School Year @ the NatureLab for TkPk schools
We are fine-tuning plans for before/after school program at the NatureLab for the 2017-2018 school year. Please email us at lab-up@theNatureLabsite.com for more info or check back in late May for links.
Summer @ the NatureLab!
We are super-excited for summer! Our STE[A]M based programs include the micro, macro, hyper-local, interstellar, the hand-crafted, and machine-made. This summer we’re offering programs for ages 4-10 *and* new programs for Middle School ages 11-14.
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.
Birthday Coming Up?
Have a party at the NatureLab! the NatureLab’s birthday parties are 2 hours of one-of-a-kind, weekend fun. The first hour+ is an activity or series of activities which can be selected from a following menu, along with goody bags or treats. We take care of the play and clean-up, leaving you free to enjoy the party! We’re open to customizing the theme and activities (see following questions) and would provide a “goody bag” based on the activity. The last 30 minutes would be food and cake to be provided by the family. Send us an email (lab-up@theNatureLabsite.com) to find out more!
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!