The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center offers a traveling reptile encounters program that is perfect for school assemblies, home school group meetings, special events, and birthday parties! Add some excitement and education to your next event! Our reptile handler will bring a selection of exotic reptiles and provide fun, educational experiences on topics such as invasive species, reptile biology, habitats, animal adaptations, and survival techniques. We also offer a hands-on experience for smaller groups, which is perfect for birthday parties. Participants will get to touch and hold our scaly friends while they learn fun facts about them, such as where they are from and what they eat.
Our reptile ambassadors include “Kissel” the Green Iguana, “Barbara” the Plated Lizard, “Turnip” the Sulcata Tortoise, and the show stopping 8ft. Boa Constrictor “Krueger” as well as a variety of snakes, geckos, lizards, and some amphibians. We cannot guarantee to bring specific individuals, but you will encounter amazing reptiles based on animal availability.
Our reptile birthday parties and educational reptile shows can be performed at your home, school, clubhouse, or other party venue. We will bring our scaly friends to you! Contact us today to book your event.
Free Viewing session at the RPSEC from 10:25 PM - 12:30 AM
The DuPont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken will be hosting a FREE lunar eclipse viewing on May 15, 2022. We will begin setting up for the event at about 10:00 PM and will stay at least through the early stages of the maximum eclipse at about 12:30 AM.
Why has it been named the "Super Blood Flower Moon?"
You may watch the "Super Blood Flower Moon" from anywhere that you have a view of the Moon. We will have telescopes available for you if you are interested in visiting us at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.
|Partial Eclipse begins||May 15 at 10:27 pm|
|Full Eclipse begins||May 15 at 11:29 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||May 16 at 12:11 am|
|Full Eclipse ends||May 16 at 12:53 am|
|Partial Eclipse ends||May 16 at 1:55 am|
Links to "Super Blood Flower Moon" information
The Ruth Patrick Science Education Center is excited to present the all new Family Science Days offering enriching science opportunities for families with elementary and middle level learners in biology, astronomy, environmental science, physical science, geology and more!
Excellent for homeschool families and families looking for something to do on the Fridays of the hybrid school schedule.
October-December - Various Friday and Saturday Dates (see schedule below)
$25 per “family” unit up to 3 people (add up to 2 additional people at $5 each). Maximum of 5 in a “family” unit.
All “family” units must include 1 adult.
Registration closes 48 hours prior to the event.
Register Online for Family Science Days
|FRIDAY, 10/9/20||Ruth Patrick Science Education Center||Star Light Star Bright
Explore the stars you can see from your own backyard. Investigate our closest star the Sun. Does it move? What makes a shadow and how do shadows change over time?
|5yo - 7yo|
|SATURDAY, 10/17/20||Ruth Patrick Science Education Center||Wet and Wild
Students will investigate the wonderful world of water through macro-invertebrate collection at a local pond. In addition students will take a scavenger hunt around the Nuthatch Trail (¾ mile) to look for answers to important questions in nature.
|FRIDAY, 10/23/20||Hitchcock Woods||
Fall Ecohike Adventures
What is an urban forest? Find out during this two-hour, two-mile guided hike through Hitchcock Woods. Identify native plants, find evidence of animal life and compare forest communities.
|FRIDAY, 10/30/20||Ruth Patrick Science Education Center||
Mission Possible: Wonders of Diversity
Immerse yourself in the diversity of the wonders in your own backyard and in space!
Become detectives, to figure out the species of animals in your own backyard while also setting out on a space mission. This is a wonderful journey of adventure and learning.
|8yo - 12yo|
|FRIDAY, 11/6/20||Ruth Patrick Science Education Center||
Explore cold- and warm-blooded creatures native to our area. Interact with live owls, snakes, amphibians, insects while exploring the characteristics of each.
|5yo - 12yo|
|SATURDAY, 11/14/20||Silver Bluff Audubon Center||
Adaptations and Habitats
Live and Taxidermy animals will be closely observed to determine their adaptations for survival in our local habitat. In addition, two forest types will be assessed to determine which is better suited for local, threatened/endangered species.
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
Learn how to identify common minerals like malachite, amethyst, mica, pyrite, kaolin and copper on the basis of their properties using a field guide while also investigating measurement concepts of volume, weight and mass.
Sponsored in part by W.R. Grace Foundation.
|8yo - 12yo|
|SATURDAY, 12/5/20||Silver Bluff Audubon Center||
Beginner Outdoor Hobbies: Birding101/Geocaching 101
An introduction to the world of birding is guaranteed to be exciting with some words of wisdom and then a hike with a seasoned veteran of the sport. Also, a mini “GeoAdventure” at SBA will get you ready to spread your wings elsewhere in the sport of Geocaching!
|FRIDAY, 12/11/20||Ruth Patrick Science Education Center||
The First Ever Lunar Eclipse on a U.S. Election Day
Free Viewing session at the RPSEC from 4:30 AM - 7:00 AM
The DuPont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina Aiken will be hosting a FREE lunar eclipse viewing on November 8, 2022 from approximately 4:30 AM - 6:30 AM.
Why has it been named the "Election Day Beaver Blood Moon?"
You may watch the "Election Day Beaver Blood Moon" from anywhere that you have a view of the Moon. We will have telescopes available for you if you are interested in visiting us at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center.
|Partial Eclipse begins||4:09 am|
|Full Eclipse begins||5:16 am|
|Maximum Eclipse||5:59 am|
|Full Eclipse ends||6:41 am|
|Moon Set - End of visibility in Aiken||6:58 am|
|Partial Eclipse ends||7:49 am|
Links to "Super Blood Flower Moon" information
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