Summer Programs

Enjoy Summer with IMNH!

Special Summer Activities include Pollinator and Native Plant Class Series, STEM Activities and Camps, and new Teacher Training Workshops and more….

 

 

Pollinator and Native Plant class series sponsored by NASA (3rd-5th grade)

Pollinators–Kids will learn about and explore the lives of native pollinators like butterflies and bees, beetles and flies, go on a field trip to observe these critters and raise monarch butterfly caterpillars. This is a three class series sponsored by NASA. The classes are free of charge but the registration is required. There is a morning session and an afternoon session for each day the classes are offered. When you register you will either register for all mornings or all afternoons, for three classes. Limited spots available.

Native Plants—Kids will learn about and how to identify native plants, go on a field to find and collect native plants and use the plants they collect in an art project. This is a three class series sponsored by NASA. The classes are free of charge but registration is required. There is a morning session and an afternoon session for each day the classes are offered. When you register you will either register for all mornings or all afternoons, for three classes. Limited spots available.

Kids are encouraged to register for both the Pollinator and the Native Plants classes series’. These are partner classes- they go together and the experience will be greatly enhanced by participating in both classes.

Kids that participate in the Pollinator and Native Plant classes are encouraged to attend the Native Garden Planting Day to assist in planting native plants in pollinator gardens at the museum and Sacajawea Park.

May 30  Pollinator Class #1                May 31  Native Plants Class #1

June 6    Pollinator Class #2                June 7    Native Plants Class #2

June 20  Pollinator Class #3                 June 21  Native Plants Class #3

Morning session- 9am-11am

Afternoon session 1pm-3pm (FULL)

June 28 Native Garden Planting Day

Register for Pollinator and Native Plant Classes

 

 

STEM Summer Activities  sponsored by NASA

Free physical science activities for kids. No registration. 

June 15- 10am-12pm States of Matter-Gas, Liquid and Solid  (for K-3rd grade)

June 22- 10am-12pm Colors on the Move- Molecules and Intermolecular Forces  (for 4th-8th grade)

July 6- 10am-12pm Polymer- Slime and Bouncy Ball (for K-8th grade)

July 20- 10am-12pm Periodic Table of Elements (for K-8th grade)

 

STEM Summer Camps sponsored by NASA

June 27-29 10am-12pm Rockets- Chemical Reaction and Gases (3rd-5th grade)

July 11-13 10am-12pm Silver and Nanotechnology- Chemical Reaction in Nature (6th-8th grade)

Three day summer camps are free of charge but registration is required. Limited spots available.

Register for STEM Summer Camps

 

Summer Programs

July 14- 9:30am-12pm Natural History Walk (High School) –Students will spend time exploring nature discussing and observing natural history fields such as botany, geology, ornithology and entomology. Registration required $5.00 fee. Register Here.

July 18 -Look and Feel  Day (pre-K to 2nd grade)– Kids will be able to see, touch and feel objects from nature and view nature objects in microscopes. Free

July 26th– Weather! (3rd grade and up)– Kids will explore the phenomenon of weather, why and how it happens. Registration required $5.00 fee. Register Here

August 2- Meet the Scientists –High school students are invited to meet scientists from across campus and chat with them about their careers, schooling, and research. Free

August 8- FoodWeb (3rd grade and up)—From slime to lions, Kids will explore food webs, learning about the different levels of the web and interactions of organisms involved. Registration required $5.00 fee. Register here.

 

Teacher Training

June 13-14 iNaturalist Educator Workshop (sponsored by NASA)— High School and Middle Science Teachers are invited to spend two days learning about citizen science with Botanist Dr. Rick Williams and Herpetologist Dr. Chuck Peterson. They will spend a day in the museum learning about citizen science resource iNaturalist and how to use it in the classroom and a day in the field learning about Idaho plants, amphibians and reptiles and using iNAturalist. Registration is required, spots are limited, no fee, can earn one continuing education credit.

Register Here  Registration open May 22

July 24-25-Applying STEM Concepts:The Student Invention Process.- –With the current emphasis on STEM education, learning about STEM is just the beginning. This course will provide professional tools for educators to instruct and inspire their students in the creative problem solving process, as well as immerse teachers in practical, hands-on curriculum designed to inspire and ignite their students’ creative problem solving skills by addressing real world problems. This course will provide activities for use in classrooms for grades 1-8, as well as direct instruction about how to effectively involve students in the Invent Idaho student invention program. Administrators are encouraged to participate to understand the process for including their schools in the award-winning Invent Idaho program. Participants will develop their own invention display samples to inspire students to use their creativity to solve real world problems. 

Registration opens soon.