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Explorations in Sound and Vision:
A Musical Performance by Sound of Ceres

Feel the force and uncover the cool math and patterns of STEM toys as we explore balance through engineering! Using playground science, simple machines, and a variety of unique materials, we will construct tools and toys to investigate physics and center of gravity.

  • Tuesdays, December 1, 8, and 15 (3-week session)
  • 1–2:30pm
  • Ages 9-12
  • Limit 6 participants

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

PLEASE NOTE:
  • Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start-date.
  • Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. If you are unable to pick up your kit, special arrangements can be made.
  • During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom.
  • Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Each week, use a variety of special materials provided by the Montshire to experiment with a different force, such as gravity or magnetism. Discover how forces make things move!

We’ll use these concepts to create wacky toys and games for further exploration. This virtual class combines art and science, engaging the creative process. Materials will be provided and the program will be conducted via Zoom.

  • Wednesdays, December 2, 9, and 16 (3-week session)
  • 3–4:30pm
  • Ages 6–8
  • Limit 6 participants

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

PLEASE NOTE:
  • Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start-date.
  • Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. If you are unable to pick up your kit, special arrangements can be made.
  • During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom.
  • Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

From stripes on a crosswalk to stripes on a zebra, we live in a world of patterns. In this three-part maker-based series, we will explore the science, beauty and utility of patterns. Projects include creating patterned paper with found objects, making origami structures with unique materials, and exploring the hidden patterns in our daily lives by collecting and displaying our own data in creative and visual ways. Materials will be provided and the workshop will be conducted via Zoom.

  • Wednesdays, December 2, 9, and 26 (3-week session)
  • 10–11:30am
  • Ages 6–8
  • Limit 6 participants

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

PLEASE NOTE:
  • Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start-date.
  • Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. If you are unable to pick up your kit, special arrangements can be made.
  • During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom.
  • Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Join us in our Mini-Makers program all about the science of light and shadows, mirrors and reflections.

This three-part virtual program is for children ages 4-5 and an adult to explore and experiment together. Using a variety of special materials that we provide, each mini-maker will use their imagination to create everything from kaleidoscopes to shadow puppets. Materials will be provided and the program will be conducted via Zoom.

  • Workshop will meet Mondays & Wednesdays, November 30–December 16 (3-week session)
  • 9–9:30am
  • Ages 4–5 + caregiver
  • Limit 6 families

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

PLEASE NOTE:
  • Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start-date.
  • Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. If you are unable to pick up your kit, special arrangements can be made.
  • During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom.
  • Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Explore the wonderful world of bugs! Meet a variety of live insects that can even inpire you as you create your own beautiful artwork to take home.

Schedule of Activities

Time Activity Capacity
10–11:30am Live Insects A Drop in Activity for 2 Families at a Time
10:30am Science Story Time – Are You a Dragonfly? A Program for 5 Families
11:30am Insect Symmetry A Program for 5 Families
12:30pm Big Bug Art A Program for 5 Families
1–2:30pm Live Insects A Drop in Activity for 2 Families at a Time
1:30pm Mechanical Dragonflies A Program for 5 Families
2:30pm Insect Symmetry A Program for 5 Families
3:30pm Big Bug Art A Program for 5 Families

Toss parachutes from our balcony, launch rockets, and build a variety of flying, gliding, and floating projects as you explore the Montshire’s Air Works exhibition. It’s part engineering, part creativity, and all fun!

​Schedule of Activities

Time Activity Capacity
10–11:30am Hot Air Balloons A Drop in Activity for 2 Families at a Time
10:30am Science Story Time – Windblown A Program for 5 Families
11:30am Parachutes A Program for 5 Families
12:30pm Stomp Rockets A Program for 5 Families
1– 2:30pm Hot Air Balloons A Drop in Activity for 2 Families at a Time
1:30pm Wind Tube Contraptions A Program for 5 Families
2:30pm Parachutes A Program for 5 Families
3:30pm Stomp Rockets A Program for 5 Families

Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty features a kid that can never stop building and building! We’ll make our own towers with 100’s of cups and other oddities as we reach for the sky.

Build your own shadow puppets after getting inspired by all the animals found in Michael Bartalos’ Shadowville.

Explore the remarkable life cycle of dragonflies as we read the book Are You a Dragonfly? by Judy Allen. We’ll then make our own mechanical dragonflies to take home.

Build, test, and sink your own boat as we learn about balance and weight (along with the silly antics of some cute critters) in Pamela Allen’s Who Sank the Boat?

We’ll read the playful book Windblown by Edouard Manceau, then explore shapes and air as we build paper contraptions to blow in the wind.

