Extension Courses 2019

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.

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

SESSION A

Herpetology — WEEK LONG MINI-COURSE
Led by Ben Jaffe
Monday- Friday July 8 -July 12 3:30pm -5pm

Study the reptiles and amphibians of the Woods Hole environs.  Learn how “herps” are different from other animals, where they live, and how to identify them.  Study their unique lifecycles.

Location: At the School
Ages: Children 11-12 year old
Class size: 12 students
Fee: $80/student
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Extended Fishing Trip on Local Waters
Led by CSS Assistant Director Aaron Sloboda
Tuesday, July 9th, from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Join Aaron for an early afternoon bottom fishing trip off of Woods Hole.  Equipment provided for those who do not have their own. This is an EXTENDED trip running a full 2 1/2 hours. Come prepared for the weather with water and a snack.

Location: Meet at the School at 10:30 AM to walk down to the dock
Ages: All ages
Class size: 12 people
Fee: $15/person

Payment required at time of registration

Register in advance at the Front Desk

Fish Dissection Participatory Demonstration— For budding marine biologists!
With Alan Steinbach
Wednesday July 10th 4pm

Are you curious about the inner anatomy of critters like squid, small sharks, and bony fish?  You can watch this dissection demonstration with opportunities for some hands on participation only if you wish.  An objective is to help those at they “yuck!” Stage of anatomy appreciation move into a more constructive appreciation of inner beauty.

Location: At the School
Ages: All ages
Class size: 15 people
Fee: $5/ person, $10/family
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Island Tour of the Elizabeth Islands— 1st of two dates!!

Led by CSS Assistant Director Aaron Sloboda
Thursday, July 11th, 1:45 PM

Join Aaron on a circumnavigation of Naushon Island. We will discuss the local history of Woods Hole and the Islands, along with the geological history of the region, the history of commercial fishing, and whatever else we can come up with. Not interested in all that talking? Just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Meet at the school at 1:30 PM and walk down to the Dock
Ages: All ages
Class size: 12 people
Fee: $10/person
Payment required at time of registration
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Invasive Species —WEEK LONG MINI COURSE
Led by Ben Jaffe
Monday- Friday July 15 -July 19 3:30pm -5pm

Learn how the flora and fauna of Woods Hole and Cape Cod has changed over time and understand how invasive species affect more native species.

Location: At the School
Ages: Children11-12 years
Class size: 12 students
Fee: $80/student
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

CSS Book and Supper Club, at Tina’s house —BYO Picnic Supper
Led by Tina Burger, and Naomi Fraenkel Altschul
All readers are welcome!
Monday, July 15th, 6pm

This summer’s book selection is _The Sixth Extinction; An Unnatural History, a non-fiction book by Elizabeth Kolbert.  Per Wikipedia “ The book argues that Earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made, sixth extinction.  In the book, Kolbert chronicles previous mass extinction events, and compares them to the accelerated, widespread extinctions during our present time.”  All are welcome for what will be an informative and lively discussion.

Sixth Extinction is available to borrow from Woods Hole Library
Or it is available to buy at Eight Cousins— 15% discount for CSS Book Club members
Location: At Tina’s house — directions available at the Front Desk
Ages: all ages
Class size: All are welcome!
Fee: Free!
Register in advance at the Front Desk or come on over that day!

 

Bike Repair — Back by popular demand!!
Led by CSS parent Josh Olins
Wednesday July 17 3:30 pm

Come learn from CSS parent local summertime bike repair expert Josh Olins. Learn how to repair your own bike or ask for an expert opinion.  Bring your bike; tools will be supplied (although feel free to bring any tools or supplies you may have)

Location: In the School yard
Ages: all ages
Class size: all are welcome!
Fee: Free!
Registration: register in advance at the Front Desk or come on over that day!

 

Sea Turtles Around Cape Cod
Led by CSS teacher Becky Lash
Wednesday July 17th, 3:30 pm

It’s rare and special to spot a sea turtle in the waters around Woods Hole, but they’re here.  How do they wind up this far north and why do hundreds of them strand on the beaches of Cape Cod during late fall and early winter?  All sea turtles are federally protected.  What efforts are being made to increase survival rates of these endangered species?  Learn to identify the four species of sea turtle that travel this far north in the summer.  In our extension class, we’ll be sea turtle rescuers and model the steps taken to save, rehab and release cold-stunned Kemp’s Ridleys, the world’s most endangered sea turtle.

Location: At the School
Ages: all ages
Class size— all are welcome!
Fee: Free!
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Fishing Trip on the Woods Hole Waters— an annual FAVORITE!!
Led by CSS Assistant Director Aaron Sloboda
Thursday, July 18th, 10:15 AM

Join Aaron for an early afternoon bottom fishing trip off of Woods Hole.  Equipment will be provided for those who do not have their own.

