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Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) Anacortes

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Enjoy a well-deserved date night while your kids have a fun-filled evening through Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW). Students in grades 1-6 will explore hands-on science activities in Shannon Point Marine Center's student lab and library, and watch a film at the end of the night.

We encourage children to come with questions and leave with knowledge. This is an awesome way to introduce marine biology and hands-on science activities to your children. Get in the KNOW and join the fun!

Youth program participants and staff must abide by all University regulations and program rules.

At a Glance

Grades 1-6

Friday, April 20, 2018

6:00 - 8:45 p.m.

Shannon Point Marine Center
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Each KNOW session will feature a unique science theme for your child to explore.

February 23 – Exploring Echinoderms

Learn about extraordinary echinoderms (sea stars, brittle stars, sand dollars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and more!) Learn about echinoderm structure, diversity and what makes them best suited for their habitats. Build your own echinoderm out of clay to take home at the end of the night. Kids will also get a chance to look at Shannon Point Marine Center’s local invertebrates and identify which ones are echinoderms.

April 20 - What Makes a Mollusk

Have you wondered why and how a mud clam and an octopus are related? Do you love nudibranchs? Don’t know what the difference is between an arm and a tentacle? No problem! Come to SPMC to discover what a mollusk is and isn’t! Learn the differences between Gastropods, Bivalves and Cephalopods with a chance to meet some. Students will discover the features that define mollusks as a whole and what distinguishes each group with an opportunity to create their own model mollusk and compare it to some real life marine invertebrates.

Instructors: Bobbi Bevacqua and Molly Sutton

Students are asked to bring:

  • A healthy snack
  • A water bottle
  • A curious mind


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5:45 - 6 p.m. Check-in and introduction games
6 - 6:10 p.m. Go over schedule for the night and basic rules
6:10 - 7:25 p.m. Learning activities
7:25 - 8:45 p.m. Movie Time
8:45 - 9 p.m. Check-Out


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Location Details

Shannon Point Marine Center
1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made seven days in advance of the session and must be submitted in writing through youth@wwu.edu. No refunds are available for this program unless the program is cancelled. All classes and programs are self-sustaining and subject to minimum enrollments.

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