Prototype Showcase: Investigate Air

How does the Montshire create a brand-new exhibition? With the help of our visitors!

The development of our Spring 2018 exhibition is underway!

Investigate Air will examine the different properties of air and reveal how they affect us in our everyday lives. From leisurely floating on a sailboat or soaring in a hot air balloon to cleaning up dirt with vacuums or powering buildings with wind turbines — air impacts us in both exciting and surprising ways.

The Museum’s Community Room will be transformed into a prototype showcase to test out exhibit ideas, and we invite visitors to be part of the process.

We will display trial versions of the exhibit, using temporary materials and labels, to test them with visitors. We hope to find answers to the following questions:

  • Do visitors clearly understand the science concepts behind the exhibits?
  • Are there enough opportunities for open-ended experimentation?
  • Are the labels clear and easy to read and will visitors know what to do?

During the prototype showcase, a team from the Museum will observe how people interact with each component of the exhibition. We will watch visitors use the exhibit, ask them questions about their experience, and try out new versions of each prototype based on what we learn.

Visitors can see the final product at the opening of Investigate Air in April 2018.

Teacher Workshop: Integrating Engineering into K-2 Science

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Learn to more effectively incorporate the Science and Engineering Practices into your science units and engage your students in Engineering Design through hands-on activities and discussions.

Explore NGSS content areas including Energy, Waves: Light and Sound, Forces and Interactions, and more, through lessons ready for implementation in the K-2 classroom.

For teachers in grades K-2

Fee: $125

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, February 9, 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm

Teacher Workshop: Engineering in the Kindergarten Classroom

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Join with other K teachers in a half day of engineering activities to bring back to your students.

Using materials you probably already have in your classroom, we will explore challenges that will encourage the engineering practices outlined in NGSS.

For Kindergarten Teachers

Fee: $40

Exploring Energy

An afternoon of discovery with a focus on alternative energy

Take part in hands-on activities demonstrating how electricity can be generated from wind and solar, speak with local energy experts, and  tour the Montshire's new wood pellet boiler system.

1pm - Investigating Solar Cells (at the Science Discovery Lab)

1:30pm - Tour of Wood Pellet Boiler System 

2:30pm - Generating Electricity with Wind (at the Science Discovery Lab)

3pm - Tour of Wood Pellet Boiler System

3:30pm - Build a Better Battery (at the Science Discovery Lab)

1–4pm - Demonstrations from Efficiency Vermont and Northern Forest Center

In mid-October, the Montshire Museum of Science installed a new wood pellet boiler system as part of ongoing efforts to achieve more environmentally sustainable operations at the Museum. To celebrate this move towards building a greener organization, the Montshire is hosting a series of special events that will share the Museum’s experience and offer information from experts on renewable energy. 

Steps to Sustainability: A Path to Renewable Energy

Hear about the Montshire's journey to becoming an environmentally sustainable Museum and learn more about the different aspects of renewable energy

In mid-October, the Montshire Museum of Science installed a new wood pellet boiler system as part of ongoing efforts to achieve more environmentally sustainable operations at the Museum. To celebrate this move towards building a greener organization, the Montshire is offering a series of special events that will share the Museum’s experience and provide information from experts on renewable energy.

“Steps to Sustainability: A Path to Renewable Energy” is a panel presentation with representatives from the Northern Forest Center in Concord, NH, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, and Lyme Green Heat. Using the Montshire’s installation process as a starting point, the guest speakers will expand on the role of local biomass in reducing our region’s carbon footprint and offer examples of what can be done to support such efforts. The evening will end with a tour of the wood pellet boiler. 

For more information on the Montshire's steps to renewable energy, visit our pressroom

Women in Conservation

Listen and learn as two influential women in conservation share their inspiring stories.

Join us in conversation with two major forces in the conservation movement.

Madeleine Kunin founded the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and served as its first Board Chair. She is currently a distinguished visiting professor at the University of Vermont. She served as US Ambassador to Switzerland, Deputy US Secretary of Education, and for three terms as Governor of Vermont, helping to launch the National Governors Association Task Force on Global Climate Change. In 2009, she was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal for public service.

Liz Putnam of Shaftsbury, VT, is widely considered the “Mother of the American Youth Conservation Movement.” She founded the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in 1957, soon after conceptualizing the volunteer corps in her senior thesis at Vassar College. Since then, SCA has become the nation’s largest and most effective youth conservation organization. In 2010, Liz was presented with Presidential Citizens Medal, among our nation’s highest civilian honors.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, the Student Conservation Association, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and the Montshire Museum of Science.

Member and MCA Night at Montshire

A special evening exclusively for Montshire members and employees of the Montshire Corporate Associates member companies

Montshire members and Montshire Corporate Associate member employees are invited to bring their families and explore the museum during this after-hours event. 

Enjoy delicious refreshments, a look at the new special exhibitions, and take part in special activities offered just for member night, such as:

  • StarLab planetarium
  • Story Time with Norwich Public Library
  • Raffles and fun prizes to win
  • 10% discount on Museum Store purchases

If your employer is an MCA Member, you and your family can participate in this event free of charge. Employee ID is required.

Please present your Montshire Membership Card and ID at the front desk when you arrive.

Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, May 1, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Gardening with Intensity: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Gardeners

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Layers in our Land: Working with Edges

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm

The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p

Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College

Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p
 
Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College
 
Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley

Join us on the first Tuesday of the month as we host the popular Hanover Garden Club monthly program series covering a variety of topics related to gardening and natural history of the Upper Valley.

For complete information on programs and this series, visit www.hanovergardenclub.org/p
 
Tuesday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Looking to Learn: A Geographical Perspective of the Upper Valley
Speaker: Dr. Garrett Nelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College
 
Tuesday, October 3, 1:00 pm
Helping Birds Along the Way: New Hampshire Bird Migration
Speaker: Hilary Chapman, Education Specialist, New Hampshire Audubon

Tuesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
The Story of Flowers: What we see and what they say
Speaker: Michael Reed, Roberts Flowers

January 8 (evening film; time TBD) and January 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Hanover Garden Club Seed Diversity Celebration
Speaker: Ken Green of Hudson Valley Seed Company

February 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
The Little Things: Cultivating Healthy Communities Above and Below the Ground
Speaker: Cat Buxton

March 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Layers in our Land: Working with Edges
Speaker: Kelsey Haigh

April 3, 2018, 1:00 pm
Gardening with Intensity: The 7 habits of Highly Effective Gardeners
Speaker: Benjamin Pauly

May 1, 2018, 1:00 pm
Dahlias: How to Grow Them and How to Love Them
Speaker: Emily Cleaveland

Fall Homeschoolers’ Day: The Science of Toys

Join with other homeschool families for a day filled with exploring, experimenting and building in conjunction with “Playing Around: Engineering and Toys” exhibition.

We’re trying out a new schedule! Simply drop in throughout the day at a variety of hands-on activities as you explore the science and engineering of toys.

 

Playing Around Exhibition – 2nd Floor

- Balance Toys: Practice finding the center of gravity as you make a whimsical balancing toy. 11:00 – 12:30

- Tops: Experiment with weight, balance, and rotational inertia to make a spinning top.   1:15 – 3:00

 

Classroom – 1st Floor

- Gearing Up: Look inside toys to find hidden mechanical gears and build simple gear machines. 11:00 – 12:30

- Cardboard Linkages: Create a mechanical toy by combining links and pivots. 1:15 – 3:00

 

Community Room – 1st Floor

- Pinball Machines: Explore force and motion as you build contraptions for the museum's pinball machines. 11:00 – 2:00

 

Discovery Lab – 2nd Floor

- Batteries and Motors: Explore electric circuits as you make lights shine and motors spin.11:00 – 12:00

- Kaleidoscopes: Experiment with mirrors and reflections as you make table top kaleidoscopes. 12:30 – 1:30

- Straw Rockets: Play with air pressure as you make a miniature toy rocket. 2:00 – 3:00

A Day for Toys!

Join us for the day as we explore toys, create toys, and hack toys to see what’s inside.

In celebration of the Montshire’s special exhibition “Playing Around: Engineering and Toys” you can spend the day investigating the science and engineering of toys, ranging from spinning tops to surprising balancing acts.

Saturday, November 4, 11 am–3 pm

Free with Museum admission.

