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Treasures of the Earth

The 19th annual Gem, Minerals, Jewelry & Fossil Show and Sale will be held Friday – Sunday, August 19 – 21. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for ages 6-17. The show is held at the Bridgeton Machinists Hall, 12365 St. Charles Rock Rd (MO I-270 at St. Charles Rock Rd.)…

Backyard astronomy for August

The Perseid meteor shower is the northern hemisphere’s best summer meteor shower and it will peak on August 13. But, this year, you’ll have to fight a full moon to get a good view. EarthSky.org recommends the following: Start watching now. Although the showers peak on August 13 you can still see plenty of showers…

The Virtual Roach

Ewwww! I absolutely hate roaches, but this is pretty cool. Budding entomologists are sure to enjoy The Virtual Roach! Orkin has a fully interactive virtual cockroach designed to be used as an instructional tool for learning about insect anatomy. Enjoy!

Meteor showers this week

Star gazers have a chance to see 2010 Leonid meteor showers between midnight and dawn on Wednesday and Thursday, November 17 and 18. If conditions are favorable you can expect to see about 10-15 meteors per hour. The more sky, the better, and hope for a cloudless night. Try to find a dark spot to…

Meteor showers tonight

Last year, Isabel and I almost fell asleep in our lawn chairs waiting for a glimpse of a meteor. Hopefully, conditions will be more favorable for us this year. The Perseid meteor showers will peak tonight, August 12. Earlier in the evening we’ll should a good look at Venus, Saturn, Mars, and a thin crescent…

St. Louis gems, fossils & fun

The 18th Annual Gems, Minerals, Jewelry & Fossil Show and Sale will be held Friday, Aug 20, 4 – 9 pm; Saturday, Aug 21, 10 am – 6 pm; and Sunday, Aug 22, 11 am – 5 pm. As always, this fun show will feature national dealers, gems, fossils, youth booth, minerals exhibits, gifts, demos,…

‘Journey to the Stars’ with a free dvd

Thanks to SAHMinIL at Catholic Christian Homeschooling for pointing out this freebie: Are you ready to take a Journey to the Stars? The American Museum of Natural History and NASA have joined forces to produce a planetarium show about the amazing variety of stars that dot our cosmos–exploding stars, giant stars, dwarf stars, neutron stars,…

Animal autographs . . .

. . . otherwise know as animal tracks! For our very last class of this school year, I took my Conservation Frontiers kids out to make casts of animal tracks. It is a simple and fun process. All you need is plaster of paris, water, strips of card stock for the mold form, and an…

My Conservation Frontiers class

We are winding down the year at our homeschool co-op and my Conservation Frontiers class ends next week. These kids have been lots of fun to work with. By doing a variety of Missouri nature-related projects, the students earned points throughout the year. Our goal was to work towards getting enough points for the Conservation…

Segway science field trip

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Crozet’s General Science co-op class had an end-of-the-year field trip to the St. Louis Science Center. The Science Center is always fun, but the highlight of this trip was definitely the 5 minute segway ride, and even the parents got to participate! We also watched an awesome 40-minute dark sky planetarium show and finished our…

Missouri nature lapbooks

To wrap up the year with my Missouri Conservation Frontiers students, I decided to have each make a lapbook of their favorite aspect of Missouri nature that they learned about this year. Here is what my 10 students, 4th-7th grades, focused their lapbooks on: wildflowers • birds • snakes & birds • frogs & snakes…

St. Louis gem, mineral, jewelry, fossil show

Get ready for a field trip! This year’s 50th annual St. Louis Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show will be held Friday through Sunday, March 26-28, 2010 at the Machinists Hall Auditorium, 12365 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044. We started going to this show as part of a homeschool Earth Science class field…

Meteor showers forecast for Sunday

The Geminid meteor shower could feature up to 140 shooting stars per hour between Sunday evening and Monday morning. The best time period for those in the Northern hemisphere is between 1 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Monday. According to the National Geographic News blog: Late Sunday night is the peak of the year’s most…

Meteor shower tomorrow a.m.

The 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower is being called the biggest meteor shower of the modern age. Astronomers are predicting 20 to 30 meteors per hour over the Americas. The Leonid Meteor shower may last up to two days so there should be optimal viewing across the U.S. From KMOV St. Louis: The Leonid meteor shower…