"Amy's Wild Life"
Every month Boundary County library features 2 kids science programs:
A science class with biologist Amy,
and a live video conference with a science organization in America.
Each science class is based on a broad topic. Some topics we have covered in the past include: the 5 senses, insects, birds, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, plants, geology and chemistry. We start by defining our topic (ie. what is an insect). Then we learn some fun facts (ie. did you know there is a caterpillar that looks like a dragon?), featuring pictures, videos, sounds and sometimes props such as real insects, furs, skulls, and even live animals! Sometimes we take volunteers from the audience for demonstrations and experiments. Children can ask questions at any time during the class. At the end, there is an optional craft to participate in. Additionally, books are available to learn more about our topic.
Live Video conferencE
Each video conference is based on a topic and is presented by science organizations around the country. Past presentations include:
- "Polar Bears," "Corvids, "and "Seals" with the Alaska Zoo
- "The Moon" and "Humans in Space" with NASA
- "Penguins" with California Academy of Science
- "Sled Dogs" and "Dinosaurs" with Denali National Park
- "Wolf Tales" with the International Wolf Center
- "Dolphins" and "Sharks" with the Texas State Aquarium
- "Dairy Farming" with Farm Academy
- "Endangered Animals", "Halloween Animals," and "Animal Coverings" with Toledo Zoo
Occasional Guest Speakers
Occasionally, we substitute our science class or video conference with a guest speaker in our community talking about something science-related. In the past, we have featured a biologist from Idaho Fish and Game, a former zookeeper, and a community member who owns big snakes and a tarantula!