Schedule of Activities

In the Classroom

  • Gears:  See how gears can be used to change the speed of moving parts, or effort required to move parts as we look closely at the inside of toys.  Build a fun little toy made using Lego® gears. 11-12:30 a.m.
  • Linkage Toys: Build a mechanism to create a whimsical toy. Try different combos of linkages to change the motion. 1:30-3 p.m

At the Science Discovery Lab

  • Straw Rockets:  Make your own and see how far you can get it to fly! 11 a.m.
  • Parachutes:  Construct your own miniature parachute and learn how air resistance works to slow down a falling object. 12 p.m.
  • Balance Toys: Create a balance toy that will amaze your friends and family. 1:30 p.m.
  • Tops:  Experiment with weight and shape as we try out different spinning top designs. 2:30 p.m.

Afterschool – Programming with Spheros begins

Program is Full
Learn the basics of programming as we use iPads to create code that controls the motion of small, spherical robots called Spheros.

These fun whimsical robots can be programmed to create art, run mazes, or even be choreographed to follow your own dance routine. For children in grades 3–5. Limited to 12 children.

Thursdays, November 2, 9 and 16
Drop off between 3:15 and 3:30, pick-up at 5:15 p.m.
Members $105, non-members $115

Museum open July 4th

The Museum is open regular hours on July 4th!

Have a safe and happy holiday.

River Tales: Celebrating the Connecticut River

An afternoon of activities connected with the Connecticut River.

2:00pm River Tales: Kick off the afternoon with the great Vermont story teller Willem Lange as he takes us on a river journey. Science Park Patio.

2:00-4:00pm Meet the River Pilgrims: These paddlers are traveling from the mountains to the sea along the entire Connecticut River. Enjoy the opportunity to explore their boats, equipment, and chart your course on their river maps. Science Park Patio.

2:45pm Build a Boat: Build your own small boat and float it down the miniature river in Science Park. Test your boat through rapids, under bridges, over dams, and around obstacles. Science Park.

3:30pm Meet a River: Join river scientist and hydrologist Gabrielle David as she explores the many different types of rivers and how they change the land around them. Science Discovery Lab.

All Day: Take a stroll along the banks of the Connecticut on the River Loop Trail.

Water off in Science Park

Due to mechanical problems, the water will be off in David Goudy Science Park today.

Montshire closed for the day

Due to a technical issue, the Montshire will be closed Thursday, May 18. We apologize for the inconvenience

Fishing Flies - An Introduction to Aquatic Insects

Spend the afternoon exploring aquatic insects as you use microscopes to look up close at these unfamiliar critters.

You’ll get to see young dragonflies, mayflies, and more. You will also get to explore the artificial flies that fisherman use to imitate these very same insects, and see how fisherman make them.

Member Night at Montshire

It's a special night just for Montshire Members!!

Montshire Members are invited to celebrate summer at the Museum. Bring your Membership Card and your family for a very special night out! The Museum's galleries, trails, and Science Park will be open just for you. Bring a picnic, or purchase dinner at the Summer Cafe and dessert crepes from Skinny Pancake. A fun-filled night for young and old!

This event is exclusively for current Montshire Members and their guests (up to the number indicated on the Membership Card). Please bring your Membership Card and ID.

Join, or renew your membership now (or when you arrive).

Montshire’s Day for Science: A Community Celebration

Join friends and neighbors Saturday, April 22 at the Montshire Museum of Science to celebrate the importance of science.

While some will be marching for science, the Montshire invites the community to the Museum to engage in doing science, meeting scientists, and hear about climate science from researchers in the field.

The day will be filled with hands-on activities, lectures, and opportunities for you to share your thoughts about the important role of science in your life.

Montshire’s Day For Science, Saturday, April 22, 10am–5pm. Admission is free and open to all members of the community!

Hands-on Science and Engineering workshops, 10:30am–2pm

  • 10:30–11am—Leafcutter Ant demonstration
  • 11–11:30am—Science Discovery Lab Activity—Tree Rings
  • 11:30am–2pm—Solar lantern building activity in the classroom with Dr. Vicki May, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College
  • 12–1pm—Sea ice and earth’s energy balance activities at the Science Discover Lab with Dr. Chris Polashenski, climate scientists with the US Army Corps of Engineering Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL)
  • 12–2pm— Record your stories about what the environment means to you, the changes you’ve witnessed over time, and how they have impacted your life with Dr. Andrew Coppens of the University of New Hampshire.
  • 1–1:30pm—Science Discovery Lab Activity—Microscope Explorations

Why Science Matters presentations, 2–3:15pm

  • Dr. Mary Albert, Executive Director U.S. Ice Drilling Program —Climate Change: What we know and how we know it.
  • Dr. Joseph Helble, Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College—The role of federal and private investments in science and engineering R&D serves society. 
  • Christine Black, PhD candidate, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Dartmouth College—Science makes us human: the quest to understand our place in the universe. 
  • Dr. Marcos Stafne, Executive Director of the Montshire Museum—Science matters, and so does scientific literacy: the need to engage in science outside the classroom.

Montshire’s Day For Science is made possible with contributions from Bill and Jane Stetson, from Roger Sloboda, the Ira Allen Eastman Professor of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Novo Nordisk.

Caterpillar Lab

Get an up-close look at caterpillars!

Take a close look at these beautiful and surprising creatures that live in our woods, fields, and backyards. A team of trained educators will showcase the amazing diversity of northeastern caterpillars. 

Insect Day

It's a day full of live insects: from caterpillars to ants, bees to giant roaches!

You are invited to head out to the Montshire fields to net insects, examine live insect colonies in the Discover the Natural World exhibit, or look up close at insects with microscopes at the Science Discovery Lab.

10:30 Insects Up Close – use magnifying glasses and microscopes to examine local insects. Discovery Lab.

11:00 Bee Houses – build a bee house as you learn about the importance of native pollinators. 2nd Story.

11:15 Cockroaches – touch and hold giant hissing roaches from Madagascar. Natural World Exhibit.

12:00 Pond Water Critters - explore the hidden insect life in pond water. Discovery Lab.

12:45 Leaf Cutter Ants – learn about a complex insect society as you help care for the ant colony. Exhibit.

1:30 Insect Safari – grab a collecting net and head out into the meadow to look for insects. Science Park.

2:15 Honeybees – find the queen bee as you examine the life cycle of honeybees. 2nd Story.

3:00 Pond Water Critters – use microscopes to examine aquatic insects up close. Discovery Lab.

3:45 Cockroaches – look for insect adaptations as you touch and hold giant tropical roaches. Natural World Exhibit.

4:30 Leaf Cutter Ants – look for soldiers, larva, workers, and the queen ant. Exhibit.

Making Music Special Event

Spend the day building, testing, and tinkering with musical instruments.

Making Music -  the Science of Musical Instruments: Explore the Montshire made exhibition all about the art and science of making and playing musical instruments. All Day on the 2nd Floor.

Guest Musicians: stop by the exhibit to meet different instruments throughout the day.

11:00 Brass Horns               

12:00 Cello                                 

1:00 Acoustic Guitar

2:00 Accordions

3:00 Hand Held Percussion

4:00String Bass

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Building Instruments: experiment with sound as you make different instruments throughout the day at the Science Discovery Lab.

10:30 Xylophones  - experiment with different materials, sizes, and mallets .

11:30 Rubber Band Instruments – play with pitch, tension, and thickness as you amp up your instrument.

12:30 Straw Oboes –  make a miniature wind instrument as you explore vibrations.

1:30 Penny Harmonicas – make your own two cent pocket harmonica.           

2:30 Water Music – get wet as you play with tuning forks, bottles, and goblets.

3:30 String Cup Guitars – test out different types of strings and cups as you make a single string guitar.

4:30 Percussion Balloons – experiment with different materials as you make your own balloon shaker.

Programming for the Making Music exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson & Dennis Devlin.

Cardboard City

Become an urban planner and architect as we design, create, and build!

Transform the Montshire’s community room into a model city make of cardboard! Create amazing 3D structures out of the simplest tools and materials: cardboard, tape, and scissors. Design, obtain approval from the city planning board, then build your own free-standing structure that will join other buildings, parks, bridges, boats, and busses. It’s a large-scale, participative art/design/architecture project where you are the audience and the creator.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Saturday, March 31, 2018 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Solar Eclipse Day

The first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 38 years will be an astronomical event that can’t be missed!

