Fall Programs

Fall 2016 program registration has begun.

Remember to schedule your full year of programs when you call! 231.347.0991.

(parentheses suggest grade level)

Environmental Education Coordinators:

Melissa Hansen
melissa@landtrust.org
Direct Line: 231.344.1004

Sarah Mayhew
sarah@landtrust.org
Direct line: 231.344.1018

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Through song and dance, children will gain an awareness of a tree’s structure and functions. Children will learn how each part of a tree plays a role in helping the trees function. Developmental components of this program include music, movement comparison, identifying parts, and interactive play. Program adapted from Project Learning Tree. (45 minutes)
Fall is a perfect time to take a hike and enjoy the colors and multitude of leaves falling to the ground. During this program, students are asked to use their observation skills to categorize leaves by shape and color. We’ll also share differences between deciduous and coniferous trees and discuss how trees grow. (45 minutes)

Next Generation Science Standards:
Kindergarten
• LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
1st grade
• LS1.A: Structure and Function
• LS3.B: Variation of Traits

Students benefit from guided observation of nature. Their curiosity about everything around them is evident, and their interest in nature is keen. This nature hike is designed to enhance a student’s awareness of the five senses and the ways they can be used to gather information about our natural world. (45 minutes)

Next Generation Science Standards:
Kindergarten
• ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
1st grade
• LS1.D: Information Processing

A focus on the four necessary elements needed for a healthy habitat: food, water, shelter, and space. Students will explore and compare three or more habitats. With help from category cards, students will be encouraged to actively explore surroundings for all of the elements required for a healthy habitat. (1 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
1st grade
• LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
2nd grade
• LS1.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
3rd grade
• LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
• LS4.C: Adaptation
• LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Explore the world of insects, bugs, spiders, millipedes, centipedes, and crustaceans by collecting and examining a variety of invertebrates during this active hike. Students are provided with bug boxes and participate in a guided hunt for insects and other similar creatures. The naturalist will then gather the group together to look at everyone’s discoveries and discuss adaptations and special habits of the many-legged critters. Discussions include habitats, comparisons of insects to non-insects and collection techniques safe for both critter and student. (1 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
1st grade
• LS1.A: Structure and Function
• LS1.D: Information Processing
2nd grade
• LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
3rd grade
• LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior
• LS3.B: Variation of Traits
4th grade
• LS1.A: Structure and Function
• LS1.D: Information Processing
5th grade
• LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
6th grade
• LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• LS2.B: Cycle of Mater and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
• LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

This hike focuses on food chains, animal habitats, and the transfer of the sun’s energy to all living things. Students are asked to take on the role of different parts of the food chain and to create a chain using other members of their class. During the hike they may search for examples of food from the different habitats they visit and discuss the roles of both predator and prey within a chain. (1 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
1st grade
• LS1.D: Information Processing
2nd grade
• LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
3rd grade
• LS2.D: Social Interactions and Group Behavior
• LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

This program focuses mainly on the importance of plants and their parts and functions. We will also take a closer look at the adaptations of plants and methods of seed dispersal on this hike. (1 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
2nd grade
• LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
3rd grade
• LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
• LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
4th grade
• LS1.A: Structure and Function
• ESS2.E: Biogeology

Roll over logs and meet vitally important members of the ecosystem—the decomposers! Learn more about the variety of critters whose job it is to transform decaying material into rich soil. A note-taking or journaling component can easily be added by request for additional scientific observation. A worksheet activity is included to assist students on their endeavor. (1 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
3rd grade
• LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
• LS4.C: Adaptation

4th grade
• LS1.D: Information Processing
• ESS2.E: Biogeology
5th grade
• LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems
• ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

The Ransom Nature Preserve near Charlevoix features the Conservancy Orienteering course. Bring your class out to learn how to use a compass and explore this beautiful upland preserve with rolling hills and scenic vistas. Students enjoy the challenge of  “bushwhacking” through forest and field and the thrill of success when they discover their route marker. NOTE: During this program, your class will be divided into teams of four or five students and an adult leader should be available for each team. *This program requires the completion of pre-visit activities sent with the confirmation packet. A classroom visit by a Conservancy Naturalist prior to your outing is also available and recommended. (approx. 2 hours)

Next Generation Science Standards
4th and 5th grade

  • B: Types of Interactions (Grade 3)

Middle School

  • B: Types of Interactions (Grade 6)

Year-Round Programs

These three programs can be offered all three seasons of the school year.

This course is an introduction to the skills and mindset needed in a wilderness survival situation throughout the seasons. All sessions cover basic introduction to the following skills: Importance of attitude, self reliance, and sound decision making; being prepared and informed before venturing out; and strategies for addressing a survival situation. Each season focuses on a different topic: Fall – Shelter Building; Winter – Fire Building; and Spring – Water Collecting & Wild Edibles. Take one session or all three! (Sessions are approximately 1.5 hours long.)
Using their own personalized eco-journals, students practice acquired journaling techniques at chosen “spots” they have selected. Each season we return to record changes, learn about nature in northern Michigan, and compare data. NOTE: This program is designed to help teachers integrate journaling into their curriculum for the duration of one year. After a full year, teachers apply what they’ve learned to future classes. LTC staff is available for assistance upon request. (Sessions are approx. 1 hour long)
This program is intended to expose students to the art of photography while providing them with an outdoor experience that will inspire an appreciation of and awareness for nature. Students will put their acquired photographic techniques into action as we hike along a path on your chosen natural area. Photography is an excellent tool for expressing creativity, as well as getting outdoors and exploring nature up close. A variety of subjects including art, science, and language arts can be applied to photography. *Cameras provided. Space is limited for this program. (Sessions are approx. 1 hour long)