The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Explore Herrett:

Spring break hands-on activities for kids

Free, walk-in classes (no registration required).  Activities take under an hour; come when you like.

Class Date Description

Treasure Boxes

March 21st
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Use the art of collage to decorate a treasure box to take home.

Sun Catchers

March 22nd
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Create a decorative window hanging using colorful tissue paper and other items. Feel free to bring your own leaves or flowers to use if you like.

Mask Making

March 23rd
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Construct your own colorful mask using feathers, sequins and other materials.

Fling-it Friday

March 24th
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Try your hand at using an atlatl to throw a spear, just like Idaho’s prehistoric hunters.

Paper Airplanes

March 21st - 24th
3:15 - 4:00 PM
Explore the basics of flight by folding several paper airplane designs.

2017 Science Camp-In

2017 Explore Herrett Science Camp-In

  • Who: For kids in grades 3 through 5 (ages 9 - 11)
  • When:
    • Drop-off/sign-in: Friday, April 7th, 5:30 PM
    • Pick-up: Saturday, April 8th, 8:00 - 8:30 AM
  • What:
    The Herrett Center at the College of Southern Idaho is excited to invite students to the 19th annual "Science Camp-In" overnight event. This program is designed for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who are interested in learning about various science topics in a fun, engaging environment. Participants are invited to the museum for an evening packed with science workshops, a planetarium show, a trip to the observatory, and many other fun activities. The Science Camp-In is meant to show students that science is everywhere, and it's really fun!

    Each camper gets:
    • A 2017 Camp-In T-shirt
    • Two interactive science workshops (see options, below)
    • Planetarium show
    • Snacks!
    • Observatory visit
    • Midnight movie
    • Camping overnight in the museum
    • Saturday morning breakfast
    • Rise and shine scavenger hunt/hands-on activity tables
  • Fee:
    $50 per camper

Frequently asked questions:

  • How do I select workshops for my child?
    Each camper will participate in a "Column 1" and a "Column 2" workshop (see below for workshop titles and descriptions). Please rank your child's preference in each column (i.e. rank each Column 1 workshop from 1 to 8, and each Column 2 workshop from 1 to 8). Because workshops will fill up on a first come, first served basis, not all participants will get their first choice of workshops. (The earlier you register, the higher the probability of getting your top choices before they fill up!)

  • How do I register my child?
    Registrations may be submitted by mailing the registration form and check to:
    Herrett Center Science Camp-In
    P.O. Box 1238
    Twin Falls, ID 83303

    Or, register by phone:
    (208) 732-6655

  • What should I pack for my child?
    We ask that participants pack lightly for this event. Please only bring the bedding required for sleeping and any vital necessities. Pajamas and a change of clothes are not necessary, as children will just sleep in the clothes that they wear to the event.

  • What should my child wear?
    Children will be travelling around campus at night, so please wear weather appropriate clothing. Children will also be sleeping in the clothes that they wear, so they should be comfortable.

  • Will food be served at the event?
    Please feed children a full dinner before arriving at the event. Snacks will be provided throughout the evening, including pizza at around midnight and a light breakfast in the morning. Please notify the Herrett Center of any food allergies when you register.

  • Can I volunteer for the event?
    We are currently not recruiting parent volunteers for the Camp-In. All of our volunteers will come from our corporate sponsor or the CSI student body, and they will all pass a background check.

  • What if I have other questions not listed above?
    Contact our "Camp-in Director" Laura Browarny
    Phone: (208) 732-6664


