Experience the mental and physical benefits of being in nature. Parents will learn about the psychology behind the practice of nature therapy, while kids are immersed in nature play. Together, parents and kids will have the opportunity to go on a mindfulness nature walk to experience what the Japanese call "shinrin yoku" or "forest bathing" – the process of taking in nature’s atmosphere through our senses.
Join faculty and students from the Center for the Environment to learn about nature’s fireworks (fireflies) and to try some of nature’s sweetener (honey) from our apiary. Honey-coated popcorn available. Look for our flag near Brittain Lake. Donations support CfE educational programming. Registration not required.
**FREE EVENT** In this session, you will apply simple hacks for shooting creative videos in nature and editing them on your phone for sharing on TikTok. We will use the Splice app for this session (www.spliceapp.com) . You will also need a TikTok account.
Learn about the diversity of macroinvertebrates and fish present in the Little Neshannock Creek. Ecologists from Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. will demonstrate macroinvertebrate and electrofishing sampling techniques. Electrofishing is a technique that uses electricity to temporarily stun fish and allow them to be caught without harming them. Participants will see live fish and macroinvertebrates up close before they are released back into the stream. Meet at the dock on Brittain Lake.
Join a naturalist and a former scout master on a relaxed pace hike at the Field Station in darkness with stops along the way to observe the flora and fauna. Learn how to use the senses other than sight to tune into the nocturnal wildlife. Hiking boots/shoes, long pants/shirts, and non-scented bug spray/lotion recommended. Please bring a flashlight. Recommended for ages 5+.
This session is designed for people interested in learning about beekeeping. Participants will get hands-on in the apiary - opening hives, identifying brood, honey, and much more! Bee coats, hoods, and gloves will be provided. If you are allergic to bees, this is not a session for you!
Be a bird detective. Use your powers of observation to listen and watch for birds all around us. This evening will include hands-on activities, story and learning time, a birding hike through the woods, and time to create an artistic bird project. (Please bring binoculars if you have them -- some binoculars will be available for use.)
**FREE EVENT** Are you interested in exploring a career in a STEM field? Join current Westminster students who are doing field research this summer. Learn about their research project and help them collect some samples and/or data.
**FREE EVENT** Stop by our table at the Farmers Market at the corner of Vine and Chestnut Streets (9:00am-1:00pm) to learn about sustainable living tips like how to compost and how to reduce plastic waste. Then head over to Westminster's tiny house on Prospect St. (12:30-1:30pm) for a tour and meet the student who is currently living there!
**FREE EVENT** Are you in need of service hours for your school or organization or do you like to work outdoors? Join us for fun and hard work planting trees or flowers, painting picnic tables, building bird houses, and more!
Hands-on experience creating bird houses from recycled pallet wood that would otherwise end up in a landfill. We supply the tools and materials. One bird house kit will be supplied to every two-person team. Time permitting, the session will include a demonstration of pallet deconstruction and an educational visit to the Field Station’s bird blind. $10 per two-person team (only one person per pair needs to register).
See thousands of stars and explore the Milky Way from up close in this tour of the night sky. We will use binoculars and optical reflector telescopes to observe the most prominent constellations visible to us in the summer and talk about the mythology and lore associated with them. Stick around after the event for s’mores around a camp fire. In case of cloudy or inclement weather, this activity will be moved indoors into the planetarium at Hoyt Science Center (registrants will be notified of any changes via email).
**FREE EVENT** You will get hands-on in the apiary - opening hives, identifying brood, honey, and much more! Bee coats, hoods, and gloves will be provided. If you are allergic to bees, this is not a session for you!