Home school program

Explore the Wonder!

We are currently adapting our youth programs. Our schedule will be modified to fit health and safety standards. Look for more information about our Fall 2020 offerings soon.


The Wonder Club is filled with fun, interactive, and hands-on activities facilitated by experienced staff. Participants learn to ask questions, carry out investigations, analyze data, develop models, and design solutions through exciting games and projects! Engaging in these science and engineering methods prepares them to be better equipped for STEM careers.

Throughout the course, students will be exposed to topics in physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering design. Within each of these branches, topics include properties of matter, waves, energy, ecosystems, cells, traits, solar system, geology, the design process, and much more.  Ages 10-13 will look at all of these topics through the literal lens of a microscope.



Look Closer - Microscopy 

Ages 10-13

Thursdays 1:30-3:30

See below for a full schedule of dates and class topics

Take a close look at geology, biology, and chemistry with the use of both simple and advanced microscopes. See the amazing and tiny world of crystals, fungi, bugs, plants, cells, and much more! Students will get familiar with the tool, looking closely at everyday items to learn how they work, what they are made of, and what they can tell us about how the world works. You will even get to build your own microscope to take home and continue exploration.


Microscopy - Ages 10-13

Butterfly Biosphere

Observation: I wonder what’s inside a drop of water. I wonder what exactly a microscope is.

Jump right into microscopy by viewing life inside a drop of water with a microscope anyone can make at home. Investigate the significance of microscopes and explore the exciting world of the too-small-to-see.

Museum of Natural Curiosity

Microscopes: I wonder how a microscope works. I wonder if I can make one.

Investigate how microscopes work, experimenting with lenses and light. Experience how simple a microscope can be by creating your own 3D-printed, take-home microscope.

Museum of Ancient Life

Rocks and fossils: I wonder what makes rocks different. I wonder where rocks come from.

Observe how rocks start to look radically different once you zoom in 20, 40, or 100 times. Examine rock crystals and hypothesize about their formation.

Butterfly Biosphere

Insects: I wonder how bugs can walk on walls. I wonder what and how bugs eat.

Introducing our most advanced student microscopes to zoom in up to 400X. Examine the tiny external structures of insects and investigate how they eat, what, and experience the world based on the structures we find when we look up close.

Butterfly Biosphere

Insects II: I wonder how butterfly wings are built. I wonder why they are that way.

Examine the delicate scales on a butterfly’s wing and its crazy compound eyes. Investigate how these animals function in their environments and experience their world.

Museum of Natural Curiosity

Technology: I wonder what’s inside my cell phone. I wonder how a microchip works.

Work with some simple circuits and learn basics of microcomputing. View microchips and other bits of technology under the microscopes to uncover their tiny secrets.

Museum of Ancient Life

Food: I wonder what my food is really made of. I wonder what exactly happens when food goes bad.

Bring in a snack to eat and examine up close. Examine mold growth on bread to see what exactly mold is. Peel apart an onion to prepare a slide for viewing plant cells!

Ashton Gardens

Plants: I wonder how plants breath. I wonder if trees eat.

Dissect a flower and view its pollen, leaves and stem at 100X and 400X zoom. Compare the leaves of coniferous and deciduous trees on a microscopic level.

Farm Country

Fibers: I wonder what’s the difference between wool and cotton and other fabric. I wonder why wool is so warm.

Meet many of the animals at our farm that provide us with warmth in the cold months. Touch and feel the animals and then examine the wool, down, and leather that they provide in the microscopes.

Butterfly Biosphere

Curiosity: I wonder what else I can look closely at. I wonder what else I can explore.

This is the opportunity to examine and investigate whatever you are still curious about. Collect specimens from outside and study them up close along with any objects students brought with them.

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