2023 Summer Library Program

All the Raptors:

Kindness to our Environment, Friends to our feathered friends, & Unity in our Country

The Edgerton Explorit Center is putting a unique spin on this year’s Summer Library Program: All Together Now – Kindness, Friendship, & Unity with our Raptorology Program. With Kindness to our Environment, Friendship with our feather friends, and Unity in our Country, our educator will bring our veteran raptors and the newest member of our program, a Bald Eagle, to your library for an informative session on the fun and fascinating facts about the raptors, their natural habitats, and habits.  Optional labs include owl pellet dissection, owl masks, nest building and eagle wing building which are available for an additional fee.  You can also request any of our regular demonstrations or labs for your programming which can be found at  https://edgerton.org/events-programs/demonstration-descriptions

Edgerton Summer programming can be customized to each library and their specific needs. Programming can include one or several demonstrations, our traveling Explorit Zone or even an entire Science Discovery Day. The traveling Explorit Zone includes over 35 hands-on science activity stations with which children of all ages can play and interact. Programming also includes an option for a science discovery day during which you can have up to six demonstrations of your choice plus the traveling Explorit Zone.

We book fast for summer programs, so make your reservations today! (Please note mileage and, if needed, overnight accommodations are added to program cost.)  Call us at 402-694-4032 or email Deb Miller at debm@edgerton.org to schedule.



Hands-on lab opportunities:

Owl Pellet Dissection

Grades 3rd and up –30-45 min

What are owl pellets? They are the regurgitated remains of an owl’s meal, including all the bones of the animals it ate (usually small rodents). Owls usually swallow their food whole, digest the edible parts, and then expel the indigestible parts through their mouth as a pellet. It might sound gross, but dissecting these is a project most kids love!

Owl Eyesight Lab

Grades 1st-3rd — 30-45 min

Did you know that owls have unique eyes? They have something called binocular vision. No wonder they have to turn their heads almost completely around to see the world around them. This unique owl eyesight keeps them from seeing well from side to side. In this lab, students make an owl mask and use it so they can see and understand how binocular vision works.

Nest Engineering Lab

Two Options: 30-45 min

Raptors are expert nest engineers and they make their nests out of lots of different materials. Their ability to build nests that support and protect their eggs and young is an adaptation that has helped them survive and thrive within their habitats.
Option #1 (K – 3rd) In this lab, students build a nest that can protect their eggs. Just like real birds, you can use a combination of natural and man-made materials to build your nest that are provided.
Option #2 (4th and up) In this lab option, students get to test their nests to see if they can safely catch an egg. an egg.

Eagle Wing Building

3rd and up

A Bald Eagle has a wing span, tip to tip, of up to 7 feet (2.2 meters). Yet an average male Bald Eagle weighs about 9 pounds and an average female weighs about 12 pounds. (Try lifting a 10-pound sack of flour or sugar for comparison.) It is the combination of large wings and fight weight that makes the eagles masters of the air. Learn all about the wing of the Bald Eagle while building a wing on your own.

Library Program Options and Pricing:

  • $375 for a 45 minute program which includes our three veteran raptors
  • (Swainson Hawk, American Kestrel and Eastern Screech Owl)
  • $450 for an hour and 1/2  program with all raptor including our newly added Bald Eagle
  • $150 for each additional demonstration or lab
  • $725 for four demonstrations and/or labs ($100 discount)

Traveling Explorit Zone or Family Night Program:

  • $950 Includes full zone and one demonstration for 2 hour period
  • Labs available with this program for an additional fee

Science Discovery Day: $1,750

  • Full day of science activities for an entire school
  • Choose from any combination of six demonstrations and/or labs for the event
  • Traveling Explorit Zone setup for entire program

Portable Planetarium: $400 (half-day) or $800 (full day)

  • Half day consists of up to four half-hour shows done every 45 minutes, full day is up to eight shows
  • Requires open space at least 20 feet per side with 10-foot or taller ceilings
  • Ask about live nighttime stargazing with telescopes

*Round trip mileage will be in addition to EOTM programming fees.

**Educators leave Aurora no earlier than 6:00am and return no later than 11:00pm. Depending on your requests, lodging may be necessary. This cost is additional, and is not included in the EOTM price.