Celebrate the end of fall as we play and get creative with leaves. To get inspired, we’ll read about the adventures of Leaf Man in Lois Ehlert’s colorful book of leaf collages.

Join Deborah Trickett to learn how to create lush container gardens that will be the envy of the neighborhood! Tune in for a ZOOM demonstration that shows you how to take your container gardens from “blah” to “ahh.”

Deborah will start with the basics of appropriate containers, soil mixes, and plant choices for different site conditions. Then, she’ll proceed to new and unusual plant material and uncommon container choices for exceptionally beautiful results.

Award-winning container garden designer Deborah Trickett has worked in the gardening industry for over 30 years, starting with her first job in a greenhouse at age 13 up to her present-day job as the owner of The Captured Garden. Deborah works with clients throughout New England, helping them transform their homes from typical to beautiful. By combining unusual plant material and creative design ideas, she creates containers that are truly one of a kind.

Deborah is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist, Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional, and a frequent lecturer on creative container gardening. She has presented at the New England, Connecticut, Newport, and Philadelphia Flower Shows, and the Perennial Plant Association Annual Symposium. She teaches classes and workshops at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, and has been featured in The Boston Globe, The American Gardener, and other publications, as well as the TV show New England Dream Home. Her work can be viewed on The Captured Garden website.

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you the day before the program.

Join Priscilla Clark and learn how to put together a floral arrangement to brighten your ongoing time at home. Create a lovely bouquet using supermarket flowers and a favorite container. You will be guided step by step through creating a bouquet in a vase of water.

Materials needed (please have these ready):

  • 1 or 2 bunches of mixed supermarket flowers (or 1 bunch of mixed flowers)
  • 3-6 stems of your favorites
  • 3-6 stems of additional foliage (if available).
  • Your vase, filled with water
  • Sharp scissors
  • Clear tape

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you the day before the program.

Join a discussion with Russ Knowles, the regional retail account manager at Proven Winners. Proven Winners operates out of Pleasant View Garden and serves multiple large, independent garden centers. With over 30 years experience at some of New England’s top garden centers, Russ has worked in various capacities including production, shipping, quality and inventory control, and planning.

This program invites attendees to start planning for spring with a preview of 2021 Proven Winner varieties. Russ will also share how and where to incorporate these plants into garden beds and container gardens.

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you the day before the program.

Imagine passing your hand through a cauldron of billowing fog, activating a vortex akin to the dust devils in Jupiter’s atmosphere, or sculpting sand dunes like those on Mars.

Internationally renowned artist Ned Kahn brings these experiences to life through the exhibition Planetary Landscapes. Kahn’s interactive sculptures are designed to explore, in constantly varying patterns, the dynamic forces that shape our solar system.

In Planetary Landscapes, Ned Kahn has created an entire family of artwork that brings vast natural processes within our reach, and sends our imaginations on a journey through the cosmos.

More to Explore

In this three-part in-person program for children ages 4-5 and an adult, we will mix, experiment and get messy with science. Each week we will focus on different experiments using a variety of “ingredients” as we concoct all sorts of potions, mixtures and messes as we answer the wonderful question “What happens if …?”

For ages 4-5 with an adult

Limited to 5 pairs

Friday, November 6, 13 and 20: 10:30-11:30am

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

The Montshire is pleased to host Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, presented by the Hanover High School Footlighters.

The show will take place outdoors, in the Hughes Pavilion, rain or shine. Please bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and warm clothes, and plan to spread out on the Mertz Meadow next to the Pavilion.

Show times are Saturday, 10/17 at 11am and 2pm, and Sunday, 10/18 at 2pm.

A reduced Museum admission fee is offered to attendees: $10 per person; free for Montshire members.

The Montshire is pleased to host Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, presented by the Hanover High School Footlighters.

The show will take place outdoors, in the Hughes Pavilion, rain or shine. Please bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and warm clothes, and plan to spread out on the Mertz Meadow next to the Pavilion.

Show times are Saturday, 10/17 at 11am and 2pm, and Sunday, 10/18 at 2pm.

A reduced Museum admission fee is offered to attendees: $10 per person; free for Montshire members.

The Light Around Us explores both the physics of light and how we see it. Experiment with color, shadows, prisms, and the light beyond the rainbow.

Light carries information from the world to our eyes and brains. Seeing colors and shapes is second nature to us, yet light is a perplexing phenomenon when we study it more closely. The interactive experiences featured here demonstrate some of the common properties of light, such as absorption, reflection, refraction, and diffraction.

  • Bend and bounce light rays using lenses and mirrors,
  • Block or change the color of everyday objects
  • Separate white light into colors.
  • Create shadows of overlapping color.

