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Women in Conservation Series: Laurie Ristino and Beth Perera

Spend the afternoon creating your own marble obstacle course and ball run in a race to be the last ball to drop! Full of problem solving, creativity, and hilarity you may lose your marbles as you create trap doors, jumps, shoots, and hoops to celebrate the New Year at home.

Materials needed: marbles, a 2’ x 2’ piece of cardboard, scrap cardboard/cereal boxes, paper, scissors, masking tape, and access to that random junk drawer for your own unique additions.

Turn everyday objects and toys into beautifully balancing artworks! Play and science are perfect partners to help us explore balance and stability as we engineer kinetic sculptures. You can make almost anything balance! Below are some suggested types of materials, yet we encourage you to bring some fun materials and your imaginations!

Materials needed: pencil, something heavy in/on which you can attach a pencil (e.g. pen in a jar of rice, half of a potato or apple, etc.); connectors like wire, tape, cardboard, binder clips buttons, corks, etc.; objects of different weights and shapes like forks, spoons, washers, feathers, blocks, twigs, etc.; scissors; hole-making tool (e.g. hole punch, drill, nail, sharpened pencil).

Discover how to turn a flat piece of paper into a pop-up masterpiece. Learn several techniques for creating 3-dimensional shapes and structures, and use your creativity to construct cards or fun paper creations. Your friends and family will be so impressed when you send them a thank card that pops-up!

Materials needed: Assorted paper (copier and colored paper), scissors, glue stick, pencil, markers, ruler.

Create a fantastical hat with upcycled materials like cardboard, wrapping paper, ribbons and bows! Fashion, engineering and sustainability meet in this workshop to reuse old materials, learn some useful techniques, and create something new!

Materials needed: cardboard, boxboard (like an empty cereal box), tape, scissors. Optional Extras: colorful paper, markers, ribbons.

Tessellations are beautiful mosaics of repeating images that fit together like puzzle pieces. Ranging from simple shapes to complex and creative figures, tessellations provide an accessible entry point into complex geometry. Design your own tessellations and use them to create beautiful patterns.

Materials needed: Box board (like an empty cereal box), paper, pencil, tape, scissors. Optional Extras: Colorful markers, pencils or paint.

Experiment with density and buoyancy in this virtual workshop as we predict and test what will sink or float. As an engineering challenge, we will design boats and maybe even a life jacket or raft for a toy that would normally sink.

Materials needed: Water tub (e.g. large Tupperware or plastic bowl), towel for cleaning up drips, assorted items for testing (make sure they are things that can get wet) aluminum foil, pennies, a couple small zip-top or plastic bags, rubber bands, packing material such as small pieces of foam or bubble wrap, clear cup or small jar.

Have you ever had more fun playing with a cardboard box than what came inside? Cardboard is one of the Montshire’s favorite construction materials. Join us as we reveal some of our secrets for working with cardboard, and help you turn your boxes into amazing mazes or awesome arcade games.

Materials needed: Cardboard (from boxes of different sizes), tape, glue (and a brush to apply), hole-making tool (e.g. hole punch, drill, nail, sharpened pencil), scissors (or box knife), straight edge/ruler. Optional Extras: rubber bands, straws, dowels, nuts & bolts, balls.

Become a better observer of the natural world, using photography as your tool! Explore how changing your perspective and framing can alter what you notice and what you are able to encourage others to notice. Stretch yourself to capture new things and 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 photos to the computer being used to engage with the class for sharing and critique
  • Access to photo editing and altering program of choice (we are happy to help you identify the best free app or program to meet your technical needs and requirements)
  • Wednesdays, January 6-27 (4-week workshop)
  • 1-2:30pm
  • Ages 11-14
  • Limited to 6 participants

Use mirrors as a fun science tool to experiment with reflections, angles and symmetry. Together, we’ll create everything from kaleidoscopes to periscopes. In the dark we’ll see how we can bounce light off of mirrors, explore shadows, and create our own mirrored toys.


