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Saturday Science for Kids and Adults

saturday scienceJoin us on the third Saturday of every month from 2 - 3 pm for interesting speakers, topics, and activities, all with a hands-on twist. Saturday Science is free with paid admission to the HSC exhibit floor and is free for HSC members.

Upcoming Saturday Science events are described below as programs are planned.








Join Professor Emeritus Bob Melchoir for Saturday Science on October 18th, at 2pm at the Headwaters Science Center (HSC) and learn more about the geology of the Bemidji area. Meet at HSC at 2pm for an introduction with Professor Melchoir and then participants will drive to a nearby gravel pit to learn more about the geologic forces that shaped the landscape we recognize today. Participants should be prepared to spend at least an hour outdoors and dress with appropriate footwear and outerwear. Suitable for rockhounds of all ages. Carpooling encouraged. Saturday Science is FREE for members and FREE with paid admission to the exhibit floor. Join us!

Project: STEM October 23rd

On October 23rd from 3 to 6pm, Headwaters Science Center and Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area host Project: STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), as part of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide rally for afterschool programs.

Headwaters Science Center will bring multiple activities to the Boys and Girls Club of the Bemidji Area facility, where afterschool activity rooms will be transformed into hands-on stations. Project: STEM activities include circuit construction, a giant Rube Goldberg machine, physics challenges, and more.

Project: STEM is FREE and all community members are invited to attend.

The Boys and Girls Club is located at 1600 America Avenue NW, Bemidji. For further information about the event, please contact Susan Joy at 444-4472 or email or Josh Kujava at 444 4171 or email .

Project: STEM is a Lights on Afterschool event, supported by the Association of Science-Technology Centers and Afterschool Alliance through generous funding from the Noyce Foundation. 

Boofest - the Annual Halloween Celebration at HSC

boofestHalloween is coming and here at Headwaters Science Center that means Boofest, our activity-based, family-oriented Halloween party. Upstairs we set up carnival games and downstairs the exhibit floor is open free of charge during Boofest hours.

Try the pumpkin ring toss, make some slime, bob for donuts, or win a treat on the witches walk.

If you are not interested in coming to play please consider volunteering your time to help with this community Halloween party. We love having older kids help run the carnival games and welcome parents to assist with the younger volunteers.

Boofest will be Thursday, October 31 from 3 -6 pm. Come join us for a fun time and don’t forget your costume!


Girl and Boy Scout Activities

Scout Leaders––are you interested in bringing your troop to the Science Center for an outing? We have group rates for the exhibit floor and programs and activities geared to fulfilling badge requirements. Topics available include stars and sky, weather, senses, animals and, of course, science!


Snake Feeding at HSC

snake feeding





snake feeding


Always a big hit with guests, the snakes at HSC are fed every other Saturday at 3:00 pm.  You are invited to observe this informative demonstration and learn about these interesting, but often maligned animals.

Why are they fed only every other week? What do they eat? How are snakes adapted allowing them to swallow food that just seems too big?

Please check the calendar to see the Saturdays scheduled for feeding the snakes and all other activities.


This is a portable planetarium where people observe the night sky at any time of the day! Learn about stars, constellations and planets and how they appear in the night sky on any day and hour of the year. With starlab, up to 20 star-gazers can study subjects ranging from constellations of different cultures, the positions and motions of planets, telling time with the stars, navigating by the sky, cycles of the sun and moon, the reason for seasons and other facets of astronomy. See the Starlab home page for detailed information. Ages 8 and up.

star lab