The Montshire will have a limited supply of solar viewing glasses available for visitors to share while viewing the eclipse. Solar viewing glasses will not be available for sale.

Solar eclipse viewing will be weather dependent. Other related activities will occur rain or shine. Participating in activities is free with admission. 

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Join space enthusiasts and astronomy educators at the Montshire Museum of Science for a day of viewing and learning about this astronomical occurrence. In addition to viewing the eclipse with a refracting telescope, visitors will find out more about the sun, Earth, and the moon through hands-on lessons and demonstrations. 

Coinciding with the eclipse is the unveiling of our updated Planet Walk, a scale model of the solar system. Refreshed with brand new features, this unique outdoor trail will now display objects in the Asteroid Belt (between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter), as well as the Kuiper Belt, which includes dwarf planet Pluto. Each exhibit has been updated with new imagery and information. 

Solar Eclipse Day will include:
Astronomical Scavenger Hunt – Explore the Museum’s indoor and outdoor exhibits to complete the scavenger hunt. Exhibits include sun dials, the Granite Globe, and the Planet Walk. 

Pinhole Projection – One of the best ways to see the eclipse is by projecting its image onto a flat surface through a pinhole. With this technique, create a beautiful and unique image of the sun that can then be captured in a photograph.

“The Hows and Whys of a Solar Eclipse” – Learn about the science behind the solar eclipse through brief interactive lessons. Lessons are scheduled for 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. 

Planet Walk – Travel from the sun to the edge of the solar system on this newly updated one-mile trail. Journey through the solar system by visiting eleven stations with scale models, each at a distance that represents their place in our solar system. 

Climate & Culture Day:  A Festival of International Understanding

Join us for a special day highlighting stories of climate change as we think both locally and globally!

Discover how science, culture, and climate change intermix by participating in the Montshire’s first international project. 

For the past year, the Montshire has led the international collaboration Weaving Strands of Knowledge: Connecting Culture and Science to Climate Change. This global project brought together rural communities from New England and Bhutan to discuss personal stories about the impact of climate change.  This activity-packed day celebrates newly forged connections between the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire and the country of Bhutan.

On this day, Montshire visitors will have the opportunity to listen to many of these conversations and to start their own discussion on the impact of climate change on their lives. All activities are free with Museum admission. 

Climate & Culture Day Activities

Listening Stations
Hear recordings of personal stories about climate change from Bhutan and New England.  

Story-collecting Stations, 11am–4pm
Contribute to the Weaving Strands of Knowledge project by sharing stories about your own connection to the environment and your experiences with how climate change has impacted you. 

Peace Flags, 11am– 4pm
Contribute to a community art project by decorating colorful peace flags with environmental images.  

Supporting Native Bees with Gardens and Meadows

Learn how to support bees in the garden and in the surrounding landscape.

Part of the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series, with Cathy Neal, UNH Extension Specialist, Landscape Horticulture Amy Papineau, UNH Extension County Field Specialist.

Native bees are critical to the success of local agriculture and to maintenance of biodiversity in natural ecosystems. By providing pollen, nectar, and nesting habitat in the garden and in the surrounding landscape, you can help support this important natural resource. Amy Papineau and Cathy Neal, from UNH Cooperative Extension, will discuss the many types of bees that you may find in your landscape, the role of these insects in the environment, and how you can design your garden and landscape to provide pollinators with the resources they need. We’ll discuss how to select plants that will provide the best resources for bees, how to establish a wildflower meadow in your landscape, and how to create nesting habitat. Results of UNH research on creating wildflower meadows and bee plant preferences will be shared, as well.

Sponsored by Upper Valley Pollinator Partners. Co-sponsored by the Montshire Museum of Science.

 For more information about the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series of programs, including dates, location, sponsors and details, visit the Hanover Biodiversity Website.

Managing Garden & Lawn Pests with Fewer Chemicals

With a few minor changes, we can reduce the risk of harming our native pollinators while managing pests.

Part of the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series, with Alan Eaton, UNH Extension Specialist, Integrated Pest Management.

Many of us experience pest problems in our lawns or gardens, but too often people reach for the sprayer as the obvious solution.  Pesticide regulatory officials frequently say that private lawns and backyards are a major site of pesticide mis-use or over-use, but reducing our dependence on pesticides for lawns and gardens is relatively easy!  With a few minor changes, we can also reduce the risk of harming our native pollinators. Dr. Alan Eaton is an entomologist with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, and has been teaching farmers and gardeners how to reduce their pesticide use for many years. He plans to bring displays of beneficial insects and pollinators.  Will Allen will comment on the history of agricultural chemicals, discuss tricks for reducing pest damage used on his organic vegetable and flower farm, and local landscape designer Janet Cavanagh will discuss ideas for reducing the size of  our lawns.   Q&A will follow. 

Sponsored by Upper Valley Pollinator Partners. Co-sponsored by the Montshire Museum of Science.

 For more information about the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series of programs, including dates, location, sponsors and details, visit the Hanover Biodiversity Website.

What’s Happening to our Native Pollinators?

Around the globe and right here in our own backyards, biologists have been buzzing about pollinator decline. Join a panel of local biologists who have studied pollinators to learn what the issues are and how we might reverse declining pollinator populations.

From moths to native bumble bees and butterflies, some of these pollinator species have already disappeared. Who are the pollinators? Which species are in conservation trouble? What has caused these losses? 

Speakers include Taylor Ricketts, Director of the UVM Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, and Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra, Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

Taylor Ricketts has examined the crossroads between pollinator decline and economics, and what we can do about it. With the help of corps of citizen scientists, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra have studied bumble bee and butterfly populations across Vermont helping to inform land managers and decision-makers. They will discuss the causes and the implications of the decline, and how together we might help keep pollinators working across the landscape into the future. 

Snow Date:  March 29

Sponsored by Upper Valley Pollinator Partners. Co-sponsored by the Montshire Museum of Science.

For more information about the "To Bee or Not To Bee: Why Native Pollinators Matter" series of programs, including dates, location, sponsors and details, visit the Hanover Biodiversity Website.

Soak Up The Rain—Help The Climate

Renewing Water Cycles By Rehydrating Landscapes Naturally

Michal Kravčík , a distinguished hydrologist and climate expert from Slovakia, and recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, will deliver a compelling presentation about why and how renewing water cycles is important. Learn how soaking up the rain in soil and plants, releases cooling, cloud-forming vapor to fall again as rain, restores critical land-based water cycles, and reduces erosion and Dr. Kravčík is a world lecturer who will tour North America in March and April 2017, presenting natural, inexpensive solutions for restoring more livable landscapes and weather patterns. 

Monday, March 13, 6:30pm
Porter Community Room

Sponsored by Voices of Water for Climate, the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club and Conservation Law Foundation
Admission is free and open to the public

For more information please contact: Jan Lambert at jan@valleygreenjournal.com or 603-477-9947.

  Presented by Voices of Water for Climate, a project of Biodiversity for a Livable Climate

Animal Tracking 101

Ever wonder about the story behind the animal tracks you’ve seen while hiking? From identifying tracks and track patterns, to looking for chews and rubs, expert naturalists from LL Bean's Outdoor Discovery School will share tips and techniques to help uncover who’s responsible. This program will begin inside in the museum classroom before heading out onto the Montshire trails with snowshoes. 

Dress to be outside.

For adults and children ages 7 and up.

Space is limited.

Andy’s Place Closed Through Wednesday

Andy's Place will be closed through Wednesday for maintenance work.

While Andy's Place will be closed part of this week for maintenance, Build-It with Big Blue Blocks and a selection of AirPlay exhibits will be on display on the first floor, and Making Music will be open on the second floor.

Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement with Beau Sievers

Part of a series of programs about how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

Why does music “move” us? Why do we do describe happy people with movement words like “bouncy” or music words like “upbeat?” Why does heavy metal sound angry? Through studies produced at the Social Intelligence Lab at Dartmouth College, Beau Seivers will discuss how people from different parts of the world express emotions using music and movement, and how researchers use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see how music and movement are related in the brain.

Beau Sievers

Beau Sievers is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Dartmouth Social Intelligence Lab with Professor Thalia Wheatley. His research has focused on how we understand emotion in music, movement, and other sensory modalities.

 

Next week:

April 4: Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain + George Christian Jernsted, Ph.D.
How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music? Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories.

