Family Science Night at the Watershed

From moons to microscopes, dozens of families explored galactic-to-watery worlds at the recent Family Science Night at the Watershed.

In a treasure hunt of activities, the young scientists roamed the Watershed Center and received “passport” stamps for each stop they made at various stations.

They peered into microscopes, noting the features on the macroinvertebrates, in their quest to identify the critters.

They were guided by Watershed educators and had access to a dichotomous key, a tool that helped them determine the correct identity based on a series of queries and choices.

Greg Hunter, the Watershed’s Teacher-in-Residence, took groups on several journeys through the galaxy in a Star Lab.

Inside the darkened, inflatable dome, people were able to see the various phases of the moon over 29 days. They also explored the Milky Way, solar and lunar eclipses.

Education Director Jeff Hoagland led a sustainability tour of the Platinum LEED-certified Watershed Center, pointing out the solar, geothermal, stormwater and other innovations that reduce the impact of human activities on the environment.

Capping their science explorations, the families enjoyed some time outside gazing at stars and roasting marshmallows over a campfire.