The Light Around Us also explores light beyond the visible spectrum, such as ultraviolet light, and how this light energy can affect our health.

More to Explore

Explore force and motion as we apply scientific principles of equilibrium, stability, center of balance, and gravity to our focused engineering and tinkering time together. Engaging challenges at the start of each in-person session will allow us to gain familiarity with the properties of the materials we have to build with, and help generate ideas on how they may be integrated into larger projects, as we engineer kinetic sculptures and mechanisms.

Wednesdays, 10am-12pm, November 4, 11, and 18.

12-15 year olds

Limit: 8 participants

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

From stripes on a crosswalk to stripes on a zebra, we live in a world of patterns. In this three part maker-based series, we will explore the science, beauty and utility of patterns. Projects include, creating patterned paper with found objects, making origami structures with unique materials, and exploring the hidden patterns in our daily lives by collecting and displaying our own data in creative, visual ways. Materials will be provided and the workshop will be conducted via Zoom.

Ages 9-12, Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30, November 3, 10, and 17

3-week sessions, $75 members/$85 non-members

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Explore the diversity and adaptations of insects in this three week virtual workshop series that combines natural history and making. In your materials kit you’ll have everything you need to create your own artful insects from stamps, paper, cloth and wire to highlight the beautiful, strange, and surprisingly hairy bodies of bugs.

Ages 6-8, Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, November 3, 10, 17

3-week sessions, $75 members/$85 non-members

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Ages 4-5 + caregiver

Does your little one like to experiment and create things? If so, join us in our Mini-Makers program. This three-part virtual program is for children ages 4-5 and an adult to design and create together. Each week a different topic that incorporates engaging in science and creative processes, building and movement will be introduced through sharing, stories and experiments. Using a variety of special materials that we provide, each mini-maker will use their imagination to create projects that inspire confidence and extended play, such as toys, puppets and sculptures. Materials will be provided and the program will be conducted via Zoom.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:00am-9:30am, November 2-18

3-week session, $75 members/$85 non-members

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Does your little one like to experiment and create things? If so, join us in our Mini-Makers program. This three-part in-person program is for children ages 4-5 and an adult to design and create together. Each week a different topic that incorporates engaging in science and creative processes, building and movement will be introduced through sharing, stories and experiments. Using a variety of special materials that we provide, each mini-maker will use their imagination to create projects that inspire confidence and extended play, such as toys, puppets and sculptures.

Limit: 5 adult/children pairs

Fridays, October 16, 23 and 30

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Telehealth has rapidly expanded in the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What advances have been made and how does this affect public health? What does this mean for how people visit with healthcare providers long after the pandemic?

Health Research Live programs include 20 minutes of presentations from experts, 15 minutes of break out groups to discuss issues with your community, and 20 minutes of a larger group discussion. This program will be conducted via Zoom.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration information coming soon.

Speaker information coming soon.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on vaccinations in the larger conversation of public health. Elizabeth Talbot (New Hampshire’s Deputy State Epidemiologist) and Christine Finley (Vermont Department of Health’s Immunization Program Director) discuss what vaccination research and initiatives are taking place regionally and nationally, what the future of a COVID-19 vaccine looks like, and how we can apply what we know from our experience with other vaccines to get the public vaccinated.

Health Research Live programs include 20 minutes of presentations from experts, 15 minutes of break out groups to discuss issues with your community, and 20 minutes of a larger group discussion. This program will be conducted via Zoom.

The program is produced and organized by the Montshire Museum of Science, Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, Dartmouth- Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Population Health

This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP by 4pm on November 17.
Speakers:

Elizabeth Talbot, MD is an infectious diseases- and tropical medicine-trained internist, who has had extensive experience in international and domestic infectious disease control through outbreak investigation, clinical projects, research, and consultation. She trained at Duke University and with the Epidemic Intelligence Service during which she was stationed in Botswana with the CDC, then the World Health Organization before coming to Dartmouth where she is a Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases and International Health at the Geisel School of Medicine. Since 2003, Dr. Talbot has been New Hampshire’s Deputy State Epidemiologist, where she is currently engaged in leadership for COVID-19 pandemic response.

Christine Finley, APRN, MPH, is the Immunization Program Director for the Vermont Department of Health, where she leads the program to work with families, health care providers, and community partners to make sure children and adults are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases by increasing immunization coverage levels.

Health Research Live! is a program series that features community and regional scientific research about public health–but what exactly does the term public health mean? Aurora Drew (Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice) and Alice Ely (Public Health Council of the Upper Valley) will discuss public health from both a world and local level, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted public health efforts in our community.

