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This is a bimonthly drop-off program, which meets from Thursday, September 6th, 2018 to Thursday, May 16th, 2019, for a total of 18 classes. Class times are 9 – 11am or 1 – 3pm. The classes are designed for students ages 5 to 12. Classes will vary topics based on season and will be outdoors. This program is designed to supplement science curriculum and will be taught by knowledgeable naturalists and volunteers. See the complete schedule below.
New this year: Students will be divided by age into two groups for each time slot: Ages 5-8 and 9-12. Curriculum will be designed around these ages. If there are not enough students for each session the ages will be combined.
Cost is $120/school year.
September 6, 2018
Ages 5 – 8 Teambuilding Games Ages 9 – 12 Teambuilding Games
Start the school year off right by learning to work together as a team. Students discover how to effectively communicate and listen to each other through fun and motivational games and activities. This is a fun and challenging program. Games will be age appropriate for the groups.
September 20, 2018
Ages 5 – 8 Prairie Plants and Function Ages 9 – 12 Wild Edibles
Plants are everywhere! Some plants smell nice, other plants we call weeds, and still others we can eat! Plants are a very important part of food chains and the ecosystem as a whole. Join us as we learn about plant power and their importance in our lives. Older students will focus on edible plants found at the Preserve. Younger students will focus on what makes a plant a plant.
October 4, 2018
Ages 5 – 8 Nature’s Tricksters Ages 9 – 12 Archery
Older students will learn the basics of archery. They will learn the parts, how to be safe, and how to use a bow and arrow. They will get a chance to practice their skills as well during their session. Younger students will take part in learning about adaptations such as mimicry and camouflage that animals use to fool us and each other. They will play games and put their skills to the test in their own game of camouflage.
October 18, 2018
Ages 5 – 8 Water, Water Everywhere Ages 9 – 12 Water, Water Everywhere
We’ll spend the class learning about water resources, exploring the water cycle, experimenting with fresh and salt water and seeing water conservation in action.
November 1, 2018
Ages 5 – 8 Night Adaptations Ages 9 – 12 Creatures of the Night
This time of year is when the night time creatures take center stage. Students will learn about animals that only come out at night and their adaptations. Can an owl turn its head all the way around? Are bats really blind? We will learn about these and many more animals that can be found under the cover of darkness. They will play games, explore with their senses, and become detectives of the night.
November 15, 2018
Ages 5 – 8 Soil Science Ages 9 – 12 Earth Materials
Ever wonder where minerals come from or how rocks are made? We will observe, discover and learn about the 3 types of rocks and how they each are formed. We’ll even learn how to identify different minerals that make up rocks! Younger students will focus on the soils among the rocks.
November 29, 2018
Ages 5 – 8 Map Skills and Tracking Ages 9 – 12 Orienteering and Compass Use “Put Red in the Shed and follow Fred.” If you can say this sentence, you can use a compass! Older students will learn the parts of a compass, some basic orienteering techniques, and test our skills on a compass course. Younger students will be introduced to maps and how to read them and try out a tracking game.
December 13, 2018
Ages 5 – 8 Art in Nature Ages 9 – 12 Natural Crafts and Dyes
Imagine all of the different art projects that can be done using natural materials! We will use what nature has provided us to make beautiful creations. Coloring with mud and turning pine cones into animals are just a few of the projects that can be done using objects found in nature. Older students will use natural dyes for a project.
January 10, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Winter Homes Ages 9 – 12 Winter Survival
Any of us could find ourselves in a situation where we need to use winter survival skills. Not only must we respect natural forces but also learn what nature provides to help us survive. Learn how to dress, pack a survival kit and work cooperatively when faced with a survival situation. Younger students will focus on how animals survive the winter by looking at their homes. They will build a mini shelter for their animal.
January 24, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Animal Tracks Ages 9 – 12 Cross Country Skiing
Older students will spend their time learning to cross country ski. We will learn the basics and spend time practicing before heading out on our ski trails. Younger students will learn about animal tracks as we follow trails and see what our animals are up to in the winter months.
February 7, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 GPS and Geocaching Ages 9 – 12 GPS and Geocaching
Put your teambuilding skills to the test as you head out on this high-tech adventure. Explore the world of GPS and then put your skills to the test on our course. Can you find all the hidden caches? If there is enough snow, snowshoes will be worn.
February 21, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Trees and Legends Ages 9 – 12 Sanding Tall
In the middle of winter, it must be hard to be a tree. Covered in snow, blown by strong winter winds and withstanding cold temperatures. We’ll learn how trees survive in winter, what dangers trees face in winter and how to identify leafless trees. Younger and older students will also learn a bit of the legends surrounding trees and Wisconsin’s past.
March 7, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Exploring Ecosystems Ages 9 – 12 Wisconsin Ecology
How can so many animals share one tree? Does the forest get crowded with all those birds and squirrels? We will learn about the many different animals that call Wisconsin home. From the prairie to the pond to the forest, we will learn about the different ecosystems and all the animals that can be found there. Older students will focus on Wisconsin’s state bird, animal and flower. They will learn about all Wisconsin has to offer as well as history of state symbols.
March 21, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Maple Syruping Ages 9 – 12 Maple Syrup through the Years
Join us for a seasonal favorite! Learn basic tree identification, try tools used by pioneers to “tap a tree,” taste the sap from maples and cook it down to syrup. Discover the science of sap flow in the tree and the boiling process. Older students will focus on the history and traditions surrounding maple syrup season in Wisconsin and surrounding states.
April 4, 2019
Ages 5-8 Bird Adaptations Ages 9-12 Birds and Beaks
You always can tell what a bird eats when you look at its beak and you look at its feet.” Students will learn “how birds make a living” with our hands-on activity. We’ll examine study mounts before exploring the land with binoculars in search of our resident species.
April 18, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Weather Ages 9 – 12 Weather
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a meteorologist? We will step into their shoes as we learn about the data they need to collect before they can make a forecast. Recording temperature, wind speed, clouds and observing current conditions are important steps in a weather report.
May 2, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Sensory Awareness Ages 9 – 12 Sensory Skills
Spring is a time to use all our senses! See beautiful spring wildflowers, smell much from the pond and sniff the skunk cabbage, hear migrating birds and frog choruses, feel the different textures of nature and explore all things spring with our senses!
May 16, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Slime and Scales Ages 9-12 Slime and Scales
Become a herpetologist for the day and search for frogs, toads, and snakes in this “ribbiting” investigation! We’ll visit the pond and marsh to listen closely for croaks, chirps, trills, and whistles of frogs and toads to learn how to identify them.