Super Saturday Programs occur once a month throughout the school year.
Please download, print, scan, and email your application at least a week in advance to Lauren Kemper at Lauren.Kemper@wwu.edu. If you fill out your application online, please use either Safari or Firefox, as otherwise your information will not be sent.
A few things to remember: a small snack is provided, but you are welcome to bring snacks for your children. Since it’s possible that children will get wet, please bring extra dry clothing. We do not charge for these classes, but please feel free to donate as the supplies cost money. These classes are suitable for children grades P-2. Each family must have at least one adult/guardian that is present and responsible for their children.
Each class will provide an opportunity to see and touch live specimens.
What makes an animal an Echinoderm? What is an Echinoderm? Children will discover the features common to all echinoderms, as well as what makes each type unique. The students will be able to use props to learn identifying characteristics of sea stars, sea urchins, and sea cucumbers.
What does a clam, a moon snail, a squid and an octopus all have in common? They are all mollusks! The phylum Mollusca includes bivalves, gastropods, and cephalopods. Students will learn the basics of classification, and how we classify these diverse creatures, both by what they have in common and by their differences. Special attention will be given to the most intelligent mollusk of all—the octopus.
Cnidarians: Sea Animals that Sting
What connects Jellyfish, Sea Anemones, and other Cnidarians? Students will compare and contrast these animals and learn why scientists have grouped them together. How do they sting other animals? Why can’t some of them sting us? What makes them stick? How do they move? We will get up close and personal with Sea Anemones to find the answers.
A Home for Herman—Hermit Crabs and Hard Coverings
How do animals in the ocean stay safe? Explore how some marine animals use hard coverings for protection. Children will learn how some animals grow their protective coverings, while others have to find them. Through a hands-on learning experience and a story, children will discover how the hermit crab finds its shell.
Humans use a variety of tools to do work—but how do the animals in the ocean catch their food, keep safe, or move around? Students will discover how various marine animal body parts resemble tools that humans use. By comparing these animals’ adaptations with human tools, students will learn how the animals use their body parts in their ocean environment, particularly in obtaining food.