Saturday, May 10, 2008

Homeschool Advisory Group at Nauticus Museum

Not only is Nauticus hosting a bangin' science summer camp season this year, but they're also creating a Homeschool Advisory Group to get input from our community on exactly what we'd like to see the museum offer to homeschoolers in the future. Are you kidding me? How many times have I sat around at park day or during some karate class or violin recital and made wish lists with other homeschool moms for what we could get the local museums to do for our children? Homeschool science classes? Science enrichment programs? Now those wish lists can be shared with people who are prepared to do something about them, in fact they are actively soliciting our ideas and desires! Here's the info:

When: Meetings are on Tuesdays from 2-4 pm on the following dates:
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16

How: Reservations are required as space is limited.
Please RSVP to Jennifer Kodolitsch or (757) 664-1044
And yes, bring the kids! They'll have fun with a free workshop style experience.
Refreshments and parking are also free.

Did I fall asleep? Am I dreaming? If we don't pack these sessions with interested and active homeschool families we deserve to spend three solid years in "homeschool story time" at the library. I can't wait to discuss what Nauticus can do for us and how we can support the museum.

Now, about that science summer camp. Here's the info:

Explore the Ocean and More! Camps - Come join us for a fun-filled week at Camp Nauticus! Explore the ocean ecosystem, predict the weather, get messy with chemistry, tour the Battleship Wisconsin, and much more! Enjoy science experiments, craft make-n-takes, behind-the-scenes tours, and even a field trip to the Portsmouth Lightship Museum!

Cost: $155 Nauticus members; $180 Non-members; $10 per day for extended care
Hours: Regular Hours - 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Extended Hours - 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Early Explorers (Ages 4-5): July 7-11, 2008
Junior Explorers (Ages 6-9): June 30-July 4, July 14-18, or July 28-August 1, 2008
Senior Explorers (Ages 10-12): June 23-27, 2008

Girl Scouts - Earn Your Brownies Science In Action Try-It or Junior Science Discovery Badge!

Water Scholars Oceanography Camp - Enjoy the science of Oceanography while learning about watersheds, sea star anatomy, water chemistry, navigation, and careers in Oceanography. Your child will explore the Elizabeth and York Rivers by boat and kayak, build an ROV, dissect a sea star, tour a research vessel, and even spend the night at False Cape State Park!

Cost: $225 members and City of Norfolk Employees; $250 non-members; $10 per day for extended care (Monday through Wednesday only; Overnight will be held on Thursday)

Hours: Regular Hours - 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Extended Hours - 8:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Ages: 11-14 year olds
Dates: August 4-8, 2008

Girl Scouts 11-17 - Earn Your Studio 2B Making Waves Charm!Boy Scouts- Earn Your Oceanography Merit Badge!

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