Health Research Live programs include 20 minutes of presentations from experts, 15 minutes of break out groups to discuss issues with your community, and 20 minutes of a larger group discussion. This program will be conducted via Zoom.

The program is produced and organized by the Montshire Museum of Science, Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, Dartmouth- Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Population Health.

This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP by 4pm on October 20.

Speakers:

Alice R. Ely, MPH, is Executive Director of the Public Health Council of the Upper Valley, which as one of the State of New Hampshire’s 13 regional health networks has quickly become the largest and broadest coalition of advocates on public and population health issues in the greater Upper Valley region. Alice received her Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Aurora Drew, PhD. Aurora is on the faculty at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. She is a public health practitioner and teacher with a passion and experience bringing evidence to practice. She holds a PhD from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and a Master’s degree in Education from New York University. Aurora currently is a co-investigator in a study of infectious disease and opioid use in rural New England; teaches research methods and capstone classes in the public health and health data science programs at Dartmouth; consults with the Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network; and is a founding board member of Families First New England.

Join the Hanover Garden Club at the Montshire for the program, Artist Gardens in New England, with Jana Milbocker and Joan Butler.

Some of our most beloved painters, sculptors and authors were inspired by the gardens they created. Visit the private havens of Edith Wharton, Julian Alden Weir, Childe Hassam, Daniel Chester French, Emily Dickinson, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Celia Thaxter, and others.

Jana Milbocker is the principal of Enchanted Gardens, a design firm, a lecturer, and the author of two books featuring garden destinations nationwide.

Joan Butler is a Massachusetts Master Gardener, a horticulturist at Weston Nurseries, and past Chair of the Massachusetts Landscape Design Council. She is an accredited Flower Show Judge, and chaired the floral design competition at the Boston Flower Show.

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you the day before the program.

The Art of Ikebana

Tuesday, October 6, 1pm via Zoom

Join the Hanover Garden Club at the Montshire for the program, The Art of Ikebana, with Kaye Vosburgh

Kaye Vosburgh will introduce Sogetsu Ikebana with a lesson for beginners, followed by freestyle arrangements that are creative and express the artists’ ideas. The Sogetsu School was the first to break away from the traditional rule driven arrangements. Love of plant material and nature is still a central theme.

Kaye is a Sogetsu Ikebana teacher of the highest rank. She has been teaching Japanese flower arranging for 31 years. She is also a judge in the National Garden Clubs and instructs design and procedure for Flower Shows to the incoming judges. Kaye delights in sharing creative moments with others.

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Register for the program.

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you a day before the program.

Archaeology uses a variety of scientific skills and knowledge to examine artifacts from our human past - from arrowheads to bullets, pottery to toys. Celebrate Archaeology Month by meeting Vermont’s State Archaeologist Jess Robinson in a live webinar where you’ll have a chance to see artifacts, ask questions, and look back in time.

This webinar is free but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.

This one-day Plein Air workshop will focus on painting the spectacular woods and water of the Montshire Museum’s beautiful campus. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor who will explain his technique for capturing the vibrancy of autumn colors through the layering process. Techniques for creating light and shadow will also be shown. Students will paint for the duration of the class followed by a critique at the end of the session. Hands on assistance will be provided by the instructor. Though the workshop is open to all abilities, some experience with watercolors is suggested. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum.

For more information or to register please go to AVA’s website:

Spend the afternoon outside, while using a variety of medium - including acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and pencils - to capture the incredible Vermont fall landscape! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Open to kids ages 9-13. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum. All materials will be provided.

This program has several session options offered .

Session 1: Wednesday, September 16-October 14 from 1:30-3pm

Session 2: Wednesday, September 16-October 14 from 3:30-5pm

Session 3: Thursday, September 17-October 15 from 1:30-3pm

Session 4: Thursday, September 17-October 15 from 3:30-5pm

To register or for more information please go to AVA’s education page.

Spend the afternoon outside, while using a variety of medium - including acrylics, pastels, watercolors, and pencils - to capture the incredible Vermont fall landscape! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Open to kids ages 9-13. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum. All materials will be provided.

This program has several session options offered.

Session 1: Wednesday, September 16-October 14 from 1:30-3pm

Session 2: Wednesday, September 16-October 14 from 3:30-5pm

Session 3: Thursday, September 17-October 15 from 1:30-3pm

Session 4: Thursday, September 17-October 15 from 3:30-5pm

To register or for more information please go to AVA’s education page.

