Category: musings

graduates

We’ve wound down another summer tour, and as things are being scrubbed, parked, and shelved, I’m reminded that this isn’t only about the kids who come to the program. It’s also about the people who work and volunteer here. Many of the people who host science each summer are working on degrees, and many of…

playing in the dirt

As I was walking through the scene at the park today, I overheard a mom telling her kids, “You could go play in the dirt over there.” I made an internal note of that. When and where else do you hear a mom telling her kids to go play in the dirt? In this case,…

eclipse science

Keep reading to understand more about eclipses and how to view them, but at the very end of this post is the punchline: We’ll have some solar viewing glasses to give out to Science in the Parks participants, each Monday (“See it!” day) of our tour.

back to school

Summer came and went, and now we’re all back in school. Some of our staff are starting their very first days as new teachers — and you’re all very lucky to have these people in your communities and working with your children for the long term. As for me, the director, I get to think…

sand and water

We cleaned up Science in the Parks today. I came home with specks of white powder all over my shirt from when I was taking out some garbage that included the remnant of a 50-pound bag of corn starch. I had a rainbow of food color staining my hands from washing out the bin with…

work and play

We’re rounding out the first week of the 2016 tour of Science in the Parks, and already we’re having all kinds of fun. On our Facebook page and on our Flickr account you can see photos that people post. (In addition, we had this recent bit of press, and some people out in the community…

in preparation

The other day I walked into our modest prep area in the basement of the lecture hall. There was a line of string running from a cabinet to the gas spigot, and from the string there was a makeshift collection of miniature laundry. In this case, it was pieces of filter paper that had been…