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Courses and Workshops PaleoExplorers (Grades 4 and 5): Building Vertebrates Dive into the origins of our vertebrate ancestors and explore the evolutionary history of animals with backbones. Courses and Workshops AnthroAdventures: Mesoamerican Archaeology (Grade 2 and 3) From chocolate to pyramids, let's piece together the clues left behind by Mesoamerican cultures. Courses and Workshops AnthroDiscoveries: Foodways (Grades K and 1) Learn about the diversity of food and all the different ingredients used! Courses and Workshops AnthroDiscoveries (Pre-K ages 3 and 4): Our Ingredients Come on a journey through different cuisines and try some tastes from around the world! Courses and Workshops GeoExplorers: Island Formation (Grades 4 and 5) Learn about the journey of the formation of islands, from a molten birth to the animals who come to call them home. Courses and Workshops BioDiscoveries (Pre-K ages 3 and 4): Life in a Pond Explore an aquatic world hidden just out of sight and marvel at the diversity of unfamiliar animals living in a pond. Courses and Workshops BioDiscoveries: Dipping Below the Pond's Surface (Grades K & 1) Join us under the water to take a magnifying glass to the curious critters that metamorphose and call the pond home. Workshop BioExplorers (Grades 4 and 5): A Tree Full of Primates Learn about the diversity of our closest living relatives, and what separates a lemur from a gibbon from an orangutan. Courses and Workshops AstroAdventures: A Universe of Stars (Grades 2 and 3) Learn about different types of stars and the systems they can form, as we take a journey to explore light in the depths of space. Courses and Workshops AstroDiscoveries: Our Celestial Neighborhood (Grades K & 1) On Earth you can dig in dirt, play in water, and fly a kite in the wind; but you can’t do these things on other planets in our solar... Workshop AstroDiscoveries (Pre-K ages 3 and 4): The Solar System Discover the rocky and gaseous planets that orbit the Sun, take a trip through space to learn about our nearest neighbors. Workshop BioDiscoveries: Making of a Mammal (Grades K and 1) While most mammals are furry, some barely have any hair at all! Learn what makes this diverse group special, explore the halls to... Workshop BioAdventures: Flying through North America (Grades 2 and 3) Sometimes travelling for thousands of miles, other times diving fast to catch prey in mid-air, birds are capable of incredible feats.... Workshop AstroExplorers: ArchaeoAstronomy (Grades 4 and 5) From Stonehenge to the Aztec sundials, ancient peoples looked to the heavens for guidance and inspiration. Discover the roles of... Workshop BioDiscoveries: Meet the Mammals Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4) Mammals are all over the world, in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Join us on a global safari to observe the diversity of mammals... Workshop PaleoAdventures: Ice Age Mammals (Grades 2 and 3) In a world half-covered in a glacial sheet, saber-tooth cats and mammoths thrived. Investigate the clues these animals left behind... Workshop AnthroExplorers: Navigating the Pacific (Grades 4 and 5) Imagine sailing the ocean using only the stars above and the ocean currents below to locate an island and finish your journey. When... Workshop PaleoDiscoveries: Cretaceous Critters Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4) Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the Earth. But they weren't alone! They shared the planet with numerous other animals and... Workshop PaleoDiscoveries: Beyond Dinosaurs (Grades K and 1) Explore the ancient world of Cretaceous organisms that lived among the dinosaurs. Course PaleoAdventures: Digging in the Past (Grades 2 and 3) Stegosaurus, Oviraptor, or Tyrannosaurus rex—which is your favorite? Get up close with real dinosaur fossils, learn how dinosaurs... Course PaleoAdventures: Unearthing Duck-Billed Dinosaurs (Grades 2 and 3) Our understanding of all dinosaurs has changed over time, from the way they walk to what certain fossils really are! Unravel the... Workshop AnthroExplorers: Walk This Way (Grade 4 and 5) - Saturday Workshop Humans are one of the few animals adapted to life on only two feet. Investigate the structures in our body that make this possible,... Family Programs GeoDiscoveries: