Saturday DNA!

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Saturday DNA! programs!

Come to the science scene on Saturdays!
Designed by DNA
Ancestral Analysis
Evolution Evidence
Join us for exciting, new Saturday DNA! sessions!

Add some DNA to your day . . .

One session is offered for one Saturday in each month from October to June. Some sessions are for ages 10-13 with an accompanying chaperone, while others are for students ages 14 to adult with accompanying chaperone for participants under 15. All sessions are two hours long: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Chaperones fully participate in all program activities.

Sessions are $15.00 per person ($30.00 for a participating student and accompanying chaperone.)

The sessions are held at the Dolan DNA Learning Center at 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724. Click to view directions to the Dolan DNA Learning Center.

What you need to do:

DOWNLOAD Reservation Guidelines in PDF

  • Read through the descriptions of the activities when available, and decide which sessions you might like to attend.
  • You must read and follow the instructions on the Reservation Guidelines. Applications not adhering to these guidelines will be returned.
  • Download reservation forms for the Saturday DNA! sessions you are interested in.
  • Reserve your space by completing and returning a reservation form with your payment. You must include a separate check or money order for each session you plan to attend.

Mailing address:

DNA Learning Center/CSHL
One Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Saturday DNA! information line: (516) 367-5168

Main office line: (516) 367-5170

Saturday DNA! was developed by our educational and scientific staff to serve children, teens, and adults interested in DNA programs outside of the school setting. We offer a variety of 2-hour laboratory- and computer-based sessions.

Download a PDF of the newsletter for the programs we offer.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Transcription and Translation: What does DNA actually do? SESSION CLOSED

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10-13, chaperone required

We all know DNA is important; it is the stuff that makes you unique! But how does DNA actually do this? The answer may surprise you…technically DNA doesn’t really “do” anything. DNA codes for the production of protein much like a cook book has recipes for different meals. The cookbook doesn’t make the dinner, the chef does. What is the “chef” in the cell? Join us to find out.

During this session, participants will:

  • learn about how RNA is transcribed, or created, in the cell;
  • learn about how the ribosome translates, or reads, RNA codons into amino acids;
  • practice transcription and translation on a model of DNA and compare our amino acid chain to known proteins.

Saturday, May 17, 2014


Human Origins: What DNA says about our ancestry

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 14 - Adult; under 15 years chaperone required

As scientists collect more ancient hominin remains and analyze DNA from them, we are learning more about how modern humans evolved. Explore human origins using DNA sequence analysis, and see how breakthroughs in DNA sequencing technology can help us answer questions that bones alone cannot.

In this lab session, participants will:

  • explore theories of human origins;
  • work with different Bioinformatics tools, such as BioServers and DNA Subway;
  • use DNA sequences to measure relationships between modern and ancient populations.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Exploring Evolution SESSION CLOSED

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Ages 10-13, chaperone required

Evolution is an observational theory of how living things change over time. How do we actually “observe” it? Can we use
modern science and experimentation to help make sense of the life around us?

Come to this workshop, and you will:

  • observe and discuss how some model organisms can help to demonstrate aspects of evolution;
  • experiment in selection and see how it can alter the direction of a species;
  • explore our newly renovated Human Origins exhibit to determine paths of evolution from fossil evidence.
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