Vacation & Summer Programs
Astronomy Camp 2017
April 18 & 20 with Observatory visit on the 19th
April 18 & 20: 9:30-4:30pm
April 19: Peacham Observatory visit, 7-9pm - Families are invited to join us this evening.
Ages: 9-13 yrs old, if younger we will put them on a waiting list (preference to 9-13)
Price: $115 members, $135 non-members
This is an amazing time to be an astronomer. From movies like Hidden Figures highlighting the women behind NASA missions, to Juno’s encounter of Jupiter and Cassini’s last moments with Saturn, we will cover all the latest events in astronomy. Come to the Museum to learn about the history of NASA scientists and what we have learned from these missions during their travels. We will continue to develop a deeper understanding about optics, light, and gravity in the universe.
Taught by Bobby Farlice-Rubio, Museum Educator
Seven weeks of insect-themed camps for 2017!
Discovery Camp: Incredible Insects
June 26-30: Nature's Recyclers
July 10-14: Incredible Insects (only week of full day camp)
July 17-21: Magnificent Metamorphosis
July 24-28: Community Dwellers
July 31-Aug 4: Pollinators and Pests
Aug 7-11: Masters of Disguise
Aug14-18: Aquatic Insects
For kids ages 5 - 8, Half-day 9am-12pm, Full-day: 9am-3pm
Sessions are $125 half-day or $250 for full-day for the week.
Please contact Leila Nordmann for registration.
Click here for an application.
Begins June 26, Monday. Ends August 11, Friday.
For students ages 11-15.
Franklin's Guides is a student docent training program where students are ambassadors of the Museum and represent the spirit of Franklin Fairbanks when he dedicated his collections to the people of St. Johnsbury. Franklin's Guides discover and research exhibits of their choice, then provide short tours or presentations to the public based on those exhibits.
Guides receive mentoring and support from our education team to practice their research, presentations, and public speaking skills. In return, they offer creative perspectives and new ideas that help us keep our interpretations of the collections fresh. This provides both the students and our visitors a closer look at our displays and collections.
Franklin's Guides in 2016
Sabra Anne Snyder, our AmeriCoprs Member, currently directing Franklin's Guides, comments: "We made a new record last year with the number of students accepted into the program. With 16 students on board there were so many exciting and relevant tours available!
- 3D Printer Demonstration
- Ancient Culture Clothing Traditions
- Ancient Oceans
- Birds of Paradise & Endangered Moose
- Butterfly & Bug Art Walkthrough
- Endangered & Extinct Animals
- Fish Inside and Out
- How Ancient Cultures Identified Constellations
- Juno's Mission
- Musical Instruments & History
- Rocks & Minerals
- Swords of History
- Vermont's Bird Calls
- Vermont's Endangered & Extinct Animals
Providing tours isn't the only part of Franklin's Guides. We've really gotten hands on this year with creating some amazing things through our STEM projects such as creating our own geodes and making our own galaxy t-shirts. Of course our biggest contribution towards the program is getting altogether at the end of each week to venture out in the field for exploration, intrigue, and swimming adventures!"
How to apply to be a Franklin's Guide
If you are interested in learning more about becoming one of Franklin's Guides, download or print the 2017 application here. Guides are engaged, mature students who are ready to learn the responsibilities of interacting with the public in a natural history museum setting. We require student applicants to be between the ages of 11 and 15 years old.
Contact Sabra Anne Snyder with any questions or concerns.
What to expect as a Franklin's Guide
Our Guides will spend time on the main floor running existing programs, but also producing their own to presentations to the public. They will have the Guides Coordinator, Museum Educators, and experts in various fields as a resource throughout the summer. The Franklin's Guides schedule runs between Monday - Friday, from 10am - 2pm, and students will be expected to commit to at least one day a week to perform presentations. We also have our Friday Field Trips, which are optional, but tons of fun for us to get together for summer adventures!
Fun fact: Did you know that it was Franklin's Guides students who helped built the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium in 1961? What might you contribute and inspire in your community?