Science Thursdays

FREE Science Thursdays

Family Oriented Science Workshops for all Ages

  6:00 -7:00 p.m.  Thursdays, June 18 through August 20 at Wingra Boats

Sponsored by the Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Association

  • June 18     Chemistry Fun with Food!                                                 (UW Chemistry Students)

We'll be doing color changing experiments with milk, cabbage, and other foods to demonstrate different chemical principles.

  • June 25     Dirt…Worms…and More!                                        (Kellie Schweich; Teacher/Naturalist)

Come dig in our worm bed & learn about the creatures that help create our soil….worms! We will investigate these creepy crawlers; explore decomposition, and much more!

  • July 2       Macro Invertebrates- Water Insect Fun!                                             (Ann Murphy: Naturalist)

Use a net and scoop up lake vegetation to find small animals called macro invertebrates. Use a microscope to identify these critters!

  • July 9        Web of Life Animals and Ecosystems                                                                (Richelle Andrae)

Let’s go on an animal scavenger hunt and learn how life is connected in our ecosystem. 

  • July 16      Tree Cookies … Yum!                                                                      (Dave Spitzer: Teacher/Naturalist)

Don’t eat them…study them! Come study cross sections of tree trunks to learn how a tree grows.

  • July 23      Totally Turtles                                 (Amy Callies: Aldo Leopold Naturalist & Park School Teacher)

There are more than 300 types of turtles. These reptiles are even cooler than the Ninja Turtle type!

Geared towards the little kids and the big kids! There will be felt board stories, turtle crafts, and some information about the turtles that live and near in Lake Wingra!

  • July 30     Who Dirtied the Water?                       (Nik Simonson: Dane Co.Comm. Engagement Specialist)

Why is our water dirty?  Come learn about our watershed?  Where does the water from our hose go?  Where does the water from Lake Wingra go? What can we do to help our water here in Madison?

  • Aug. 6       Owls and Owl Pellet Dissection                (Dawn Liska-Tollefson: Wingra School Teacher)

Hoot! Hoot!  Did you know that a group of owls is called a parliament?  Learn what owls eat by dissecting an owl pellet.

  • Aug. 13     Walking Sticks-‘To See or Not to See’              (Sherry Hershberger: Aldo Leopold Naturalist)

I am usually found on bushes or in small trees. I look like a twig and part of the plant I am on so I can hide from birds and other predators. My specialty is camouflage. What am I? Come and see me live!

  • Aug 20      Milkweeds and Monarchs                           (Susan Frett; Friends of Lake Wingra)

This special program will not only teach you about Monarchs but you will be able to examine caterpillar eggs and explore what a monarch caterpillar eats.


Event Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 6:00pm
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 6:00pm
Wingra Park boat house