Column 1 Column 2
Sun Print Impressions! Edible DNA!
Participants become part of the sun print photographic process by collecting objects and exposing them using UV light on top of hand-coated, chemically light-sensitive surfaces. The results are beautiful blue photographic impressions! Participants will extract real DNA from household ingredients that they can look at under a microscope. They will then build their very own edible DNA models using candy! Students will learn that DNA is everywhere, in all living things. *It is not recommended to combine this workshop with "Cool, Hot, and Colorful Chemistry" as there will be some overlap.
The Sun in a Box Cool, Hot, and Colorful Chemistry
Participants will construct a pinhole projector for safe viewing of a solar image, and use it to estimate the sun's size. This device will also come in handy for viewing August's solar eclipse. Participants will get to do different hands-on experiments in one of CSI’s chemistry labs. Experiments include writing with invisible ink, extracting DNA from strawberries, and making slime. The workshop leaders will also do several exciting chemistry demonstrations!
Birds, Beaks, Barf, and Bottles Reptile Wranglin'
Participants will examine preserved birds to identify different beak types and hypothesize on diet. Students will be given different beak types to participate in a feeding frenzy to see who can survive. Owl pellets will be examined and dissected to learn about what the owls have been eating. Students will make a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle so they can continue their observations of birds after they return home. *This workshop requires dissecting a real owl pellet and handling real animal bones. Participants will get a chance to meet some of the Herrett Center’s most interesting objects: our reptiles! Participants will learn how to tell a snake from a lizard, what kinds of snakes live in Idaho, and how to properly handle a reptile. *Live snakes will be present during this workshop.
The Microscopic World Biofilm Bootcamp
Participants will learn how microscopes work and then use them to look at living and non-living objects under different magnifications. Students will then get to create their own microscope slides of such things as living protozoans, cheek cells, insect parts and more! Students will get to examine their slides under multiple magnifications. In this workshop, participants will explore the tiny critters that inhabit our mouths and how to stop them from creating disease. Many stations will be featured including, but not limited to, a bacterial volcano, Coca-Cola acid attack, microscopic observation of bacteria, and making stone models of our thumbs.
A Spark in the Air Dangerous Art!
Participants will “play” with air pressure and static electricity. Prepare for some bright sparks and loud bangs. You will be shocked and blown away! Participants in this workshop will create acid rain using dihydrogen oxide* and sodium chloride**. Students will use then make artworks featuring creepy creatures using synthetic fibers as an applicator***. Students will also conduct other water-based experiments. *Water **Salt ***Painting with brushes, salt, and watercolors
Cool, Hot, and Colorful Chemistry Dynamic Volcanos!
Participants will get to do different hands-on experiments in one of CSI’s chemistry labs. Experiments include writing with invisible ink, extracting DNA from strawberries, and making slime. The workshop leaders will also do several exciting chemistry demonstrations! *It is not recommended to combine this workshop with "Edible DNA!" as there will be some overlap. Participants will learn all about volcanos and how they work through videos, experiments and other activities. Students will have the chance to create their own mini volcanos which will all erupt together at the end of the workshop!
3,2,1 Blastoff! Play it Again, Sam!
Participants will build and launch their very own bottle rocket constructed from 2 liter soda bottles, tennis balls, and wood fins. Participants will also discuss Newton’s Laws of motion that govern rocket flight, discovering what makes their rockets, and NASA’s rockets, lift off the launch pad and reach for the sky and beyond. Participants will explore the sights and sounds of frequency and wavelength. Students will learn how music and science interact and get the chance to design and build their own instruments to play in a band of merry music makers. Bubbles optional.
Scientist Ceramicists The Science of Symmetry
Participants will explore the origins of clay and how it goes from mud in the ground to beautiful pottery. They will then have a chance to get really messy in the CSI ceramics lab playing with clay and learning about how to make different vessels. Participants will explore the many ways that symmetry occurs in the natural world such as snowflakes, seashells, flowers, and starfish. They will then learn about the art of printmaking and create their own perfectly symmetrical design on fabric.

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Interested in primitive living, outdoor survival, or even just camping and hiking?  Would you like to learn a unique set of skills?  Then take a crash course in caveman living!  Primitive Skills for Modern Man is a series of fun and friendly hands-on workshops led by Herrett Center staff and local experts, offering participants a unique chance to gain practical, hands-on primitive skill knowledge in an informal environment.

Register early!  Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Age 12 and up.  Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
2017 Classes Date Time Fee
Fish Traps & Weirs:
Replicating Regional Fishing Technology
Saturday, March 11th 1:30 to 4:30 PM $25
Cordage and Native Plants Saturday, May 6th 1:30 to 4:30 PM $25
Beginning Flintknapping Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 to 9:00 PM $50
Friday, May 26th 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 27th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Fish Traps & Weirs: Replicating Regional Fishing Technology

Study regional fish trap and weir designs, learn to identify suitable native resources, and construct your own willow fish trap based on local archaeological finds.

Saturday, March 11th, 1:30 to 4:30 PM.

Fee: $25

Cordage and Native Plants

Lean to identify local resources used in making cordage, string, and native rope.  Participants will meet offsite for a nature walk to identify common native plants found locally, including some used prehistorically by the Shoshone, as well as dangerous plants to avoid.  Participants will then extract fibers from plant resources and create a simple two-ply twist cordage.

Saturday, May 6th, 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Fee: $25

Beginning Flintknapping

Learn the basics of flintknapping, assemble your own flintknapping kit, and create a number of simple, flaked stone tools.  Includes all materials and pizza on Saturday.

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Friday, May 26th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturday, May 27th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center Front Desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655
or contact Joey Heck (208) 732-6668.