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Registration is FULL for the 2020-2021  school year.

This is a bimonthly drop-off program, which meets from Tuesday January 12, 2021 to Thursday, May 13th, for a total of 10 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. Ages 9-12 meet on Tuesdays and ages 5-8 meet on Thursdays.

Cost is $65/student for 10 classes 

We do accept payment from virtual schools. If you have a student enrolled in a Virtual Academy, you will receive an invoice which you are responsible for submitting to the school. When registering please select the pay by check or virtual academy option.

Topics & Dates for Semester 2:

Snow Science
Bundle up and come out to learn all about the science of snow.  Create snow sculptures, make snow paintings and learn how to make a snowflake to bring home. We’ll also explore how and why it snows as we try to predict the next snowfall. If no snow is present, we’ll explore winter phenomenon such as ice and animal insulation.

Olders: January 12

Youngers: January 14


Winter Survival and Animal Homes
Many animals hibernate throughout the cold winter months while some survive on limited food.  Learn how to survive out in the woods as you put your survival skills to the test.  A positive attitude will help get you through as well as a few other tips and tricks.

Olders: January 19  – Winter Survival

Youngers: January 21-Animal Homes


Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
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 tackle the trails on snowshoes in search of animal tracks.  They will play games and learn how animals move.

Olders: February 2nd – Cross Country Skiing

Youngers: February 4th – Snowshoeing


Tracks and Scat
Can you tell an herbivore from a carnivore or omnivore just by looking at the skull or their scat?  Come and explore bones, skins, tracks, and scat as we learn about the mammals found here in Wisconsin and where they might live.

Olders: February 16

Youngers: February 18


Wisconsin Birds
It’s that time of year when birds start to come back from their long migrations.  Investigate adaptations of birds.  Learn about bird migration as well as bird identification through field guides and binoculars.  Older students will complete their own citizen science monitoring.

Olders: March 2

Youngers: March 4


Maple Syrup
Students will learn basic tree identification, try tools used to “tap a tree,” taste sap, learn the science of sap flow and watch it cook down to syrup during the boiling process.  They will also get to sample our Maple Syrup over ice cream!  A favorite treat for everyone!

Olders: March 16

Youngers: March 18


Grossology
Students will roll up their sleeves as they become grossologists, studying all things ooey goey throughout the preserve. We will turn over logs, dig in the mud, and explore some of the ickier areas of the preserve.

Olders: March 30

Youngers: April 1


Sensory
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!

Olders: April 13

Youngers: April 15


Wetlands and Spring Flora
Explore what most of our preserve is made up of – swamps and wetlands!   Students will create their own wetlands and learn their importance.  They will explore the wetlands for any signs of spring.  Wear muck boots if you have them!

Olders: April 27

Youngers: April 29


Pond Biotics
Students will become scientists as they work together to gather data in order to determine the health of the pond.  They will look at not only the physical characteristics of the pond but also look at what creatures begin to call the pond home during the spring.

Olders: May 11

Youngers: May 13