CSU, Chico News

Gateway Discovery Camp Registration Begins April 15

Date: 04-11-2011

Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
Debra Johnson, Marketing
Dr. Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director

Gateway Science Museum will begin accepting registrations for its summer science camps beginning Friday, April 15. Gateway Discovery Camp is designed for children entering fourth through sixth grades this fall and will feature two themes connected to sustainable living: Green Detectives and Aqua Detectives.

Gateway Discovery Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning June 20 at the museum. Registration is $150 per session. Camp registration forms are available online at www.gatewayscience.org and at the Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade, Chico.

Green Detectives will discover native plant communities while exploring the outdoor eco-regions of Gateway Science Museum and surrounding areas. Through field collections and examination of a variety of species, young scientists will explore the roles of plants and animals in our local ecosystems. With variations of soil, water and light, children will investigate the Gateway Gardens to test optimal growing conditions for native plants and explore the natural processes that contribute to their success. Children will seek clues from worms, compost, climate, and ecosystem interactions. Green Detectives will be held June 20 – 24, with an all-girls session July 11 – 15.

Aqua Detectives allows children to explore the water and stream banks of Big Chico Creek as a model for water and soil conservation throughout Northern California. From the peaks of Mt. Shasta to the depths of the soil, children will investigate the diverse ways water and soil are necessary to sustain life. Young scientists will explore our natural resources to discover fun, useful practices that help make life sustainable. Aqua Detectives runs July 18 – 22.

Gateway Science Museum is open Wednesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located at 625 Esplanade. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for museum members. For more information, please visit www.gatewayscience.org.