • If I was surprised at what dinosaur poop looked like!
  • How amber preserves things
  • Which fossil cast I painted
On Wednesday, we will focus on the animals that lived before the dinosaurs! Ask me...
  • What my favorite part of the 2nd floor tour was
  • How I designed my trilobite mask
  • How I excavated my trilobite in mud
On Thursday, we will learn all about dinosaurs! We will visit the planetarium to watch a short movie called Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? Ask me...
  • Which dinosaurs could have been found in the United States
  • Which dinosaur I made
  • How dinosaurs really went extinct
On Friday, we will top our week off by learning about the animals that lived after the dinosaurs, looking specifically at the Ice Age. Ask me...
  • What animal I found in the dig box
  • What I learned on my tour of the Bristle Mammoth exhibit
  • What I loved most about camp this week!
Stay turned for more information via email regarding the museum store visit on Friday!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Fun with Physics

On Monday, campers made color mixing wheels. By spinning their colored circles they could see the colors blend together and make new colors!

They also made pompom shooters and practiced trying to hit a target .


Finally, campers had a chance to make lego cars and try different forces to make them move. 

Tuesday, campers learned all about color! First, they made kaleidoscopes with their own patterns. 

They then got to see how color of beads change based on what light we use!

Using UV-sensitive beads they also got to see how sunscreen works. They put a bag of beads covered in sunscreen and a bag of beads without sunscreen into the sun and saw that the control beads were the only ones who changed colors. Afterwards, they got to make bracelets with the color changing beads!

Wednesday, campers learned all about energy. After learning about what energy is, they had a chance to play with toys to reinforce the ideas. 

To show the different between chemical and potential energy, campers made frogs that could actually jump!


They then learned about wind energy by making cars that could be moved by just blowing on them. 

Finally, they had the chance to make their own roller coasters!

Thursday was all about electricity so campers got the chance to design their own circuits to light up holiday lights!

They also got to make circuit bugs using an led and a watch battery!

Finally they had the chance to power a clock using just vinegar!

Friday was all about sound. Campers had the chance to make bee hummers which when spun sound exactly like bees! 

They also told secrets using just cups and string. 

Lastly, campers got to play with sound hoses which make really cool sounds using just plastic and air. 

We had fun this week and we hope your campers did too!

Space Explorers


On our first day of space exploration, campers learned all about the planets in our solar system. We started by reading a book all about the different things in space and making some puffy planets out of shaving cream and glue. 

Explorers investigated the planets by using inflatable planets to look see the difference in size and shape. We needed three campers to hold up the sun! We’re looking forward to learning about astronauts tomorrow!

We also played a planet matching game. 


Little Explorers blasted off into space first by reading Skippyjon Jones: Lost in Spice, about a cat who thinks he’s a dog going on an adventure through his closet to outer space.

We made our own astronaut helmets and space belts out of paper bags for when we make our own imaginary trip to outer space!

We were very excited to make our first trip to the planetarium where we got to read Astronaut Handbook and hear about some of the constellations and other things in space from camp’s assistant director Meghan! We prepared to go into space at snack time by going to astronaut boot camp. We watched one of the very cool astronaut videos from Chris Hatfield where he explains how all sorts of different things work in space. You can watch more at home!


Today we were enlightened about stars. We played a matching game with constellations and then got a chance to draw them ourselves after reading Stars. We got to take a second trip to the planetarium to see Musical Sky and learn more about the planets and space with Molly, our planetarium operator. !

When we got back, we made stars out of tissue paper. Tomorrow we will blast off to the moon!


Little Explorers got to take a voyage to the moon! We read If You Decide to Go to the Moon about a young boy’s trip all of the way to the moon and the different things he found there. We watched more videos from Chris Hatfield where we saw how he eats dessert in space and even how he brushes his teeth. The kids got to make their own puffy paint moon and add craters using marbles. It was a little messy, but the end result was awesome!

A puffy paint moon with craters!


On the last day of space camp, campers got to make one last outer space scene using coffee filters as planets. Little Explorers got a chance to play space bingo and color in their journal before snack where we played with a parachute and pretended to have a meteor shower! 

 Campers decorated seltzer rockets before launching them in the snack area for parents! You can relaunch your rocket at home with seltzer tablets and water (any residue will wash out of clothes). Thanks for a great week!