Passport to Explore

LSU College of Science Passport to Explore programPassport to Explore is a year-long annual program for K-8th grade explorers that curates science outreach activities led by individuals and units within the LSU science community, as well as community events in the Baton Rouge area.

Participation

Students in K-8th grade sign up to participate in the program through the registration form linked below. Those who sign up will track the activities or "destinations" (listed below) they participate in by submitting them through an online form. This is how you earn "stamps." Towards the end of the year, students will be awarded prizes for completing activities. Note: You will be required to upload a photo from the destination/activity OR write a 2-5 sentence summary of your experience for it to count towards your completed activities.

Register Here

Submit Completed Destination

Faculty/units participation

We offer LSU STEM faculty and units the opportunity to advertise their outreach activities through the Passport to Explore program. Each approved activity will receive signage and a stamp to designate them as an official Passport to Explore destination. The stamps will be used to stamp the printable passports of participating K-8th grade students.

Participating parties will be able to describe the infrastructure of Passport to Explore as needed, i.e., in the Broader Impacts sections of NSF proposals, in service materials, etc. Passport to Explore will be highlighted in the Pursuit for Kids, social media, and other community-focused outward facing communications. 

To include your event/activity in the Passport to Explore program, complete the submission form below for consideration. You can submit at any time during the year.

Submit Activity or Event


Passport Destinations

Be sure to check back because destinations may be added throughout the year.

Date Specific Events General Locations

Date Specific

Event Name Date Time Location Audience Description Additional Details

Science Academy

January 7, 2023

January 14, 2023

January 28, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Highland Road Park Observatory

Ages 8-12

Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy and given an exciting chance to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth-Moon system, asteroids and comets, and the electromagnetic spectrum. More information: https://www.brec.org/index.cfm/event/science-academy 

Registration closes the Friday before each class.

$5 for EBR Parish Residents

$6 for out-of-parish residents

Saturday Science

January 21, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

EBR Main Library at Goodwood Blvd

Grades 4-8+

Topic - Below the Sea Floor in Belize: Discovering Ancient Maya Sites submerged by Sea-level rise.

Speaker - Heather McKillop

Sponsored by the Physics & Astronomy department, this public lecture series has been running for 30 years. It aims to communicate the scientific discoveries made by LSU faculty and researchers to the general public. Please see https://www.lsu.edu/physics/colloquia-seminars/saturday-science.php

Contact Parampreet Singh psingh@lsu.edu with questions.

STEM Story Time January 28, 2023 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Goodwood Library
Eden Park Library
Bluebonnet Library
Carver Library
K-3rd grade

The LSU College of Science and Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites children in kindergarten through third grade to explore the worlds of math and science through an exciting science story time adventure led by some of the university’s top scientists and mathematicians. Each story time is followed by a fun, hands-on activity that allows the young scientists to feed their curiosity and take an even deeper dive into a math and science discovery.

Registration is required: Register Now

Saturday Science [Sunday] January 29, 2023 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EBR Main Library at Goodwood Blvd Grades 4-8+

Topic - How Earth Came to Be: From the Big Bang to Planet Formation

Speaker - Matthew Penny

Sponsored by the Physics & Astronomy department, this public lecture series has been running for 30 years. It aims to communicate the scientific discoveries made by LSU faculty and researchers to the general public. Please see https://www.lsu.edu/physics/colloquia-seminars/saturday-science.php.

Contact Parampreet Singh psingh@lsu.edu with questions.

LIGO Science Saturdays First Saturday of every month (February - October 2023)

10:00 a.m. - 12:45 pm

1:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LIGO Livingston General

On the first Saturday of every month starting in February 2023, from 10 AM - 12:45 PM, and from 1:15 PM - 4 PM, visitors are welcome to drop in and experience the LIGO Science Education Center's Science Saturdays.  These events are FREE.  We offer tours weather permitting and approximately 50 interactive science exhibits.  We welcome individuals and small groups. 

Registration is Required: Register Here

Science Academy

February 4, 2023

February 11, 2023

February 25, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Highland Road Park Observatory

Ages 8-12

Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy and given an exciting chance to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth-Moon system, asteroids and comets, and the electromagnetic spectrum. More information: https://www.brec.org/index.cfm/event/science-academy 

Registration closes the Friday before each class.

$5 for EBR Parish Residents

$6 for out-of-parish residents

Saturday Science

February 18, 2023 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EBR Main Library at Goodwood Blvd Grades 4-8+

Topic - LSU Campus Mounds: Oldest man-made structures in the Americas

Speaker - Brooks Elwood

Sponsored by the Physics & Astronomy department, this public lecture series has been running for 30 years. It aims to communicate the scientific discoveries made by LSU faculty and researchers to the general public. Please see https://www.lsu.edu/physics/colloquia-seminars/saturday-science.php  

Contact Parampreet Singh psingh@lsu.edu  with questions.

Saturday Science

[Sunday] February 26, 2023 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EBR Main Library at Goodwood Blvd Grades 4-8+

Topic - A journey to the Big Bang and Beyond

Speaker - Parampreet Singh

Sponsored by the Physics & Astronomy department, this public lecture series has been running for 30 years. It aims to communicate the scientific discoveries made by LSU faculty and researchers to the general public. Please see https://www.lsu.edu/physics/colloquia-seminars/saturday-science.php 

 

Contact Parampreet Singh psingh@lsu.edu with questions.

Science Academy

March 4, 2023

March 11, 2023

March 25, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Highland Road Park Observatory

Ages 8-12

Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy and given an exciting chance to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth-Moon system, asteroids and comets, and the electromagnetic spectrum. More information: https://www.brec.org/index.cfm/event/science-academy 

Registration closes the Friday before each class.