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

Music and Memory: Film Screening of Alive Inside, Introduced by Erica Myers

Making Music +Talks: Music & the Brain. Join the Montshire for live community programs that examine how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

Music and Memory: Alive Inside, introduced by Erica Myers, Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”). An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. 

Erica Myers

Erica Myers is the Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover.  She has been working for Kendal for 11 years.  Erica received her Bachelors of Science in Human Development from the University of Connecticut with a minor in both Gerontology and Psychology in 2001.  She also holds certification as an Activity Director by the National Activity Professionals Council and is currently working on her Dementia Care Practitioner Certification.  Her special interests include wellness programs (both physical & cognitive) for those with memory impairment and holistic approaches to care such as music therapy, horticulture, and pet therapy.

 

Next up:

March 28: Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement + Beau Sievers

Why does music “move” us? Why do we do describe happy people with movement words like “bouncy” or music words like “upbeat?” Why does heavy metal sound angry? Through studies produced at the Social Intelligence Lab at Dartmouth College, Beau Seivers will discuss how people from different parts of the world express emotions using music and movement, and how researchers use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see how music and movement are related in the brain.

April 4: Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain + George Christian Jernsted, Ph.D.
How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music? Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories.

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain with George Christian Jernstedt, Ph.D.

Making Music +Talks: Music & the Brain. Live community programs that examine how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music?

Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories. As its mysteries unfold, we are learning that far more is happening inside our brain than reaches our conscious awareness. How we experience music will guide further research in exploring the human mind.

George Christian Jernsted

Chris Jernstedt is Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Director Emeritus of the Center for Educational Outcomes at Dartmouth College, and Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine.  He lectures around the world on the power of the human mind.

 

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

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Music and the Brain with Michael Casey, Ph.D.

Making Music +Talks: Music & the Brain. Join the Montshire for live community programs that examine how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

“It may well be that the very propensity of the brain towards music is what draws us together as social beings and allows us to have societies in the first place—“It’s big stuff.”

What is music for? What can music be? Why do all humans, without exception, enjoy music? Explore the interrelation of music, the brain, and society with scholar Michael Casey. 
 
Michael CaseyMichael Casey, PhD, is the James Wright Professor of Music, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and the Chair of the Department of Music at Dartmouth College. He conducts neuroimaging research into how music is represented in the brain, and his lab is creating new brain-music interfaces for music composition and performance.

 

In the coming weeks:

March 14: Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain + George Christian Jernsted, Ph.D.
How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music? Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories.

March 21: Music and Memory + Film Screening of Alive Inside + Erica Myers
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Introduced by Erica Myers, Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover

March 28: Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement + Beau Sievers
Why does music “move” us? Why do we do describe happy people with movement words like “bouncy” or music words like “upbeat?” Why does heavy metal sound angry? Through studies produced at the Social Intelligence Lab at Dartmouth College, Beau Seivers will discuss how people from different parts of the world express emotions using music and movement, and how researchers use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see how music and movement are related in the brain.

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

Guest Musicians - Steel Drums

Explore steel drums up close - and hear the distinctive beat of the Caribbean.

Meet guest steel drum players Scott Paulson and Barbara Smith in the brand new Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments exhibition. You’ll have a chance to get an introduction to how steel drums work, to hear music being played, and to make your own rhythms!

 

This program is presented with support from Clyde Watson & Denis Devlin.

Making Music exhibition closed for Museum event

The Making Music exhibition will be closed to the public for a Museum event from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 22.

Engineering with Students

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Looking for ways to add more engineering to your science curriculum? The Montshire Education department has an innovative solution.

Engineering with Students: Professional Development through a live, on-line workshop.

Looking for ways to add more engineering to your science curriculum?  The Montshire Education department is offering a series of interactive, on-line professional development seminars to address what engineering looks like for different ages and a hands-on exploration of an engineering project appropriate for inclusion in an NGSS unit.  Each topic is designed to fit within a specific grade unit but we encourage teachers to consider multiple topics if looking for ways to expand their engineering repertoire in general.

Materials will be mailed to all participants who register 2 weeks before the workshop date.  Registrations recieved less than 2 weeks in advance will receive a materials list.

Payment must be received in advance to receive the web access code and materials list to join the web-based workshop.   If paying by PO please make sure that we have received the PO number at least 2 weeks in advance.

Workshops are from 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Fee $30/workshop

Balls and Ramps
Forces and Interactions (NGSS Grade K) 
Explore how to use balls and ramps to create engineering challenges for your students to solve as they experiment with the concepts of force and motion.
For teachers of K-2
Tuesday, March 21, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Light and Sound
Wave Properties (NGSS Grade 1)
Expand student understanding of light and sound waves as a means to move energy and information, and explore the interplay of science and technology. Amplify your light and sound unit by incorporating engineering and problem solving.
For teachers of grades 1-3
Monday, April 10, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Parachute Design
Structure and Properties of Matter (NGSS Grade 2) 
Air and gas may be hard to explain but they are great for experimenting.  Using a parachute design challenge to achieve specific goals will allow your students to use engineering to design different solutions while exploring the idea that air is something.
For teachers of grades 1-3
Tuesday, April 11, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Engineering a Balance Toy
Forces and Interactions (NGSS Grade 3)
Understanding balance and center of gravity is fundamental to future learning in physics and mechanics. This seminar will begin with several open-ended inquiry investigations to help us understand how balance is used in our everyday lives. We will then engineer a creative toy using gravity to create some suprising and whimsical effects. 
For teachers of grades 2-5
Wednesday, March 22, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Scribble Bots: Beyond the Scribbles
Energy (NGSS Grade 4)
Off-set motors convert electrical energy to vibrating motion. In this seminar we will think about factors that students can manipulate to change a 'bots motion, such as friction, mass, and momentum. Challenges will allow students to test and refine their design.  
For teachers of Grades 4-6
Monday, March 20, 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Museum is open New Year’s Day

The Montshire is open for the New Year's Day holiday, January 1 and 2. Happy New Year!

Remember that the Dinosaur Revolution exhibition is open through the end of the day Monday, January 2!

Add Color to Your Life: Container Planting and Beyond—A Hanover Garden Club Program

This informative program will provide ideas for combining a variety of plants for your containers

This informative program with Jeanne Holmes will provide ideas for combining a variety of plants for your containers—from the old favorites to some new varieties— for spectacular blooms throughout the season. She’ll also offer tips on caring for your container plantings to keep them looking their best.

Jeanne Holmes is a familiar face to anyone who frequents Killdeer Farms greenhouses in the spring, when they are bursting with hundreds of varieties of perennials and annuals, all vying for our attention.  With so many possibilities, the task of choosing can sometimes seem overwhelming.  Jeanne, who has led many workshops on container gardening, will offer ideas for combining a variety of plants, from old favorites to new introductions, for spectacular bloom throughout the season.  She’ll also offer tips for the ongoing care of container planting, to keep them looking their best.  

Free and open to the public

Success with Hydrangeas: Best Growing Practices for New England—A Hanover Garden Club Program

This fascinating program will include a review of the major species of hydrangeas including those of merit for the Upper Valley.

Mal Candon will talk about regional climate effects on hydrangeas, some of the major cultural issues, pruning best practices, and winter protection. 

Mal Candon is a lifelong gardener who has been collecting, growing, and propagating hydrangeas for 40 years. He and his wife operated a hydrangea farm on Nantucket and have reestablished the nursery in Yarmouth Port, MA. He is the curator of the Hydrangea Collection at the Heritage Museum in Sandwich, MA and president of the Cape Cod Hydrangea Society.  

Free and open to the public

The Natural History of Spring Woodland Wildflowers— A Hanover Garden Club Program

Spring ephemeral wildflowers bloom quickly and seed before the canopy of trees overhead leaf out. Learn more about these wildflowers and how they spread.

Spring ephemeral wildflowers—perennial woodland plants that emerge from ground in early spring—bloom quickly and seed before the canopy of trees overhead leaf out. Many of these plants rely on myrmechochory—the seed dispersal by ants. Kent McFarland will tell us how this works and why forest fragmentation is a threat to their survival.

Kent McFarland is a conservation biologist and co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies in Norwich, Vermont. He is a photographer and author of numerous articles and field guides and co-hosts Vermont Public Radio’s “Outdoor Radio.”

