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Science wonderland: Calling all young scientists

Special to the Sun

TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Do your kids like science and hands-on activities? On Jan. 5, 2012 from 2-5 p.m., the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) will host a winter-themed Family Science Day. Families are invited to explore the mysteries of snow and ice. Engaging activities will provide your child an opportunity to learn about the science of winter. Children will conduct scientific experiments, view snowflakes under a microscope, take a snow-core and determine the water content of snow, learn about wind chill and why some animals hibernate, and much more.

Everything takes place at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, on the campus of Sierra Nevada College. The program is designed for studentsand#8217; ages 6-12, but all families are welcome to join in on the fun. This event is free and open to the public. Hot chocolate and holiday snacks will be provided.

In addition to the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, other participating organizations for Family Science Day include American Red Cross, Great Basin Outdoor School, IVGID WasteNOT, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, and Tahoe Resource Conservation District.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Andrea Wilkins at alwilkins@ucdavis.edu or 775-881-7560, ext. 7474.

Upcoming Events

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Feb. 9, 2012: Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Workshop, North Shore

Feb. 16, 2012: Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Workshop, South Shore (U.S. Forest Service Office, South Lake Tahoe)

Feb. 23, 2012: Transportation Sustainability with Dan Sperling, Director UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and Tom Turrentine, Director UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center

March 12 – 15, 2012: Science Expo, Life science theme

March 22, 2012: Climate Change with Dr. Howie Spero, UC Davis

April 19, 2012: Biophotonics with Dr. Marco Molinaro, UC Davis

May 22-24, 2012: Tahoe Science Conference, Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate

June 2, 2012: Tahoe City Field Station (Historic Hatchery) Open House

Aug. 11, 2012: Annual Childrenand#8217;s Environmental Science Day

Visit http://terc.ucdavis.edu/calendar/ for additional information.

About the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center presents monthly lectures on science topics and organizes various educational programs including the Youth Science Institute, Science Expo, and Childrenand#8217;s Environmental Science Day. The Tahoe Environmental Research Center is dedicated to research, education and public outreach on lakes and their surrounding watersheds and airsheds. Lake ecosystems include the physical, biogeochemical and human environments, and the interactions among them. The center is committed to providing objective scientific information for restoration and sustainable use of the Lake Tahoe Basin.