Posts tagged ‘mystery’

February 18, 2015

Evening Edventure: Conservation Investigation

by Melissa Harding

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A crime has been committed! Someone stole a bunch of bananas from the forest and we need a detective to figure out who did it. Luckily, at last Friday’s Evening Ed-Venture, we had 17 detectives to help us solve this heinous crime. During this mysterious program, campers learned how to be good detectives and sharpened their observational skills through a  series of challenges. They also got to take a crack at solving The Mystery of the Missing Bananas, a habitat-based mystery focused on teaching ecosystem interdependence. Not to mention, they got to spend time in the Conservatory at night! Campers had a criminally-good time and so did we.

Upon arrival, campers created a detective notebook to track their progress and to record any clues they found. Their first task was to complete a series of observation-based games to see how good they were at looking closely and listening. They also learned that detectives and scientists have quite a bit in common, both of them using their senses to observe and ask questions in order to solve mysteries, criminal or otherwise.

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After our detectives were trained, they tried to solve our banana-based crime. In this mystery, campers interview plants about the animals on their suspect lists. The plants provide clues about who may or may not be guilty based on any alibis they can give for a particular animal. The goal of the program itself is to help students understand how plants need animals and animals need plants, all while playing a fun game. Campers loved the mystery and even suspected some of us as being the culprits! Finally, they all settled on the cockroach, who was the true villain.

After all the crime-fighting, the campers were pretty hungry, so we had a tropical snack of bananas and oranges. Newly fortified, the campers headed to the Conservatory, using a scavenger hunt to guide their observations. They had to look closely, read signs, and use all their senses to cross off every box on their sheet. By the time they were done it was time to head home and rest their detective eyes for the night. What a great Conservation Investigation!

If this program sounds fun, check out our next Evening Ed-Venture on March 27, Fun with Food; in this exciting program, campers will learn about healthy foods through crafts, games and cooking! To register, contact Sarah Bertovich at 412/441-4442 etx. 3925.

The above photos were taken by Science Education staff.

February 19, 2014

Evening Edventure: Conservation Investigation

by Melissa Harding

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A crime has been committed! Someone stole a bunch of bananas from the forest and we need a detective to figure out who did it. Luckily, at last Friday’s Evening Ed-Venture, we had 14 detectives to help us solve this heinous crime. During this mysterious program, campers learned how to be good detectives and sharpened their observational skills through a  series of challenges. They also got to take a crack at solving The Mystery of the Missing Bananas, a habitat-based mystery focused on teaching ecosystem interdependence. Not to mention, they got to spend time in the Conservatory at night! Campers had a criminally-good time and so did we.

Upon arrival, campers created a detective notebook to track their progress and to record any clues they found. Their first task was to complete a series of observation-based games to see how good they were at looking closely and listening. Campers drew pennies from memory, played “spot the difference”, guessed objects based on their sounds and tried their hand at memorizing faces. They also learned that detectives and scientists have quite a bit in common, both of them using their senses to observe and ask questions in order to solve mysteries, criminal or otherwise.

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After our detectives were trained, they tried to solve our banana-based crime. In this mystery, campers interview plants about the animals on their suspect lists. The plants provide clues about who may or may not be guilty based on any alibis they can give for a particular animal. The goal of the program itself is to help students understand how plants need animals and animals need plants, all while playing a fun game. Campers loved the mystery and even suspected some of us as being the culprits! Finally, they all settled on the cockroach, who was the true villain.

After all the crime-fighting, the campers were pretty hungry, so we had a tropical snack of papaya, bananas and clementines. Newly fortified, the campers headed to the Conservatory, using a scavenger hunt to guide their observations. They had to look closely, read signs, and use all their senses to cross off every box on their sheet. By the time they were done it was time to head home and rest their detective eyes for the night. What a great Conservation Investigation!

If this program sounds fun, check out our next Evening Ed-Venture on March 14, Deserts and Desserts; in this exciting program, campers will learn all about desert adaptations and make some healthy treats to share! To register, contact Sarah Bertovich at 412/441-4442 etx. 3925.

The above photos were taken by Amanda Joy and Diana Harwood.

December 7, 2012

Upcoming Events: Winter 2013

by Melissa Harding

A new year is coming and we are gearing up for 2013 with new Celebrates, Evening Ed-Ventures and Little Sprouts!

This January, we have a full calendar of fun activities designed to get your child excited about nature. All of our programs involve creative crafts, healthy snacks and a tour of the Conservatory, as well as the message that plants are important to our everyday lives. Learn botany through art, food and fun!

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Evening Ed-Ventures: Conservation Investigation
Ages 6-9
January 4
, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Evening Ed-Ventures are a kid’s-night-out program for children ages 6-9, scheduled for the first Friday evening of every month. Bring your child to Phipps to learn exciting science with us and have the evening to yourself! Conservation Investigation will use an inquiry-based science mystery to teach campers the importance of habitat conservation. Campers will make detective tools, fun snacks and take a mystery-solving tour of the Conservatory.
Costs are $20/member and $25/non-members; sign up a 2nd child for 50% off!
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Celebrate! The New Year

Ages 4-5 and 6-9
January 12, 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.

Celebrate! programs are one-day camps designed to celebrate the seasons. Our Celebrate! The New Year program will focus on the importance of turning old things into new ones through recycling. Campers will take recyclable materials headed for the trash and repurpose them to become useful and beautiful T-shirt bags, mini-planters and more! They will also make healthy, delicious snacks and turn their food scraps into soil.
Costs are $12/member and $15/non-members
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Little Sprouts: My First Garden 

Ages 2&3 (with an adult)
January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 10:30 a.m. – noon
Join us for our next four-week Little Sprout series for toddlers and caregivers, My First Garden. In My First Garden, campers will learn the life cycle of a plant, what plants need to grow, how to plant vegetables, and how to care for a garden. Join us for songs, crafts, games, and snacks from the garden! Each week also includes a tour of the Conservatory that uses scavenger hunts, magnifying glasses and matching games to teach observation skills.
Costs are $12/member and $15/non-members

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If you would like to sign up your child for this or any other program, please contact Sarah Bertovich at (412)-441-4442 ext. 3925.
For a complete list of our winter programs, see our website or check out our new rack card.

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Click on the image above to access a printable version!

The photos above were taken by Christie Lawry and Melissa Harding.

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