  • Thursdays, January 7-28 (4-week workshop)
  • 3:30-5:00pm
  • Ages 9-12
  • Limited to 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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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.

Use mirrors as a fun science tool to experiment with reflections, angles and symmetry. Together, we’ll create everything from kaleidoscopes to periscopes. In the dark we’ll see how we can bounce light off of mirrors, explore shadows, and create our own mirrored toys.

  • Tuesdays, January 5-26 (4-week workshop)
  • 3:30-5pm
  • Ages 6-8
  • Limited to 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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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.

Grow your understanding of circuits and make electricity work for you as we create switches, capacitors, and more! Design challenges will guide our investigations and develop our tinkering skills.

  • Tuesdays, January 5-26 (4-week workshop)
  • 10:00am-11:30am
  • Ages 9-12
  • Limited to 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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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 circuits and uncover the basics of electricity through hands-on engineering. We’ll build simple-to-complex electrical components as we play with the power of the electron!

  • Thursdays, January 7-28 (4-week workshop)
  • 10-11:30am
  • Ages 6-8
  • Limited to 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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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.

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

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, January 4-27 (4-week workshop)
  • Session 1: 9:00am-9:30am
  • Session 2: 10:00am-10:30am
  • Ages 4-5 + caregiver
  • Limit: 6 adult/child pairs

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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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.

Open those kitchen cabinets and grab some supplies for a morning of family science. Together we’ll explore dissolving, density and evaporation with classic experiments from the Montshire as well as setting up some longer-term experiments to track over the entire winter vacation.

Materials: salt, food coloring, four clear cups, a clear cylinder (like a vase or other narrow container), pitcher of water, straws, spoon, paper and pencil.

Join Montshire Educators as you explore, construct, investigate and experiment together through a series of live virtual workshops designed to engage the whole family—both near and far!

Fill your winter vacation with the joy of science!

Take part in 90-minute family workshops for children 6-12 years old and their caregivers. Specific workshops are designed for older children. Even extended families in multiple locations can participate!

During the workshop, a Museum Educator will lead learners through activities via Zoom. Each workshop will cover a unique science topic.

Build with Sugar

Turn your kitchen table into a math and engineering space by building 3D shapes out of candy and sticks. Download our activity sheet and watch Rebecca as she explains.

Turn Up the Heat on Sweets

Compare and contrast a variety of holiday sweets as they respond to changes in temperature. Grab an adult and a hot pad to do some kitchen science together. Rebecca goes over this experiment. And don’t forget to download the activity sheet!

Sweet Water Experiment

Compare and contrast how different sweets dissolve in water. How do the sugars, colorful dyes, gelatins, and waxes all respond when submerged over time? Rebecca explains. Follow along with our activity sheet.

Lighting Your Gingerbread House

Learn how to add lights to your gingerbread creation. Watch Mike as he explains the different ways to make your gingerbread house lit!

Discover the Joy of Science at Home!

There are numerous ways to enjoy the Montshire’s stellar science education programming from the comfort of your home.

Montshire at Home: Online Resources

Developed, hosted, and curated by the Montshire’s Education team, this online learning series consists of videos and resources that allow young learners to delve into a different topic using a variety of learning methods.

Learning opportunities include:

  • Teacher’s Guide for educators
  • DIY science projects for kids and parents to do at home
  • Downloadable activities, such as scavenger hunts and puzzles
  • Video explorations of science concepts

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.

This online learning program features:

  • Weekly thematic STEM activities
  • Weekly live on-screen engagement with Montshire educators
  • A comprehensive kit of specially-selected materials and supplies
  • Extended learning opportunities for off-screen exploration
  • Weekly guides and checklists for kids and caregivers
  • Access to a private on-line community learning space

At the Montshire Museum of Science’s annual holiday shopping event, Shop, Save, Explore!, shoppers can enjoy a week of savings on merchandise and memberships at the Museum Store, from Wednesday, November 18 to Sunday, November 22.

During Shop, Save, Explore!, Museum Store visitors can shop a unique collection of science and nature-related products that include science kits, puzzles, games, ukuleles, art supplies, nature guides, art calendars, toys, books, journals, jewelry, and stocking stuffers.

