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Family Science Outside: Exploring Ecosystems (Week 3: Forests)

Family Science Outside: Exploring Ecosystems brings at-home learners and their grown-ups into the living lab of the great outdoors! These weekly choose-your-own adventure style experiences are a perfect escape from screens, but also a real-world supplement to school studies (aligned with many area school curricula, and state and national standards). 

Each week’s program includes:

  • Activities with the Jennings staff, including introductory explorations and guidance on using exploration tools
  • A loaner kit to aid in your family’s investigations, including items like nets, weather instruments, and more
  • An investigation guide to complete together as a family while out and about exploring
  • Resources for continuing the explorations and learning at home

Registration is required (see below)

When? Week 3 - October 20, 21, or 22. Families/cooperative groups/”pods” can register for their own time slot once/week. Time slots are available for one family/cooperative group/”pod” at a time (max 12 people/group) on Tuesday through Thursday  at 9, 10, 11, and 1 each day.

Who? Especially meant for families with children in grades 2-6, but siblings welcome.  

What? With a new set of investigations each week, there’s always something different to explore – sign up for one time slot per week for as many weeks as you like. Activities are designed to last 1.5-2 hours.

  • Week 3, October 20-22: Forests – discover what is sneaking around the forests sometimes under cover or undetected, and more! Plus discover seasonal changes and how that impacts the forests.

How? Registration is required for each week’s sessions by clicking the register button or by calling 724-794-6011. When registering, register a responsible adult, and provide names for participants and ages for children in the “Additional Info We Should Know” section. Valid Driver’s License required for kit reservation.

The following COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place:

  • Masks: required for Jennings staff at all times; all participants must wear masks indoors and when participating in activities with Jennings staff. Masks are not required while exploring on your own.
  • Social Distancing: required between Jennings staff and participants
  • All materials will be thoroughly sanitized.
  • All should practice thorough and frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
  • We ask participants to stay home if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed or is experiencing symptoms. 
  • Waiver and contact info required for participants
  • Investigation guides are available to print at home

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Jennings Environmental Education Center
2951 Prospect Rd., Slippery Rock, PA 16057-5023


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