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*NEW PROGRAM* Earthcaching

Starting April 2018, in celebration of Earth month, test your navigation skills and outdoor field knowledge by participating in our Earthcaching program.

Use GPS technology to find a special geological location right inside Sugar Sand Park. Answer a question about what you find to earn your Explorium Earthcaching pin!

Date & Time: Available during normal Explorium hours

Ages: 7+ with parent/guardian

Cost: FREE!

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Challenge Sheets

Take your visit to the Explorium to the next level by asking a staff member for a challenge sheet! No matter your age or grade level, we have a challenge for you.

We have both indoor and outdoor challenges, so take your pick between the natural and physical sciences.

Use your deduction skills to answer questions about our exhibits. Answer them correctly and win a prize!

Date & Time: Available for rent during normal Explorium hours

Ages: 5+ with parent/guardian

Cost: FREE!

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Experiment Express

What’s that over there? It’s cool science on the fly! Catch us doing an impromptu science demo at our   experiment express cart whenever the urge strikes.

From precious stones to animal bones, our staff and volunteers are always excited to show you something new!

Ages: 5+ with parent/guardian

Cost: FREE!

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Grab 'n' Go Eco Packs

Grab a pack and set out to explore Sugar Sand Park! Backpacks are supplied with tools and materials to guide your family through an investigation of the plants, animals, and insects of the park.

Date & Time: Available for rent during normal Explorium hours

Ages: 5+ with parent/guardian

Cost: FREE!

  • Must be 18 or older to rent a pack.
  • Must provide a valid ID to be held during time of rental.
  • Packs are designed for individual use or a small group of up to 4 people.
  • All packs must be returned half an hour before the Explorium closes.

Tips for Using the Packs:

  • Remember to pick up and discard any trash into appropriate bins.
  • Release any living creatures (such as insects) back into their natural habitat unharmed after making observations.
  • If you aren’t sure what it is, leave it alone. Some plants and insects may be harmful (Example: Poison Ivy).
  • Check the list. Make sure all supplies are in the pack before turning back in.
  • Have FUN!

Types of Packs:

Bugs play an important part in every ecosystem. The park wouldn't exist if it wasn't for our smallest friends. So go take a look, search high and low. Try to find all the creepy crawlies and painted beauties hidden in plain sight. This kit includes maps of the trails, field guides, bug catching equipment and a fun Bug Hunter game.

This kit includes a fun scavenger hunt that will lead participants on an investigation of the parks native plants. These plants have developed some interesting ways to survive in different environments. As you search through the park for all kinds of plants, look at the ways that they have adapted to survive!

Bird watching is an exercise in observation and patience. Find a nice place and watch as the birds come in and out of view. By making observations, you can identify the birds and learn about their behaviors. You will be amazed how much you can learn just by watching. This kit includes all the materials and directions for a budding-bird watcher.