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2014 Guided Discoveries

Below are Guided Discoveries for the 2014 summer season. Check back again soon for the 2015 schedule.

Be A Survivor I
Ages 10-14
July 14-18 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Would you survive if you were lost in the woods? Would you like to experience wilderness more completely? Learn how to build survival shelters, how to start fires, get safe water, and how to navigate the forest. Explore the art of fire making without matches and finding wild foods - plant, bug, or animal. Learn to feel at home in the forest.
Cost: $185/member; $205/non-member per session OR
$320/member; $370/non-member for both sessions

Be A Survivor II
Ages 12-14
July 14-18 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Further explore how to survive in the forest in an emergency situation and learn how to live there using advanced wilderness living skills. You will practice wet weather fire making, making fires without matches, getting safe water, making rope from plants, simple hunting skills, getting food from plants, and more. Shed your city thinking and become part of the forest.
Prerequisite: Be A Survivor I, which may be taken concurrently with Be A Survivor II or in a previous year
Cost: $185/member; $205/non-member per session OR
$320/member; $370/non-member for both sessions

Camouflage Capers
Ages 7-10
June 30-July 4 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
What is lurking there? Can you see it? Is it hiding or something far more amazing? Camouflage is used by living things from all walks of life. Explore a different use of camouflage by a particular animal each day of the week.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Creature Features
Ages 7-9
August 4-8 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Animals have many ways to protect themselves as they move throughout the world. Learn about these adaptations through experiments, games, and live animal visits. This will be a fun way to learn about nature’s superpowers.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Ages 9-12
June 30-July 4 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Lakes Region has not always had lakes. Learn how volcanoes, glaciers, and time created our lakes and mountains. Travel to a mine, cruise Squam Lake, and even scale an extinct volcano. Hands-on activities include making fossils, volcanoes, topographic maps, and ice cream magma!
Cost: $275/member; $295/non-member

Mad Science
Ages 6-8
Session I: June 23-27, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Session II: July 14-18, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Experience a week of wacky, hands-on fun while exploring the natural world of science. Each day will be filled with mixing, growing, fizzing, and bubbling as you ask questions and see what kinds of answers explode.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Nature Notes
Ages 8-11
July 21-25 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
You will combine art with nature by constructing a journal book. You’ll take the journal out and about to combine close observations of nature with drawing, writing, and photography. Use all of your senses to take note of nature.
Cost: $170/member; $190/non-member

Night and Day
Session I: July 7-11, Ages 4-5, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session II: July 28-Aug 1, Ages 7-8, 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Some differences among animals are like night and day. Investigate the habits of daytime and nighttime active creatures as you learn about their similarities and differences.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Plant Power
Ages 8-12
July 28-Aug 1 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Plants are amazing factories that take energy from the sun and form virtually the basis of all ecological connections on Earth. Create your own seeds, grow, dissect, identify, and eat plants. Explore the relationships of plants to the natural world.
Cost: $275/member; $295/non-member

Reptiles and Amphibians
Ages 6-8
July 7-11 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Is that a lizard or is that a salamander? Learn how to tell the difference as you explore the exciting world of reptiles and amphibians.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Sky Hunters
Ages 6-7
July 21-25 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the critters that command the skies. Investigate the world of flying predators through stories, nature viewing, and visits with live owls, hawks, and falcons. Meet some other airborne predators too, such as dragonflies and bats.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Summer Sensations
Ages 4-6
Session I June 30-July 4 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session II July 21-25 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session III August 4-8 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Explore New Hampshire’s summer environment with a focus on each of the five senses. Smell, taste, touch, see, and hear your way through a week full of fun.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Up, Down, and Around
Ages 7-9
August 11-15 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn about land, water, and air animals. Through outdoor exploration, hands-on crafts, and meeting many different species, you will learn what makes them different from each other and why they live where they do.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Wild Art with a Currier Art Museum Instructor
Ages 7-10
Session I June 23-27, 9:30 am. - 2:30 p.m.
Session II Aug 11-15, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Explore the exciting territory where art and science overlap. Discover the rich variety of plant and animal life under the guidance of a Currier Museum Art Center instructor and Science Center staff. Create in two dimensions using watercolor and tempera paint, and in three-dimensional media such as wire, clay, paper maché, and plaster.
Cost: $330/member; $360/non-member

Wild Tales
Ages 4-6
July 28-August 1 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Explore a different children’s story or fairy tale featuring a wild animal each day. Address any misinformation often found in stories. Join in the wild tales!
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

Wild Wonders
Ages 4-5
Session I June 23-27, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session II July 14-18 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Session III August 11-15 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Your natural curiosity will be encouraged as you explore the natural world and its wonders. Through outdoor activities and discoveries you will explore and learn.
Cost: $140/member; $160/non-member

2014 Guided Discoveries Schedule Chart