Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Science Kids?

Science Kids is a field-based program designed to get kids outside, where great learning happens. This is our eighth year of offering summer classes in Sheridan County and our fourth year of offering summer classes in Park County. Students explore and learn about the ecosystems they are a part of, through hands-on activities. Classes are split into age groups: 6-8, 9-11, and 12-14

 

What are the Science Kids class times?

Most classes are from 8:30am – 1:30pm, Monday – Thursday.


How much does a Science Kids class cost?

Classes cost anywhere between $35 and $115. The price of the class increases by $10 if you reserve within 7 days of the start of the class, so book early! The cost of each class in tuition breaks down to $5.25 an hour for quality outdoor science education, with experienced, enthusiastic staff.


Do you have insurance?

We have insurance for the program itself, our instructors, an auto insurance policy on the bus, and insurance on each driver.


Can I register by mail or by phone?

Yes, you can, but the preferred method is to use the online registration process. Your registration is then processed right away and a confirmation is instantly e-mailed to you.


When is payment due?

Payment is due at the time of registration.


How will you communicate with parents/guardians?

We will be using e-mail reminders with all the details the week before your child’s class starts.


Do you provide transportation?

Yes, we have fifteen-passenger school buses. Our vehicles and drivers are properly licensed and insured.


What is the class student/teacher ratio?

Science Kids’ student/teacher ratio is no more than 6:1 –
One teacher, one driver/assistant and one teaching assistant per class. The maximum number of students per class is 12.  Typically, there are three staff members per class for our 6-8 year olds and two staff members for our 9-12 year olds.


Who are the teachers?

We seek out people who not only love science, but also love kids, and have extensive training in their fields as well. All instructors have completed background checks. All are trained in First Aid and CPR. All are over the age of 25, all have one year minimum outdoor environmental education experience with children. Our teaching assistants have also been trained in First Aid and CPR, and are primarily 9-11 grade students. You can read more about some of our staff here.


Where do classes meet in the morning?

Students meet the teacher and load onto the bus each morning at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library or the Park County Public Library unless otherwise specified.


Where do the classes go?

Our main sites are the Brinton Museum grounds and a private ranch. Other sites include other ranches & public lands throughout Sheridan and Park Counties.


Are you a licensed child care provider, and what does this mean?

No, the state of Wyoming does not require summer camps to be licensed. Yet we insist our instructors be fingerprinted and have background checks.


What do the kids need to bring to a class?

A large, full bottle of water, a healthy snack and lunch, waterproof rain gear, or hiking shoes or other closed-toe shoes, brimmed hat, a sweatshirt or fleece, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Please, no electronics, wallets or money.


Are classes full?

Classes begin filling up in March. Register as soon as possible to ensure your child and friends get a spot in their preferred classes. If a class is full, your child will be placed on the waiting list for the class. You will not be charged to be on this list and will be notified immediately if a spot opens in the class. If we find a spot for a waitlisted child, payment in full will be due within seven days.


My child will be 6 years old come summer – can my child attend a class for 6-8 yr olds?

We require that all students must have completed kindergarten or the equivalent (for home-schoolers).  The reason for this is that students must be familiar with the rules regarding riding a school bus, understand group dynamics, and know they will be around, or in, a class with other kids.


My child has special needs – can you accommodate us?

We will happily accommodate your child in any way we can. We will need to discuss each on a case-by case basis to ensure the safety of your child.


My child has allergies and asthma but he never needs to use medicine – can I pack some Sudafed and inhaler in his backpack? Do I still need to fill out your medical forms?

Medication may be placed in a child’s backpack, but the Instructor must be informed about any medication the child has in his or her possession. The staff is not allowed to give medicine without having written instructions and a properly labeled bottle. Medication administered during Science Kids class will only be in case of emergency, and will be logged on an incident report sheet. Please speak with the staff if you have any special concerns.


Do you offer scholarships?

We offer three scholarships:

1. The Tom Maechtle Memorial Scholarship*
2. The Aspen Rawlings Memorial Scholarship**
3. The John Nielson Scholarship
4. The IBEW Scholarship
Please contact Sarah Mentock at 307-763-0976.

*In memory of our friend, board member and science enthusiast, Tom Maechtle.
**In memory of one of our finest TA’s, Aspen Rawlings, who died in a climbing accident in 2011.


What is the Refund Policy?

Cancellation Policy- If cancellation is necessary, please immediately contact Sarah Mentock at sarah@science-kids.org (ph. 307-763-0976) for the Sheridan campus, or Gina Morrison at gina@science-kids.org (ph. 307-250-6904) for the Cody campus.  We will need to be provided with the parent name, student name, class title, class dates, and reason for cancellation.  To process any refund, a request must be received by the refund deadlines referred to in the chart below. In addition, a processing fee of $30 will be deducted from all refund amounts.

  • One month or more before the start date of class:  Full refund minus processing fee.
  • 14-30 days notice before the start date of class: 75% refund minus processing fee.
  • 7-13 days notice before the start date of class :  50% refund minus processing fee.
  • Within one week of class: No refund


Please email us at sarah@science-kids.org,
or contact Sarah Mentock, Science Kids director, at 307-763-0976