Free and open to the public

Two Gardens from Opposite Ends of the Spectrum—A Hanover Garden Club Program

Learn about two gardens from opposite ends of the spectrum: Little Sparta (Scotland) and The Secret Gardens (France)

Larry Litten will talk about two exceptional gardens that have inspired him: poet Ian Hamilton Finlay’s “Little Sparta in Dunsyre, Scotland, and “Les Jardins Secrets,” or Secret Gardens, created by Nicole and Alain Moumen near Annecy in the Haute-Savoie region of France. He will address both the distinctive creative processes behind these gardens and their social and aesthetic significance.

Larry Litten is an active member of the Hanover Garden Club. He is well known for the wonderful no-lawn perennial gardens around his house and the public Asian-inspired meditation garden in Hanover. 

Free and open to the public

Beekeeping in the Upper Valley—A Hanover Garden Club Program

Learn how a beekeeper manages 200 colonies for honey production without the use of any chemical treatments for Varroa mites.

Former president of The Kearsage Beekeeper Association and owner of Hall Apiaries, Troy Hall was named New Hampshire Beekeeper of the Year in 2014.  

His specialty is breeding and propagating Northern queen bees.  Learn how he manages 200 colonies for honey production without the use of any chemical treatments for Varroa mites. You will have even more respect for bees after his presentation.

Free and open to the public

Snowshoeing Discovery Course

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The Snowshoeing Discovery Course is a great way to discover how fun, easy and exciting it is making fresh tracks through the sparkling snow.

Snowshoeing Discovery Course
$25

  • Activity level:  Easy
  • Minimum age:  8 (15 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description
Snowshoeing is a fun and healthy sport that allows you to enjoy the outdoors and further explore the untouched wilderness in the winter. L.L. Bean’s experienced instructors will demonstrate and teach you all the snowshoeing basics you need to enjoy this relaxing winter activity. Then, they'll lead you on a guided trek along Montshire’s trails, sharing their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in this wintry environment. Be sure to reserve a spot on this exceptional adventure. All necessary snowshoeing equipment is provided.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

To register, click on the registration button and select this activity from the list. 

Starlight Snowshoe Tour

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There's nothing more memorable than a fun snowshoe under the twinkling stars.

Join experienced L.L. Bean guides on a relaxing snowshoe tour through Montshire’s wintry landscape.

  • Activity level:  Easy
  • Minimum age:  10 (15 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description
By the light of the evening sky, expert instructors from L.L. Bean will lead you and your family on a unique outdoor excursion through the snow-covered landscape. They'll give a brief demonstration of snowshoeing basics, and then help you improve your technique on the easygoing terrain. Along the way, they'll share their knowledge of the plants and wildlife that thrive in the winter environment. After enjoying the scenery and refreshing winter air, you'll be treated to rich hot cocoa and some tasty snacks. We'll also provide all the necessary snowshoeing equipment for this exceptional adventure.

Please note this tour is weather dependent.

To register, click on the registration button and select this activity from the list. 

Introduction to Map- and Compass-Skills Course

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This three-hour course is just what you need to confidently navigate through the outdoors

Course Description

A great course for individuals new to navigating with a compass or orienteering enthusiasts looking to fine-tune their skills, this map and compass course will show you the techniques and tools for navigating your way through the wilderness.

Prerequisite:  None
Activity level:  Easy
Minimum age:  10 (youth ages 14 and under must by accompanied by their parent or guardian)
Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261 or visit L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

To learn more and register online click on the Register button and select this course from the list.

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments opens

Discover the science and the art behind making and playing musical instruments in a brand new exhibition, opening November 25th.

Learn more about this new exhibition!

International Science Center and Science Museum Day

Celebrate International Science Center and Science Museum Day at the Montshire!

On November 10, 2016, on the occasion of the World Science Day for Peace and Development and in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council of Museums, science centers, science museums, and their networks worldwide will organize the first International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD). 

Celebrate this special day at the Montshire with three special programs:

11:00 a.m. - Turtles
We'll feed them, learn about their habitat, and then take an up-close look at  them in the Museum's aquariums.

1:00 p.m. - Mapping the North Pole
Use globes, maps, and apps to explore the changing Arctic.

3:00 p.m. - Leaf Cutter Ants
The Leafcutter ant colony is a community of "insect fungus farmers" that grows its own food. Help us provide the colony with its supply of leaves and get a close look at these amazing insects.

Homeschooler’s Day: Making Music

Join with us and other homeschooler families for a day of sound and music activities in conjunction with the Making Music exhibition.

We will experiment and explore the science and engineering behind different types of instruments, and we're doing things differently this year! Simply drop in at a variety of hands-on sound and instrument activities throughout the day.

 

Experiment with Sound - in the Classroom

  • Sound from Strings: test how length, tension and thickness influence the music of stringed instruments. 10:30 - 12:30
  • Experimenting with Notes: find ways to change notes using a variety of materials from water to wrenches. 1:00 - 3:00

 

Listen to Music – in the Community Room

  • Join the Green Mountain Youth Symphony in a family friendly concert as they perform a collection of favorite pieces. 11:00
  • Meet string instruments up close as you listen to the Hanover High School Chamber Music Ensemble. 2:00

 

Build an Instrument – Science Discovery Lab

  • Rubber Band Guitars: build a twangy guitar then use contact mics to amp it up. 10:30 – 11:30.
  • Penny Harmonicas: play around with vibrations and airflow as you build a simple harmonica to take home. 12:00 - 1:00
  • Straw Whistles: experiment with length and pitch as you make your own pocket whistle. 1:30 - 2:30

 

Explore Musical Instruments – “Making Music” Exhibit

  • Making Music Exhibit: explore the museum’s newest exhibition about the art and science of musical instruments. 2nd Story.
  • Meet an Instrument: play a new instrument and learn how different instruments produce sounds. At the entrance to “Making Music”. 2nd Story.

 

Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin. 

Free with Museum admission.

Family Tinkering Program: BYOBox (Bring Your Own Box)

Make a pinball console, build your own Skee-Ball, or invent something completely new, out of cardboard.

Share your game and play other people’s games in this afternoon cardboard construction extravaganza. We’ll provide tape, dowels, other materials, and engineering assistance as needed. For inspiration, visit Caine’s Arcade on YouTube.

Noon–4 p.m.
Free with Museum admission.

Family Tinkering Program: Tower and Block Building

How high can you go?

Join in the building fun as we try out different challenges.

Noon–4 p.m.
Free with Museum admission.

Family Tinkering Programs: Chain Reactions

Work with provided materials and tools to build an oversized, collaborative Chain Reaction Machine.

Each group will create a sequence of events which then triggers the next machine, and so on, to make a continuous chain reaction from the first machine to the last. 

Noon–4 p.m
Free with Museum admission.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Natural Explorations for ages 9-12 begins

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In this three-part series we’ll explore insects, plants, and various natural processes such as decomposition and energy cycles.

This homeschool class includes explorations, observations, and investigations both indoors and outdoors. We will also use several types of microscopes and other tools to observe our world up close.

Mondays, May 1, 8, & 15
Ages 6–8, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Ages 9–12, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Members $70; non-members $77
Limit: 14 children.

Natural Explorations for ages 6-8 begins

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In this three-part series we’ll explore insects, plants, and various natural processes such as decomposition and energy cycles.

This homeschool class includes explorations, observations, and investigations both indoors and outdoors. We will also use several types of microscopes and other tools to observe our world up close.

Mondays, May 1, 8, & 15
Ages 6–8, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Ages 9–12, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Members $70; non-members $77
Limit: 14 children.

Plate Tectonics and Geology of Vermont

Learn about the local geology.

Join Vermont State Geologist and director of the Vermont Geological Survey Marjorie Gale for a discussion of the geology of Vermont and the Upper Valley, and how it has been impacted by global plate tectonics.

Montshire Unleashed

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The flowers are blooming and the trees are in bud! Come celebrate the arrival of spring at our next Montshire Unleashed, May 19 from 6-9 pm at the Museum.

This is event is adults-only, and your special chance to explore and discover at your own pace!

Our special guest will be Dr. Ian Street, a plant biologist and science blogger. Ian was recently featured on New Hampshire Public Radio and writes at The Quiet Branches and Plant Science Advice. If you’ve ever wondered what plants might be thinking, Ian has an idea or two!

We will also be joined by special guest, Dan Pontbriand. Dan is a former Chief Ranger of the National Park Service, a long-time affiliate of LL Bean, and the author of The Missing Ones, a nonfiction account of the disappearance of Blanche and Russell Warren in the 1920s. Dan will share his thoughts on wilderness survival and the "Anatomy of a Search and Rescue Mission."

