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Rediscovering Science

Join us for science exploration with activities you can do at home! Every week we’ll have a different theme to keep you curious about the world around you. Once you complete the featured activity, email it to us and we’ll send you a WET Science Center prize – a pencil, magnet, or stickers. Thurston County residents can also enter our weekly drawing by sending us a photo of any Science in Action activity.

Explore the Outdoors

Scavenger hunt this way signpost in lush forest woodland

Embrace your curiosity for the outdoors and prepare to use all of your senses. You’ll be exploring the amazing ecosystem right outside your door. What do you think you might see?

Featured Activity
Be an outdoor explorer to see what you can find and hear.  EXPLORE 

Science In Action
Send us a picture of your science activity to be entered to win a wooden dual magnifier.
Olympia Parks Junior Ranger
Nature Paint Brushes
Nature Weave
Backyard Ecosystem
Roly Poly Science Experiment

 

At Home Camp-A-Thon

A girl holding a walking stick is leading her family through a forest adventure.

Ready, set, camp! Who said you have to camp only outside? Indoors or out, you will build the camping skills to make you a successful camper. Maybe you can even make s’mores.

Featured Activity
Practice the skills to be a great camper.  GO CAMPING 

Science in Action
Send us a picture to be entered to win foragers playing cards.
Build a Blanket Fort
Natural Balance STEM Challenge
Tie Strong Knots
Campfire Recipes
TP Roll Campfire

 

Endless Possibilities of Green Design

Hand holding wooden house with green forest background blurred and rays of sun light

With green and blue design, we can build a beautiful world for not only humans but also plants, bugs, and birds. The whole ecosystem! Dig into the big ideas of sustainable design and become an engineer that builds for all of Earth.

Featured Activity
Go on a green design scavenger hunt.  GO GREEN 

Science in Action
Show us an activity you do to join the raffle for a solar car kit. 
Tour a LEED Certified Building
Solar Oven
Sponge Sprout House
Recycled Magazine Bowl
Biogas Digester Experiment

 

Bursting Blooms & Bubbles

Little girl wearing dandelion wreath lying on flower meadow and smiling

Flowers and bubbles burst in all colors of the rainbow! Get creative with bubbles, and explore the diverse world of flowers from bud to bloom.

Featured Activity
Go on a bloom hunt to find different types and colors of flowers.  LOOK CLOSELY 

Science in Action
Send us a picture of an activity you do to be entered to win a pressed flower picture frame. 
Flower dissection
Blooming paper flowers
Paper Hyacinths
Super bubble solution
Recycled Bottle Bubble Paint

 

Think Like a Scientist

Boy in glasses and white lab coat thinking like a scientist.

What makes you curious about the world around you? How often do you ask questions? You’re thinking like a scientist! Make observations, try an experiment, and use your scientific tools! This week we are all scientists.

Featured Activity
Draw yourself as a scientist.  SCIENCE TIME 

Science in Action
Send us a picture of an experiment you do for a chance to win a Squishy Circuit Set.
Think Like a Scientist!
Will it sink or will it float?
Does it dissolve?
What makes a penny shiny?
Can you power a car with a balloon?

 

Show Love for Orcas

Orca emerging from the ocean at sunset with coast and birds

Southern Resident orcas love Chinook salmon almost as much as we love orcas! Orcas of the Salish Sea are important to our ecosystem, but face many challenges from human disruption. Celebrate the start of Orca Month.

Featured Activity
Show off your orca knowledge.  ORCAS ROCK 

Science in Action
Send us a photo of an activity you do for a chance to win an orca puzzle.
How blubber works experiment
Echolocation experiment
Whale origami
Orca markings are like fingerprints
Live cameras of Orcas 

 

Powerful Pollinators

Close up of a flying bee pollinating a white flower

Bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles all play an important role in pollination. Did you know 75% of all plants need pollinators? Get to know some amazing pollinators with our activities!

Featured Activity
Take a walk around your neighborhood to find pollinators.  LET'S GO

Science in Action
Send us a photo of an activity you do for a chance to win a hummingbird feeder.
Homemade Hummingbird Feeder
Pressed Flower Sun Catcher
Pollination Cheetos Experiment
What’s Your Pollinator Knowledge?

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