Science 2022

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Chairperson:  Jerry Dievendorf
Science 2022

S01 Bugs and Slugs … Advanced!
Weeks: 2, 6                                                    Grades:  3 – 6
Bugs are everywhere! Want to learn the major insect groups and how they differ from spiders and other small creatures? We will use scientific methods to discover things about them using simple experiments, microscopic observation, and creation of an insect zoo.

Instructor:  Jerry Dievendorf

S02  Science Fun
Weeks: 2, 5, 6                                                Grades:  2 & 3
Do you know why certain animals live where they do?  Explore the forest with us, probe the pond and swamp, examine evidence of deer activity and learn how to find salamanders, snakes, frogs and insects.  Recognize animals from their tracks.  We’ll conduct chemical tests of water and berries to make deductions about what certain animals eat and where they live.  We will also examine stream beds to find fossils of ancient life, and we’ll try to guess what our environment might have been like in those earlier times.  Come and have fun with us!!

Instructor: Jennifer Hess

S03 Habitat Adventurers
Weeks: 5, 6                                                    Grades: 2 & 3
Gear up for adventure throughout forests, fields, swamps, the pond, and much more! Learn how to recognize common species within each habitat and how they interact with one another and their surroundings in order to thrive! Also, we’ll get in tune with our creative sides, crafting habitats of our very own and drawing critters that we find in our journals. Through interactive guessing games, we’ll learn a bit of their anatomy too! Get ready to learn, create, share and explore!

Instructor:  Jonathan Happ

S04 Early Birders
Week: 1                                                          Grades: 3 – 6
Forget the worm! Early Birders will explore the Land seeking out over 30 species of birds, learning to use binoculars, spotting scopes and field guides to identify them by sight and sound. We will learn techniques for spotting birds, feeding birds and luring them in for a closer look. Games and activities enhance our understanding of the world of birds and what makes them such unique animals. We will also discover the best ways to feed birds so we can watch them in our own backyards. Early Birders learn the basics for a lifelong hobby.

Instructor: Chris Keefer

S06  Rocks & Fossils
Weeks: 1, 5, 6                                                Grades: 4 & up
Dig into the world of rocks, minerals and fossils. Learn about earthquakes, glaciers, volcanoes and much more! We go on hikes to various fossil-collecting sites, create model volcanoes, and learn to navigate the woods 7with ease (an essential life skill!) using a map and compass. We’ll complete the week with a “treasure” hunt!

Instructor:  George Pafumi

S07  Swamping
Weeks: 3, 4                                                    Grades: 2 – 4
Different plants and animals live in different parts of our swamp.  We’ll spend the week discovering who lives in all that mud!

Instructor:  Jonathan Happ

S08  Wee Beasties                                        Week: 4                                                          Grades: 4 – 6
Explore the hidden microscopic universe of Heldeberg Workshop. Through the use of microscopes, we will learn just how different things look under powerful magnification. There are thousands of different forms of microbial life in the wilderness. We will search the entire Workshop for as many of these “wee beasties” as we can find. We will figure out how to protect ourselves from bad microbes that can harm us. And we will experiment with other microbes to do fun things, like make yeast bread. We will also learn how microscopes can help us solve crimes and study molecules like DNA.

Instructor: Dan Chaize

S09  Fossil Hunting
Weeks: 2, 3, 4                                                Grades: 3 & 4
Find the remains of organisms that lived here hundreds of millions of years ago!  Learn about the prehistoric environment that these creatures lived in.  Discover how to search for fossils in an area known for its geologic richness.  Get your hands dirty identifying fossils such as trilobites, bryozoans, ancient corals, and many, many others, as we talk about their significance.

Instructor:  George Pafumi