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Night Science Discovery Kit – Volume II

Saturday, July 17, 2021Tuesday, August 31, 2021


Saturday, July 17, 2021
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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Free / Donations welcome

Explore the wonders of nocturnal science with our Night Science Discovery Kit – Volume II. Available for free download.

Demystify the nocturnal world of science right from your windowsill or backyard with a downloadable kit of night science activities! With instructional videos, closer-looks, games and art activities, this interactive guidebook helps users explore the wonders of the scientific world, which comes alive when the sun goes down.

Released for this year’s National Moth Week which celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths – “moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods.


Explore your yard, your neighborhood, or look out the window! Celebrate the wonder of moths and use your senses to discover the natural world by moonlight. Warm summer nights are perfect for bringing the whole family together to explore the scientific world that comes alive when the sun goes down.


Y’all Need Science: What is nighttime? with Science Communicator Yesenia Arroyo
Glow in the Dark Mushrooms! with Nature Educator Jules Amanita
Collection Spotlight: “Mr. Davis’ Beetle Box” with Colleen Evans, Director of Natural Science, Staten Island Museum
Owl Walk through High Rock with Cliff Hagen, President of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and Deputy Borough President, Edward Burke
How to Make a Light Attractor with Colleen Evans, Director of Natural Science, Staten Island Museum
Y’all Need Science: Auroras with Science Communicator Yesenia Arroyo


After Dark Scavenger Hunt
Audio Battle: Bat Maze
Coloring Page – Atlas Moth
Can you hear me now? Echolocation Activity
Coloring Page – Rothschild’s Silk Moth
The Summertime Insect Chorus
Word Search
Light Attractor Field Guide

About the Presenters:

Yesenia Arroyo is a geologist, host of the YouTube series “Y’all Need Science”, and fab lab instructor at the Melrose Center in Orlando, Florida. Yesenia loves to teach STEM classes in informal education settings, like museums and libraries. They are enthusiastic about making science accessible for everyone by focusing on big science concepts that they believe everyone knows intuitively.

Jules Amanita is an amateur mycologist and nature educator with a passion for demystifying fungi. They create videos about mushroom identification, terminology, field guide literacy, and safe foraging. Additionally, they lead virtual and in-person mushroom hunting workshops. Located in Louisa, VA, they live at Twin Oaks Community—the oldest and largest egalitarian commune in North America—where they teach a weekly Forest School for kids between the ages of two and eight. Their mission is to help people develop a personal connection with the ecosystems around them.

Colleen R. Evans is the Staten Island Museum’s Director of Natural Sciences. A biologist who specializes in museum collections, Evans also brings a wide knowledge of arthropods and science education to her post. She earned her BS and MS in Biology at the University of North Texas. She has served as an instructor at Georgia Southern University and Collections Manager of the University’s Natural History Collections, including the US National Tick Collection. She has conducted research with various collections including the Georgia Southern Herbarium (GAS) and the Joseph Britton Freshwater Mussel Collection at UNT.

Cliff Hagen, a life-long Staten Islander, is president of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island’s all-volunteer environmental preservation organization. The mission of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods is two-fold, calling for an increased stewardship of park properties and the environmental education of our community to facilitate the preservation of open space on Staten Island. For more than two decades Cliff Hagen has been a teacher of special education with the Department of Education as well as On Your Mark and is concerned with the health and wellness of our community.

As Deputy Borough President, Edward Burke works closely with the Borough President and his staff on public policy, community issues and special projects for the office. Mr. Burke plays a role in a wide array of issues for the Borough President, including parks and recreation, cultural attractions, youth and quality of life issues. He also specializes in promoting Staten Island’s special places, advancing the Island’s motto as a “The Borough of Parks.” Mr. Burke has served in government on Staten Island for 29 years.

Sponsored by NRG.

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