Spend the morning outside, while painting the incredible Vermont fall landscape with oils! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Students are welcome to bring drawing materials as well. Class will start with a short painting demonstration and culminate with supportive critique. One morning class; open to all levels. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum.

Contact AVA Gallery to register.

Spend the morning outside, while painting the incredible Vermont fall landscape with pastels! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Class will start with a short pastel demonstration and culminate with supportive critique. Open to all levels. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum.

Wednesdays, September 16-October 14

10:30am-12:30pm

Please contact AVA Gallery to register

Montshire at Home: Virtual Workshop Series

M@H: Virtual Workshop Series is a multi-week virtual learning program, designed to engage learners in hands-on inquiry at home. Participants each receive a kit of uniquely chosen materials and supplies that support weekly inquiry-based activities focused on a STEM content theme. Montshire Educators provide live, on-screen engagement, where children are encouraged to share in their learning process and make discoveries with fellow learners, as well as weekly activities and prompts for off-screen exploration and extension of learning.

Program Features
Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

  • Weekly live on-screen engagement
  • Weekly Thematic Inquiry-Based STEM Activities & Extensions for off-screen exploration
  • A comprehensive kit of materials*, bundled by session, for learners to unpack and discover each week; designed to support learners’ full engagement in each activity
  • Weekly Guides & Checklists for kids and caregivers
  • Access to a private on-line community learning space

Spend the morning outside, while painting the incredible Vermont fall landscape with oils! Bring your energy, curiosity and personal expression to the water and woods of the beautiful grounds of the Montshire Museum. Students are welcome to bring drawing materials as well. Class will start with a short painting demonstration and culminate with supportive critique. Open to all levels. This class will be in-person and take place at the Montshire Museum.

Thursdays, Sep 10-Oct 15 (no class Sep 24)

10:30am-12:30pm

Contact AVA Gallery to register:

Feel the force and uncover the cool math and patterns of STEM toys, as we explore balance through engineering! Using playground science, mechanical advantage, and a variety of unique materials, we will construct tools and toys to investigate physics and center of gravity.

Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, October 6, 13, 20, 27 (Program is Full)

Or Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm, October 7, 14, 21, 28 (Canceled)

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members


Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Become a better observer of the natural world, using photography as your tool! Explore how changing your perspective and framing can alter what we notice and what we are able to encourage others to notice. Stretch yourself to capture new things, engage in supportive critique sessions to refine your practice! We will usephoto-editing software to manipulate our art into something all-together new. Each student will be encouraged to choose a compelling theme, special item or place in nature to document through a series of photographs as a culminating project. Students will need the following:

  • A device to take pictures (e.g. digital camera, phone, or tablet)
  • A way to transfer their photos to the computer they will be using to engage with the class for sharing and critique.
  • Access to a photo editing and altering program of their

    choice (we are happy to help you identify the best free app or program to meet your technical needs and requirements)

Ages 9-12

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm, October October 6, 13, 20, and 27

Or Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, October 7, 14, 21, and 28

Full scholarships available to Warm Welcome Members.

Become a better observer of the natural world, using photography as your tool! Explore how changing your perspective and framing can alter what we notice and what we are able to encourage others to notice. Stretch yourself to capture new things, engage in supportive critique sessions to refine your practice! We will use photo-editing software to manipulate our art into something all-together new. Each student will be encouraged to choose a compelling theme, special item or place in nature to document through a series of photographs as a culminating project. Students will need the following:

  • A device to take pictures (e.g. digital camera, phone, or tablet)
  • A way to transfer their photos to the computer they will be using to engage with the class for sharing and critique.
  • Access to a photo editing and altering program of their choice (we are happy to help you identify the best free app or program to meet your technical needs and requirements)

Ages 9-12

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm, October October 6, 13, 20, and 27
Or Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, October 7, 14, 21, and 28

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members.

Feel the force and uncover the cool math and patterns of STEM toys, as we explore balance through engineering! Using playground science, mechanical advantage, and a variety of unique materials, we will construct tools and toys to investigate physics and center of gravity.

Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, 10:00am-11:30am, October 6, 13, 20, 27 (Program is Full)
Or Wednesdays, 1:30pm-3:00pm, October 7, 14, 21, 28 (Canceled)

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members

Pre-registration at least 7 days in advance of program start date. Kits for pre-registered families will be available for pick up at the Museum Store of Montshire Museum of Science 7 days prior to the program start date. During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent to registered participants a few days prior to the workshop.

Explore the diversity and adaptations of insects in this three part series that combines natural history and making. We’ll use the museum’s insect collection, live insects, and microscopes to get inspiration to create our own artful insects from stamps, paper, cloth and wire to highlight the beautiful, strange, and surprisingly textured bodies of bugs.

