Educational Activities Abound at Rock Springs

Scales and Tales

Education - Stream Study

Rock Springs provides a fun way to discover our natural and historical world in a relaxed setting. Hands-on, engaging activities offer an enjoyable learning experience for youth of all ages, and participants get up-close-and-personal with nature. These adventure experiences are designed to last approximately one hour. Recommended grade levels are listed, call for more information.


Bird is the Word (1st and older)
Bird is the word is an introductory ornithology class that takes participants and opens their eyes to all the bird life there is in Kansas! Through interactive indoor and outdoor activities, participants will learn about bird calls, common birds, and maybe even get a birding Bingo?

Prairie Exploration (3rd grade and older)
This activity takes participants on an educational hike around camp. The program will introduce students to several eco-systems and the natural processes that allow them to exist. From our natural spring to our wooden creek bottom, we strive to help students see that there is more than meets the eye in nature!

Prairie Life (1st and older)
Prairie Life is all about Kansas and Rock Springs animals. Participants will be given the opportunity to handle real animal furs, skulls, and even live specimens. This presents youth the chance to truly have a hands-on learning experience. Included is Rock Springs Jeopardy, a time for kids to show off their inner naturalist knowledge!

Stream Study (3rd and older)
Stream study lets kids be kids in an educational setting! Youth are given the opportunity to wade in Rock Springs creeks and discover the hidden aquatic life. The main focus of this offering is macroinvertebrates such as mayflies, damselflies, and caddisflies. However, the capture of crawdads and orange throat darters is a common occurrence as well! Closed toe shoes that can get wet are required.

Wildlife CSI (3rd and older)
Rock Springs is looking for a few good Crime Scene Investigators for our police force, and we want you! Participants will use field guides, group knowledge, and problem solving skills to discover who's been stealing chickens from the Rock Springs farm. Clues may include the perpetrators habits, diet, tracks, and more. This game provides hands-on learning regarding Kansas predators in a fun setting.



AIR ROCKETS (5th and older)
Students learn the basics of rocketry and how the four forces affect flight: weight, thrust, lift and drag. Each group will build their own paper rocket and explore how aerodynamics work to the advantage or disadvantage of their rocket at launch time. Through trial and error, students will get to make adjustments to increase the flight of their rocket.

GPS (3rd and older)
Our GPS program provides an outside and active recreation period for all ages. Using Rock Springs GPS devices, participants will guide themselves around our facility to find the waypoints we have posted. This activity is a fun introduction to GPS units, and the usefulness they can provide.

Pioneer Crossings (3rd and older)
Pioneers heading west had many challenges that are unknown to us today. Pioneer Crossing looks to challenge participants to think about the way life used to be, and the difficulties pioneers faced during their travels. Using natural materials they find, participants will construct miniature rafts. Once completed, the rafts will be tested for buoyance in our stream to determine its success!

Power of Wind (3rd and older)
Creativity and engineering are at the forefront in this activity. With sustainable energy on the rise, the participants will be given the chance to create their own wind turbine blade designs. Using trial and error along with problem solving, the youth will try and register as much voltage output as possible from their miniature turbines.

ROBOTICS (1st and older)
Robots are the wave of the future. Learn the basic components to programming and coding. As kids learn to program they build key skills that include critical thinking, problem solving, sequencing and programming fundamentals. Our robots are geared for all grades with our Mouse Bots and Ozo Bot programs.

SIMPLE MACHINES (3rd and older)
Experience hands on learning of one or more of the six simple machines to modify motion and force in order to perform work. Put your knowledge to the test or come out to explore how these devices can be applied to everyday work. Through trial and error, kids get to test their models and make adjustments through a series of challenges for their machines.