The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Explore Herrett:

Story Time

Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 11:00 AM for Summer Story Time!  Free admission for all ages.

Date Title & Author
January 17th The Mitten by Jan Brett
February 7th Wangariís Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
February 21st Somebody Loves you, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli
March 7th Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting
March 21st Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale by Sibylle Vyn Olfers
April 4th Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris and Anna Green

2019 S.T.E.A.M. Camp-In

2019 Explore Herrett S.T.E.A.M. Camp-In

  • Who: For kids in grades 3 through 5
  • When:
    • Drop-off/sign-in: Friday, March 15th, 6:00 PM
    • Pick-up: Saturday, March 16th, 8:00 - 8:30 AM
  • What:
    The Herrett Center at the College of Southern Idaho is excited to invite students to the 21st annual “S.T.E.A.M. Camp-In” overnight event. This program is designed for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who are interested in learning about various STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) topics in a fun, engaging environment.  Participants are invited to the museum for an evening packed with educational workshops, a planetarium show, a trip to the observatory, and many other fun activities.  The Camp-In is meant to show students that STEAM is everywhere, and it's really fun!

    Each camper gets:
    • 2019 S.T.E.A.M. Camp-In T-shirt
    • Interactive S.T.E.A.M. workshop (see options, below)
    • Wild and wacky science demos by Dr. Picklestein
    • Planetarium show: "Beyond the Sun"
    • Snacks!
    • Observatory visit
    • Camping overnight in the museum
    • Light Saturday morning breakfast
    • Scavenger hunt/hands-on activity tables
  • Fee:
    $50 per camper
    • Space is limited; pre-registration (.pdf form) is required.  Registration deadline is Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Frequently asked questions:

  • How do I select workshops for my child?
    Please rank the workshop of your child's preference from 1 (first choice) to 10 (last choice).  Because workshops are assigned on a first come, first served basis, not all participants will get their first choice of workshop.  (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.  Registrants will receive a list of suggested camp-in items with their confirmation packet.

  • 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.

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


Biofilm Bootcamp Birds, Beaks, Barf, & Bottles
Participants will learn about the importance of good home care with oral hygiene and the removal of biofilm with CSIís dental hygiene program. 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.
Horse Bones & Casts Makerspace!
Participants will join the vet tech program and learn about bones that comprise the front limb of a horse, create a wind chime skeleton, and apply casting material. Participants will get an introduction to CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing.
Plant Stuff Renewable Energy
Participants will get their hands dirty learning about the world of botany in the CSI Greenhouses and try their hands at potting a plant of their own. Participants will learn about wind and solar energy with CSI's renewable energy professors and create a solar oven of their own.
*Participants will be using electricity in their supervised learning
Spark in the Air Sun Prints
Participants will "play" with air pressure and static electricity.  Prepare for some bright sparks and loud bangs.  They will be shocked and blown away! Participants become part 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!
The Microscopic World Worlds Within
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. An understanding of matter is important.  But, what really matters?  Participants will join in the telling of everyone's story, as prompted by the serendipity of liquids to solids, from concrete to abstract…and back…humans being human.
*Participants will be supervised in working with fire and molten wax