Typical classroom visits are for 45-60 minutes. We prefer to work with individual classes, but are willing to do full-grade type "assemblies" (e.g., a reptile program for the whole 4th grade class within your school). Through our classroom visits, we will try to utilize your school grounds in any way we can, providing the weather is appropriate. We will inform you prior to the scheduled visit if our intent is to take your class outside. You have a wonderful school property that is very conducive to environmental education. Unless otherwise specified, we will provide any and all necessary supplies and equipment. If you have an idea for a program, but do not see it listed, we are can develop a program to suit your needs. 1. Reptiles- Discover life cycles and habits of Ohio’s native
reptiles. Students will have up close
encounters with live examples and be able to compare their common traits that
distinguish them as reptiles. They will
also learn how and what they eat in their natural environment and their
seasonal activity patterns.
2. Amphibians- Discover life cycles and habits of Ohio’s native
Amphibians. Students will learn up close
the distinct and unique characteristics of these part-time aquatic and
part-time terrestrial animals. Students
will also learn of amphibians’ seasonal activities and their sensitivity to
pollutants. (available in spring) Can
be included with the reptile program.
3. Skin & Skulls- A touch and feel program that allows students to
closely observe the adaptation of a variety of skull structures and skins of
local Ohio mammals. Students will learn through investigation specific
functions, similarities and differences.
They will also through observation be able classify the animals as
carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores and whether they might be predator or
prey. Students should also be able to describe how mammals physical attributes
help them survive in their natural habitats.
4. Birding for Beginners- This program will introduce students to bird
characteristics. Emphasis on migration
and their adaptations will help students understand why they live where they do
and what and how they eat. Hands on bird beak and owl pellet activities can
also be offered with this program.
5. Wildlife Ecology- There are many limiting factors that determine an
animal’s population. Through predator/prey and producer/consumer activities,
students will derive an understanding of the relationships between different
organisms. We’ll focus on the important
role of habitats and issues faced with habitat loss.
6. Trees- Learn of the importance of trees and what they have
to offer as key role players in their ecosystems. Hands on activities will demonstrate the
unique structures and characteristics of trees and the wide variety of uses to
animals and man.
7. Incredible Insects – Insects are a very diverse
group of animals and come in many shapes and sizes. Through all of their diversity, they still
have a few things in common: metamorphosis, body parts, and niche. Through investigations of insects in general,
or by focusing on a group of your choice (e.g., butterflies, dragonflies, and
grasshoppers), we’ll introduce students to the world of insects and their
purpose on our planet.