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Gena Garrett

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To arrange a classroom outreach program at your school, contact Gena Garrett.


Sensations

Hands-on, interactive activities provide a sampler of the various senses on which wildlife depend. Take a multidisciplinary approach using sight, touch, smell, hearing, and taste to gain new perspectives.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

Pre-K

1.5 hours

Any

Indoor or Outdoor

Wild Woods/Wild Wetlands

Choose a destination for the day – the forest of Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve or the marsh & prairie of Howell Wetlands. Take a hike, explore with a guide, and meet some of the creatures that call our woods and wetlands home.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

Pre-K

1.5 hours

April-October

 Outdoor

 

Fur, Feathers, and Scales

Why does a snake slither and a bird fly? See real biofacts and meet and observe live animals in action. We’ll investigate and compare mammal, bird, and reptile animal groups through hands-on tools and interactive activities.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

K

2 hours

Any

Indoor or Outdoor

Where the Wild Things Are

Walk through a variety of habitats and witness the diversity of live organisms. Discover the elements of habitat that are essential for wildlife. Learn the nature of homes and habitats. Discuss human impacts, as we create tools for improving wildlife habitat around us.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

1

2.5 hours

Any

Outdoor

Maple Magic

There’s magic in the maples of Wesselman Woods! Learn how we tap the trees, collect the sap, and turn it into delicious maple syrup. Students will learn about trees and tree structure, practice identifying maples, go on a tour of the sugarbush (the group of maple trees we tap), and even practice old-fashioned tapping techniques. The field trip ends with a chance to sample real Indiana maple syrup.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

1-3

2.5 hours

February

Outdoor

It’s a Bug’s Life

Enter the circle of life as we contemplate the wonder of nature’s design. There are organisms among us that undergo cyclic changes in form and function to carry out their lives. Butterflies and other insects will dance before our eyes and demonstrate the magical cycle of life.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

2

2.5 hours

April-October

Outdoor

Tree-mendous Trees

Get a glimpse into the life of a tree and the giants of the plant world. Learn how they make food and why their leaves change color and fall. Our numerous activities will show precious vegetation is crucial for environmental sustainability.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

3

2.5 hours

Any

Outdoor

Tracks and Trails

Many creatures stay out of our sight, but they are not out of mind because we encounter signs of their activity. Become a true nature detective and search for clues of the wildlife living among us in our woods, wetlands, and waterways. We can learn a lot about animal homes and habits from evidence that they have left behind–such as tracks in the mud, a feather on the ground, or a nibbled branch.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

3-5

2.5 hours

Any

Outdoor

Water Dance

Discover a new world by water bug fishing. Dip nets in the marsh to catch an incredible diversity of aquatic life and observe them through magnified viewers. See things dance before your eyes as they “tell” a story about the quality of the water in which they live and how they interact with their environment.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

3-5

2.5 hours

April-October

Outdoor

Survivors

Can you break open a nut with your nose? Could you catch a songbird with your bare feet? Could you reach 80 feet high? Would you like to meet the organisms that can? Discover the different adaptations animals have for surviving in different habitats and niches through interactive activities and an exploratory hike.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

4

2.5 hours

Any

Indoor or Outdoor

Who’s for Dinner

All life is connected in a web …a food web, that is. Witness living producers, consumers, and decomposers gathering their dinner. Bring your appetite for adventure and your predatory instincts to explore who eats whom in nature.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

5

2.5 hours

Any

Indoor or Outdoor

Wet and Wild

Enjoy a canoe expedition on a local waterway to get a different perspective of the wildlife in our waterways. Up close, we investigate the characteristics of the water to determine its quality and human impact.

The program is conducted on Pigeon Creek or at Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area. Canoe and safety equipment are provided for all participants. Canoe guides are trained for safety following American Canoe Association and American Red Cross standards. Transportation may be available for small groups.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

6-12

3 hours

April 15-October 15

Outdoor

Go Green

Celebrate Earth Day every day and go green! Students tour natural and man-made spaces to investigate and compare the types of impact we can have on our environments.

Trash or treasure? Get a new perspective of how trash can be made useful, when we visit a recycling collection center and see recycled products.

Home or habitat? Gain an understanding of how our homes change habitat, and how we can help wildlife. Encounter live animals and observe them in their native urban habitats.

Students will revise their understanding of how they impact their natural world. And they’ll identify simple things they can do at home or school to be more eco-friendly.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

Any

1 to 2.5 hours

Any

Indoor or Outdoor

Born to be Wild

Explore the animal world as it was meant to be… wild! Encounter live wild animals and natural biofacts on a seated safari geared for all ages. Gain appreciation for the challenges, rewards, and freedoms of being born wild!

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

Any

1 hour

Any

Indoor or Outdoor

Custom Topic

Let us do the work! Would you prefer we customize a program to complement your class curriculum? We can tailor a program to suit your course objectives and accomplish select Indiana Academic Standards. And we’ll provide a convenient location.

Grade(s) Length Season Indoor/Outdoor

Any

Any

Any

Indoor or Outdoor


To arrange a classroom outreach program at your school, contact Gena Garrett.