Workshops are designed to introduce participants to hands-on biology and introductory laboratory skills. Each workshop typically lasts about 1–3 hours across one or two days, however sometimes courses will vary.

Bring your group of students to Open Bio Labs for a field trip! We cater towards groups as small as 10 students and as large as 24 students. Schedule a trip for your entire class!

Please check the website regularly for the most up-to-date times for the classes. Availability and timing is subject to change based on total class participation.
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Pre – K

Know Your Senses

Explore the five senses with fun, hands-on experiments and activities! Your young scientist will spend time in the lab learning what the five senses are, how we use our senses, and which body parts are involved. Students will look inside the ear and nose, make predictions based on touch and smell, create art, and more! This class is designed to spark their their creativity and interest in science! Students will leave with a greater understanding of their senses which will help them be more appreciative of the world around them and their place in the world.

** Must be potty trained.

$20 per student Thursday, 10/12 9am-10am

Fall into Autumn!

Fall has arrived, along with pumpkins, corn, the harvest, and more. This class will focus on seeds and plants, particularly those that are commonly seen during Autumn. Hands-On activities will allow students to learn more about the various kinds of seeds and the names of the parts of a plant. Students will explore pumpkin seeds, dissect a flower, create art with Fall leaves, and more! This is a great way for preschoolers to begin a deeper study of biology and to gain a better understanding of the Fall season.

** Must be potty trained.

$20 per student Thursday, 10/26 9am-10am
Grades 1-3

What a Colorful World!

Do you know how when you mix blue and yellow, you get green? Well, your little one will be exploring what color and light is and how colors can mix together and come apart! They will witness the beautiful magic that happens when when a rainbow is formed and learn the secrets of what makes that happen. After playing around with color we can see, we’ll briefly glimpse into the bright and vibrant colors that are invisible to us (but not to other animals!). Your child will leave with the appreciation that science and art are intimately intertwined.

$25 per student Wednesday, 10/25 12pm – 130pm



Owl Pellet Dissection

Students will learn about owls and their amazing way of physically and behaviorally adapting for survival.  They will learn key features of the owl and how these adaptations are essential for survival in an owl’s environment or habitat. Other concepts included are predator/prey relationships and food webs and how animals play a role in them.  Dissecting an owl pellet is an unusually cool way to experience and learn this information. Students will observe, dissect, and analyze an owl pellet during their hour and a half in the lab learning the fundamentals of life science and gaining a new appreciation for this animal’s unique way to survive in its surroundings.  
We personally think an owl pellet is super cool science.

VSOL alignment: K.1;K.7;1.1,1.4,1.5;2.1, 2.5;3.1,3.4,3.5

$25 per student TBD TBD
Grades 3-5

DNA Bananaza!

We know that we get one copy of our DNA from our mom and one copy from our dad, but did you know that bananas have 3 copies of their DNA, and strawberries have 8?! In this class, your young scientists will see for themselves by extracting the DNA of strawberries and bananas and comparing them to each other! We’ll discuss how sometimes, having multiple copies of their DNA can be a successful survival adaptation, however other times it’s not so helpful and will hurt the organism. Your child will start to develop an understanding and a sense of appreciation for how DNA is involved in the behaviors and traits of an organism.

VSOL alignment: 3.4, 4.4, 4.5, 5.5

$30 per student Wednesday, 10/25 2:30-4:30pm
Grades 5-8

Frog Dissection
Have you ever wondered what’s on the inside of an animal? Interested in taking a look inside a frog to learn more? Spend 2 hours in the lab investigating the anatomy of a frog. We’ll discuss characteristics of amphibians, frog life cycle, basic anatomy, and the scientific method. Students will become biologists in this hands-on class.
VSOL alignment: 4.1, 4.5; 5.1, 5.5; 6.1, LS.1,LS.4, LS.8, BIO.1

$40 per student Saturday, 10/14 9-11am

Animal Diversity Dissection
This workshop really is designed for that budding biology lover! Through this dissection workshop, the student will observe and investigate four very different animals; earthworm, starfish, frog, and fish!! How are these animals different? How are they alike? In addition to examining the four animal’s anatomy, we will introduce basic biological concepts such as adaptations, habitats, and the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. Students will analyze their observations to determine if an animal’s adaptations are different based on their habitats. This workshop is a mini-diversity animal class that will allow your budding biologist a chance to grow in their scientific knowledge and understanding of the animal kingdom!
VSOL alignment: 4.1, 4.5; 5.1, 5.5; 6.1, LS.1,LS.4, LS.8, BIO.1

$50 per student Wednesday, 10/18 5-8pm

Human Biology 7-week Course
Have you ever wanted to explore the human body from a hand’s on approach? In this 7 week course, students will discover the major systems of the human anatomy through experiments, dissections, and creating models. This is an opportunity to learn many concepts including how medical professionals determine blood types, why the digestive system works in our favor, the ways specialized cells work, and how DNA is extracted and why it is so important. We’ll also introduce the scientific method, lab rules and etiquette, and the use of various lab equipment. For all those future Human biologists, this is the class for you!
VSOL alignment: 5.1, 5.5; 6.1, LS.1,LS.2, LS. 3, LS.12, LS.13, BIO.1, BIO.3, BIO.4

$180 per student Wednesdays, from October 4 through November 15 9-11am
Grades 8-12

Pig Forensic Dissection
How would you like to become a forensic pathologist for the day and perform an autopsy as it is done on a human? By following the same protocol, you will model the steps taken to perform a human autopsy. The student will be able to observe and analyze certain organs and examine different tissue types found in each system while making detailed notes just as a forensic pathologist would. From an anatomical viewpoint, the student will also be able to discover and analyze how different organs and organ systems work together within an animal.
VSOL alignment: LS.1,LS.2, LS. 3, LS.12, LS.13, BIO.1, BIO.3, BIO.4

$50 per student TBD TBD

Exploration into Genetic Modification!
Through these three activities, students will start to understand what genetic modification is and why we need to do it.

  • No tolerance for Lactose Intolerance! Explore what lactose intolerance is, why some people have it, how they currently deal with it, and devise a synthetic biology device to combat it!
  • That’s my DNA?!  Following from the previous activity, students will learn the first step to create their synthetic biology device, which is working with the DNA, by extracting DNA from their own cells!
  • Let’s splice a DNA device! Now that we have our DNA, students will learn what it actually means to cut and paste DNA at very precise locations to create genetic modifications!
$35 per student Saturday, 9/23 12-2pm

Lab Safety and Skills: Level 1
In this session, students will work in a real lab to master pipetting techniques, practice sterile techniques, and learn critical safety skills to protect themselves and their samples. To emphasize the importance of sterility and hand washing, each student will take home their own plate of bacteria grown from their skin! At the end of the session, students are required to pass a Post-Lab Safety and Sterility Exercise Quiz to receive an Open BioLabs Safety Certificate.
Lab Safety and Skills Level 1 is required to take more advanced classes.

$20 per student Saturday, 8/26
Saturday, 9/23

GM Crop Workshop
In this lab intensive course, students will learn what a genetically modified crop is, the proper way to consider the safety and risk profile of the modification, and actually be able to bring in their own produce to test to see if it is genetically modified! Students will learn how to conduct PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) and Gel Electrophoresis, two of the fundamental techniques of molecular biology!
Lab Safety and Skills Level 1 is required to take this class

$45 per student Saturday, 10/14 12-3pm

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