An event every week at 4:00pm on Wednesday, starting January 12, 2022 and repeating until February 2, 2022
Calling all girls—let’s take science outside! In these programs, you will discover many branches of science through hands-on activities in the great outdoors. Learn what makes science so exciting and imagine your future careers while you explore the beautiful trails of Dodge Nature Center.
Girls Explore Science is an after-school program for female-identifying or non-binary youth in grades 5-8 that meets once a week for four weeks.
Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
January 12 – Week 1: Girls Explore Winter Phenology
It’s a new year, which means it’s a great time to explore the changing seasons! This week, dive right in by recording weather data and wildlife observations while hiking the trails at Dodge. Drill into the ponds, take temperatures, and record wildlife signs and sightings to compare to past and future data.
January 19 – Week 2: Girls Explore Winter Technology
Winter in Minnesota might be cold, but it can also be fun! This week, explore technologies new and old that help people not only survive in winter, but thrive in it. Glide across the icy ponds, tromp through the snowy woods, and have a blast while staying warm. Make sure to bundle up and wear snow pants to make this week even more spectacular!
January 26 – Week 3: Girls Explore Winter Wildlife Adaptations
Whether they migrate, hibernate, or tolerate winter, Minnesota’s wildlife has fascinating ways of ensuring it survives the coldest months of the year. Explore the questions scientists have about how migrating animals find their way to the same spot year after year without a GPS. Learn why hibernation might sound like a cozy winter nap but in reality, is an extremely risky survival strategy. Find out why the chickadee is considered one of the toughest birds that stick around for winter and how they do it. End the day by visiting the animal lab to learn what reptiles and amphibians are up to this time of year.
February 2 – Week 4: Girls Explore Vertebrate Zoology
Dodge has a bone to pick with you this week! Learn about how skeletons are the ultimate scientific jigsaw puzzle as you explore the world of vertebrate zoology. Compare bones from different vertebrate groups and learn how scientists determine how dinosaurs looked by studying modern vertebrate anatomy. Pick apart your very own owl pellet to explore skeletons on the small scale, then try your hand at assembling a deer and beaver skeleton. It’s sure tibia good time!
This program will take place both indoors and outdoors, with CDC and MN Department of Health procedures in place. Face masks are required for all participants and staff while indoors, and any outdoor activities where a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained outside of your immediate family group.