The City of Santa Maria Utilities Department is pleased to announce the start of three new educational programs beginning Saturday, January 14th on Science Saturdays at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum.

Science Saturdays will now feature three different environmentally-themed programs: (1) Vermicomposting; (2) “Treemendous” Paper Tale; and (3) Stormwater. The Vermicomposting program (composting food scraps using red worms) will allow participants to look at live worms and cocoons under a microscope, and see a working worm bin.  The Treemendous Paper Tale program will show participants how paper is made from start to finish, and explain why conserving paper is important.  Participants will also make their own recycled paper to take home.  Finally, the Stormwater program will discuss the importance of keeping stormwater clean.  Participants will use a microscope to view live plankton taken from a local lake and test the water for pH and nitrates.

“These new programs will connect young people and families with professional scientists and expose them to a multitude of hands-on experiments that are both fun and educational,” Discovery Museum Program Director Amy Blasco said.  “It’s important for kids to have STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning opportunities outside of the classroom.  We’re excited to partner with Science Discovery and the City of Santa Maria to make this possible.”

Science Saturdays are held the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Discovery Museum, 705 S. McClelland Street.  The new programs are sponsored by the City of Santa Maria and will be taught by Science Discovery, an organization well-known for bringing recycling and stormwater education to Santa Maria schools.

Questions may be directed to the Utilities Department at (805) 925-0951 ext. 7270.

Department:                             Utilities

Contact Person:                      Lisa Long, Utilities Business Manager

Telephone Number:                  (805) 925-0951 ext. 7219   

E-mail Address:                        lmlong@cityofsantamaria.org