Water Ways Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4) Water is not just for keeping us clean and quenching our thirst. It drenches rainforests and dries out deserts. Join us to explore... Course GeoDiscoveries: A Landscape for Life (Grades K and 1) What makes one area a frozen desert and another a soggy forest? Embark on a trip across the North American continent to visit the... Workshop GeoAdventures: Shaking Quaking Earth (Grades 2 and 3) Millions of years of shifting, shaking, and shattering crust have created the varied landscapes we see on Earth. Explore how plate... Workshop BioExplorers: Ocean Invertebrates (Grades 4 and 5) - Saturday Workshop Squids and octopuses are famous, but the ocean is full of other mysterious invertebrates—animals without backbones. Explore a magnificent... Workshop PaleoDiscoveries: Life’s Ancient Experiments (Grades K and 1) What animals roamed the planet and ruled the oceans before the Age of the Dinosaurs—and what happened to them? Explore fossils of... Workshop PaleoDiscoveries: Life in the Permian Pre-K (Ages 3 and 4) Before the time of the dinosaurs, proto-mammals with sails on their backs walked the land and toothless predators hunted in the seas.... Course BioAdventures: Toxins in Nature (Grades 2 and 3) Plants and animals across the spectrum of life make, eat, and even steal various toxic substances to defend themselves and catch... Course AstroExplorers: Pulsars, Quasars, and Magnetars (Grades 4 and 5) Images of far-away galaxies and glowing nebulas are transfixing and beautiful—but what about the objects in space barely visible... Course BioDiscoveries: Cities under the Sea (Grades K and 1) Corals are more than just animals. They also create large reefs that are home to a huge variety of ocean organisms. Dive under the... Family Programs BioDiscoveries: Creatures of the Reef (Pre-K) Just under the waves, coral reefs are complex ecosystems. Immerse yourself in these diverse and captivating environments to explore... Course AnthroAdventures: A World of Puppets (Grades 2 and 3) Puppets play a special role in many cultures—from traditional theater to children’s TV shows. Explore puppets made around the world... Workshop PaleoExplorers: Flight in Ancient Skies (Grades 4 and 5) Millions of years ago, dinosaurs took to the skies—but they were not alone! Come look up into the Mesozoic sky and meet the variety... Workshop AnthroDiscoveries: Games Around the World (Grades K and 1) If you grew up somewhere else in the world, what kind of games would you find? How would you learn how to play them? Join us on a... Course BioAdventures: Life of a North American Forest (Grades 2 and 3) Can you see the forest for the trees? Explore the inner-workings of the trees around you, the variety of forests in North America,... Course GeoExplorers: Anatomy of an Explosion (Grades 4 and 5) From explosions that destroy civilizations, to those that build new island worlds, volcanoes shape our planet in dramatic fashion.... Workshop BioDiscoveries: Bountiful Bugs Pre-K (Ages 3-4) The world of insects is teeming with diversity, whether the animals are crawling in the dirt or flying through the sky. Learn about... Workshop BioDiscoveries: Bugs all Around (Grades K and 1) The world of insects is teeming with diversity, whether the animals are crawling in the dirt or flying through the sky. Learn about... Course AstroAdventures: Extraordinary Moons (Grades 2 and 3) The moons in our solar system are many and varied. Some hide oceans under their icy surface while others rain sulfuric acid! Explore... Course BioExplorers: Magnifying Microbes (Grades 4 and 5) Under your very nose, there are microscopic ecosystems where microbes are eating, breathing, and defending themselves against microbial... Workshop AstroDiscoveries: All About Stars (Grades K and 1) Twinkling in the night sky, stars have fascinated people throughout history. Explore nearby constellations and the edges of the Milky... Family Programs AnthroAdventures: Can I Eat That? (Grades 2 and 3) Over millennia, people have learned how to gather, cultivate, and process a variety of plants to make them easier to eat. Explore... Camp Adventures: Science Selections (Grades 2 and 3) In this survey of the sciences, learn how to look at the world through the eyes of a scientist. Each day, campers will participate...