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Explore the natural world at VAI next semester

Education Everywhere — Middle school students are invited to apply now for free after-school programs from the Van Andel Institute for Education next semester. Registration will be open until January 5. 

VAI’s after-school programs allow students to study things like plants, natural disasters and animal habitats (courtesy)

Species Explorers, for grades 4-5, will focus on the world of plants, animals and habitats. Students will observe organisms, learn what it takes to survive in those environments and build a habitat. 

Disaster Detectives, for grades 5-6, will focus on natural disasters and how to help humans respond to and recover from them. Students will learn about natural and man-made disasters, how predictions are made and what can help protect people.

These free programs will take place twice a week downtown at VAI; registration requires a commitment to the whole semester. While applications are needed, students will participate on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Van Andel Institute for Education’s mission is to create classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive. The Institute will cover transportation costs for families who qualify.

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