Virtual Wacky & Wild Seussian Science Festival

Welcome to the Wacky and Wild Seussian Science Festival, where Literacy and Science Play Together with FUN!

Your support helps fund dynamic family programing that makes learning fun for all ages. Please join us by making a gift today.

Sponsored in part by a community grant from Walmart Supercenter 1967, Springfield, MA.

Special Thanks to our partners Springfield Public Library, Silvio O. Conte U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge, The Center for Ecotechnology, and New England Public Media

I Can Name 50 Trees Today

Learn why leaves are so important to trees, the job that they do, and how to identify trees around you.  Make a leaf rubbings and pressed leaves. Print your leaf identification sheet and go on a hunt in your neighborhood.

I Can Name 50 Trees Today
Leaf Idenitification Chart
There’s No Place Like Space!

Learn about constellations and make models of the ones you might see at this time of year using simple materials like marshmallows and toothpicks.

Seussian Space Activity Instructions
Who Hatches the Egg?

Take a close look at an edible egg, examining it up close. Learn how even the hard to see parts help the egg grow, then create a diagram.

The Incredible Egg Activity
Draw the Incredible Egg
Safari, So Good

Make a pair of toilet paper tube binoculars and go on a safari looking for local wildlife in your neighborhood.

Make Your own Safari Viewers
Field Guide Neighborhood Safari
Hark! A Shark!

Learn about shark’s unique adaptations and do a science experiment that helps us understand why sharks move so easily through the ocean.

How Do Sharks Float?
If I Ran the Horse Show

Print out this horse diagram created by illustrator and museum educator Amanda Putnam. Horse show judges look for elements like balance, muscling, and structure. Learn the names for different parts of horses’ anatomy and then color the horse in any color or pattern you choose.

The Horsey Handout
From Spark!Lab: Bird Wing Inventions

As humans dreamed of flying, they looked to birds for inspiration. Early planes were designed to mimic the shapes of birds. Learn about the different wing shapes and see how they fly. How can each wing shape be used for different flying inventions?

Bird Wing Activity Instructions
Bird Wing Templates
Fine Feathered Friends

Be a bird sleuth! Learn about birds and how humans study and protect them locally.

Use this interactive trail map to find the best locations to view birds in the city. Selected by a team of avid bird enthusiasts from the area, including members of the Allen Bird Club, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the US Forest Service and the Springfield Parks Department.

Provided by the Silvio O. Conte US Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Bird Sleuth Explorer's Guide Book