Food and drink are available for purchase at the event. Our beverages are provided by the fine folks at Jasper Murdock Ales at the Norwich Inn, and burritos will be provided by Boloco.

Members come free, and you can pre-purchase your admission and save $3 off the non-member admission fee.

Montshire Unleashed

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Join us for the perfect date night or post-work happy hour!

Allow your inner curiosity to run wild! The Montshire is open after hours for adults. Pull up a stool at the Science Discovery Lab for some amazing activities or simply explore the Museum’s visiting and permanent exhibits on your own. Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase. Adults 21 and over only. 

Fridays, 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
October 13, November 10, January 12, February 16, March 16, April 13

Admission: Members free; non-members $10; presale $8; MCA employees $7.  

Montshire unleashed is free with Museum admission. Pre-purchase your admission and save $2 off the non-member admission fee.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, April 13, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Montshire Unleashed

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Join us for the perfect date night or post-work happy hour!

Allow your inner curiosity to run wild! The Montshire is open after hours for adults. Pull up a stool at the Science Discovery Lab for some amazing activities or simply explore the Museum’s visiting and permanent exhibits on your own. Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase. Adults 21 and over only. 

Fridays, 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
October 13, November 10, January 12, February 16, March 16, April 13

Admission: Members free; non-members $10; presale $8; MCA employees $7.  

Montshire unleashed is free with Museum admission. Pre-purchase your admission and save $2 off the non-member admission fee.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Montshire Unleashed

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Join us for the perfect date night or post-work happy hour!

Allow your inner curiosity to run wild! The Montshire is open after hours for adults. Pull up a stool at the Science Discovery Lab for some amazing activities or simply explore the Museum’s visiting and permanent exhibits on your own. Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase. Adults 21 and over only. 

Fridays, 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
October 13, November 10, January 12, February 16, March 16, April 13

Admission: Members free; non-members $10; presale $8; MCA employees $7.  

Montshire unleashed is free with Museum admission. Pre-purchase your admission and save $2 off the non-member admission fee.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, February 16, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Montshire Unleashed

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Join us for the perfect date night or post-work happy hour!

Allow your inner curiosity to run wild! The Montshire is open after hours for adults. Pull up a stool at the Science Discovery Lab for some amazing activities or simply explore the Museum’s visiting and permanent exhibits on your own. Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase. Adults 21 and over only. 

Fridays, 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
October 13, November 10, January 12, February 16, March 16, April 13

Admission: Members free; non-members $10; presale $8; MCA employees $7.  

Montshire unleashed is free with Museum admission. Pre-purchase your admission and save $2 off the non-member admission fee.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, January 12, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Montshire Unleashed

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Let your inner curiosity run wild! The Montshire is open after hours for adults of all ages.

Allow your inner curiosity to run wild! The Montshire is open after hours for adults. Pull up a stool at the Science Discovery Lab for some amazing activities or simply explore the Museum’s visiting and permanent exhibits on your own. Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase. Adults 21 and over only. 

Fridays, 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
October 13, November 10, January 12, February 16, March 16, April 13

Admission: Members free; non-members $10; presale $8; MCA employees $7.  

Montshire unleashed is free with Museum admission. Pre-purchase your admission and save $2 off the non-member admission fee.

Montshire Unleashed

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Let your inner curiosity run wild! The Montshire is open after hours for adults of all ages.

Allow your inner curiosity to run wild! The Montshire is open after hours for adults. Pull up a stool at the Science Discovery Lab for some amazing activities or simply explore the Museum’s visiting and permanent exhibits on your own. Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase. Adults 21 and over only. 

Fridays, 7-9pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
October 13, November 10, January 12, February 16, March 16, April 13

Admission: Members free; non-members $10; presale $8; MCA employees $7.  

Montshire unleashed is free with Museum admission. Pre-purchase your admission and save $2 off the non-member admission fee.

Tinkering in the Library

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Are you a librarian who would like to infuse your offerings with more tinkering, making, engineering, and science? This full-day workshop just for librarians will be full of low-cost, easy-entry tinkering projects, along with information about facilitation, environment, and sourcing materials.

We will investigate projects that explore electric circuits, balance, spinning motion, air, and more. There will be lots to learn for librarians just getting started or those who have dipped their toes into tinkering and want to do more.

For public and school libraries.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Monday, April 2, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm

Wine Tasting at Norwich Inn to Benefit Montshire Museum

Dan and Whit’s hosts a wine tasting benefit for Montshire Museum of Science at the Norwich Inn.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 at Dan & Whit’s or at the door for $20. All tickets include wine and a $5 coupon for dining at any of the Norwich Inn restaurants in the next month.

Gather your friends for a fun start to your weekend while supporting your favorite science museum!

Montshire Corporation Annual Meeting

Enjoy light refreshments and the company of your fellow Corporation members at Montshire’s Annual Meeting.

This is your opportunity to discover Montshire’s impressive accomplishments over the past year; our exciting plans for the future; vote on museum business; say goodbye to retiring trustees; welcome new trustees; and hear directly from students, educators and staff about how your support impacts science education and the lives of thousands in the Upper Valley and beyond.

We are thankful for and proud of our Corporation members for supporting a museum that makes a difference. We hope you will join us in carrying out this very important museum business. Your attendance makes a difference! 

To see photos from the 2016 Annual Meeting, click here!

 

 

 


 

Montshire Fund Celebration

A special evening celebrating the generous support of donors to the Montshire Fund.

Donors to the Montshire Fund are invited to enjoy an evening of delicious food, friendly conversation, and a special presentation by nationally recognized pediatrician and medical geneticist Dr. Alan Guttmacher, who will discuss early childhood education and the role museums play in helping young children thrive.
 
A separate program and refreshments will be available for children ages 4 to 12.

For questions or to register, email julie.ann.otis@montshire.org or call 802-649-2200 x 249.

Dinosaur Revolution Member Preview

Montshire Museum members are invited to be the first to experience our new exhibition during special extended hours!

Dinosaur Revolution blends learning and play, inviting visitors to investigate all things dinosaur.

Travel through time and get a dinosaur's eye view! Experience what it's like to crush the earth beneath your gigantic feet as you Make Tracks in the Triassic. Learn to fly as you Glide Through the Jurassic. Return to the present day, earn your Jr. Paleontologist credentials, and engage in the most current dino-debates. Testify in T-Rex's defense, save the natural history museum from an expensive fossil hoax, and scale a
 wall of mysteries as you Climb Through Time.

 

Norwich Public Library Story Hour

Norwich Public Library  will  read some of their favorite dinosaur themed picture books for those who want a quiet, cozy place to relax; perfect for sleepy-heads and cuddle-bugs! Selected titles will be available for purchase in the Museum Store where members receive a discount on all their purchases. 

 

Tinkering Loft 

The Tinkering Loft, a Montshire-designed exhibition you won't find anywhere else, still remains in our second floor gallery until October 30. Don't miss your chance to Measure, Build, Stack, Invent and Design!

 

Why eat dinner at home?

Don't rush to eat before coming to the Museum. Food from Boloco will be available for purchase at the event!


* Please remember to bring your membership card and ID.

 

Thank you to our exhibition sponsor Geokon and to our exhibition supporter Ledyard National Bank.

PrehistoROCK! A Dinosaur Musical

When research paleontologist Bailey Bones dozes off at work, she is visited by a rockin’ T-Rex, a swingin’ Stegosaurus, a flyin’ Pterodactyl, and a Triceratops who sings the blues.

Join the dino-fun in this pre-hysterical romp through the world of dinosaurs.

Presented by the Youth Ensemble Studio of Northern Stage in collaboration with the Montshire Museum of Science and Vermont Institute of Natural Science.

Written by Marcos Stafne and Heather Leonardi
Music by Robert Houle
Directed by Eric Love

Originally produced by the Orlando Science Center. 

The Cougar Returns to the East

Join naturalist and author Susan Morse for a magnificently illustrated introduction to cougar biology and ecology.

There is no question about it—cougars are not only being seen in eastern North America, some are attempting to re-colonize their former habitats.  Get the low-down regarding the latest confirmations of cougars in the east.

Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by Norwich Keeping Track, Norwich Conservation Commission, and Vermont Center for Ecostudies. 