Location: Meet at the School at 10AM to walk down to the dock
Ages: All ages
Class size: 12 people
Fee: $10/person
Payment required at time of registration
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Island Tour of the Elizabeth Islands
Led by CSS Assistant Director Aaron Sloboda
Thursday, July 18th, 1:45 PM

Join Aaron on a circumnavigation of Naushon Island. We will discuss the local history of Woods Hole and the Islands, along with the geological history of the region, the history of commercial fishing, and whatever else we can come up with. Not interested in all that talking? Just sit back and enjoy the ride!

Meet at the school at 1:30 PM and walk down to the Dock
Ages: All ages
Class size: 12 people
Fee: $10/person
Payment required at time of registration
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Mole Hole— Drop in Class
Led by Clara Gainer, former CSS student and former CSS assistant
Thursday , July 18th, 5pm—6:30pm

Come learn about moles!! Drop by for an experimental and experiential class Come experience life as a mole in this one of a kind soft scape life-size mole habitat.  Peek out from the underground! Scurry! See the world  from the perspective a mole!!  This is unique way to lear about subterranean animals and how they spend their day

Location: At the School
Ages: all are welcome:
Class size: all are welcome to drop by any time from 5-6:30pm
Fee: Free!
Register in advance or drop in that day!

 

SESSION B

CSS Book and Supper Club, at Tina’s house —BYO Picnic Supper
Led by Tina Burger, and Naomi Fraenkel Altschul
All readers are welcome!
Wednesday, July 24th, 6pm

This summer’s book selection is _The Sixth Extinction; An Unnatural History, a non-fiction book by Elizabeth Kolbert.  Per Wikipedia “ The book argues that Earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made, sixth extinction.  In the book, Kolbert chronicles previous mass extinction events, and compares them to the accelerated, widespread extinctions during our present time.”  All are welcome for what will be an informative and lively discussion.

Sixth Extinction is available to borrow from Woods Hole Library
Or it is available to buy at Eight Cousins— 15% discount for CSS Book Club members
Location: At Tina’s house — directions available at the Front Desk
Ages: all ages
Class size: All are welcome!
Fee: Free!
Register in advance at the Front Desk or come on over that day!

 

Bike Repair— back by popular demand!!
Led by CSS parent Josh Olins
Wednesday, July 24th,  3:30 pm

Come learn from CSS parent local summertime bike repair expert Josh Olins. Learn how to repair your own bike or ask for an expert opinion.  Bring your bike; tools will be supplied (although feel free to bring any tools or supplies you may have)

Location: In the School yard
Ages: all ages
Class size: all are welcome!
Fee: Free!
Registration: register in advance at the Front Desk or come on over that day!

 

Edible/Medicinal Plants Walk
Led by Jenny Junker, CSS teacher
Friday, July 26th, 5-6 PM

Ever thought of foraging in Woods Hole?  Ever had pickled salicornia? Ever wondered if Rose Hips will help a jelly fish sting?  Come walk learn about about medicinal and edible plants all around Woods Hole.

Location: Meet at the school to start the walk
Ages: all are welcome!
Class size: all are welcome!
Fee: free!
Register in advance at the Front Desk or walk on over!

 

Fish Print
With Alan Steinbach
Monday  July 29th 4pm

Make a washable fabric print of a (recently deceased) local fish.  Come wearing a smock or old clothing and bring a T-shhirt 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 supplie

Location: At the School
Ages: all are welcome
Class size:12 people
Fee: free!
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Cyanotypes
Led by Jenny Junker and Staci Jacin
Monday, July 29th, 3:30pm-4:30 pm

Explore patterns in nature with Cyanotype “sun print” media. We use photosensitive paper and fabric and specimens from our CSS collections to make striking silhouettes with this imaging technique

Location:  Basement of the School
Ages: ages 9 years and older
Class size: 10 people
Fee: $10

 

Fishing Trip on the Woods Hole Waters— an annual FAVORITE!!

Led by CSS Assistant Director Aaron Sloboda
Tuesday, July 30th, 10:15 AM

Join Aaron for an early afternoon bottom fishing trip off of Woods Hole.  Equipment will be provided for those who do not have their own.

Location: Meet at the School at 10AM to walk down to the dock
Ages: All ages
Class size: 12 people
Fee: $10/person
Payment required at time of registration
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Biological Illustration—2 day Extension Class!!
Led by Jenny Junker CSS teacher
Wednesday July 31 and Thursday August 1st 3:30-5:00pm each day

Two days of looking and drawing. A variety of nature objects, art supplies, and techniques are offered.

Location: Up/back classroom , At the school
Ages: 12 +
Class size: 15 students
Fee: $30/person + $5 materials fee (all materials provided)
Register in advance at the Front Desk

 

Tidal Pool— Drop in Class
Led by Clara Gainer, former CSS student and former CSS assistant
Friday, August 2nd, 5pm—6:30pm

Come learn about the most loved Woods Hole habitat— the Tidal Pool!  Drop by for an experimental and experiential class. A unique life-size way to explore a tidal pool while learning all about our well known Woods Hole tidal pool critters— snails, hermit crabs, minnows, periwinkles.

Location: At the School
Ages: all are welcome:
Class size: all are welcome to drop by any time from 5-6:30pm
Fee: Free!
Register in advance at the Front Desk or just drop on by that day!