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Vacation & Summer Programs

Astronomy Camp 2018

April 17th & 19th with a Peacham Observatory visit on the 18th

  • April 17th & 19th: 9:30am to 4:30pm.
  • April 18th:  Peacham Observatory visit, 7-10pm. All family members are invited to join us on this evening.
  • Ages: 9-13 yrs old, 
  • Price: $115 members, $135 non-members.

Taught by Bobby Farlice-Rubio, Museum Science Educator.

Move over Hubble space telescope, this year we will focus on the JWST. The JWST or James Webb Space Telescope is an infrared telescope which is more sensitive and has better wavelength coverage. The JWST complements and extends the range of the Hubble plus what we can detect.  Campers will review the latest missions to Mars: the Mars 2020 new rover and the InSight lander to drill beneath the surface of Mars in order to study the evolution of the planet. Finally, we will discuss private ventures like Space X and space exploration such as the Falcon Heavy’s design to carry humans into space with the possibility of travel to the Moon or Mars.
And of course, we’ll build and launch rockets.

Please contact Leila Nordmann with any questions or call (802) 748-2372.

Discovery Camp 2018: Energy 

We'll explore energy all around us and discover its many forms and amazing properties. Activities are geared for kids, with plenty of play. Fairbanks Museum Discovery Camps make use of the Balch Nature School facility, Fairbanks Museum galleries, planetarium and outdoor space.

The basics:

  • Hours: 9:00AM - 12:00PM, with extended day option to 3:00 PM
  • $125/student/week, extended day $20/day or $100/week
  • Sibling discount and multiple week discount of 20%
  • Campers must bring their own lunch, snack, and water bottle each day 
  • 12 students per week maximum. 6 campers in the extended day maximum. 
  • Birthday cut off is February 1, 2014 for students ages 4 or younger

Additional Camp Information 

Please print a registration form here to email, mail or drop off at the museum or contact Leila Nordmann to sign up.

Camp Week of July 9-13: You Are What You Eat (Ages 4-5)

  • Get caught up in the food web this summer! Animals and plants, predators and prey, all live somewhere along the food-chain. Through storytime, crafts, and games, campers will uncover who eats who in our fast-paced world! 

Camp Week of July 16-20: Solar Powered Animals (Ages 4-5)

  • Why do turtles bask on logs? How do desert foxes stay cool? How do VT birds keep warm on a cold winter night? Whether it is gathering the sun’s energy or using your ears as a personal air conditioner, different animals use a variety of methods to regulate their body temperature. During this week, campers will explore the various ways animals warm up and cool down. 

Camp Week of July 30-August 3: Energy in Motion (Ages 6-8)

  • Have you ever wondered how a roller coaster works? How about a rubber band? Or a slinky? This exciting week of camp will answer these questions and many more as we explore potential and kinetic energy through fun experiments and activities! Come build a miniature toy car with us and challenge your new camp friends to a downhill race!

Camp Week of August 6-10: Powered by the Earth (Ages 6-8)

  • Our world is an unlimited source of power. From the sun to the wind, to the heat from inside the earth itself, we can draw energy to power our lights, keep our homes warm, and drive our cars. During this camp week, we will learn about various types of renewable energy and how we can sustainably harness the power of the natural world! 


Franklin's Guides

For students ages 11-15. A maximum of 15 students are allowed but 12 is optimal number for the program.  2018 Application Interviews will follow once we receive your application to determine fit with our Guides program. 

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.

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 Thursday Field Trips, from 2pm - 5pm which are optional, but tons of fun for us to get together for summer adventures!

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