$5 for EBR Parish Residents

$6 for out-of-parish residents

Girls' Day at the Museum March 4, 2023 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. LSU Museum of Natural Science 4th-6th grade

The LSU Museum of Natural Science and LSU College of Science invite girls in grades 4 through 6 to apply to LSU’s Girls' Day at the Museum

Participants will meet new, like-minded friends, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the LSU Museum of Natural Science, learn from LSU College of Science student organizations through hands-on science activities, AND snack and chat with some of LSU's top women scientists.

Applications for this event are not open at this time.

ENGage LSU March 13, 2023 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. LSU Campus, Patrick F. Taylor Hall 6-8th grade

ENGage LSU is a yearly event for middle school students to learn more about the different fields of engineering and the diversity of potential careers. Students tour research labs at LSU in our state of the art engineering building (Patrick F. Taylor Hall) and participate in hands-on activities led by faculty and students. Past topics included the battle between tumors and drug resistance, flexible robots, aging bridges, nanomaterials, and decoding DNA. This event is FREE and open to 6th-8th grade classes on a first come, first serve basis. One teacher/chaperone for every 10 students is required; maximum of 40 students per school due to space constraints.

*Teachers will receive a confirmation e-mail with more information and will be required to complete a school agreement form to confirm their spot

Saturday Science

March 25, 2023 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EBR Main Library at Goodwood Blvd Grades 4-8+

Topic - The First Exciting Discoveries with the James Webb Space Telescope

Speaker - Geoffrey Clayton

Sponsored by the Physics & Astronomy department, this public lecture series has been running for 30 years. It aims to communicate the scientific discoveries made by LSU faculty and researchers to the general public. Please see https://www.lsu.edu/physics/colloquia-seminars/saturday-science.php 

 

Contact Parampreet Singh psingh@lsu.edu with questions.

Our Earth, Our Laboratory April 1, 2023 (tentative) 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Bluebonnet Swamp 7th-8th grade

Students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to apply for Geaux Science Explorations: Our Earth, Our Laboratory — a day of fun earth and energy science activities led by some of LSU's top scientists.

Learn how to measure and record earthquakes, lunch and chat with LSU scientists, and enjoy fun, hands-on activities hosted by a variety of science programs and clubs from LSU.

Applications for this event are not open at this time.

Science Academy

April 1, 2023

April 8, 2023

April 15, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Highland Road Park Observatory

Ages 8-12

Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy and given an exciting chance to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth-Moon system, asteroids and comets, and the electromagnetic spectrum. More information: https://www.brec.org/index.cfm/event/science-academy 

Registration closes the Friday before each class.

$5 for EBR Parish Residents

$6 for out-of-parish residents

Saturday Science

April 22, 2023 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EBR Main Library at Goodwood Blvd Grades 4-8+

Topic - Some stars attract each other, dance, and merge together

Speaker - Juhan Frank

Sponsored by the Physics & Astronomy department, this public lecture series has been running for 30 years. It aims to communicate the scientific discoveries made by LSU faculty and researchers to the general public. Please see https://www.lsu.edu/physics/colloquia-seminars/saturday-science.php  

Contact Parampreet Singh psingh@lsu.edu with questions.

Louisiana Earth Day April 2023 TBA North Boulevard between the Old State Capitol and the Old Governor's Mansion, Baton Rouge, Louisiana General

Bringing together the community to celebrate responsible environmental stewardship with an annual Earth Day festival.

 

Science Academy

May 6, 2023

May 13, 2023

May 27, 2023

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Highland Road Park Observatory

Ages 8-12

Cadets are brought into the wonderful world of astronomy and given an exciting chance to explore gravity, simple machines, stars, spacecraft, meteors, the Earth-Moon system, asteroids and comets, and the electromagnetic spectrum. More information: https://www.brec.org/index.cfm/event/science-academy 

Registration closes the Friday before each class.

$5 for EBR Parish Residents

$6 for out-of-parish residents

Ocean Commotion Fall 2023 AM and PM sessions LSU PMAC 5-8th Grade (AM session); K-4th Grade (PM session)

Ocean Commotion is a one-day educational fair hosted by the Louisiana Sea Grant. It offers students an opportunity to learn about a host of issues that affect our coast, rivers, bayous, and other environments in a lively, hands-on learning manner.

*Schools must apply for a spot.

 

General Locations

Location Days Open Hours Address Admission
LSU Museum of Natural Science Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. LSU Main Campus, Foster Hall Free Admission
LSU Hilltop Arboretum Monday - Sunday dawn to dusk (daylight hours) 11855 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 Free Admission
LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens Monday - Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 4560 Essen Ln (I-10 at Essen Lane), Baton Rouge, LA 70809 Free Admission
BREC Highland Road Park Observatory Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 13800 Highland Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 Free Admission
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo Monday - Sunday

Monday - Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

3601 Thomas Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807

Adults/Teens - $8.75

2-12 - $5.75

1 & under - Free

Louisiana Art & Science Museum Wednesday - Sunday

Wednesday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

100 River Road South, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Adults - $12

Children - $10

Seniors (65+) - $10

*Free the first Sunday of the month

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center Tuesday - Sunday

Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA 70810

2 and younger: Free

3-17: $2

18-64: $3

65 and older: $2.50

Full-time college students with ID: $2.50

Knock Knock Museum Tuesday - Sunday

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

1900 Dalrymple Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Visitors - $14

0-23 months - Free

 

Please contact Valerie Stampley with any questions.

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