Come to the Exploration Station. The free program runs September – May. It is open every Saturday morning 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm. It is also open from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm on the Monday school holidays for Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, and Presidents’ Day.
Docents help children and others learn through interactive displays and games in the showrooms.
New topics every month.
Drop in anytime. It’s FREE!
Here are the topics for September 2016 – May 2017:
September: Habitat : Prairie The prairie was once the largest ecosystem in North America, stretching westward from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and southward from Saskatchewan to Texas. The plains of tall grass support enormous varieties of plants and animals. Come and learn about the once majestic prairie and what makes it a special ecosystem worth preserving.
October: Seasonal Seeds Having spent the summer growing in the sun, plants are getting ready for the cold of winter. Plants are producing seeds and preparing the next generation to sprout comes spring. From the large to the tiny, smooth to spiky, seeds are the promise that spring will return. Let’s take a look at seeds.
November: Roots While leaves and flowers are the main attraction of any plants, roots are the backbone of them all. Not only do roots provide the support, they also provide the nutrients necessary for plant growth—some are even edible, making them the most valuable food commodity. We’ll dig for the dirt on roots.
December: Wintergreen Leaves are gone from deciduous plants this time of year yet there is an abundance of green life out there. We’ll be looking at conifers and other plants that bring green life into our homes during the cold winter.
January: Staying Alive Extreme weather is hard on every living thing. How do plants and animals survive and thrive in the worst of weather? We’ll take a look at adaptations that make it possible for these plants and animals to survive whatever Mother Nature throws their way.
February: Living In Darkness Winter is long and dark for most life above ground, but while we look forward to the bright light of spring, there is life in the darkness. Plants and animals have long adapted to this nocturnal life, let us turn on the light and see what’s living in the dark.
March: Insects The most abundant life form on earth, these creepy crawlies have been scorned by all yet without them life is not possible. We’ll examine why something so small can be so important.
April: Soil It’s right under our feet, but have you stopped to think what, if anything, lives under there? What is soil, where does it come from and why should we care what we are stepping on? Let’s take a look.
May: Life of Trees Many of us look at trees and see nothing but leaves, but a tree is its own ecosystem providing food and shelter for many other living plants and animals. We’ll take a closer look at a tree and its many uses.