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wild science saturdays

Wild Science Saturdays are bi-monthly programs aimed at blending science, exploration, and creativity in a way that is both educational and fun! Get an up-close look at Bay Area wildlife on a Wild Science Saturday Trek, or feed your curiosity by exploring science with a creative spin in a Tree Froggin’ for your Noggin program. Our Wild Science Saturday programs are rotated so that they never over lap, which means you never have to miss out!

Attention: Proceeds from Science Saturdays will be donated to North Bay fire relief efforts focused on assisting wild and domestic animals displaced by the fires. Please see our Fire Relief page for a list of organizations and more you can do to help. Thank You!

 

Tree Froggin’ for Your Noggin with Kit Kat Kangaroo Rat!

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Spend a few hours of your Saturday learning something new in a Tree Froggin’ for your Noggin program. These programs combine captivating visual demonstrations and hands-on experimentation to teach participants the science behind the magic. We aim not only to help answer the questions “why does that happen?” and “how does that work?”, but to show how science is relevant in settings way beyond the classroom. The chosen topics are designed to teach scientific concepts and cultivate innovative thinking through experimentation and creativity. Whether it’s discovering how to make giant soap bubbles by experimenting with surface tension or learning to manipulate light waves and creating your own teleidoscope, Tree Froggin’ for your Noggin is sure to be educational and fun for all ages! 

Each program is led by Tree Frog Treks Education Director Kit Kat Kangaroo Rat, and will often feature a specialized guest presenter on the topic. Kit is a science educator who has been working in the field of experiential education for the past 10 years. In her spare time, she keeps busy with one of her many crowd source participation art / creative performance projects. Kit loves to blend her two passions by exploring the science in the art, and combining knowledge of science with creativity.

Program cost includes all materials that are needed to make that day’s project. Please pay attention to each program’s location, time, and age specifications, as these sometimes vary depending on the topic. 

 

Tide Pool Treks!

Join Tree Frog Treks naturalist Great Blue Aron on a tide pool trek to discover the incredible variety of marine wildlife found just a few steps from shore. Colorful nudibranchs, the gigantic moon snail and even a pacific red octopus are only some of the animals found in our local Bay Area tide pools...and with some instruction and a little luck, naturalists of any age will soon be spotting and identifying more amazing animals than they ever imagined! 

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Armed with little more than sturdy pair of shoes and a tide chart, we’ll survey the intertidal zone- the area above water at low tide- but underwater during high tide. Participants will discover first hand answers to questions like, “How do tides work?” “Can a fish breathe out of water?” and “Do sea urchins have teeth?” as they work side by side with TFT naturalists learning safe and fun methods of tide pool exploration and ultimately, conservation. 

Each trek will be led by Great Blue Aron, an experienced a naturalist, educator, and photographer who came on board to the Tree Frog Trek team last spring as a marine life specialist. Aron has enjoyed exploring nature from a young age, initially working in wildlife photography and videography. More recently he’s appeared in educational programming online, as well as contributing to TV’s the Conan O’brien show as a naturalist and marine life expert. 

Tide Pool treks will last about 2 hours and require sturdy shoes(water resistant/ waterproof is ideal), warm clothing and a curious mind. We will not be entering the water in any significant way- but we may get a little wet during our scientific survey. 

 

Tree Froggin' For your NOggin registration-click here!

Tide Pool Treks registration and INFo HEre!

 

Schedule

 

October 21

Tide Pool Trek

Ages: 7 and up (under 7 must be accompanied by an adult)

Location: Half Moon Bay Tide Pool Parking Lot 

Time: 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Cost: $20

 

November 4

Tide Pool Trek

Ages: 7 and up (under 7 must be accompanied by an adult)

Location: Half Moon Bay Tide Pool Parking Lot 

Time: 3pm – 5:30pm

Cost: $20

 

 

November 18

Tree Froggin’ for your Noggin: Big Bubbles for Little Scientists – featuring Bubbleution

Ages: 4 – 6 (parents are welcome to stay if they wish) 

