Trees Students observe, compare and describe the characteristics and changes in trees throughout the seasons. Students will get a chance to be "Foresters" and figure out the age of a tree. FOSS: Grade K 1/2day
New Plants Student investigations focus on plants found locally, and become aware of the diversity of life in the plant kingdom. Students observe the structures of flowering plants and examine seeds to New Plants in the field. FOSS: Grades 1/2 1/2day
Insects Students will become aware of the diversity of aquatic and terrestrial insects found at the Preserve through field investigations. They will observe insects' life cycles and compare the stages of metamorphosis exhibited by each species. FOSS: Grades 1/2 1/2day
Earth Materials Students will observe the characteristics of rocks and minerals found here at the Preserve by conducting field experiments and by visiting several geological sites on the property. FOSS: Grades 3/4 1/2day
Structures of Life Students will observe, compare, and categorize organisms while at the Preserve. They will also learn how to identify plants and animals and sort them into families based on observations. FOSS: Grades 3/4 1/2 or full day
Water Water is essential for life. Water dominates the surface of our planet, changes the face of the land, and defines life. Students explore properties of water, changes in water, interactions between water and other earth materials, and how humans use water. FOSS: Grades 3/4 1/2 or full day
Environments Students will use scientific instruments to test the quality of the pond environment. Students will discover the pH, dissolved oxygen, and water clarity of the pond. Students catch aquatic critters in the pond, record their findings. This program is offered in the Spring and Fall depending on water conditions. FOSS: Grades 5/6 1/2day
First introduction to Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Students will learn what GPS is, why it is important, how it is used in the real world. The popular game of Geocaching can also be incorporated to provide students with a high-tech treasure hunt. Fun in Winter too! Grades 4-adult 1/2day
From Sap to Syrup
Learn the history and process of making maple syrup from the sugar bush to the sugar shack. Enjoy ice cream topped with real, 100% maple syrup. Program offered in March/April only. Grades K-6 1/2day
Students will explore a variety of ecosystems using their senses. Students will explore animal habitats, adaptations, identification. This guided hike can be an excellent opportunity to see wildlife. Grades K-6 1/2day
Basic ski instructions are followed by a leisurely jaunt on our cross country ski trails. Ski rentals are available at the Preserve for both student and adults for a reduced rate. Limited number of skis/boots. Grades 1- adult (1/2 day program) Combine with Snowshoe or other activity for whole day.
Skins, Bones, & Unknowns
Discover the world of skulls, pelts, and tracks! This program was made possible through a WEEB grant and can be combined with a winter snowshoeing hike! Students will learn the uses of different teeth and categorize animals by herbivore, omnivore, or carnivore. Grades 5th and up will identify skulls using a key. Grades 4th and under will make plaster tracks to take with them. Can combine with Ski/Snowshoeing for a full day.
Grades 3rd-adults 1/2 or full day
Enjoy the outdoors in the winter months and get some exercise at the same time. Limited number of snowshoes per session. Inquire about offsite visits with snowshoes to your school playground. Grades K- adult (1/2 day program) Can combine with Ski/Survival for whole day.
Winter Survival Teamwork and problem solving is emphasized in this program that simulates an emergency, disaster situation in the outdoors. Students construct survival shelters out of forest debris and use primitive fire-making skills to create a warming fire. Dressing for the weather and basic survival tips are also covered. This program is only conducted in the winter. Grades 5- adult (1/2 day program) combine with Ski/Snowshoe for whole day.
1 Hour Fun Programs for Scouts, Schools, Daycares, Birthday Parties, Family Get Togethers, etc.
Leaf Printing Bring along a blank t-shirts or bandana to decorate. Gather leaves to dip in paint and press on your apparel. Become a artist with nature!
Ages 10 -adult 1 hour
Critter Catching Catch bugs, frogs, and tadpoles in the ponds! Check out their neat adaptations.
Ages 4-13 1 hour
Papermaking Recycle used paper to make new paper!
Ages 10-adult 1 hour
Animal Plaster Tracks Make your own track to take with you! Take a hike to look for tracks.
Ages 5-13 1 hour