Earth Science

  • January 26, 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Voyagers

This program will cover earth science, including paleontology, geological history, oceans, atmosphere, weather, and climate change. Each week we will focus primarily on hands-on lab activities using high-quality microscopes, a variety of real fossils from dinosaurs, mammoths, and other prehistoric animals and plants, environmental testing kits, weather stations, and other supplies. Prior science courses are not required--new students are very welcome to join.

The spring 2018 semester of Earth Science will feature all-new material that was not covered in the fall 2017 semester, and that does not depend on any knowledge of that or other material. Students from the previous semester are encouraged to continue, and new students are very welcome to join us for this semester. Each session will have a short lecture summarizing the reading material but will mainly focus on hands-on lab activities involving that topic. 


This program is designed to provide laboratory experience and overview of fundamentals for individuals working at a range of levels. The level of learning will depend on the preparation of the individual and the amount of work the individual does at home. The recommended textbook is beautifully illustrated and very readable; it should be suitable for a broad range of ages. Parents are encouraged to review the textbook to determine whether this program will meet the child's needs. Please consult with Dr. Rider prior to registration if you have any questions.



This is a continuation of the fall semester program. The two semesters fit together very well, but the spring semester may be taken independently. Registration for the spring semester is currently open.

Spring semester: January 26 to April 27, 2018 (excluding February 23 and April 20; makeup date May 4)

Spring semester will consist of 12 sessions meeting from 10:30 to 12:00 on Fridays.

Cost and registration

The cost for the semester is:

$355 for Voyagers members

$380 for nonmembers

Payment in full is due at the time of registration.



For information on course content, please contact Dr. Todd Rider:

For help with registration, please contact

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