Science in the Parks Program to Return for Fifth Summer

OGDEN, Utah – The fifth annual Science in the Parks program will take place throughout the parks of Ogden City. The program was developed to show the community, primarily children, that science is something fun that can take place anywhere.

Weber State University physics professor Adam Johnston, who started the program in 2007, is planning the 2011 tour schedule and events. Johnston will work with Sharon Gatrell, a music major and physics minor, and Michelle Warby, a physics teaching major, to coordinate the curriculum and volunteers in the effort.

“It’s to reach out to the community, kids in particular, to show them that science is something that they can do every day   at home in the kitchen or out on the playground,” Johnston said. “That’s the attitude scientists have, and we want to share that with kids. Summer seems to be the right setting and the right time for that kind of playful attitude to take place.”

The program will begin in June and continue midway through July with themed activities being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The tour will start at Lorin Farr Park (June 13-17), then move on to Liberty Park (June 20-24), Monroe Park (June 27-July 1), Jaycee Park (July 5-8), West Ogden Park (July 11-15) and finish at the Marshall White Park (July 18-22),

The WSU Ott Planetarium and Center for Science and Math Education sponsor the outreach program, along with the Ogden School District’s free lunch program. Science in the Parks received additional funding from Weber County R.A.M.P. and the Utah Families Foundation.

For more information and complete schedule of dates and parks, visit community.weber.edu/ottreach.

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Contact:
Adam Johnston, physics professor
801-626-7711 • ajohnston@weber.edu
Author:
Allison Hess, director of Public Relations
801-626-7948 • ahess@weber.edu