Thursdays, December 3-17, 2020
Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm


In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Explore the diversity and adaptations of insects in this three part series that combines natural history and making. We’ll use the museum’s insect collection, live insects, and microscopes to get inspiration to create our own artful insects from stamps, paper, cloth and wire to highlight the beautiful, strange, and surprisingly textured bodies of bugs.

Limit: 8 participants

Thursdays, December 3-17, 2020
Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm


In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Up, Up, and engineer your way through a variety of challenges! Explore the science behind your favorite superhero or super-shero, build your own superhero action figures, and outfit them with the tools and gadgets to escape any situation! Each class, we’ll be presented with a new challenge to inspire our engineering solutions (and save our heros!).

Limit: 8 participants

Thursdays, November 5-19, 2020 (3 meetings)

Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Up, Up, and engineer your way through a variety of challenges! Explore the science behind your favorite superhero or super-shero, build your own superhero action figures, and outfit them with the tools and gadgets to escape any situation! Each class, we’ll be presented with a new challenge to inspire our engineering solutions (and save our heros!).

Limit: 8 participants

Thursdays, November 5-19, 2020 (3 meetings)
Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm


In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

The museum’s rock collection will be the focus of this four-week series on Earth Science. We’ll explore the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks as we study the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, and plate tectonics. Students will get to use tools from microscopes to identification keys, maps to models.

Limit: 8 Participants

Thursdays, October 8-29, 2020 (4 meetings)

Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm, Full, waitlist only
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

The museum’s rock collection will be the focus of this four-week series on Earth Science. We’ll explore the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks as we study the rock cycle, weathering and erosion, and plate tectonics. Students will get to use tools from microscopes to identification keys, maps to models.

Limit: 8 Participants

Thursdays, October 8-29, 2020 (4 meetings)
Ages 6-8, 10:30am-12pm - Full, waitlist only
Ages 9-12, 1:00pm-2:30pm

In light of the current public health situation please review our Health and Safety policies before registering.

Join your young scientist in exploring the beautiful diversity of insects in this four-week virtual workshop series that combines nature and art. Each week a different topic that incorporates engaging in science and creative processes, building and movement will be introduced through sharing, stories and experiments. In your materials kit you’ll have everything you need to create your own artful insects from stamps, paper, cloth and wire to highlight the colorful, strange, and surprisingly textured bodies of bugs.

Limit: 6 participant pairs

The class meets on Monday and Wednesday morning from 9-9:30 from October 5-October 28 (2 session/week for 4 weeks).

Full scholarships available for Warm Welcome Members.


Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden

Tuesday, September 8, 1pm on ZOOM


Join the Hanover Garden Club at the Montshire for the program, Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden, with author and designer Bill Noble

For thirty years Bill Noble has worked as a garden designer and preservationist. As Director of Preservation for the Garden Conservancy he was instrumental in the preservation and restoration of dozens of gardens throughout the United States.

Bill began his career working in the gardens of the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens and other artists in the Cornish, New Hampshire Artists’ Colony. He then went on to become the first landscape director at The Fells, on Lake Sunapee.

His Norwich, Vermont garden is included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archive of American Gardens and has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, House & Garden Magazine, The New York Times and the Garden Conservancy’s book, Outstanding American Gardens. He has now written and photographed ​Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden,​ chronicling the making of his gardens.

Short Business Meeting and Program…....1:00

This program will be conducted on Zoom.

Registration Coming Soon

Once you have registered, a link will be sent to you a day before the program.

Grab your own table in the new 2nd floor Science Discovery Lab and engage in intensive hands-on activities for the entire family! From making toy parachutes to experimenting with electricity; exploring chemistry to examining ticks up close. And more! Sessions are limited to five families.

Join a Montshire science educator for a drop-in activity on the Science Park Terrace, where you can do everything from building boats to exploring fossils, using a microscope to touching giant cockroaches. One family at a time.

Exploring Pond life

A healthy pond, lake or river is full of life, but sometimes you have to slow down and look closely to find it. Once you start to notice the tiny creatures, be prepared to be amazed by the diversity of life in the water.

Explore an Aquatic Habitat

Get to know a pond, stream or river’s edge. Spend some time exploring and then record what you discover.

Amphibian Trivia

Do you know a mudpuppy from a bullfrog? Test your knowledge with the Amphibian Trivia activity sheet.

How Does Your Boat Float?

How many pennies can your aluminum foil boat hold before it sinks?

Little Boats

Make your own little boat to test how it floats down a stream, around a lake, or in your bathtub.

Rubber Band Boat

Build and experiment with your own rubber band powered boat.