Location: The Bunny Meadow in Golden Gate Park. (to the left of the conservatory of Flowers, across the street from the bathroom)

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Cost: $30

Description: 

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than making bubbles in the park? This program is designed to introduce younger kids to some of the basic science that goes in to making bubbles. We will explore concepts such as surface tension and evaporation to get a better understanding of bubbles and how different factors affect them. Kids will get hands-on as we experiment with bubble films and test various methods of creating bubbles. We will also experiment with bubble solutions, mixing different ingredients together and using the scientific method to determine which one is best. Then, we will learn how to construct our own bubble wands and spend the remainder of our time practicing our bubble technique and having bubble free play!

 

November 18

Tree Froggin’ for your Noggin: Science in a Soap BubbleFeaturing Bubbleution

 

Ages:  7 -11

Location: The Bunny Meadow in Golden Gate Park (to the left of the conservatory of Flowers, across the street from the bathroom)

Time: 12pm – 2pm

Cost: $50 

Description: 

Bubbles are a source of fascination and fun for people of all ages. Blowing bubbles, chasing bubbles, popping bubbles, or simply watching them float across the sky…it’s almost magical! But have you ever thought about the science behind the bubbles? How does a bubble form? How does it retain its shape? What causes it to pop? In this workshop, we will explore these questions and introduce concepts such as surface tension, cohesion, and evaporation to get a better understanding of the science in a soap bubble! Get a hands-on bubble science experience as we explore bubble films and test various methods of creating bubbles; Experiment with different bubble solutions and determine the pros and cons of adding various ingredients to your mixture; Learn about the factors that affect a bubble’s lifespan, and how you can adapt your bubble process to produce bubbles in varying conditions. To wrap things up, we will spend the remainder of our time constructing our own BIG bubble wands and perfecting our bubble-making technique!  

 

December 2

Tide Pool Trek

Ages: 7 and up (under 7 must be accompanied by an adult)

Location: Half Moon Bay Tide Pool Parking Lot 

Time: 2:30pm – 5pm 

Cost: $25

 

December 16

Tree Froggin’ for your Noggin: Boomerangs on the Brain 

 

Ages:  8 - 12

Location: Log Cabin Meadow in Golden Gate Park

Time: 11am – 12pm

Cost: $50

Description:  

Join Tree Frog Treks for a hands-on physics lesson that involves you making your own boomerang! Believe it or not, boomerangs involve a whole lot of science in order to be able to work correctly. This Tree Froggin’ for your Noggin program will use airplanes and boomerangs as tools to demonstrate scientific concepts such as lift, drag, and gyroscopic pression. We will also discuss air currents and various factors that can affect flight, and find examples of this by examining real bird wings, kites, propellers, and more. Then, after a safety talk by boomerang enthusiast and craftsman Sam Molnar, students will get a chance to throw various types of boomerangs to more fully understand all of the factors at play in it’s flight and return. The rest of our time will be spent making our very own boomerangs through guided instruction and testing them out! 

 

January 6

Tree Froggin’ for your Noggin: Reflection & RefractionFeaturing Colorado Kaleidoscope Company

Ages: 7 -11

Location: Frog Hall (2114 Hayes Street) 

Time: 12pm – 2pm

Cost: $50

Description: Let’s explore all of the amazing things we can do with light waves! Students will get an introduction to light waves and our visible spectrum of color by experimenting with prisms. We will explore key concepts such as reflection, refraction, diffraction, and magnification, and learn how each of these manipulations light waves in a way that alters the way we perceive the light waves. Students will get hands-on learning experience by experimenting with a variety of tools, including mirrors, prisms, concave and convex lens, and more. Then we will get creative and think about how we can use these concepts to build our own teleidoscopes or kaleidoscopes! Students will be able to test out a wide variety of scopes from Colorado Kaleidoscope Company, compare and contrast them, and identify which techniques are being used to manipulate the light waves. Then through guided instruction, everyone will make their own scope to take home with them!