Open Air Weekend Workshops

During the summer holidays this year, we will transform the Discovery Park into an area of individual creative action on the outskirts of civilisation. Every week you will have a chance to live your Robinson Crusoe adventure by participating in various workshops. It will be a time of great entertainment but also an opportunity to gather skills necessary to survive outside the city’s comfort zone.

All tasks will revolve around skills useful in fulfilling the basic needs, such as providing warmth, food, shoes or drinkable water. We’ll also see how to survive in an unknown area by learning skills such as a sense of direction, drawing maps, predicting weather, sending S.O.S. signals – everything you need to escape from a dangerous situation and come back to civilisation from the wild.
We’ll do some DIY tasks and a bit of experimenting!

Admission is free and you can join anytime you want.

Exclusive Partner of the Open Air Weekend Workshops:

Detailed programme:

 

27–28 August

  • Workshop on predicting weather and making kites

It may seem hard to imagine what a kite has in common with survival? But you can use it for signalling and sending information. However, if we want our kite to fly, we have to know how to predict the weather. In our everyday life, we don’t have to look up to the sky to predict the weather for the following day – we can check it in our smartphones. But sometimes there are situations in which we can count only on our sense of observation. That is why we want to teach you a couple of simple tricks that allow for predicting weather changes (e.g. by looking at clouds). Together, we will also construct one of the basic meteorological tools. i.e. a barometer.

Led by:
Maciej Pieńkowski
– student of the Biology Faculty at the University of Warsaw, explainer at the Copernicus Science Centre and instructor of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association (ZHP), where he leads workshops for teenagers.
Karolina Sperkowska – archaeologist, specialist in Latin America, and explainer at the Copernicus Science Centre. For many years, she has led various workshops for children and teenagers for many years. She loves to travel and from each journey she comes back with new ideas for innovative workshops for children that aim at encouraging them to discover the world – the one close to us, and the one that is far away.

  • Night sky observations. Cosmic islands.

Everything we have observed so far in August is a part of our galaxy called the Milky Way. However, it is only a tiny island on the cosmic ocean of emptiness. Luckily, there are also other similar islands that comprise hundreds of billions of stars. Their diversity makes one think of a giant cosmic eco-system.
Observations will take place only on Saturday, 27 August, starting at 9 p.m.

Led by:
Karol Wójcicki – astronomy promoter, science journalist and TV presenter. Winner of the “2015 Science Promoter” award granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Polish Press Agency. He works at the Copernicus Science Centre.

  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

Previous workshops:

2–3 July

  • Firemaking workshop

Under a careful guidance of survival specialists, you will have an opportunity to make a fire using old and modern methods. The workshop features the bow drill, the hand drill and making your own natural kindling.

Led by:
Łukasz Tulej – traveller, enthusiast of survival techniques and naturalist. Survival instructor, diver and certified lifeguard in extreme conditions. Self-defence and martial arts instructor. Owner of a survival school that combines buschcraft and pragmatic side of survival. Actively supported by daughters Emila and Karolina, as well as wife Ada. Host of the “Naturalnie Polska” show in Planete+.

Paweł Jaskólski – archaeologist, science promotor, educator and explainer at the Copernicus Science Centre in, inter alia, the Show Team. As explainer and trainer, he cooperates with the Science and Nature Lab Foundation (Fundacja Pracownia Nauki i Przygody), the Wigry National Park, children’s universities and private schools. Over the last 6 years, he has led over a thousand science shows and over 300 science workshops. He devoted over 800 hours of work to Science Busking.

  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

9–10 July

  • Workshop on recognising wild edible plants and insects

An ethnobotanist and an entomologist will show you how to find food in the wild. We will learn how to find edible plants, plants that can serve as medicaments and which insects provide a decent portion of protein if necessary. Our experts will lead cyclical, hour-long presentations. Feel free to join at any time, ask questions and… taste!

Led by:
Karol Szurdak
– ethnobotanist, pharmacy technician and biologist. He was the head of botanical section of the Naturalist Association at the Jagiellonian University. He gained practical knowledge in the field, on botanical camps and during workshops led by his teacher and guide ¬ Łukasz Łuczaj. For several years now, he has been deepening his knowledge of plants while preparing own ethnobotanical walks, where he shares botanical stories.
Jakub Urbański – molecular biology Ph.D., microbiologist, specialist in insect breeding and entomology, founder of the first professional insect farm in Poland  “Fabryka Owadów” ¬ and co-founder of HiProMine, first industrial-scale insect breeding in the Central and Eastern Europe. Member of the Polish division of the Explorers Club.

  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

16–17 July

  • Workshop on collecting drinkable water

Finding drinkable water is essential to survival. During our workshop, with the use of easily available materials, we will make a filter that removes physical and chemical contamination from water. And what to do if we only have access to salty water? Together, we will build a device that de-salts water in harsh survival conditions, and we will test its effectiveness.

