Kid Stuff

KidWScopeDr. Augie has lots of fun science and art kid stuff to offer! If your child would like to do something intellectual, brain stimulating, and spend some time outside send us an email and see what we have in the works.

We got bugs, slugs, color changing solutions, puppets, reading and writing.


Recent programs:

moth on milkweed flowersMoth Night Tamarack Hollow July 28, 2018-We celebrated National Moth Week by joining moth specialist Betsy Higgins with Berkshire Naturalist Jason Crockwell and Tamarack Hollow staff in identifying and learning about nighttime pollinators, insects and moths! Then we had some great conversation by the campfire with marshmallows and moth stories. Thanks to support from the Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee and the Berkshire Taconic Fund’s Central Berkshire grant.

berkshire bioblitz 2018
Berkshire Bioblitz was held on on September 15-16, 2018 was held at Hopkin’s Memorial Forest in Williamstown and hosted by Williams College.

Past Programs: Science in the Parks Spring 2013, SciTV after school program with the 21 Century Grant and PCTV. Plants and Art, ArtScience, Water and Puppets.

Base rate: $60.00/hour
Contact: Lisa Provencher:

Bio: Lisa Provencher is a science educator, entomologist and artist. Her background is in biology, evolution, environmental chemistry and art. Starting with an AS in Fine Art she moved on to earn BS degrees in both Environmental Science and Entomology, finishing up with a MS in Systematics and Evolutionary Biology. As a National Science Foundation STEM Fellow she has also taken many graduate education courses and certificate programs that focus on Inquire-Based Learning and Differentiation in science. She works in the water quality field and is the owner of her own business Dr. Augie’s Science & Art Programs.

Offered Programs:

art craft camp 016ArtScience for Kids (Preferably this is a series of 3 workshops)
This workshop offers students a look at the intersection of art practice and science innovation both historically and in our contemporary lives. The interrelationship of the two fields is not coincidental, but we aren’t accustomed to making the obvious connection. Here we will explore how the capacity to think in creative terms feeds important work in various scientific areas. Creative thinking helps students make science lessons more in-depth and at the same time encourages them to make personal contributions in the sciences. This workshop will emphasize inquiry from both practical and imaginative perspectives, informed by critical thinking, while finding a place for divergent thinking.

aquatic bug bowlsEcology in the Park (Preferably this is a series of 5 spring/summer workshops)
Ecology is the scientific study of the distributions, abundance and relations of all living organisms and their interactions with the environment. Ecology includes the study of plant, animal and all living populations, communities and ecosystems. We, as well as all other living things, depend on this earth for everything; food, water, shelter. Every living thing on this earth is delicately and dynamically interwoven with other living things. The smallest perturbation can upset everything. For this reason ecology is an important concept to teach to students from a very early age. The elementary classroom is a place for children to learn about living things and their environment.  This workshop will provide students with the basic characteristics, the structure and function and adaptations of living things.

This hands-on workshop series will provide special emphasis on using plants and animals in activities that illustrate: seeds grown; animal life cycles; adaptation and invasive species; light and plant growth; and how the physical world provides habitat for the living world. Soil and water science as well as habitats will be addressed.

filtering waterWater and the Environment (Preferably this is a series of 3 workshops)
Water covers 70.9% of the Earth’s surface, and is essential for all known forms of life. On Earth, it is found mostly in oceans and other large water bodies, with a small percent below ground in aquifers and in the air as vapor, clouds, and precipitation.

The water on our planet Earth moves continually through a cycle (the water cycle). This cycle, in most cases, cleans our water. Millions of people each year are affected by waterborne illnesses due to the lack of a clean water supply. Locally we are lucky to have access to clean water. Yet it is pertinent we continue to educate our community about the importance of clean water, water quality and the effects it has on our immediate environment and the environment worldwide. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding evaporation, condensation, and precipitation and how the weather and living things on Earth (including humans) are an integral part of these processes. Watersheds and their importance will be addressed and ways to protect and preserve local our watersheds will be a focus of topic.

stalking the frogsField Entomology for Kids (Preferably this is a series of 3 non-winter workshops)
Insects are an integral part of human lives; they are as fascinating and beautiful as they are weird and horrific. They are the bane of human existence because of food competition and disease, yet we cannot live without them. Insects hold an incredible wealth of information for scientists and lay people alike. The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain the opportunity to learn, through inquiry and observation about biology, ecology and environmental science. These topics can also be integrated with math, technology, history, language arts and social studies. Given the current concern in biodiversity loss and sustainability, we must recognize that insects, which make up the largest living group on earth, represent the major part of existing biodiversity. With this in mind they almost certainly hold solutions to global sustainability. It is crucial that we recognize them as organisms to understand and study.



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