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Extension Courses

Please check back frequently as new extension classes will be added over the summer.

Extension Classes are mini-courses designed to appeal to a variety of students, including both adults and children. Many are taught by current, or former, CSS teachers and provide an opportunity to sample the full three-week courses offered in CSS’s summer sessions designed for children ages 7 to 16. Others are unique and reflect current, topical subjects. Like the course featuring edible wild plants found around Woods Hole, these classes draw upon the natural environment while enlisting the school’s professional resources. Comprised of either single sessions, or multiple day classes, they feature informative lectures, walking tours, boat trips, workshops, and book talks by celebrated authors.  Usually held in the late afternoon after regular school hours have concluded, some classes are free; others require a nominal fee between $5.00 and $20.00. Depending on the curriculum, occasionally special courses will require an additional fee for materials. For further information on enrollment, availability, or course fees, just swing by the front desk at school.

2016 Extension Classes

Have you ever wished you could come to the School of Science with your children?  Here is your chance! Extension classes offer a way to learn more about the Woods Hole environs or pursue a new interest. Extension classes are open to the public and most are family friendly.  Some classes are free, many involve a nominal fee, and a few longer classes charge a higher fee to cover the instructor’s time and materials. Please register at the CSS front desk.

Session A

Fishing Trip on the Woods Hole waters
Led by CSS Assistant Director Aaron Sloboda, Thursday July 21, 1:45 at the school, trip is approximately 2 hours.
Join Aaron for an afternoon of bottom fishing off Woods Hole.  Equipment provided for those who do not have their own.  $20/person, limited to 20 people.  Payment required at time of registration.

Edible Plants Walk ** 2 DATES **
WALK #1: Monday, July 18th, 5pm, meet at CSS

WALK #2: Monday, August 1st, 5pm, meet at CSS

Led by veteran CSS teacher Jenny Junker
Join Jenny as she leads us through the local woods identifying plants with medicinal and culinary uses.  Come ready to taste your way through the neighborhood! All ages welcome, young children with an adult please. $5/person, $10/family.

Beehive Opening: Tuesday, July 19th, noon, meet at CSS
**date subject to change depending on weather**
**check with CSS to confirm**

Led by veteran CSS teacher Jenny Junker.

Join Jenny and witness the miracle of honey bees, one of the most important insects on the planet!  Limited to 10 participants. All ages welcome, young children with an adult please.  $5/person, $10/family

Fish Dissection Participatory Demonstration: Tuesday, July 19th, 4pm, meet at CSS
Led by Alan Steinbach

Are you curious about the inner anatomy of critters like squid, small sharks, and bony fish? You can watch this demonstration with opportunities for some hands on participation only if you wish. An objective is to help those at the ‘yuck!’ stage of anatomy appreciation move into a more constructive appreciation of inner beauty. Limit 15 people, $5/person, $10/family

Led by CSS parent and bicycle expert Josh Olins
Back by popular demand! Come learn the secrets of bicycle repair with Josh Olins and enjoy the hands on satisfaction of fixing your own bike.  Bring your broken bike.  Tools provided.  Limit to 10 people.  $5/person.  $15/family.

Session B

CSS Book Club — Adult Book Club AND…new this year…Children’s Book Club, same day and time!
Wednesday July 27 at 4:00 on the Schoolhouse steps. Kids will walk to the library and Historical Society.


Enjoy the cod exhibit at the Woods Hole Historical Museum and then dive into the current state of our relationship with cod (and salmon, tuna and sea bass) by reading the CSS summer book club selection Four Fish:  The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg.  Despite the grim and complicated story Greenberg tells of these fish populations at the brink of collapse, his writing is beautiful, entertaining and even hopeful.  He underscores the joy and privilege of eating wild fish and examines the nuances of making healthy and sustainable decisions about what fish we choose to put on our plates.  He writes as a fisherman and as a caring investigative journalist with a fascinating and important story to tell.  Join us on the front porch of the historic school house on Wednesday, July 27, at 4 PM, as we discuss Four Fish.


In this concise and informative adaptation of his book for adults, Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, Kurlansky traces the role that the once plentiful Atlantic cod has played in the history of North America and Europe. Book is for ages 5 and up.


Night Insects: Monday, August 1st, 9:00 pm (so it’s good and dark!), meet at CSS.
Taught by David Remsen and Fritz Bosch

Come to CSS for a night walk and a chance to use a special broad spectrum light!  See what insects show up, attracted to the lights.  Woods Hole summer night insects usually include beautiful and diverse moths and many other bugs!  $5/person; $10/family.

Fish Printing: Tuesday , August 2nd, 4pm, meet at CSS
Led by Alan Steinbach.

Make a washable fabric print of a (recently deceased) local fish. Come wearing a smock or old clothing and bring a T-shirt and/or some plain cotton fabric for painting. This is a great activity for different ages working together. Paints, instruction, advice and, of course, fish supplied.  Please pre-register, limit 12 people. $7/person, $15/family to cover cost of materials.

Biological Illustration, Tuesday August 2 through Thursday August 4
Led by Julie Child
This three-session class will meet from 3:30-5:30 at the Schoolhouse. Students will draw from nature using materials collected locally (mostly). Ages 14+ $30/person plus $5 materials fee (we provide materials!). Pre=registration required, limit 15 participants.

Boat Trip through the Woods Hole waters
Led by CSS Assistant Director Aaron Sloboda, Tuesday August 2, meet at the School at 1:35pm and walk to the dock. Return planned for about 3:45-4:00.
Explore our local waters on this late afternoon cruise through the Woods Hole Passage and around some of the Elizabethan Islands. This is a great chance to learn more about our local history and natural history. $20/person, limited to 20 people. Payment required at time of registration.

Fishing Trip on the Woods Hole waters
Led by CSS Assistant Director Aaron Sloboda, Thursday July 28,1:35 at the school, trip lasts approximately 2 hours.
Join Aaron for an afternoon of bottom fishing off Woods Hole.  Equipment provided for those who do not have their own.  $20/person, limited to 20 people.  Payment required at time of registration.

Please check the CSS front desk and website for more information, possible rain dates and new classes as the summer progresses!