Virtual Summer Solstice Celebration 2021

Explore More! Summer Solstice
 

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.

Actividades en español

Paper handmade sundial.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​​​​​​​.

Sundial template for latitude 30 degrees North

       Sundial template for latitude 40 degrees North

       Sundial template for latitude 50 degrees North

 

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

Bunch of pink flowers.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

line drawing of sun with faceUNLEASH YOUR ARTISTIC TALENTS WITH COLORING PAGES

Color your way through the HMSC collections!

White male with glasses standing outside in front of a lush green tree.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."

Illustration of telescope, binoculars, magnifying lens with the following text "HMSC Explorers Club est. 2020".DISCOVER THE EXPLORERS CLUB INSTAGRAM

 

The HMSC Explorers Club is an Instagram project that fosters curiosity, a spirit of discovery, and appreciation for the world around us.