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March 2021, Decatur: Cook Museum Offerings

 

Please note this info is fyi only.  Please contact Cook Museum directly with any questions.  
Amazing Amphibians Fun Day
When: Saturday, March 13 from 10 am - 3 pm
Cost: FREE for Members* or with General Admission
Delve into the world of amphibians. Come learn about salamanders, frogs, and the vast number of species that live right here in Alabama, including the fascinating hellbender! Explore the Exhibits with the Frog Finder scavenger hunt and visit with the Museum’s Animal Ambassadors.  Enjoy crafts, the Lily Pad Olympics, the Frog Fascination Science on the Spot presentations, and much more.
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*Programs that are FREE for Members still require the
redemption of FREE Member timed-entry tickets.
Bug Barcoding: a citizen science project
When: Saturday, March 6 from 9:15 am - 2 pm
Cost: FREE with registration, Limited spots available
For ages 19 and older
Collect an ant, mosquito, or beetle and join us for a half-day, hands-on experience. You will extract your bug’s DNA and, through a laboratory technique called DNA barcoding, take a look into the insect’s genetic recipe to determine its specific identity. Your data will contribute to maps that inform scientists where species live as a part of a national citizen science project, “Citizen DNA Barcode Network.” Lunch and Admissions to the Exhibits is not included. Click here for more information.

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bug-barcoding-pilot-at-cook-museum-registration-137828174781 or call 256.898.6312.
Egg-citing Insects
When: Monday, March 22 - Saturday, April 10 from 10 am - 3 pm
Cost: FREE for Members* or with General Admission
Who wants to talk about insect eggs? Insect eggs are fascinating, but often hard to find in nature. Visit the Wonderful World of Insects Exhibit to get an up-close view of a variety of insect eggs and learn what makes them so egg-citing!
*Programs that are FREE for Members still require the
redemption of FREE Member timed-entry tickets.
Herpetologist for a Day
When: Monday, March 29 & Saturday, April 24 from 8 am - 3 pm
Cost: $130 (+ tax) per participant, per day, $15 Membership Discount
Grade Level: 4th - 8th
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a herpetologist or to work at the Cook Museum of Natural Science? What would you have to know? What would you get to do? Experience live animal feedings, behind the scenes tours, herpetology classes, independent workstations, and even a frog dissection! Lunch and a t-shirt included. The same activities will be offered on both days.
Aquarist for a Day
When: Wednesday, March 31 & Saturday, April 10 from 8 am - 3 pm
Cost: $130 (+ tax) per participant, per day, $15 Membership Discount
Grade Level: 4th - 8th
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an aquarist or to work at the Cook Museum of Natural Science? What would you have to know? What would you get to do? Experience live animal feedings, behind the scenes tours, ocean classes, independent workstations, and even a shark dissection! Lunch and a t-shirt included. The same activities will be offered on both days.
There are two ways to register for camps: in person at the Guest Services desk in the Museum lobby or contact the Group Sales department during regular weekday business hours at groups@cookmuseum.org or (256) 898-6312.
March Community Classes
When: Tuesday, March 16
10 - 11:30 am
March Topics:
  • K - 4th Grade Class: Taking on Taxonomy
    $12 (+ tax) per participant
  • 5th - 12th Grade Class: What’s in a Worm? (Dissection)
    $18 (+ tax) per participant
March Homeschool Classes
When: Tuesdays, March 9 & 23
10 - 11:30 am
March Topics:
  • K - 2nd Grade Class: Amazing Animals - Reptiles and Amphibians
    $12 (+ tax) per participant
  • 3rd - 6th Grade Class: The World Around You: Geography
    $12 (+ tax) per participant
  • 7th - 12th Grade Class: It’s In Your Blood (Dissection)
    $18 (+ tax) per participant
Ologies After-School Program: Zoology (The study of animals)
When: Wednesday, March 10 from 3:45 - 4:45 pm
Cost: $12 (+ tax) per student
Grade Level: 3rd - 5th Grade
If you are fascinated by everything animals, this class is for you! From classification to food webs and behavior - we cover it all. Become a zoologist for an afternoon and learn about some of Earth’s most amazing creatures. Conduct studies on a specific species and explore their habitats so we can make them feel right at home here at the Museum.
 
Ologies After-School Program: Selenology (The study of the moon)
When: Wednesday, March 17 from 3:45 - 4:45 pm
Cost: $12 (+ tax) per student
Grade Level: 3rd - 5th Grade
One small step… into the Cook Museum and you learn all about our closest satellite, the moon. Why does it change shape? How does it shine so bright? How did it get those dark spots? Why do we never see the back? All these and more are answered during Selenology!
There are two ways to register for classes: in person at the Guest Services desk in the Museum lobby or contact the Group Sales department during regular weekday business hours at groups@cookmuseum.org or (256) 898-6312.