The Center specializes in sustained, multi-session elementary and middle school science education. We offer training in the basic skills of observation and classification at the 4th and 5th grade levels in our program entitled “Sevens.” Here students observe, group, and classify objects from the natural world in order to create their own personal field guides to their backyards, local parks and schoolyards. Middle school students, in our program “As Clear As Mud,” study the scientific method by directly conducting a first time ever experiment on shellfish from their local beaches. Students visit their local beach, create an hypothesis, revisit their beaches to collect data, interpret what they find and conclude whether they have proven that clams, mussels, crabs, starfish, and other invertebrates have an immune system. Along the way they students investigate and learn the construction of their own bodies and the bodies of other creatures, especially the morphology and function of the immune system.