The EXPLORE EARTH exhibit arrives in just a few days – Wed, Aug 24, to be exact! The exhibit will offer a chance for visitors of all ages to learn more about science in a fun, interactive way. There will be a number of informational panels, some great hands-on learning tools, and a computer kiosk with cool STEM activities.
Plus, we’re planning a number of events to stimulate interest in local science topics – with an”earth” based theme, of course. From geology talks to nature walks, we’ve got a program for every age and interest, so drop in and participate!
Here’s what’s going on:
MINING IN IDAHO with TOM BLANCHARD – Thu, Aug 25 – 6:30 PM
Tom, a former CSI professor, will be here to talk about the impact of the political and environmental decisions made during the early mining period in Idaho. Sponsored in part by the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
POETRY CONTEST – AUG 24 – OCT 9
Get inspired by nature and show off your creativity! Write a poem about your observations of our earth, submit it before October 9, and you might win a prize. All ages.
KIDS CLUB MOVIE – Wed, Aug 31 – 4:00 PM
A lonely robot falls in love and goes on an adventure that will change his life, life on Earth, and humanity.
TFPL BOOK CLUB – Tue, Sep 13 – 5:30 PM
Join us for a lively discussion of John McPhee’s look at our Great Basin region in Basin and Range.
TEEN ACTIVITY: SUCCULENTS – Thu, Sep 15 – 4:00 PM
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how grow succulents (and learn more about gardening), drop in!
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – Thu, Sep 22 – 6:00 PM
Bring the whole clan in for the epic adventure of three animal families and their journey across the planet. Plus, we’ll have some great take-home activities and booklists!
SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY – Sat, Sep 24 – 10 AM–1 PM
We’ll be at City Park with a bunch of cool science demonstrations, crafts, stories, and more – like snakes from the Herrett Center – for the whole family to enjoy!
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE HERRETT CENTER – Tue, Sep 27 – 6:00 PM
Explore the great natural history galleries at the Center, then take in storytime, a craft, and a planetarium show! (The galleries, story, and craft are free; the planetarium show has a separate fee.)
KIDS CLUB: SCIENCE SQUAD – Wed, Sep 28 – 4:00 PM
How’s the weather? Our experiments today will focus on how weather and climate play a part in our everyday lives. (For kids grades 1-5.)
NATURE DETECTIVES – Sat, Oct 8 – All Day!
Pick up a Nature Kit at the Reference Desk – we’ll have one for every age group – then go explore! And, while you’re investigating, we hope you’ll be inspired to write a poem for the Poetry Contest!
CONQUERING THE SNAKE with ANDREW VAWSER – Thu, Oct 13 – 6:30 PM
Andrew will join us to share his new film documenting the impact of the Carey Act – which brought irrigation and increased settlement – and created the “Magic Valley.”
KIDS CLUB: CRAFT DAY – Wed, Oct 19 – 4:00 PM
Come in, learn about rocks, choose a favorite, and make it a pet! (For kids grades 1-5.)
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT – Wed, Oct 19 – 6:30 PM
As part of our LTAI series, we’re reading and discussing Pulitzer Prize winners. Join us tonight for Annie Dillard’s nature classic, The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
GEOLOGY UNDERFOOT IN SOUTHERN IDAHO with SHAWN WILLSEY – Thu, Oct 20 – 6:30 PM
Shawn, geology professor at CSI, will be presenting a unique look at the amazing geology of Southern Idaho, sharing his favorite sites, and showing us how to look at our environment with new eyes.
Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.