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 Insect-themed camps for 2017!

Discovery Camp: Incredible Insects

Our insect camps are done for the season but we will have energy-themed camps for next year. Take care and see you next summer. 



Franklin's Guides
***Applications officially closed early***

Begins June 26, Monday. Ends August 11, Friday.
For students ages 11-15.

***Please note: due to the overwhelming interest of student applicants, we have reached beyond our maximum capacity for this summer program. We apologize for any inconvenience, and encourage you to contact Sabra Anne Snyder to be put on a waiting list for 2018.*** 

About the program
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.

This year you can expect...
We have so many exciting exhibits available this year! With the Museum theme of Insects we are proud to introduce live, observation bee and butterfly houses. We also will be hosting a 'living insectarium,' which will have a variety of insects from stick bugs to praying mantisses. There's also the new Capturing Starlight exhibit, which features amazing astrophotographs of stars and stellar formations. And for students who enjoy enlightening our guests about endangered animals, we now have a new hummingbird and woodpecker exhibit which also includes a secondary display of a variety of rare bird eggs. Let's not forget, it's Cassini's last final months of orbiting Saturn, a great opportunity for planetarium presentations.
We'll also continue our "Friday Field Trips," where students are encouraged to join us for fun, summer adventures in exploration and swimming! While last year we focused on STEM activities and space themed art projects, this year we'll direct our attention towards creating insect houses, offer graphic and web design lessons, 3d printer lessons, creating solar and star gazing viewing models, and more!

Taught by serving AmeriCorps Members
Sabra Anne Snyder is currently serving as our AmeriCoprs Member, from the Lyndon Economic AmeriCorps Program, and directed the Franklin's Guides program in 2016, too. She 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 made available to our Museum guests such as 3D Printer Demonstrations, Ancient Oceans, Birds of Paradise, Bug Art, Endangered & Extinct Animals, Fish Inside and Out, Rocks & Minerals, Swords of History, Vermont's Bird Calls, and so much more!

How to apply to be a Franklin's Guide

The application process was closed early this year due to the overwhelming student applicants already accepted into the program. If you were in the process of completing the application, we encourage you to contact Sabra Anne Snyder to request to be put on a waiting list for 2018. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your interest in our student docent training program. 

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 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?