This undated publicity image released by Discovery Channel shows a great white shark near Guadalupe Island off the coast of Mexico. hark Week begins Sunday, Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery. (AP Photo/Discovery Channel, Andrew Brandy Casagrande)

Andrew Brandy Casagrande

Your kids can become underwater explorers right here in the desert, thanks to a free weekly program at Woods Memorial Library.

Led by marine biology students from the University of Arizona, the Underwater ExplorersΒ program teaches kids ages 8-15 about the ocean, ocean life, water and water cycles and more.Β 

They'll experiment, put their hands in slime, see creatures from the ocean and do activities to spark the imagination and increase their knowledge. They'll also get to take educational handouts home to further their learning.Β 

β€œThis is a great program and just one out of hundreds of exciting events for kids that we offer every month," said Holly Schaffer, the library's spokeswoman. "It’s educational, fun, and hands-on. It really gives kids and young adults an opportunity to shape their learning experience and get excited about marine biology.”

So far, the program has introduced children to a preserved squid they were able to touch and a preserved hammerhead shark, among other things. Find out what's next by attending this Friday, Feb. 2.Β 

If you go

What: Underwater Explorers

Where: Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave.

When: Fridays through March 16, 3:30-4:45 p.m. (No Underwater Explorers March 9)

Cost: Free

Info: Click here

Angela Pittenger | This Is Tucson