Led by:
Karolina Sperkowska
– archaeologist, specialist in Latin America, and explainer at the Copernicus Science Centre. For many years, she has led various workshops for children and teenagers. She loves travelling and from each journey she comes back with new ideas for innovative workshops for children that aim at encouraging them to discover the world – the one close to us, and the one that is far away.

  • Workshop on making simple hunting tools

A piece of a simple string, a 1-metre long stick and a piece of leather – what can you do with these? Under the watchful eye of the CSC explainers, you will construct a bow and a sling. You will also learn how to use them safely and efficiently. From now on, no wild animal will be dangerous anymore!

Led by:
Michał Rączka-Dudek
– explainer at the CSC, head caretaker of the Thinkatorium gallery – the most creative zone of the Copernicus Science Centre, scout leader, life hacker and digital coach.

  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

23–24 July

  • Workshop on map making

Everyone can become a cartographer and make their own map of the Discovery Park. During the workshop, together, we will determine the map legend, learn how to read a map and we will make a simple compass. We will find out how to mark point objects, linear objects and spatial objects on a map and what is the difference between them. And we will make all this with the use of natural and easily available materials. You will never get lost anywhere in the unknown area again!

Led by:
Paulina Kurek
– cartographer; she also completed her post-graduate studies in graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. She works as explainer at the CSC, leads Weekend Family Workshops. You will also meet her in the Bzzz! and Thinkatorium galleries.



  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

30–31 July

  • Fitness games with the Science and Nature Lab

Check how fit you are during the tasks and exercises prepared by the Science and Nature Lab. You will find the following attractions in the Discovery Park:

Obstacle course – a series of physical obstacles consisting of elements hung among trees, ropes and bamboo sticks.
Line labyrinth – here your task is to find the exit. Everybody enters a labyrinth with their eyes covered and are directed by people observing them.
Spider – this is a seemingly easy task, which may, however, be a big challenge for people who like to be in full control. In order to walk on a highly suspended rope, you’ll have to trust others and express what you need very clearly.
Climbing a tree to reach a chosen item can be an interesting and quite a difficult task. There are many climbing techniques – some require a lot of physical strength, others focus on movement coordination or are possible only with the use of a climbing rope.
Finally, you will have a chance to relax: the Path of bare feet will definitely be a unique experience, engaging your sense of touch.
Rules of using the Science and Nature Lab stands [pdf] (in Polish) »

Led by:
Science and Nature Lab
– NGO founded in 2010. Its establishment was inspired by a belief – supported by knowledge and experience – in the educational role of nature and adventure. People who create the Lab are mostly educators and explainers, but also travellers, sportsmen and scouts. In their activities, they follow the theories of adventure and outdoor education, experiential pedagogy (Erlebnispädagogik) and experiential learning.

  • Firemaking workshop

On Saturday under a careful guidance of survival specialists, you will have an opportunity to make a fire using old and modern methods.

Led by:
Łukasz Tulej – traveller, enthusiast of survival techniques and naturalist. Survival instructor, diver and certified lifeguard in extreme conditions. Self-defence and martial arts instructor. Owner of a survival school that combines buschcraft and pragmatic side of survival. Actively supported by daughters Emila and Karolina, as well as wife Ada. Host of the “Naturalnie Polska” show in Planete+.

  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

6–7 August

  • Sextant making workshop

Do astronomers and sailors have anything in common? Yes – they all know how to use sextants. And what is this magic object? During the workshop, we will make our own sextants from CDs. They will help you check the height of a tree, measure the circumference of Earth and check your exact geographical position.

Led by:
Joanna Wądołowska
– student of aviation and space science at the Warsaw University of Technology, explainer at the CSC – you will find her in the Robotics Lab and the Physics Lab. Automotive and astronautics enthusiast.


  • Workshop on making practical survival jewellery

Learn how to make survival paracord bracelets. They can be worn for beauty, but if necessary they will also provide a couple of metres of a strong rope. In what situations? Join us at the workshop and find out!

Led by:
Paulina Kurek – cartographer; she also completed her post-graduate studies in graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. She works as explainer at the CSC, leads Weekend Family Workshops. You will also meet her in the Bzzz! and Thinkatorium galleries



  • Night sky observations. Under the tail of the Ursa Major

If you get lost on earth, sometimes all you need is a map of the… sky. When all achievements of civilisation are gone, stars will become our guides. With their help, we’ll have no problem finding our way anywhere we are. The tail of the Ursa Major will not be the only object on the sky useful in such a situation.
Observations will take place on Saturday and Sunday (6 and 7 August), starting at 9 p.m.