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Plate Tectonics and History of the Earth

Learn about plate tectonics - one of the great unifying scientific theories of the 20th century.

This 8-session course – co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dartmouth – drills into our geologic past with a variety of readings, discussions, and guest lectures by Montshire staff, professional geologists, and Osher study section leaders.

Mondays, September 19 through November 14 (no class October 3)
3–5 p.m.

Pre-registration required at osher.dartmouth.edu.

Montshire Makers

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Calling all middle school geeks: the tinkering studio is open! Come and spend First Fridays exploring new skills and hanging out with friends.

Design, create, and build something cool—a robot that draws, an electronic blinky bug, tessellating designs. You’ll have a chance to use your imagination and sharpen your neurons. Sign-up for one session, or all of them, or just drop in. Each month will explore a different topic. Fridays 6:30–8 p.m. For Youth in Grades 6–9, pre-registration encouraged.
Pre-registration Fee: Members: $8, non-members: $10; Registration at the Door: members: $12; non-members: $15.  

Montshire Maker Dates and Topics: 
•    September 8: Learn to Solder – Learn this essential skill and make a wire sculpture.
•    October 6: Hats ON – Engineer a chic chapeau in time for Halloween.
•    November 17: Paper Circuits – Experiment with paper sculpture and circuitry to make a pop up card or other paper structure.
•    December 1: Eraser Stamps – Carve your own rubber stamps to create wrapping paper or fun gifts.
•    January 5:  Chain Reactions – Beat the clock to create a massive chain reaction machine.
•    February 2: Stop Motion Animation – Use our iPads or bring your own to write and produce a stop-motion tale. 
•    March 2: Motors, Motors, Motors – Learn about some fun things to do with motors and invent your own contraption
•    April 6: Frankenstuffies – One of our most popular topics! Create a stuffed animal out of your dreams (or nightmares!) with our supply of plush creatures, LEDs, conductive thread, and coin batteries.

Upcoming Dates & Times:

  • Friday, January 5, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, February 2, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, March 2, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Friday, April 6, 2018 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Science at the Poles: A Day with Climate Scientists

From sea ice to glaciers, Dartmouth scientists and Montshire educators team up to get you up close and personal with the science, tools, and stories of climate science.

Dress up like a polar researcher, touch an ice core, find McMurdo Station on a map, and talk with scientists about what it’s like to be on the Greenland ice sheet or at the very bottom of the world. A day full of hands-on science for all ages. 

Saturday, November 5
11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

11:00 Sea Ice and Icebergs – Make a model polar ocean as you explore different types of ice. Classroom

1:00 Mapping the North Pole – Use globes, maps, and apps to explore Arctic geography. Classroom

3:00 Ice, Climate, and You – Look back in time with polar scientist Mary Albert. She’ll take you on a photo trip to see how you can use glacial ice cores to understand millions of years of climate change. Classroom

12:00 – 3:00 Come upstairs to explore these hands-on activities and meet a polar scientist.  On going at the Science Discovery Lab.

 - Polar Gear: Try on the extreme cold weather gear required to do research on glaciers, sea ice, and ice sheets.

- Glacial Races: Make and compare different glacier models to see which flows faster.

- Drilling for Ice: Find out how scientists drill through 1,000’s of feet of glacial ice.

- Ancient Ice: Examine and touch examples of ice drilled from the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Free with Museum admission.

Fossil Frenzy and Dinosaur Day at Montshire

Rocks can hold ancient secrets. Help crack open Earth’s history as we celebrate dinosaurs, fossils, and the once-hidden tales of geology.

Come explore real fossils from the Museum’s collection, learn about the age of our planet, make an Earth timeline to bring home, and visit our special Dinosaur Revolution exhibition on display this fall.

10:30 – 1:00 DinoDig VR - Use the latest virtual reality technology to journey to a dig site and experience life as a paleontologist. Dig up fossils and try to identify bones from the brachiosaurus, triceratops, and T-Rex. Get up close and personal with the massive skeletons and gain a new perspective on the size and power of your favorite dinosaurs! For adults and kids 7 and up. Tinkering Loft

10:30 Fossils – Hold and examine the Montshire’s fossil collection. Science Discovery Lab

11:30 Dinosaur Time Line – Make a pocket time line of your favorite dinosaurs. Classroom

12:30 Make a Fossil – Explore how fossils form as you make a model fossil to take home. Discovery Lab

1:30 Deep Time  – Use fossils to explore the evolution of life on Earth.  Community Room

2:30 Dinosaur Time Line – Make a pocket time line of your favorite dinosaurs. Classroom

3:30  Fossils – Hold and examine the Montshire’s fossil collection. Science Discovery Lab

4:30 Make a Fossil – Explore how fossils form as you make a model fossil to take home. Discovery Lab

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Dinosaur Revolution – Explore this special traveling exhibit and maze all about dinosaurs! LIVE LARGE in reptilian role-play activities and experience what it’s like to be a paleontologist. 1st Floor through New Year’s Day

Saturday, October 22
10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Free with Museum admission.

Homeschooler’s Day: Earth Through Time

Join other homeschoolers and their families as we uncover the geologic history and fossil record of the Earth.

We’ll feature a number of hands-on workshops for all ages of homeschoolers on geologic time, fossils, and earth processes. Then, dig through the Museum’s Dinosaur Revolution exhibition on display this fall. A great way to add a STEM learning experience to your homeschool curriculum!

Thursday, October 6, 2016
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Free with Museum admission.

 

Tentative Schedule:

10:15
Rocky, The Puppet Show:  Rocky will introduce the exciting life and fate of a rock. (Grades k-3)
Fossils:  Handle real fossils from the Museum's collection while learning about plants and animals from long ago. (Grades 3 and up)

11:30
Fossils:  Handle real fossils from the Museum's collection while learning about plants and animals from long ago. (Grades K-3)
The Rock Cycle:  Sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous?  What does it all mean? (Grades 3 and up)

1:00
The Rock Cycle Game:  Travel through the life of a rock and experience the different ways it can change over time. (Grades K-3)
The Active Earth; Plate Tectonics:  Discover how the movement of the Earth's plates changes the Earth’s land patterns  (Grades 3 and up)

2:15
River Formations:  Use stream tables to investigate how the force of water causes erosion. (k-3)
Deep Time:  Using fossils we will create a time line of life on Earth. (Grades 3 and up)


 

Afterschool Adventures Session 2 Begins

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For kids who love "doing" science!

Explore science and nature using hands-on experiences and real experiments. Together, we will hypothesize, test, observe, and ignite our imaginations. The three-part series dives into a different theme each week. For children in grades K–2. 

Series 1: Tuesdays, October 11, 18, and 25
Series 2: Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17

Drop off between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m., pick-up at 5:15 p.m.

Limit: 12 children.

Members $90, non-members $100.

Afterschool Adventures Session 1 Begins

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For kids who love "doing" science!

Explore science and nature using hands-on experiences and real experiments. Together, we will hypothesize, test, observe, and ignite our imaginations. The three-part series dives into a different theme each week. For children in grades K–2. 

Limit: 12 children.

Series 1: Tuesdays, October 11, 18, and 25
Series 2: Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17
Drop off between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m., pick-up at 5:15 p.m.

Members $90, non-members $100.

Making Music at The Tinkering Loft

Discover the science behind making music.

Experiment with making different sounds using everyday objects and how to use those sounds to create music.

For children ages 8+

Design It with Big Blue Blocks at The Tinkering Loft

Use your imagination to manipulate your environment and create your own structures and spaces.

With endless variations on what to build, there is no right or wrong way to experiment with these blocks. The blocks include lots of diferent shapes—from familiar rectangular blocks and blocks with holes and chutes, to blocks that are rods and balls. Loosen up your creative side and create your own inventions, environments, and activities.

Tops at the Tinkering Loft

Create a fantastic spinning object.

Using a bolt, wing nuts, and washers, build a top that spins well.
Try it out at the testing station. As you test, observe carefully to see how you might improve your design. Can you make a top that spins for a longer amount of time? You can use a timer from the Challenge Board.
Re-design and re-test as often as you like. Try the additional materials at the Challenge Table.
 

Wind Vehicles at The Tinkering Loft

Craft a wind-powered vehicle with everyday resources.

Using a variety of common, but limited, materials, create a vehicle that includes a sail or some other way of catching the wind. Then, test your designs on the raceway.

