Elementary Science Camps

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1st – 3rd graders

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Introduction

A mantis found on the Howard Reynolds Nature Trails!

Using spectacular natural history resources in the Museum and on our nature trails, our education and science staff presents experience-driven lessons and activities that get students directly involved in the process of science. We emphasize building knowledge, skills and the mental tools in a fun, safe, encouraging atmosphere. We love earth and life science, and we want to share that excitement students enthusiastic about learning amazing new things!

Program Details

These are half-day camps, running from 8:30am – 12:30pm.

Each registration is $150 per Sternberg Museum member, and $175 per non-member. Registrations are for the full week (five days) session of camps.

There are two sessions to choose from: 
Session 1: June 17th – 21st
Session 2: July 29th – August 2nd

Q: What if my student is not accepted into the camp they applied for? Do you refund the deposit and subsequent payment(s)?
A:
 100% of paid tuition is refunded to any students not accepted to a camp they applied for. 

Q: What is your cancellation and refund policy?
A:
Cancellations must be  submitted in writing, via email or typed letter. Each camp registration is held  to a 20-percent cancellation fee. If you cancel 30 to 10 days prior to the  start of a program, half of the total fee is refundable. If you cancel 9 or fewer  days prior to the start of the program, no amount of the fee is refundable.  Registration fees are non-transferable between applicants.

For answers to more possible questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions page!

 

Contact Us

For questions about the Sternberg Science Camps programs, contact us at SternbergCamps@fhsu.edu or 785-639-5249.

 4th & 5th graders

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Introduction

Students examining modern mammal skulls and teeth!

Our 4th and 5th graders will enjoy a deeper dive into earth and life science topics as they explore millions of years of amazing changes our planet has experienced! Using exhibits, teaching collections, and authentic field science equipment at the Museum, these older students will get to work on group discovery activities and multi-day projects as they explore how scientists go about making remarkable new discoveries. We’ll also get out of the Museum, taking short field trips to look for fossils and wildlife around our community. From the rock cycle and weather patterns to prehistoric beasts, all the way to magnificent modern wildlife, it’s sure to be a marvelous week of discovery! 

Program Details

These are full-day camps, running from 8:30am – 3pm.

Each registration is $300 per Sternberg Museum member, and $350 per non-member. Registrations are for the full week (five days) session of camps.

The camps run from July 15th – 19th.

Q: What if my student is not accepted into the camp they applied for? Do you refund the deposit and subsequent payment(s)?
A:
 100% of paid tuition is refunded to any students not accepted to a camp they applied for. 

Q: What is your cancellation and refund policy?
A:
Cancellations must be  submitted in writing, via email or typed letter. Each camp registration is held  to a 20-percent cancellation fee. If you cancel 30 to 10 days prior to the  start of a program, half of the total fee is refundable. If you cancel 9 or fewer  days prior to the start of the program, no amount of the fee is refundable.  Registration fees are non-transferable between applicants.

For answers to more possible questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions page!

 

Contact Us

For questions about the Sternberg Science Camps programs, contact us at SternbergCamps@fhsu.edu or 785-639-5249.

Staff 

Darrah Steffen – Instructor 

Paleontologist, fossil preparator, education specialist

Paleontologist, fossil preparator, education specialist

Darrah is an invertebrate paleontologist with a passion for education. She’s worked at numerous museums sharing her passion for science with the communities they serve. She has prepped fossils and done outreach across the midwest at locations big and small. From the Permian Trilobites to the Western Interior Seaway to the megafauna of the Oligocene, she has a passion for it all. She has developed educational programs for all ages featuring a wide variety of topics in biology and paleontology. When she isn’t exploring the natural world, she works as a paraprofessional for Lincoln Elementary School in Hays, KS and the Public Relations Assistant at the Sternberg Museum. Darrah is an alum of Fort Hays State University, completing her MS in Geosciences in 2017. She will be the lead instructor for all of our elementary camps!

Special Guests!

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Our elementary camps frequently feature special guest appearances by other Sternberg Museum and Fort Hays State University sciences staff! From rattlesnakes with Curtis Schmidt and giant tortoises with Thea Haugen, to exploring Nature Trails research with Dr. Mitch Greer, students have some fantastic opportunities to go behind the scenes with earth and life science activities happening right here in Hays! 

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