Led by:
Karol Wójcicki
– astronomy promoter, science journalist and TV presenter. Winner of the “2015 Science Promoter” award granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Polish Press Agency. He works at the Copernicus Science Centre.

  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

13–14 August

  • Workshop on building solar cookers and baking no-yeast flat breads

Is it possible to cook only with the use of solar power and an old satellite dish or a box? Yes, it is! We’ll show you how to make a simple solar cooker from a cardboard and bake a potato in it. Then, a satellite dish will help us boil water. Finally, we’ll see whether it is possible to make no-yeast flat breads on stones, just like the old Native Americans used to do in the past. 

Led by:
Monika Mazurek
– explainer and coach, associated with the CSC for over five years. She likes leading workshops for children and adults. She studied humanities but she is attracted by exact sciences. She likes the city buzz, but at the same time she cannot imagine living far from nature, so you’ll meet her both in theatres and cinemas, and also in wild forests or in the mountains. A long-term instructor on survival camps for children and teenagers. Her dream is to travel to Alaska and Africa. In her free time, she reads reportages, does ice-skating and roller-skating and travels the world.

  • Night sky observations. In the comet tail

We’ll try to understand how it is possible that in such a huge Universe different objects collide with each other and what the consequences of such collisions are. Apart from meteorites, we’ll look for traces of other cosmic events surrounding us (combined galaxies, craters on the Moon).
Observations will take place only on Saturday, 13 August, starting at 9 p.m.

Led by:
Karol Wójcicki – astronomy promoter, science journalist and TV presenter. Winner of the “2015 Science Promoter” award granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Polish Press Agency. He works at the Copernicus Science Centre.

  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

20–21 August

  • Workshop on making natural shoes

You will have an opportunity to make shoes using only natural materials and no glue, according to earlier prepared or your own designs. What will you be allowed to use? Your craftsmanship and creativity along with a coconut mat, bamboo, cork, wood, strings, soles and a last.

Led by:
Marta Morawska-Omalecka
– graduate of the Design Faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Institute of the Polish Culture of the University of Warsaw. She also studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. She gained her professional experience working with 137 kilo architects and the Kompott studio. She also spent a couple of months in Berlin as a participant of the Erasmus Practice programme. She participated in many design workshops: Lagostudio in Italy, Dead sea seminar in Israel and Etnoprojekt in Poland and Belarus. She cooperates with Welldone – part of the “Być Razem” Foundation in Cieszyn. She has led workshops on inclusive and participant design, in cooperation with Towarzystwo Inicjatyw Twórczych „ę” and the Copernicus Science Centre. Her works received awards at the Make me! competition in 2013 and the Graduation Projects 2012/2013. They were shown at, inter alia, Łódź Design Festival, DMY in Berlin, “Przemiany” Festival at the Copernicus Science Centre and were published in 2+3d and Futu Paper. Currently, she is a senior designer at Studio Ganszyniec, where she is responsible for furniture and product design for brands such as Ikea and Comforty.

  • Night sky observations. Secret parts of the Moon.

Strange, odd, mysterious. Diverse topography, lunar seas, mountains and craters. The Moon. At a cloudless night, we can observe it through a simple telescope. However, discovering its second half would require a… rocket.
Observations will take place only on Saturday, 20 August, starting at 9 p.m.

Led by:
Karol Wójcicki – astronomy promoter, science journalist and TV presenter. Winner of the “2015 Science Promoter” award granted by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and Polish Press Agency. He works at the Copernicus Science Centre.

  • Magic Tree House

Each Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Mamania publishing house invites you to educational workshops based on the “Magic Tree House” series by Mary Pope Osborne. There will be some reading aloud between workshops.

  • The art of plant survival (at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m.)

Plants don’t have an easy life – we keep using them all the time and give nothing or little in return, especially in cities, where – just like people – green spaces are exposed to a lot of stress. Air pollution, water shortage and soil salinisation are just a few examples. Luckily, some plants are die-hards and know how to survive even in the harshest conditions. How do they adapt to surrounding environment, which plants will grow happily near the streets and which will do better on a green roof? We’ll answer these and many more questions during the workshop.

Led by:
Agnieszka Stasiak
– interested in plants and gardening since she was a child. She first developed her passion in a small garden and then went on to study gardening at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Observing plants in their natural environment has also inspired her floristry work (she leads a project called “Badyle Style”). In her free time, she is an enthusiast of tourism, mountains and everything that is related to nature. Professionally, she works as a CSC explainer and writes her doctoral thesis at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

When?

Throughout the summer of 2016, each Saturday between 12 noon and 7 p.m. and each Sunday between 12 noon and 6 p.m.

For whom?

Workshops are organised mainly for families with children up to 14. A self-service library with games and magazines, as well as sky observations are open to everyone.

No registration required. Admission is free.

Please note!
In the case of rain, workshops will be held in the CSC building.