Program Policies and Expectations

Montshire Museum of Science is incorporating the following policies and expectations into our in-person programming.


Masks

All program participants, Montshire staff, and adults who are picking up or dropping off a participant must wear a mask.

Daily Health Screening

All participants and staff will have their temperature taken and a health screening as they arrive. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4° F will be sent home. In addition they will need they to confirm their current health and possible exposure to anyone who has been sick with Covid 19.

Vermont Quarantine Rule

Vermont has a complicated quarantine rule for those who have travelled outside of the area anytime in the last 14 days. Refer to Vermont’s public health response regarding travel to the state for updated information. Please note these restrictions may change over time and we expect all families to comply with the requirements at the time of their child’s program. If you have questions about this rule, please contact us at registrations@montshire.org.

Participant Code of Conduct

Please help your child prepare for attending an in-person program by practicing wearing masks at home, and talking about the following appropriate behaviors. Before the start of a program, ensure your child is ready to comply with all aspects of the participant code. Children unable to follow these guidelines will not be able to participate in our programs.

All participants will be required to:
Wear Masks Wear Masks: Children will be expected to wear masks that fit appropriately, covering the mouth and nose, and that they can put on and take off independently.
Physical Distance Participants and staff must strive to maintain a 6 feet distance from others. Although we cannot guarantee that children will maintain this distance, we will enforce these requirements when possible, and to the extent possible. Personal belongings will also be spaced apart from others, and may only be touched by the owner.
Wash Hands Hand-washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. Participants will be required to wash/sanitize their hands on arrival and throughout the program time and will be expected to know how to do this properly.

What the Montshire is Doing to Ensure Safety.

  • We are limiting programs to 10 or fewer participants.
  • We plan to use outdoor spaces when possible.
  • We will have a large indoor space dedicated to program use that museum visitors will not access.
  • We have greatly increased our cleaning and disinfection schedules.

Save an Ice Cube: An Engineering Challenge​

Sometimes it is important to figure out how to keep things cool on a hot day.

In this experiment and engineering challenge you are going to design a way to keep an ice cube from melting.

Download the activity guide and inventor’s planning sheet to get started!

Melting and Freezing Experiments

What happens to everyday solids and liquids when exposed to the heat or cold?

Download the activity guide to find out!

Assortment of items to melt and freeze.

Design a Solar Cooker

In this engineering activity, you will need to design a solar oven that gets hot enough to melt marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores.

Download the activity guide and inventor’s planning sheet to start cooking!

Who’s That Tree?

Learn to identify the trees in your neighborhood while playing a game of Tree Bingo.

Don’t leaf without downloading the activity guide!

Pine Cone Scavenger Hunt

Delve into the science of pine cones. What types of coniferous trees live near you?

Download the activity guide to get started!

Everything About My Tree

Just like people no two trees are the same.

Download the activity guide and record details of your favorite tree!

Grab your own table in the new 2nd floor Science Discovery Lab and engage in intensive hands-on activities for the entire family! From making toy parachutes to experimenting with electricity; exploring chemistry to examining ticks up close. And more! Sessions are limited to five families.

Stop by the Science Park Terrace to take part in a hands-on activity with a Montshire science educator.

Stop by the Science Park Terrace to take part in a hands-on activity with a Montshire science educator.

The Montshire Museum of Science will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 8, offering an enhanced outdoor experience that includes David Goudy Science Park and miles of nature trails, as well as two new features — the special exhibition Prehistoric Giants and the forest play area, The Play Grove. Members will have the first opportunity to visit, from July 1 to July 5, during Member Appreciation Week.

To ensure a safe, engaging, and flexible learning environment, the Museum has made some changes to hours, admission, ticketing process, and visitor policies. Indoor exhibits will remain temporarily closed, while the Montshire focuses on providing a memorable and engaging outdoor experience.

Museum Changes

The Montshire will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am to 4pm. It will be closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays, however summer camps will still take place on these days. To celebrate the Museum reopening, a promotional rate of $14 for adults and $11 for children will be available for the month of July. Admission is free for members and children under the age of 2.

The Museum is implementing a timed ticketing system to ensure that visitors can safely maintain social distancing. All visitors, including members, are required to pre-register. Tickets must be reserved in advance for either a morning arrival (10am–12:30pm) or an afternoon arrival (1:30–4pm). Tickets may be purchased or reserved up to three days prior to a visit. Visitors may arrive at any time during the arrival window chosen, and can stay until the Museum closes at 4pm. Detailed instructions are available on the Museum website.

