Expedition: Forest Floor

science camp expedition forest floor graphic with moss covered tree trunk
SCIENCE SUMMER CAMP
EXPEDITION: FOREST FLOOR
 

Friday, June 12 - free, on Facebook
10am - 2pm
NOTE: You do not need a Facebook account to view the videos.

Get ready to go on a virtual field trip! Explore the forest floor with staff at the KU Natural History Museum to learn about the properties of soil and the diversity of life it supports. This camp explores soil and its communities of microorganisms through hands-on activities and demonstrations you can watch from home to understand the role soil plays in a forest community.Updates for this camp will be posted here. Be sure to check out all of our Science Summer Camps in June.

This is a free, online camp – all you need is a computer and an internet connection. 

June 1 (week of) - Instructional guides for Expedition: Forest Floor are posted below, so you can review the activities before camp begins. These are posted in order of the camp activities schedule.  See June 12 below for the full online camp schedule.
PDF INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDES
Soil Types
Soil Glue
Transects
Insects

June 12 - Camp begins at 10am and Central Standard Time and runs through 2pm with breaks throughout.
Connect with museum education and outreach staff online on our Facebook page for all the fun! We'll share new camp videos every hour with fun learning experiences and activities. Please share photos of your camp-at-home experience with us via social media or by emailing pics to us at biodiversity@ku.edu

CAMP SCHEDULE
HOUR 1 - INTRO & SOIL RESPIRATION 10AM - 11AM
10am - Intro
10:30am - Soil Respiration Part 1

HOUR 2 - SOIL PROFILES & SOIL GLUE 11AM - 12PM
Time TBD - Soil Profiles
Time TBD - Soil Glue
Time TBD -Photos of Soil Glue experiment

HOUR 3 - TRANSECTS & INSECTS 12PM - 1PM
Time TBD -Transects
Time TBD - Insects

HOUR 4  -  SOIL RESPIRATION & CONCLUSION
1:30pm - Soil Respiration Part 2 & Conclusion

June 15 (week of) - We'll answer questions on Facebook and share any photos campers have sent in!