Museum holiday camps Dec. 20-21 offer fun science education
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just because school is out doesnâ€™t mean students canâ€™t dive into science and investigate natural history at one of two school holiday camps at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The camps Dec. 20-21 allow students enrolled in grades K-5 for the 2012-2013 school year to explore natural science with interactive activities and museum exhibits.
â€śLearning is fun,â€ť said Catherine Carey, Florida Museum public programs coordinator. â€śLearning about natural history is more fun and learning at the museum is the most fun.â€ť
A â€śScience in Comicsâ€ť camp Dec. 20 teaches students about various aspects of the natural world through comics like â€śPeanuts.â€ť Students will visit the â€śPeanutsâ€¦Naturally: Charlie Brown and Friends Explore Natureâ€ť temporary exhibit and explore questions like â€śHow do scientists test ideas?â€ť
â€śAlien Invadersâ€ť Dec. 21 will teach students about invasive plants and animals found in their backyards. Students attending this camp will have the opportunity to explore the â€śWater: Discovering and Sharing Solutionsâ€ť temporary exhibit. Both exhibits are on display through Jan. 2, 2013.
The camps are offered as full- or half-day programs. The full-day program is $50 per student and the half-day cost is $30 for non-members. A special rate for museum members also is available.
Preregistration is available on the Florida Museumâ€™s website at http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/events/camps/school-holiday/. Students should wear clothes appropriate for outdoor activities, and full-day participants should bring a sack lunch.
For the full day, drop-off is between 8 to 8:30 a.m. and pickup is 4:30 to 5 p.m. The half-day camps can either be for the morning, with pickup from noon to 12:30 p.m. or for the afternoon, with drop-off from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
For questions or more information call 352-273-2061.