The Montshire requires visitors who are age three and older to wear a face covering or mask when inside the building. Face coverings and masks are encouraged outside and required when interacting with Museum staff or other visitors. One-way directional traffic will be maintained in the building and in some outdoor spaces.

To encourage healthy hand hygiene, the Montshire has upgraded restrooms with many touchless features. The Museum has also increased the availability of hand-washing and hand-sanitizing stations throughout the building and grounds.

Detailed visitor guidelines are available on the Montshire website.

What’s New at the Montshire

This summer, the Montshire is offering even more outdoor experiences through a special exhibition, a forest-inspired play area, selections from Bubbles: Science in Soap exhibition in an outdoor setting, and learning experiences designed for families.

Prehistoric Giants

Step back in time when you visit Prehistoric Giants, featuring larger-than-life sculptures by New Hampshire-based artist Bob Shannahan. This outdoor exhibition explores life from the prehistoric past through pieces created from various natural materials. While strolling through the Montshire’s David Goudy Science Park, be on the lookout for a towering Irish elk, an American camel (ancestor of modern camels and llamas), a powerful short-faced bear, and a mighty mastodon.

Shannahan has been making and exhibiting his animal sculptures in New England for the past fifteen years. They are an extension of his landscape work and his work with school gardens. Though primarily self-taught, he has studied at the New Hampshire Art Institute and the Boston Institute of Art.

The Play Grove

The Play Grove is a whimsical nature play area nestled at the intersection of the Meadow Walk and River Loop Trails. Through colorful ribbons, fanciful structures, and a variety of activities rooted in informal science learning, visitors can explore, imagine, and play in a scenic woodland setting. Test grace and agility through a path of wood beams, colorful tree trunks, and logs. Use colorful stacking wood to create a structure, a game, or whatever the imagination conjures. Build a gnome home using a mix of natural objects found in the forest. Or take a quiet break on colorful hammocks as you sway along with the riverside breeze.

Bubbles at the Hughes Pavilion

Learn the joy, wonder, and science that can be found through just soap and water at one of the Montshire’s popular exhibitions, Bubbles: Science in Soap — now located outdoors in the Hughes Pavilion.

Education Programming for Families

The Museum will offer a variety of science programs and activities. Visitor groups can engage in hands-on, inquiry-based science activities, designed especially for families. Additionally, visitors are encouraged to use informal learning activities included in the visitor guide to further explore and investigate the Montshire’s exhibits and grounds.

The Play Grove is a whimsical nature play area nestled at the intersection of the Meadow Walk and River Loop Trails. Explore, imagine and more through a variety of activities, such as:

  • Balance & Jump — Test your grace and agility through a path of wood beams, colorful tree trunks, and logs.

  • Stacking Wood — Use a variety of colorful stacking wood to create a structure, a game, or anything else you can imagine.

  • Ribbon Room — The woods can become a magical place when you walk through the colorful entrance to this special space.

  • Gnome Homes — At this unique open workshop, build a structure for your favorite gnome or fairy using a variety of natural objects found in the forest.

  • Play House — Enter this charming structure constructed with forest material and and let your imagination run wild as you play.

  • Hammocks — Take a quiet break on our colorful hammocks and sway along with the riverside breeze.

  • Swing — Release your inner adventurer as you swing from a tree and prepare for your day of exploration.

More to Explore

This summer, join us for a rich outdoor experience for all ages.

  • Enjoy water and sound exhibits in David Goudy Science Park
  • Revel in nature’s beauty on our miles of walking trails
  • Marvel at larger-than-life animal sculptures with a new outdoor special exhibition
  • Participate in learning experiences specially designed for your family

To ensure a safe, engaging, and flexible learning environment, we’ve made some changes to our hours, admission, ticketing process, and visitor policies.

Learn more on our Visit page!

Sound of Ceres (featuring members of Candy Claws, Apples in Stereo, and the Drums) is an audio/visual experience with sounds ranging from 1960’s exotica to majestic, synthesizer-adorned, future horizons. Light projections and fiber optics pierce the darkness and smoke, creating a web of ever-changing constellations. Stars, circles, and double-helixes dance around the band, bouncing off reflective costumes and outstretched hands. Responding fluidly to each unique environment where they perform, Sound of Ceres transports the audience into the heart of the great cosmos via a mystifying display of lights and effects, coupled with hypnotizing sound.

About the Montshire Talks Performers

Sound of Ceres features members of Candy Claws, Apples in Stereo, and the Drums. The various members of Sound of Ceres combine ideas and energies to fashion their magical world. Everything they create together—words and music, video, live performance art— interlocks to tell a rich and unique story.