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Sternberg Museum to offer summer camps

Published on -2/13/2014, 4:00 PM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

New this summer, Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History will offer elementary, middle and high school students an opportunity to fall in love with science through its series of outdoor field camps, day camps and overnight family camping trips.

"Students will be presented with questions and situations during the camps that will encourage critical thinking, collaboration, hypothesis-testing and examination of evidence to form conclusions. They will not only learn about science but how to do science themselves," said David Levering, education and outreach director.

The summer camps will allow students to get excited about science without the added pressures from testing found in a typical classroom setting, Levering said.

Elementary school students are invited to participate in a series of day camps. Dates are:

* Fun with fossils, June 2.

* Junior reptiles and amphibians, June 4.

* Junior bird biologists, June 30.

* Junior insects and spiders, July 2.

* Junior marvelous mammals, Aug. 11.

* Junior Rocks and Minerals, Aug. 13.

Middle school students are invited to a variety of three-day, two-night camps. Dates are:

* Paleontology Expedition, June 8 to 10.

* Marvelous mammals, June 11 to 13.

* Bird biologists, June 15 to 17.

* Reptiles and amphibians, June 18 to 20.

* Rocks and minerals, Aug. 4 to 6.

Insects and spiders, Aug. 7 to 9.

A two-week paleontology camp will be offered to high school students from July 13 to 19. A week-long biology camp is in the planning stages for summer 2015.

The dates for the family weekend programs are still to be determined.

All camps are limited to a maximum of 10 participants.

For more information, contact Levering at 785-639-5249 or by email at dalevering@fhsu.edu.

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