Waukesha County

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Saturday, November 6, 2021
11 am - 2 pm
Retzer Nature Center
Free Admission

Waukesha County’s Science Fest is a celebration that connects people with science, technology, engineering, art, and math (the STEAM disciplines) in fun and exciting ways! Attendees of all ages are encouraged to explore Under the Lens and engage in a variety of interactive activities and discover how science mixes into our everyday lives and shapes our future.

Check out the schedule below!

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Schedule for Adults (Age 13+)

Adult Hikes will meet at the Discovery Trail arch. Adult Programs are located in the Fen room inside the Nature Center. More activities will be held inside the Community Room.
Time Activity/Program Description
11:15 a.m. Hike:
Birds and Binoculars with the Ben Goss Bird Club
Learn the skills necessary to view the birds of Retzer through binoculars with the Benjamin Goss Bird Club. We will also utilize several birding apps to assist in the proper identification of birds and their songs. Bring your own binoculars or a limited supply of binoculars will be available on a first-come basis.
11:15 a.m. Program:
Recycling: Up Close and Personal
We use a lot of finite resources. Take a closer look at consumption on a global scale and how you can reduce this number.
12:15 p.m. Hike:
Hikin' for Lichens
Let’s take a short walk to take a close-up look under the lens of the beautiful world of lichens. This often overlooked, unique organism composed of fungi and algae isn’t as simplistic as it looks. Hand lenses will be provided.
12:15 p.m. Program:
Caring for Wells and Septics
Have a well, septic, or both? Stop by to learn more about these systems and how to care for them!
1:15 p.m. Hike:
Soil Ninja Certification

Our entire world relies on the soil beneath us. Join us for a hike, dig in the dirt, and learn how to interpret soils scientifically. From colors, textures, and chemical properties, you will become a soil ninja!

1:15 p.m. Program:
Through the Lens: Nature Photography with the Retzer Camera Club

Photo opportunities surround us every day, especially in nature. We just need to stop and look closely through the lens to see them. Join the Retzer Camera Club as we explore these opportunities. Participants will need to bring their own camera for this walk and demonstration.

Schedule for Kids/Families

Family Hikes will meet at the Discovery Trail arch. Family Programs are located in the Citizen Science Lab (corner of the Maintenance Building by the Parking Lot). More activities will be held inside the Community Room.
Time Activity/Program Description
11:00 a.m. Hike:
Colors in Nature
Join us on a color scavenger hunt though the Retzer Children’s Garden, prairie and forest looking for colorful flowers, plants, butterflies, birds and insects. We will discover what these colors mean and how they help with these living things communicate.
11:00 a.m. Program:
Animal Adaptations
Come meet our animal ambassadors! See how an animal’s physical and behavioral traits can help it to survive as we explore the concepts of habitat and adaptation.
11:45 a.m. Hike:
Crystal's Clean Water Adventure
Join Crystal, the clean water drop, as she takes you on an adventure hike to see where water goes when it goes down the stormdrain and how it gets polluted.
11:45 a.m. Program:
Under the Lens Look into Decomposition Critters
Home composting has become all the rage lately. Take a closer look at the critters that help create quality compost.
12:30 p.m. Hike:
Colors in Nature
Join us on a color scavenger hunt though the Retzer Children’s Garden, prairie and forest looking for colorful flowers, plants, butterflies, birds and insects. We will discover what these colors mean and how they help with these living things communicate.
12:30 p.m. Program:
Under the Lens Look at Your Watershed
We will take a close look at water’s movement in a watershed and how it becomes polluted using the watershed model.  
1:15 p.m. Hike:
Recycle Raccoon Adventure
Join Recycle Raccoon on a hike to learn about recycling and composting.  Fun stops with activities along the trail will make this an adventure!
1:15 p.m. Program:
Animal Adaptations
Come meet our animal ambassadors! See how an animal’s physical and behavioral traits can help it to survive as we explore the concepts of habitat and adaptation.

Schedule for All Ages

The following programs will take place in the Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium inside the Nature Center.
Time Activity/Program Description
11:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Planetarium Show:
Galileo: The Power of the Telescope
 

The film takes you back in time to Pisa, Italy to experience Galileo’s early experiments with gravity and the laws of motion, his advocacy of the idea that the Earth revolves around the sun, and his work with early telescopes. You’ll see how his keen observations culminated in The Starry Messenger, an early masterpiece in which Galileo described all his dazzling discoveries in a straightforward, easy to understand way.
https://hdplanetarium.ticketleap.com/galileo-the-power-of-the-telescope/

2:15 p.m.
**LIMITED SEATING**

Special Event:

"Fire and Ice" Show by Mad Science of Milwaukee, Inc.
Sponsored by the Friends of Retzer Nature Center

Join us for a special event by Mad Science of Milwaukee Inc.! Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with our Mad Scientists! This spectacular show will thrill audiences with impressive science experiments. This event includes foggy dry ice storms and demonstrates how giant beach balls can float in the air. Volunteers from the audience can taste a special Mad Science "burp" potion. Be amazed by sizzling, shivering scissors, and special bubbly showers. 2:15 p.m. start time. The show runs approx. 60 mins. Meet in the Planetarium. 

**Limited wristbands will be available. Attendees can pick up wristbands from the Friends of Retzer Nature Center’s table, quantities are first come, first served.**