Super Saturday Progams
Super Saturdays are scheduled for:
January 16, 2016: Curious About Crabs?
February 20, 2016: Echinoderms: Spines, Bumps, and Tube Feet, Oh My!
March 19, 2016: Marvelous Mollusks
April 23, 2016: Terrific Tools
We are offering the classes listed above at the center. Class size is limited to 16 children. Classes are from 9AM-11AM. Class registration is through this form. Please print, scan, and email your application at least a week in advance to Lauren Kemper at [email protected] If you fill out your application online, please use either Safari or Firefox, as otherwise your information will not be sent.
A few things to remember: a small snack is provided, but you are welcome to bring snacks for your children. Since it’s possible that children will get wet, please bring extra dry clothing. We do not charge for these classes, but please feel free to donate as the supplies cost money. These classes are suitable for children ages 5-9. Each family must have at least one adult/guardian that is present and responsible for their children.
Each class will provide an opportunity to see and touch live specimens.
Humans use a variety of tools to do work—but how do the animals in the ocean catch their food, keep safe, or move around? Students will discover how various marine animal body parts resemble tools that humans use. By comparing these animals’ adaptations with human tools, students will learn how the animals use their body parts in their ocean environment, particularly in obtaining food.
Echinoderms—Spines, Bumps and Tube Feet, Oh My!
What makes an animal an Echinoderm? What is an Echinoderm? Children will discover the features common to all echinoderms, as well as what makes each type unique. The students will be able to use props to learn identifying characteristics of sea stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers.
What does a clam, a moon snail, a squid and an octopus all have in common? They are all mollusks! The phylum Mollusca includes bivalves, gastropods, and cephalopods. Students will learn the basics of classification, and how we classify these diverse creatures, both by what they have in common and by their differences. Special attention will be given to the most intelligent mollusk of all—the octopus.
Curious About Crabs?
In this class, we will introduce a group of animals called arthropods–with a focus on a subgroup, crustaceans. What marine animals are crustaceans? What do they look like, what do they do, and how do they do it? This lesson will include hands-on exploration of live crabs, as well as learning about the diversity of crustaceans in our local marine habitats.