Taking a scenic trip to the river, students will discuss the importance of water and the impact it has on ecosystems. Through the development of words related to water, the students will also be exposed to the water cycle. The second half of the class, students will investigate water plants that grow in the river and their role they play in the ecosystem. The students will actually get the chance to gather samples of these plants from the Duck River.
Aqua Words and Water Plants
Students and teachers will get the opportunity to paddle down the scenic Duck River. After a short instructional period, in which equipment, safety, and strokes are presented, the class will be taken down to the river to put to use their newly acquired skills. The students can see and interact with the native wildlife and fauna up close.
Fashion a Fish/Camouflage
Exploring the different shapes, coloration and adaptations each fish has, students will understand the concepts of camouflage and survival. The class is broken up into two components. The first half, students will create a new fish showing their understanding of adaptations, coloring, shape, size, etc. The next half of the class is a game to help the students understand survival in an ecosystem.
Hands in the River/Water Canaries
Bring on the crawdads! Students will have the chance to wade out into the Duck River to touch and explore. This experiential time will be used to talk about ecosystems and conservation. The idea of classifications and organisms will also be presented to the students. This class is meant to teach students that science is hands and exciting. We will actually investigate some of the organisms in the river and use that to determine how healthy our river is.
The class takes students out of the four walled classroom into the classroom of the great outdoors. Using a series of prompting questions, kids are sent out under supervision to explore and observe the natural environment. Kids are learning to look harder then just a passing glance at the world around them. Instructors will help students find unique plants, animal tracks, and supply fun facts of the woodland environment.
Hooks and Ladders
To better understand life cycle and limiting factors, students will play and interactive game that simulates a fish migration. In order to understand the game, students must learn about the life cycle of the fish and why the fish return to where they are hatched. The game is centered around limiting factors that can effect how many fish actually make it back. The game is played a number of times, at the end of each the class will debrief and apply what they have learned.
Marshes are a wonderful object lesson for students to observe and learn about food webs and ecosystems. Students will be exposed to and help create a food web in the classroom. The class will also cover what a marsh is and what kind of critters live in them. The second part of the class, the students will portray part of the food chain in a marsh to solidify how a food web/chain works in reality.
Living a bird’s life is hard work! To get a first hand perspective of this, students will take part in an activity that will give them a “Bird’s Eye View.” The class covers migration, habitats, wetlands, and limiting factors.
Students will be taught the definition and history of orienteering. The class will also discuss what is a compass and the parts of it. The rest of the class is an activity that will reinforce the parts of a compass and basic how-to’s of orienteering. The majority of the class is the hands-on activity that gets kids moving, problem solving, and working together as a team.
“Hey can I get maple syrup from this tree?” This class helps students answer questions like these. An instructor will help students to understand a dichotomous key and how to use it. Students are then equipped and sent out to find and identify a number of trees using a game as the means of motivation.
Combining science and English into one class, exploring what is a wetland and the concept of why they are so vital. The objective of this class is to help students get a better visual idea of what a wetland looks like and the job it performs. This is done by utilizing metaphors and object lessons.
Wild and Wacky Science
The wonderful thing about camp is the ability to do some crazy stuff you can’t do at home. This class introduces students to the 5 step scientific process. Students will watch two controlled experiments and write down observations. Then back in the classroom the instructor will lead a debrief discussing the process the class used to document the experiment.