HAYS, Kan. -- Fossils, rattlesnakes and critters are all a
part of the winter season at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of
"Rattlerssss! From Fear to Fascination," a
temporary exhibit featuring live specimens of the 22 species of rattlesnakes
found in the United States, is currently the featured exhibit. It is on exhibit
through the end of winter.
"Junior Naturalists," a monthly program, will meet
from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Participants will earn badges as they
explore different fields of science, such as biology, geology and paleontology,
with the experts. This is open to ages 8-15 and costs $12 per person per
program for members and $15 per person for non-members.
From 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, children at the
Sternberg's "Critter Scat Investigation" will learn how to identify
remnants and reconstruct life and death in the environment. Children ages 8 and
older are welcome. The cost for the activities is $15 for non-members and $12
for members. The maximum number of participants is 25, so pre-registration is
"Digging it! Fossil Workshop" will be from 3:30 to
5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Children can discover, uncover, learn, prepare and
take home authentic Cretaceous fossils. This is open to ages 5 and older.
Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. The event
costs $10 for members and $12 for non-members. The maximum number of
participants is 12.
Ongoing events include "Sternberg After School"
from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays for grades two and three and Wednesdays for
grades four and five. Students will receive hands-on science enrichment and do
art, music and group activities. Pre-registration is required.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, there will be no Sternberg After School
for grades two and three and no Sternberg After School on Wednesday, Nov. 21,
for grades four and five.
The winter hours for the Sternberg Museum are Tuesday
through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. The museum is
closed on Mondays through March.
Visit http://sternberg.fhsu.edu/ for information and
For more information on any events in November, contact
James Leiker, education director at the museum, at 785-639-5249 or