Saturday Club

Saturday Club Schedule

Saturday Club is back on!!  Join our Education Specialist, Russell J. Hawley for an educational fun morning of paleontology/biology/science activities for kids.    

Saturday Club is now a member’s benefit. To become a member follow the link on our home page or call the museum today. Family memberships are $36.00 per year. 

Cost is free with a Tate Geological Museum Family Membership.

NOTE: Most of these activities will involve reading and the use of scissors. If your child has not yet acquired these skills, it is required that the parent accompany the student for the duration of the class to assist.

10:30 am until 11:30 am, usually on the first Saturday of the month, September through May (Except for Holiday weekends)

 

April 2nd, 2022: Fossil Footprints 

Students are shown how to identify dinosaur footprints. Afterwards we measure the stride lengths of various fossil trackways to determine how fast the animals were going.

Free to Tate Museum members

 

May 7th, 2022: Zoögraphy 

Why is Australia the home of marsupials? Why are the animals of North America similar to those of northern Asia? In this class we learn how the history of evolution and the process of plate tectonics has influenced mammal distribution.

Free to Tate Museum members

 

Summer, 2022: No Saturday Club

 

September 3rd, 2022: Labor Day weekend – No Saturday Club. 

 

October 1st, 2022: CyberLife 

In this session we look at how computer programs, including John Conway’s Life and Richard Dawkins’ The Blind Watchmaker illustrate how simple sets of rules can lead to extremely complex designs, including patterns capable of reproducing themselves. Create your own Life form and see how long it survives!

Free to Tate Museum members

 

November 5th, 2022: Fossil Snakes and other Reptiles 

We discuss the differences between reptiles and mammals, and show how reptiles are classified on the basis of the holes in their skulls. Then we’ll build turtles and make twirly snakes!

Free to Tate Museum members

 

December 3rd[?], 2022: Ornamental Dinosaurs

In this free Saturday Club, which is open to the public, we make our own dinosaur ornaments to liven up the holiday season! (Note: This date may be subject to change. Check with the Museum for updates).

Charge: Free and open to the public.

 

January 7th, 2023: Fossil Birds 

We show how to calculate a bird’s aspect ratio, and discuss the relationship between a bird’s aspect ratio and its lifestyle. We measure the aspect ratios of some extinct species to see whether they were flapping woodland dwellers or efficient open-air gliders.

Charge: Free

February, 2023: Digging Dragons: Fossil Finds and Mythical Monsters 

Were the cyclops and the griffin merely the products of human imagination, or did they have some basis in fact? In this session we will explore the possibility that fossils found by the Greeks and other ancient peoples inspired tales of dragons and other mythical beasts. Students will also learn how to make their own plaster casts of modern animal footprints – just in case they ever stumble across a Bigfoot track in the woods!  

 

Water Dwellers – the Amphibians Who Left and Reptiles Who Returned

details to be announced