At your own pace, explore short videos about objects from our museum collections paired with do-it-yourself activities, download solstice-themed coloring pages, and listen to the new HMSC Connects! podcast featuring Harvard Forest ecologist John O’Keefe.
EXPLORE TIME WITH SUNDIALS
Learn how sundials are used to tell time and make your own that really works! Be sure to print the sundial template that is closest to the latitude where you live.
Watch this video to learn more about sundials, and then follow these written instructions to create your own sundial. First, identify what latitude is closest to where you live on this map, and then select the template that is closest to you. These templates cover the continental United States. If you live in New England, print this template.
Explore Time with Sundials/Explora el tiempo con relojes solares
MAKE YOUR OWN MESOPOTAMIAN MONUMENT
Learn about the ancient Assyrian Victory Stela of King Esarhaddon, then make your own paper version.
Watch this video and then print the craft with a key to the gods on the stela.
Make Your Own Mesopotamian Monument/Haz tu propio monumento mesopotámico
GET CREATIVE WITH PRESSED FLOWERS
Learn about the sunflower family and then explore how to use pressed flowers to make easy at-home crafts.
Get Creative with Pressed Flowers/Se creativo con flores prensadas
LISTEN TO THE HMSC CONNECTS! PODCAST
Harvard Forest ecologist John O’Keefe will discuss the joys of summertime in New England forests, and the changes to watch out for around the summer solstice. Read the transcript for "A Walk in the Woods with John O'Keefe, Forest Ecologist at Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA."