Workshops & Home School Programs

To register for a workshop please contact (423) 434-HAND ext. 808 or email

Register for Summer Paleo Camp Today!

Children ages 5-12 will dig for fossils, examine rocks and minerals, make a plaster cast of a fossil, dissect an owl pellet, tie dye a Paleo Camp t-shirt, and so much more!  Half day and full day camps in June and July!  Click here for more information!

Saturday, April 20th – Earth Day EnviroScape Simulation

Stop by our Discovery Cart to learn all about keeping our planet beautiful for years to come in honor of Earth Day. Get a firsthand look at what happens to water in our environment with our 3-dimensional EnviroScape.  Pollution and runoff are colorfully evident when falling rain carries mock versions of soil, chemicals, and oil through a watershed to a body of water.  Can you help save the watershed community and our planet? Program by announcement periodically throughout the day.

Saturday, April 27th, 10:30am-3:30pm – Superhero Science Family Pop-in workshop

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superhero Science!  Unmask the science behind some of your favorite superheroes and their superpowers! Test your superhuman strength and knowledge while exploring flight, magnetism, nanotechnology, and more!  Then, stop by the Tesla Theater for a Tesla Experience show full of superhero songs. $3 for members, $5 for non-members, children under 4 are free. One Tesla Experience ticket provided for each paying workshop guest. Adult supervision is required at all times.

Wednesday, May 8th , 9:30am-12:30pm – It’s Electric Home School Drop-off Workshop

We’re getting amped up about some electrifying experiments!  You might short circuit from the fun of creating LED gadgets and masterpieces, play with snap circuits, experiment with plasma globes, and create a human circuit to light up a bulb!  Then finish out the workshop with a private showing of our world-record holding, bi-polar, musical Tesla coil!  Cost $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Ages 5-12.  A healthy nut-free snack will be provided.   Limited space available. Payment is required with registration by Wednesday, May 1st. Admission to exhibits is an additional cost.

Saturday, May 18th, 8:00pm-10:00pm – Evening Star Party – Blue Moon

Join us for some out-of-this-world star gazing!  Take a turn using our Celestron NexStar computerized telescope or astronomy binoculars.  The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This rare calendar event only happens once every few years, giving rise to the term, “once in a blue moon.”  Weather permitting, stay tuned to social media for more information and for updates regarding weather.  Limited access to scopes and binoculars based on attendees.  Admission is $3 per person ages 4+, under 4 are free.  Exhibit spaces are closed during this event.  Made possible in part by TVA.

Friday, June 21st – Solar-scope for Summer Solstice

Join us for some star gazing of our Sun on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year!  Take a turn using our Celestron EclipSmart solar safe finder telescope which allows the scope to align to the sun without directly viewing it.  Programs by announcement periodically throughout the day.  Weather permitting, stay tuned to social media for updates regarding weather.  Limited access to scope based on participants.  Free with paid general admission.   This program made possible by TVA.

More programs coming soon!