This article, by Museum Learning Programs Developer Samantha Polon, was also posted on Kidoinfo.
As a Girl Scout growing up, I was presented with the opportunity to
spend time in the out-of-doors, hiking, camping and swimming all over
New England. My mother, a lawyer, loved the chance to take a group of
suburban girls on overnights where we got away from the hustle and
bustle of our everyday lives. While we were on those trips, we did so
much more than roast marshmallows, sing songs and learn to identify
different varieties of birds. Those times in the forest taught us to
look for and appreciate the nature all around us. They offered us a
place of respite and a moment to reflect. After those trips, we sought
the same feelings of peace and joy in local parks and hunted for leaves
in our neighborhood playgrounds.
Providence Children’s Museum’s Eco Explorers adventures present Scouts
with the opportunity to learn about conservation by working through
hands-on problem solving activities that explore finite natural
resources – like water and wildlife – that can be found in the deep
wilderness and in the city. Scouts investigate simple circuits and the
energy expenditure of LED and traditional bulbs, which can help them
support their schools and families in making energy conscious decisions.
They learn how to look for signs of animals and recognize shelters so
they can preserve these creatures’ habitats. Most importantly, Scouts
learn to value the natural world that is all around them – and is a
critical part of their communities and everyday lives.
During the first Eco Explorers event in December, I watched as Scouts
built simple water wheels from plates and cups. One boy exclaimed, “I
never knew that water could make energy!” It’s realizations like these,
which arise through fun, hands-on learning, that will help kids become
the next generation of stewards our planet needs.
Eco Explorers Scout Adventures
Cub Scouts | February 27
Brownies/Junior Girl Scouts | March 13, March 27, April 10 and May 1
Scouts learn about conservation, recycling and the wonder of the natural
world through creative interactive science experiments and art
activities. Explore energy and create circuits, construct a water wheel,
create an animal habitat story and more! Events include engaging
educator-led activities, a Scout skill badge or Science Belt Loop, an
Eco Explorers fun patch, a snack, and a pass for a future Museum visit.
Space is limited; register NOW to join the fun! Click here to learn more.