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Field Trip Programs

Bubolz Environmental Education Field Trips are designed to offer students the opportunity to experience and investigate the natural world around them under the guidance of Environmental Educators. Emphasizing outdoor experiences during all seasons, Bubolz Nature Preserve strives to offer learning that will encourage inquiry, exploration, and discovery.  Programs are designed to address Wisconsin Academic Standards in many subject areas, and are updated to correlate and complement FOSS science curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards. Our programs are tailored to enhance your curriculum with experience rich content.

 

BIRDS AND BEAKS
Grades 1 – 4 |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Students will use binoculars and field guides to learn and observe the common birds at the preserve. By the end of class, students will learn what adaptations birds have that make them unique from other classes of animals.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Grades 1 – Adult  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Students will learn the history of cross country skiing and receive instruction on basic technique. They will then have the opportunity to practice on our groomed ski trails. Ski rentals are available for both students and adults at a reduced rate.

DEER TRACKS AND TRAILS
Grades 3 – 6  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Through tracking, investigating, and games, students will learn about our state wildlife animal, the white-tailed deer. They will focus on adaptations, signs, urban management strategies, and predator/prey relationships.

EARTH MATERIALS
Grades 3 – 4  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Discover the geological history of the preserve as students explore different geological sites at the preserve and spend time observing the characteristics of rocks and minerals through experiments. FOSS Aligned.

EXPLORING ENERGY CYCLES
Grades 5 – 8  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Spend some time “searching for systems” within the forests of Bubolz. Discover the concepts of energy flow, adaptations, nutrient cycles and more. Exploring Energy Cycles is a higher level program for students with prior experience studying science in the outdoors.

GPS/GEOCACHING
Grades 3 – Adult  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Go on a high-tech treasure hunt through the preserve. Students will learn what GPS means, why it is important, and how GPS is used in the real world. Included is the popular game of geocaching. During the winter, showshoes may be included (depending on weather conditions).

INSECTS
Grades 1 – 2  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Through field investigations, students become aware of the diversity of aquatic and terrestrial insects found at the preserve. They will observe insects’ life cycles and compare the stages of metamorphosis exhibited by each species.  FOSS Aligned.

LOW ROPES COURSE
Grades 6—Adult  | Time: 2.5 hours
Bring your group and tackle our new low  ropes course!  Work together, challenge yourself and your team to do your best.  This will combine a mixture of low ropes challenges and on the ground team games.  Recommended for smaller groups.

MIXTURES AND SOLUTIONS
Grades 5 – 6  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Students study the make-up of substances in nature to gain knowledge about the concepts of concentration, saturation, and chemical reactions. Students will discover how chemical changes in the natural world can create catastrophic results.

NEW PLANTS
Grades 1 – 2  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Student investigations focus on plants found locally. Students will become aware of the diversity of life in the plant kingdom. They observe the structures of plants from seeds to flowers in the field. FOSS Aligned.

POND STUDY 
Grades 5 – 8  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Students use scientific instruments to test the quality of the pond environment. Students will focus on both abiotic and biotic factors within the pond to help them determine the health of the pond. Students will focus on pH, dissolved oxygen, water clarity, and observation of aquatic critters. FOSS Aligned.

RENEWABLE ENERGY—INTRODUCTION, EXPLORATION, AND INNOVATION
Grades K – 12| Time: 2.5 hours
Younger students will dive into the world of renewable energy by focusing on energy within ecosystems and will be introduced to simple renewable sources such as solar and wind.  Older grades (4 and up) will explore the new State-of-the-Art Microgrid, become hands on with a  variety of renewable sources such as solar, wind, and fuel cells through experiments, and have the opportunity to talk with engineers if requested ahead of time.

NEW PARTNERSHIPS
Continue your energy journey in the classroom and beyond with the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program’s (KEEP) energy conservation add-on   program. After your visit to Bubolz Nature Preserve, KEEP staff will join students for an        in-class program. Taking elements learned at the Preserve, students will build on their energy investigation skills to explore their own at-home energy use. For more information on this free program, contact Melissa Alexander at malexand@uwsp.edu or 715-346-2425. Or sign up here.

SAP TO SYRUP
Grades K – 6  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Enjoy the sweetness of spring with the magic of maple syrup season at the preserve. Students will learn the history and process of making maple syrup from the sugar bush to the sugar shack. Tap a maple tree and enjoy ice cream topped with real, 100% maple syrup.

SENSORY AWARENESS
Grades K – 4  |  Time: 2 Hours
Using their senses, students will gain knowledge about the world around them. Students will explore animal habitats, learn about adaptations, and how to identify plants and animals. This guided hike is an excellent opportunity to see wildlife.

SKINS, BONES, AND UNKNOWNS
Grades 3 – 8  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Students become wildlife biologists as they investigate the animals at the preserve. By looking at animal pelts, skulls, tracks, and scat, students will discover clues that can help identify common Wisconsin animals while on a hike through the preserve.

SNOWSHOEING
Grades K – Adult  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Students will learn the history of snowshoeing followed by a hike through the woods to look for winter animal signs and tracks. Enjoy the outdoors in the winter months and get some exercise at the same time.

SOIL SCIENCE
Grades 1 – 2  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Explore the wonders beneath your feet. Students will dig, weigh, measure, and explore local soils through a variety of active, outdoor learning stations. Students will go on a scavenger hunt to investigate how the preserve uses pebbles, sand, and silt. FOSS Aligned.

STORIES IN THE SNOW
Grades PreK – 1  |  Time: 1.5 Hours
Through exploration and imagination students will learn that animals are a part of nature and animals leave their own stories in the snow. Through storytelling, students will see how signs can tell us what animal was there and what it was doing.

STRUCTURES OF LIFE
Grades 3 – 4  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Experience the prairies, ponds, and forests of Bubolz and see how plants and animals adapt to survive in their habitats. With exploration activities, students will discover the importance of structural, functional, and behavioral adaptations. FOSS Aligned.

SURVIVAL
Grades 4 – Adult  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Teamwork and problem solving are emphasized in this outdoor skills program that simulates an emergency situation in the outdoors. Students construct survival shelters out of forest debris and use primitive firemaking skills to create a warming fire. Dressing for the weather and basic survival tips are also covered.

TEAMBUILDING
Grades 4 – 8  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
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.

TRACKS AND SCAT
Grades PreK – 1  |  Time: 2 Hours
Students will learn how to investigate the lives of animals through the tracks and other signs they leave behind. Games, a nature hike and a hunt for animal tracks are included. Great program for winter exploration!

TREES
Grades K – 2  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Become a forester as students observe, compare, and describe the characteristics and changes in the trees throughout the seasons. FOSS Aligned.

WATER, WATER
Grades 3 – 4  |  Time: 2.5 Hours
Explore various properties of water as students discover why water is important for existence. Look at the water cycle and then adventure to the preserve’s wetlands and ponds to take a closer look at the structures, plants, and animals.

For more information contact School Program Coordinator, Courtney Osenroth at cosenroth@bubolzpreserve.org or 920-731-6041.