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Science Programs & Events

Sep
19
2020
Woods Walk Series

Satisfy your curiosity about the trees you see at BREC Parks and your wonder about the animals that call BREC Conservation Areas home. Join a BREC Naturalist for on the Wood’s Walk Hiking Series and pick their brain about a broad range of topics. Each hike in the series will dive into different topics connected to these unique sites in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Sep
19
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

Sep
22
2020
Conservation Science Expedition

Parents – Are you homeschooling and looking to branch out with your science lessons? Join us for a Conservation Science Expedition so your learners can explore nature from wherever they are! This five-week, project-based program will meet weekly over Zoom with our Naturalists to cover an important nature theme spanning the five sessions. Learners will get to interact with the Naturalist during the sessions, then will get to independently explore these topics while completing tasks on their own. Your learner’s work will culminate in completing a project that they will present during the final session related to the series’ theme.

Ages: 8-10 (3rd+4th graders)

Sep
22
2020
Urban Nature Hike: Forest

Interested in exploring the nature oasis next door or looking to take your neighborhood walks to the next level? Our Urban Hike series is a great start! Geared toward nature novices of all ages, participants will enjoy a leisurely walk through a BREC park while learning some fun facts about the park’s natural areas and the fundamentals of adventuring in the great outdoors.

Ages: All ages; all children must be accompanied by an adult

Sep
25
2020
Friday Night Lecture Series

Originating years ago as a weekly outdoor presentation, HRPO’s cornerstone program—now indoors—provides free, entertaining and intelligent science talks to the citizens of the Baton Rouge area. Perennially favorite speakers and topics are interspersed through the calendar year with surprising new guests and new concepts. No expertise in the physical sciences is required.

Sep
25
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

Sep
26
2020
Science Academy

Under the guidance of HRPO Education Curator Amy Northrop, Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy—at their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth? and the Moon, asteroids and comets, the electromagnetic spectrum and the American space program.

Ages: 8-12

Sep
26
2020
Plus Nights

Periodically, HRPO gives something extra to visitors in addition to standard viewing: a sky tour, physical science demonstrations, filtered lunar trips, “birth” stars and a marshmallow roast.

Sep
29
2020
Conservation Science Expedition

Parents – Are you homeschooling and looking to branch out with your science lessons? Join us for a Conservation Science Expedition so your learners can explore nature from wherever they are! This five-week, project-based program will meet weekly over Zoom with our Naturalists to cover an important nature theme spanning the five sessions. Learners will get to interact with the Naturalist during the sessions, then will get to independently explore these topics while completing tasks on their own. Your learner’s work will culminate in completing a project that they will present during the final session related to the series’ theme.

Ages: 8-10 (3rd+4th graders)

Oct
1
2020
Nature Explorers Virtual Club

Do you have a budding biologist, seasoned scientist, or an avid mud-pie enthusiast at home? Nature Explorers Virtual Club is the adventure for you! After the success of our virtual camp we want to keep the fun going and are happy to present the nature explorers virtual club! This once a week club will dive into month long themes and explore concepts related to the world around us with virtual nature hikes through BREC Conservation areas, live animal encounters, active outdoor explorations, games, challenges, and much more! Join our enthusiastic naturalists for a themed month of adventure, engagement, and socialization.

Ages: 9-13

Oct
3
2020
Swamp Bird Walks

Due to current physical distancing requirements, we have temporarily discontinued our guided bird walks. Instead, we will be offering “early bird” hours on the first Saturday of each month for visitors to come enjoy our trails on their own, searching for our feathered friends and any other critters that may be up and about.

Oct
3
2020
Spooky Sensation

There’s a chill in the air—that can only be explained by science.Come join us for a marshmallow roast with eerie true-life STEM stories, a scavenger hunt game to earn wicked prizes, physical science demos that will make you scream and more.

Oct
6
2020
Conservation Science Expedition

Parents – Are you homeschooling and looking to branch out with your science lessons? Join us for a Conservation Science Expedition so your learners can explore nature from wherever they are! This five-week, project-based program will meet weekly over Zoom with our Naturalists to cover an important nature theme spanning the five sessions. Learners will get to interact with the Naturalist during the sessions, then will get to independently explore these topics while completing tasks on their own. Your learner’s work will culminate in completing a project that they will present during the final session related to the series’ theme.

Ages: 8-10 (3rd+4th graders)

Oct
6
2020
Urban Nature Hike: Wampold

Interested in exploring the nature oasis next door or looking to take your neighborhood walks to the next level? Our Urban Hike series is a great start! Geared toward nature novices of all ages, participants will enjoy a leisurely walk through a BREC park while learning some fun facts about the park’s natural areas and the fundamentals of adventuring in the great outdoors.

Ages: All ages; all children must be accompanied by an adult

Oct
8
2020
Nature Explorers Virtual Club

Do you have a budding biologist, seasoned scientist, or an avid mud-pie enthusiast at home? Nature Explorers Virtual Club is the adventure for you! After the success of our virtual camp we want to keep the fun going and are happy to present the nature explorers virtual club! This once a week club will dive into month long themes and explore concepts related to the world around us with virtual nature hikes through BREC Conservation areas, live animal encounters, active outdoor explorations, games, challenges, and much more! Join our enthusiastic naturalists for a themed month of adventure, engagement, and socialization.

Ages: 9-13

Oct
9
2020
Friday Night Lecture Series

Originating years ago as a weekly outdoor presentation, HRPO’s cornerstone program—now indoors—provides free, entertaining and intelligent science talks to the citizens of the Baton Rouge area. Perennially favorite speakers and topics are interspersed through the calendar year with surprising new guests and new concepts. No expertise in the physical sciences is required.

Oct
9
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

Oct
10
2020
Science Academy

Under the guidance of HRPO Education Curator Amy Northrop, Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy—at their level! They have an exciting chance each Saturday to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth? and the Moon, asteroids and comets, the electromagnetic spectrum and the American space program.

Ages: 8-12

Oct
10
2020
Evening Sky Viewing

HRPO houses a 50-cm reflector, a 40-cm reflector and several smaller telescopes to bring the majesty of the night sky to the public.

Oct
13
2020
Conservation Science Expedition

Parents – Are you homeschooling and looking to branch out with your science lessons? Join us for a Conservation Science Expedition so your learners can explore nature from wherever they are! This five-week, project-based program will meet weekly over Zoom with our Naturalists to cover an important nature theme spanning the five sessions. Learners will get to interact with the Naturalist during the sessions, then will get to independently explore these topics while completing tasks on their own. Your learner’s work will culminate in completing a project that they will present during the final session related to the series’ theme.

Ages: 8-10 (3rd+4th graders)

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