Fall (and Winter) Programs
School routine set, soccer schedule pinned down, now for those one-of-a-kind, cool cat NatureLab programs! Registration will open shortly as we finalize weekday + weekend fun-ness. Please stop by and visit us during the Takoma Park Street Festival on October 1st.
School Year @ the NatureLab for TkPk schools
Before and after school programs for the fall are full. Please email Leslie through lab-up@theNatureLabsite.com for availability heading in to 2018.
“NoSchool?NatureLab!” returns 9/21 with Fall Physics.
Summer @ the NatureLab!
Thank you for another amazing summer exploring, learning, playing, art making, and science-ing with us. Its extraordinary being able to watch the children grow from year to year. We’re planning for Summer 2018 and excited for new programs and the return of some of our favorites. We will post the Summer 2018 programs in January.
Programs @ Your School
Bring a one-of-a-kind science/art/wonder NatureLab after school program to your school. Email for more information: lab-up@theNatureLabsite.com or give us a call at 301-814-9213.
Engineers unite! Water striders, houseboats, and Venice served as inspiration for NatureLab water structures ‐ an exploration in surface tension, mass, material resistance to water, and weight distribution.
A program for adults, in Collecting 101, we discussed “how-to’s” from deciding what to collect, researching laws and regulations, to moral concerns and preparing specimens.
Gotta love ‘em. Nearly indestructible and a very good starting point for a moon house. (Video)
Imported cicadas and domestic chocolates. In spite of the 2013 Brood II re-emergence skipping a goodly portion of the DC area, we managed to wrangle a few cicadas in time for our program at City Blossoms. In addition to delighting everyone in the garden, the cicadas inspired two design projects – seasonal chocolate and anti-bacterial coatings.
Choose your favorite animals, select their defining characteristics, take a walk outside for inspiration, mash it all up and play.
Bones and Branches
Bones and branches share similarities inside and out. The NatureLab looked at bone and cell structure images and colors, discussed the role of bones and branches as structural elements, went outside (of course!), then came back to the Lab to make ‘dem “bones”.
Egg Drop 1.0
Let’s build a nest, put an egg in it, drop it and see if we kept from scrambling the egg. Yes, really. In this time-honored design education staple, we put our nests to the test – but only with a three-foot drop. Let’s go for Egg Drop 2.0 and try a six foot drop or maybe higher… We’ll definitely need more sticks.
We log because we love. The NatureLab documents our finds with date, location, and sensory qualities. Writing a description reminds us of the smell or feeling of the objects in our collection. Send us an email request and we’ll send you back a one-sheet log to document up to four items personalized with your name!