KidZone: UM Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Hands on Biology with Scientists

Thursday, June 15 @ 5pm KidZone Tent

Tonight in the KidZone explore the awesomeness of life on Earth with hands-on examples of interactive biodiversity, getting up close to the diversity of local fungi, the different shapes of bat skulls, or the strange bacteria-filled nodules on the roots of pea plants. EEB scientists will be on hand for demonstrations, short games, and activities based on their current research, and will engage kids and their families in fun ways to explore the concepts underlying phenomena.

UM’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate students and researchers are passionate about public education and outreach within science. We bring experience in science outreach and education through the Detroit Zoo’s “Portal to the Public” program and several other organizations such as Nerd Nite, Science Olympiad, and 826michigan. We aim to introduce kids to evolution and ecology with simple, engaging demonstrations of nature and how biologists think about it.

An interactive area for our youngest festival-goers, the KidZone tent provides a fun and safe area for children and their parents to discover and explore a wide variety of hands-on activities with different community partners. From learning karate, creating homemade instruments, or meeting prehistoric critters, KidZone offers different nightly activities for families at Top of the Park.

Led by community partners, all sessions are free, and take place from 5 to 8 pm every Tuesday through Sunday at the KidZone tent at Top of the Park.


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