For children ages 8+

Chain Reactions at The Tinkering Loft

Build your own Rube Goldberg inspired machine.

Using a variety of blocks, balls, ramps, string, and other materials, make a Rube Goldberg inspired machine that begins and ends with a gentle pull on a string. Then, combine your machine with others to create one massive chain reaction.

For children ages 8+

Design Planks at The Tinkering Loft

Design, build, and balance using Keva planks.

Explore design, engineering, and building as you create tall towers, or anything else your imagination creates.

Pinball Machines at The Tinkering Loft

Team up to build an amazing pinball machine.

Using dowels, pegboard, rubber bands, wheels, pulleys, and other materials, make a pinball machine with moving mechanisms that add obstacles to the ball’s path.

For children ages 8+

Electric Island at The Tinkering Loft

Create your own LED-powered building!

Experiment with 3D architecture and LED lighting. Add your building to the community “Electric Island Village” to create fantastical structures, all lit from the same power grid.

For children ages 8+

Scribble Bots at The Tinkering Loft

Create a 'bot that draws.

Use engineering and problem solving skills to create a Scribble Bot to support a spinning motor, batteries, and legs.
For children ages 8+.

Teacher Workshop: Science in the Outdoors

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Looking to expand your use of an outdoor classroom or for more opportunities for your students to collect data in the natural world?

Develop the skills needed to provide meaningful opportunities for students to engage in scientific inquiry in your outdoor environment. During each three-hour workshop we will introduce a different grade appropriate unit including science content, lesson plans, tools, and resources for implementation. Dress for hands-on work in the classroom and outdoors.  The workshop and project are generously supported by the Dorr Foundation

All workshops are from noon–3 p.m.

For grades K-2, Observing the Natural World, Tuesday, September 20 [full]
For grades 3-5, Decomposition, Monday September 19
For grades 4-6, Using Data to Explore Patterns, Thursday, September 22
For grades 6-8, Soil Science, Friday, September 23

Fee: $30/afternoon
Limited to 10 participants per session

Open Memorial Day

The Montshire is open regular hours on Memorial Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Upper Valley Brain Bee

Hands-on brain activities

Want to hear brain cells in action? Want to learn the functions of the different parts of the brain? Come learn from Dartmouth neuroscience graduate students about what makes up the the human brain, how brain cells communicate, and how the brain makes us move. Sponsored by the Upper Valley Brain Bee.

New Family Social

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The Montshire welcomes new families to the Upper Valley!

Have you moved to the Upper Valley in the past few years? If so, you are invited to a gathering at the Montshire Museum of Science to meet one another, enjoy family-friendly refreshments, and learn more about the Museum.

Sunday, March 6, 3-4:30 p.m. 
Porter Community Room
Free, pre-registration is requested

​Introduction to Native Ferns

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Beautiful and flowerless, ferns are among the most ancient plants in the world.

​​Learn to distinguish among the most common ferns of New England through lecture, microscopic examination of fresh plant material, and field study. By the end of class, you will be familiar with most of the ferns you encounter in the woods. Bring lunch and a hand lens if you have one.                    

​​Instructors: Don Lubin and Alice Schori, fern enthusiasts

​​Location: ​Montshire Museum of Science, ​Norwich, VT

Limit: 16 

Fee: Montshire or New England Wild Flower Society Member: $60, non-member: $72

Co-sponsored by NEWFS

Homeschoolers’ Day: Weather and Climate

Join with us and other homeschool families as we explore clouds, condensation and weather patterns, and hear how we study climate and its changes.

Schedule of Programs

10:15 a.m.

Clouds and Condensation – for grades k-4
Students will experiment with moisture and temperature to create miniature atmospheric models in this workshop as we explore the water cycle. We’ll create clouds and frost and discuss the interactions that produce familiar weather phenomena.

Investigating Earth’s Energy Balance – for grades 4 and up
Knowledge of how earth reflects and absorbs energy from the sun is crucial to understanding climate and how it is changing. Using handheld computers and other digital tools, students will measure the temperature and the “reflectivity” of different colored materials.

11:30 a.m.

Glacial Dirt – for grades k-4
Observe and compare different types of dirt. They see how scientists use how different dirts form to look back in time to see how North America has changed over the last ice age.

Mapping the Poles – for grades 3 and up
In this multimedia activity use a variety of types of maps to explore the geography and science of the Arctic and Antarctic.

1:00 p.m.

A Day in the Life of Antarctic Scientist - for grades K and up
Dr. John Fegyveresi of the Cold Regions Research Engineering Lab will share with us what it is like to be a scientist in Antarctica.  Along with getting a sense of the how he does his work he will also be explaining some of the important research he is involved with.

2:15 p.m.

Sea Ice – For grades k-3
An introduction to polar science – explore the geography of the Arctic and Antarctic, while looking at salty sea ice and fresh water icebergs.

Tree Rings – for grades 3 and up
Explore the museum’s tree ring collection to determine the ages of different trees, ring patterns, and changing growth rates over time as we explore the different ways that scientists look back in time to study changes in climate.

 

Throughout the day we will be joined by scientists from the Dartmouth Geology program who will be offering programs at the Science Discovery Lab

40th Anniversary Open House

Join in Montshire's 40th anniversary open house.

Join the festivities as Montshire celebrates 40 years of bringing the Joy of Science to our community.

Design a Party Hat  
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., First floor exhibit hall.
Combine a little engineering with some creativity and design a party hat to wear as we celebrate 40 years of doing science!

Celebrate with LED Bling
11 a.m., Science Discovery Lab
Learn how to make some wearable electronic art using LED lights.

Streamer Party
12–3 p.m., Second floor exhibit hall.
Use streamers and ribbons to make flying contraptions for the wind tube. 

Science Confetti
1–2 p.m., Science Discovery Lab
Using a variety of materials, design, build, and test your own celebratory paper craft, then participate in the giant, community Science Confetti Free Fall from the 2nd floor balcony at 2:15 p.m.! 

Special Announcements by Executive Director Marcos Stafne
2 p.m., First floor exhibit hall
Hear all about Montshire's amazing upcoming exhibitions and programs as we continue to celebrate our 40th year.

Happy Birthday Montshire
2:15 p.m. First floor exhibit hall and second floor balcony
Sing Happy Birthday to the Montshire and toss your science confetti over the balcony.

2:30 p.m. Porter Community Room
​Birthday Cake

Special community guests

Snowshoe with L.L. Bean
11 a.m.– 1 p.m, Hughes Pavilion (weather permitting)

Morano Gelato will debut their new Montshire flavor (available for purchase)
11 a.m.–5 p.m. Porter Community Room 

Free Museum admission

Investigate Ice! The Science and Art of Frozen Water

Join us for a full day of family workshops exploring the science and art of snow and ice.

Snow and frozen water—from frozen waterfalls to ice covered rivers and lakes, is part of the winter landscape. Experiments will range from observing the beauty and symmetry of ice crystals to investigating the insulation properties of snow, and a family studio art activity that explores the intersection of light, color, and our frozen environment. Investigate Ice! is a collaboration between the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College and the Montshire Museum of Science as part of the Hood’s exhibition “Ice Cuts”, a series of paintings by Vermont artist Eric Aho. 

11:00 Icebergs and Sea Ice – Compare different types of ice as we explore the icy polar regions. Discovery Lab.

12:00 Snowflake Symmetry  – Use mirrors to explore the patterns and symmetry of snowflakes. Discovery Lab.

1:00 Making Monoprints – Create prints inspired by snow textures and water reflections. Ages 6 and up with an adult companion - signs up required. Classroom.

1:30 Color Mixing on Snow – Explore primary colors as you turn white snow into a rainbow of secondary colors. Discovery Lab.

2:00  Making Monoprints – Create prints inspired by snow textures and water reflections. Ages 6 and up with an adult companion - signs up required. Classroom.

2:30  Funny Ice – Enjoy some open exploration of a variety of ice shapes as you experiment with water, salt, and color. Discovery Lab.

3:00  Making Monoprints – Create prints inspired by snow textures and water reflections. Ages 6 and up with an adult companion - signs up required. Classroom.

4:00  Frosty Science  – Experiment with how salt affects the temperature of ice as you try to make frost. Discovery Lab.

All Day: Check out what’s happening at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College (free admission). Stop in at the information table here to learn about the “Ice Cuts” exhibit on display through March 13th.