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Summer Guided Discoveries

2015 Guided DiscoveriesGuided Discoveries are week-long outdoor natural adventures for children ages 4 to 14. Programs, taught by experienced naturalists and educators, allow participants an in-depth exploration of nature and science. Click on the dates below to expand and see full program offerings for that week.

June 22-26

Predator-Prey I                               Ages 6-8
June 22-26, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Discover the web of life as we dive into predator-prey relationships. Learn about adaptations of both the hunter and the hunted as we seek out their secrets for survival. Meet a live animal each day for an up close and personal view of predators and their prey.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

Wild Art: Forests                             Ages 7-10
June 22-26, 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 in the forests at the Science Center 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 mache, and plaster.
Wild Art sessions will focus on different animals, habitats and projects. Sign up for one session or both (see August 10-14).
Cost: $330/members; $360/non-members

Extended Day Option               Ages 7-10
June 22-26, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Extend the day with snacktime, games, a trail walk, and outdoor exploration.
Cost: $40/members; $60/non-members

Wild Tales I                                      Ages 4-6
June 22-26, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Start each day  with a wild tale — a children’s book featuring nature and wild animals. Spend time indoors and out to discover and learn about the creatures and habitats from the story. A visit with a  live animal connected to the story will wrap up the day. Join in the wild tales!
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

June 29-July 3

p>All About H2Ooooh!                                    Ages 7-10
June 29- July 3, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Absorb information all about water. Discover properties of water, investigate the water cycle, learn about animals that live in and around water, and meet some live animals that depend on a watery world.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

Creature Features (FULL - call for waitlist)                          Ages 4-6
June 29- July 3, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn about nature’s superpowers. Animals have many ways to protect themselves from predators and natural hazards. Take time to learn about some of these adaptations through experiments, games, and visits with live animals.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

Rhythms of the Forest                   Ages 6-8
June 29- July 3,  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
There are so many sounds in the woods. There are rhythms, songs, rustlings, and squirmy sounds. Professional musician Tara Greenblatt will lead a week of music-making and nature exploration. We will take woods walks, listen to the sounds and imitate them, act out the animals who make them, make instruments, and learn about the web of life. Record your own original songs to take home.
Cost: $220/members; $250/non-members

Extended Day Option               Ages 6-8
June 29-July 3, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Extend the day with snacktime, games, a trail walk, and outdoor exploration.
Cost: $40/members; $60/non-members

July 6-10

GeoCamp                                         Ages 9-12
July 6-10, 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 squeeze through a rocky gorge. Lots of fun, hands-on activities – make fossils, volcanoes, topographic maps, and even ice cream magma.
Transportation and entrance fees for field trip destinations included in registration fee.
Cost: $310/members; $350/non-members

Mad Science I                                  Ages 7-9
July 6-10, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Experience a week of whacky, hands-on fun as we explore science inspired by the natural world around us. Each day will be filled with mixing, growing, fizzing, bubbling, and more as we ask questions and see what kinds of answers explode around us.
Cost: $150/members; $170/non-members

Night & Day                                      Ages 4-6
July 6-10, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Some differences among animals are like night and day. Investigate the habits of day-time and night-time active creatures. Learn about what makes them different and what they have in common.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

July 13-17

AquaCamp                                        Ages 9-12
July 13-17, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Water is essential to all forms of life. Dive into science to discover the properties of water, learn about the plants and animals that live in water, explore a wetland, poke around in a tidepool, and measure water quality. Bring your mud boots to do some stream splashing and wetland walking. Adventures will include an interactive cruise on Squam Lake, a field trip to a local bog, and tidepooling at the coast.
Transportation and entrance fees for field trip destinations included in registration fee.
Cost: $310/members; $350/non-members

Wild Tales II                                                Ages 4-6
July 13-17, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Start each day  with a wild tale — a children’s book featuring nature and wild animals. Spend time indoors and out as we discover and learn about the creatures and habitats from the story. A visit with a  live animal connected to the story will wrap up the day.  Join in the wild tales!
Cost: $240/members; $280/non-members

July 20-24

Be a Survivor I                                 Ages 10-14
July 20-24, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Could you survive if you were lost in the woods? Would you like to know the wilderness more deeply? Learn to build survival shelters, to build fires, get safe water, and 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.
Attend one session or both.
Cost: $185/members; $210/non-members
OR both sessions for $320/members and $370/non-members