Event savings and store specials include:

  • 25% savings on all Museum Store purchases for members and employees of Montshire Business Partnership member companies
  • 20% savings on all Museum Store purchases for non-members
  • $10 off every gift membership, new membership, or membership renewal
  • First 10 shoppers receive a gift, each day of the event
  • In-store raffle to win a stuffed moose

Shop, Save, Explore! will span one week and will include a virtual component. In conjunction with this event, the Montshire will host a virtual talk on Wednesday, November 11 at 4pm, with award-winning author and illustrator David Macaulay. Signed copies of his new book, Mammoth Science: The Big Ideas That Explain Our World, will be available for sale at the Museum Store.

The Montshire will host a virtual talk on Wednesday, November 11 at 4pm, with award-winning author and illustrator David Macaulay.

Macaulay takes complex scientific concepts and helps readers understand them through warmth, humor, and delightful illustrations. His books include The Way Things Work Now, How Machines Work: Zoo Break!, The Way We Work, and Black and White. He has received numerous awards, including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Washington Post-Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award.

During this virtual event, Marcos Stafne, the Montshire’s executive director, will interview Macaulay about his creative process, his love of science, and his new book. Questions are welcome from the attendees. Registration for this event is required. Event and registration details are available at www.montshire.org.

The Montshire Museum Store enhances and extends the museum experience by offering program-, exhibit-, and science-related merchandise, and by generating revenue to support the Montshire’s educational mission. In the interest of public health, new store policies have been implemented to ensure the safety of shoppers. This includes curbside pick-up and allowing two family groups to shop the store at one time. Admission is not required for the store, but applies for Museum visits. Advance reservations are encouraged. Shoppers should consult Vermont’s cross-state travel guidance.

Join us for a virtual conversation with award-winning author and illustrator David Macaulay.

Signed copies of his new book, Mammoth Science: The Big Ideas That Explain Our World, will be available for sale at the Museum Store’s annual savings event, Shop, Save, Explore.

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!).

Materials will be provided and the program will be conducted via Zoom.

  • Wednesdays, December 2, 9, and 16 (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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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.

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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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.

  • Tuesdays, December 1, 8, and 15 (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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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, we can mail kits for a $15 shipping and handling fee.
  • 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, but registration is required. Please RSVP by 4pm on December 15. This program will be conducted via Zoom.

Presenters

Kevin Curtis, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Connected Care
Dr. Curtis is the Medical Director of Connected Care and the Center for Telehealth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

David Park, White River Family Practice
Dr. Park’s earned his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and completed his family medicine training at Georgetown University He has been practicing in the Upper Valley at White River Family Practice since 2004.

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:

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.

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.

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

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.

LAURIE RISTINO is an innovative environmental and sustainable food systems leader. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University Law School and principal at her consultancy, Strategies for a Sustainable Future. She has served in numerous leadership roles in government and nonprofit organizations and her comprehensive book on conservation easements, A Changing Landscape, was published by the Environmental Law Institute in 2016. Ms. Ristino has been featured in The Christian Science Monitor, Inside Climate News, E&E News, Huffington Post, and Law360, and shares her personal story in a presentation entitled The Reluctant Environmentalist: A Lesbian Discusses How Environmentalism Must Evolve for a Multi-Cultural Generation.

BETH PERERA is a certified Food for Life instructor and holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, among many others. “I ate everything for the first 47 years of my life,” she states, “and like so many others, until I had a health crisis, I was not motivated to change anything.” At that point, Ms. Perera implemented numerous dietary and lifestyle changes. “I adopted a plant-based diet, and my health issues completely resolved themselves. She shares her learnings in Sustainable Living: Food Choices, Our Oceans, Our Planet. Additional certifications include Food Over Medicine, Women’s Health, Diet & Lifestyle Intervention, Cancer Prevention/Survival, and the links between Diet & the Microbiome to Autism.

This program is open to the public and admission is free.