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Junior Scientist Workshop

Junior Scientist Workshop girl learning on laptop

Junior Scientist Workshop girl learning on laptop

New! Junior Scientist Virtual Workshop Series
Monthly; Zoom
Ages 8 to 11 (younger children are welcome to join with parental assistance)

Are you naturally curious about the world around you? Do you dream of digging up dinos, walking with penguins or diving with sharks? Are your pockets filled with rocks, shells and bugs?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you are a Junior Scientist!

Zoom on in for exclusive lessons taught by the Academy’s awesome scientists and savvy educators. Meet other kids who share your passion for science and natural history. Check out rare specimens and learn more about your favorite topics or discover something brand-new. Workshop themes change every month and feature natural science lessons led by real scientists. Get exclusive access to the Academy’s world-renowned research and collections, further enhanced by educator-led projects.

As this workshop is delivered virtually, hands-on activities are designed to be done at home with easy-to-find supplies. Zoom link and supply list will be emailed prior to the event. Space is limited to ensure a quality experience for every participant.

We can’t wait to meet the next generation of scientists!

Junior Scientist Virtual Workshop: Have you been living under a rock?
Saturday, March 13

$45 Per Child/$60 Per Family ($40 Member Child/$55 Member Family) per workshop

How do we know if an ecosystem is healthy? The answer can be found in the water, floating on the surface or hanging out under the rocks! Learn about the invertebrates and plants that indicate if a stream is healthy and how their unique adaptations give them a chance to survive in their watery habitat. Discover the ways in which these living things are connected and how everything in nature connects back to us. Make a splash with some hands-on water activities, right from home. Practice taking a look at the smallest species for the biggest clues, and explore real solutions to keep our waterways clean and safe.

You’ll meet Tanya Dapkey, an Academy scientist from the world-renowned Patrick Center for Environmental Research. Tanya and the team love working in the lab, but they adore field research because they get to see stealthy aquatic animals using cool equipment (like a Surber Sampler!) and getting outside in nature. The wildest bug they may encounter is the caddisfly, a tiny creature that can engineer the flow of water!

*Early Bird Discount! Save $10 when you register by February 28.*

Morning Session: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Junior Scientist Virtual Workshop: Whooo's in the Backyard?
Saturday, April 10

$45 Per Child/$60 Per Family ($40 Member Child/$55 Member Family) per workshop

Are there wild animals living just a few steps from your own home? Right in our backyards, nearby parks and even on city sidewalks, animals are everywhere. Enjoy an exclusive meet-and-greet with live animal ambassadors from the Academy. Discover how their adaptations allow their wild cousins to survive and thrive among us. Examine the finer details of mammals, reptiles and birds, and brainstorm ways to help share the world with all living things. Learn how to craft outdoor spaces that welcome wildlife and make a special backyard feeder.

You’ll meet Karen Verderame, live animal programs developer and invertebrate expert. Karen says the weirdest thing in your backyard is probably … everything! The diversity of species never fails to surprise her. In addition to caring for the live animals of the Academy, Karen has a variety of creatures of her own living in her house, including dogs, cats, reptiles, chinchillas and tarantulas named Marzipan, Gazpacho, Octavia, Penelope, Gwyn, Sparkles, Roni, Ruby, Socks and Piggy.

*Early Bird Discount! Save $10 when you register by February 28.*

Morning Session: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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