SESSION CALENDAR 2020-21

METEOROLOGY

September 8 - October 2, 2020

Boulder Ridge Animal Park

Kids Food Basket farm

Little meteorologists will learn about the work of meteorologists as they observe, describe, record, and predict the weather. They will learn about what goes into weather reporting, working with weather map symbols, building weather instruments, and giving their own weather report.

Image by Felix Mittermeier
Earth

GEOGRAPHY

October 12 - November 20, 2020

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Kingman Museum

Novice geographers will explore the Earth as they learn to read maps, follow directions, and figure out tools they need to go geocaching. They will go beyond identifying the physical features of the Earth, understanding how humans interact with the world around them. They will tackle real life challenges such as analyzing how California rations water during a drought and researching the many ways climate change impacts humans across the globe.

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

November 30 - December 18, 2020

Frederik Meijer Gardens

It's the most wonderful time of the year to learn about how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world. Our children will explore geography, history, and folklore, while enjoying the festive mood of the Christmas season.

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Image by Magnus Engø

ANCIENT WORLD HISTORY

January 4 - February 12, 2021

Holland Museum

Field Museum

Oriental Institute Museum


Time travelers will create an itinerary which will take in specially chosen sites to provide a clear picture of the key developments of the ancient world. The children will learn about the different nations, civilizations and empires, each with their own distinct histories, but each contributing to the larger history of humankind.

ASTRONOMY

February 22  - April 2, 2021

Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

James C. Veen Obrservatory

Abrams Planetarium

Junior astronomers will explore the solar system, the stars, planets, and moon, comparing and contrasting their similarities and differences. They will also investigate what is in motion in our solar system, that Earth's movements give us the day and the year, that gravity keeps planets in orbit around the sun, and the moon in orbit around the earth.

Galaxy
Image by Aleksey Ovcharov

GEOLOGY

April  12 - May 21, 2021


Calvin Ecosystem Preserve

Bruce Dice Mineralogical Museum

Geology trainees will use a variety of techniques to observe and classify different types of rocks and minerals. They will also discover the interior of the Earth, learn how the magnetic field works, and unearth the story of Plate Tectonics.