The Garden Earth Naturalist Family Science Night Kit

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The Garden Earth Naturalist (GEN) Family Science Night kit helps children (grades 3-6) understand their school site ecosystem and value the eco-services provided by their ecosystem. The kit contains 25 hands-on science activities that address ecology concepts including pollination, soil production, climate control, food production, bio diversity, water purification and more. The GEN program and kits are a partnership of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Georgia Museum of Natural History, Georgia 4-H and the Georgia Partnership in Science and Math (PRISM). They were funded by a grant from the Teacher Quality Program for the Improvement of Math and Science Education.

GEN Science Night kits are available at four Georgia locations. The usage fee varies at different sites but is $50 at the Georgia Museum of Natural History, Athens. 

Why are Family Science Nights important?

•Bring scientific learning to the entire family.
•Encourage doing science at home with everyday materials.
•Spark children's scientific interest.
•Stimulate parents' interest in science and their child's science education (research shows a direct link between parental attitudes and student achievement).
•Build connections between classroom science and the real world.
•Provide an excellent opportunity for intellectual interaction with parents and children.
•Increase parents' scientific interest and knowledge.

GEN kit loan sites include:

•Fortson 4-H Center, Hampton, Ga. Contact Susie Greer at
•Chattahoochee Flint Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center, Georgia Southwestern State University, School of Education, Americus, Ga. Contact Lynn Larson at
•Confederate Hall Historical and Environmental Education Center, Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Ga. Contact Susan Meyers at
•Georgia Museum of Natural History, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. Contact Carol Hoffman at
•Oconee RESA in Tennille, GA. Contact Miriam Jordan at

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