Be a Survivor II                               Ages 12-14
July 20-24, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
In the companion to Be A Survivor I, further explore not only how to survive in the forest in an emergency but also to live in it using more advanced wilderness skills. Practice wet weather fire making, making fires without matches, getting safe water from the Earth itself, 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.
Cost: $185/members; $210/non-members
OR both sessions for $320/members and $370/non-members

Predator-Prey II                              Ages 7-9
July 20-24, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Discover the web of life as we dive into predator-prey relationships. Learn about adaptations of both the hunter and the hunted as we seek out their secrets for survival. Meet a live animal each day for an up close and personal view of predators and their prey.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

Summer Sensations                                    Ages 4-6
July 20-24, 1:30 - 4:00 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/members; $160/non-members

July 27-31

Eco Art Construction Zone!                       Ages 7-10
July 27-31, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Build art with nature, in nature. New this year is a unique chance to work with eco artist Cynthia Robinson. Inspired by Science Center animals, we will use natural materials to create a special sculpture park where nature and art meet on the trail. Our creations will include super-sized animals,  an interactive bird blind, drawing, planning, inventing, building green, and more.
Cost: $170/members; $190/non-members

Spectacular Raptors                                   Ages 6-8
July 27-31, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles! Learn what makes raptors so spectacular during this week focused on birds of prey. Meet the Science Center’s resident raptors and discover the adaptations that make them successful hunters.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

Up, Down, and Around                   Ages 4-6
July 27-31, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Investigate land, water, and air animals. Plan on a lot of outdoor exploration, hands-on crafts, and introductions to many different species to learn what makes them different from each other and why they live where they do.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

August 3-7

Mad Science II                                 Ages 7-9
August 3-7, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Experience a week of whacky, hands-on fun as we explore science inspired by the natural world around us. Each day will be filled with mixing, growing, fizzing, bubbling, and more as we ask questions and see what kinds of answers explode around us.
Cost: $150/members; $170/non-members

Nature Explorers                            Ages 4-6
August 3-7, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
These adventures will introduce the wonders of the natural world. Through many outdoor activities and discoveries we will explore, excite, and learn together.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

The Nature of Clay (Al2O3 2SiO2 2H2O)
August 3-7, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.      Ages 9-12
Want to take earth and turn it into art? Come and discover the science behind clay’s formation and process. Using the natural beauty and animals at the Science Center as inspiration, we will develop and transform our ideas into ceramic treasures. Under the guidance of a Community Clay Center instructor Tamara Mann and Science Center staff  explore a variety of ceramic techniques to create functional and sculptural projects.
The ceramic process will be completed at the Community Clay Center in Plymouth. Finished projects will be ready for pickup by August 21. Shipping is available for an additional fee.
Cost: $260/members; $290/non-members

Extended Day Option               Ages 9-12
August 3-7, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Extend the day with snacktime, games, a trail walk, and outdoor exploration.
Cost: $40/members; $60/non-members

August 10-14

Junior Animal Keepers                  Ages 9-12
August 10-14, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Otter popsicles? Training time for a coyote? Treats and puzzles for opossums? Do you love caring for animals? Do you wonder what the Science Center’s animals eat for dinner? Join us to learn how New Hampshire’s wild animals survive. Then apply that knowledge by helping to care and feed the wildlife at the Science Center. Go behind the scenes to watch our staff do animal training and then make puzzles and treats to engage our resident animals. On the last day, family, friends, and Science Center staff will stop by to learn about your adventures.
Cost: $150/members; $170/non-members

Sky Hunters                                      Ages 4-6
August 10-14, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the critters that command the skies. Investigate the world of flying predators and visit with live owls, hawks, and falcons. Meet some other airborne predators too, such as dragonflies and bats.
Cost: $140/members; $160/non-members

Wild Art: Fields & Ponds               Ages 7-10
August 10-14, 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 in the fields and ponds at the Science Center 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 mache, and plaster.
Wild Art sessions will focus on different animals, habitats and projects. Sign up for one session or both (see June 22-26).
Cost: $330/members; $360/non-members

Extended Day Option               Ages 7-10
August 10-14, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Extend the day with snacktime, games, a trail walk, and outdoor exploration.
Cost: $40/members; $60/non-members

Complete your registration and payment online using the form below. Please note participants must be registered one at a time.
If you would like to pay with a check, please print and complete the Registration Form and mail with your payment.

Scholarships are available. Please contact Education Director Audrey Eisenhauer at 603-968-7194 x14.

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Once you have registered please complete the required emergency contact and authorization forms. Forms can be completed electronically and are considered signed when submitted via email. Please email forms to Mary Noyes.

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