Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A College for Kids in Hailey

Ants, plants and cooking food!

Express Staff Writer

The College of Southern Idaho's Community Campus location in Hailey gets taken over by kids each summer in "College for Kids" programs.

The campus expands its programs to include science camps for schoolchildren who can experience the excitement of learning from experienced teachers in small class settings.

This summer's offerings include nature explorations and laboratory experiments with food.

l "Ants and Plants" gets kids (grades 2-6) dirty in the search for fascinating bugs and plants.

They embark on a series of field trips to explore various natural communities and the creatures that inhabit them. As they visit rivers, forests, ponds, meadows, and sagebrush areas throughout the valley, they learn about botany, geology, ecology, and more from beloved local naturalist Ann Christensen. Each child must bring a sack lunch and appropriate outdoor gear each day.

The camp meets Monday through Thursday July 9-12, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum. Tuition is $70.

l "The Hungry Scientist" gets kids in lab coats and kitchen aprons for a fun-filled class that feeds kids' minds along with their stomachs.

Biology/chemistry teacher Melanie Schrader, who has taught at The Discovery Center of Idaho, leads an exploration of the changing properties of foods. Kids concoct pancakes, puddings and ice cream. The most important ingredient will be curiosity.

The camp for kindergarten through 2nd grade meets Tuesday through Thursday, from 1-4 p.m. Tuition is $90. The camp for 3rd through 5th graders meets Tuesday through Thursday, July 17-19 from 9 a.m.-12:00 noon. Tuition is $90.

Register through the CSI office at the Community Campus, Hailey. Call 788-2033.

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