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Spring Programs 2018-09-07T16:15:13+00:00

Spring Programs

Spring 2019 Programs
will run from April 29-June 7, 2019

(parentheses suggest grade level)

Director of Education
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 trees function. Developmental components of this program include music, movement comparison, identifying parts, and interactive play. Program adapted from Project Learning Tree. (45 minutes)

This program is designed to engage young children’s fascination and curiosity of animals and where they live in the wild. Observation skills will be used through a fun story and guided walk . While looking up, on the ground, under logs and behind trees, children will gain an awareness of why animals build homes and what materials they use. (45 minutes)

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

We will 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 seek and find 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 sweep nets and bug jars as they are guided on a hunt for insects and other similar creatures. As a group students will share discoveries and discuss adaptations and special habits of many-legged critters. Discussion topics include habitats, comparisons of insects to non-insects, and safe collection techniques 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

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. (1 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards

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 sketching activity is included to assist students on their endeavor and facilitate closer observation. (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

Through identifying common wildflowers and spring plants, students learn the parts of a flower and their functions. We will also explore how plants use different characteristics to achieve pollination. Field guides and sketch sheets are provided to increase observation and understanding Discussion includes how plants use their different characteristics to achieve pollination. Field guides and journals may also be provided upon request to increase observation and understanding. (1 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
3rd grade

  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
  • LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
  • LS4.C: Adaptation

4th grade

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • LS4.C: Adaptation (3rd Grade Review)
  • LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms (3rd Grade Review)

5th grade

  • LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
  • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
  • LS1.A: Structure and Function (4th Grade Review)

Using reference guides and field equipment, students will have the opportunity to collect and identify aquatic insects. Through careful observation we will gain an appreciation for the diversity of life found in freshwater. Sketching and discussion will help students gain a better understanding of animal adaptions and how aquatic life determines water quality. (1.5 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
4th grade

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems

5th and 6th grade

  • ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
  • LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Use a compass to create a map while enjoying signs of spring in northern Michigan. Students will be challenged to use their self-created maps to find their way back. A nice addition to a unit on early explorers. This program is also a good follow-up to the Conservancy’s orienteering program. *Orienteering course available upon request at Ransom Preserve (Charlevoix County) and Offield Preserve (Emmet Co.). (1.5 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
Social Studies Standards

  • 6th– G1.2.2 Explain why maps of the same place may vary, including cultural perspectives of the Earth and new knowledge based on science and modern technology

Learn how to use a compass while exploring a beautiful nature preserve. Students enjoy the challenge of “bushwhacking” through forests and fields and the thrill of success when they discover their route marker. Orienteering courses are offered at two locations: Ransom Nature Preserve (Charlevoix Co.) AND Offield Nature Preserve (Emmet Co.). 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
5th grade

  • PS2.B: Types of Interactions (Grade 3)

Middle School

  • PS2.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; Spring – water collection and wild edibles. Take one session or all three! (Sessions are approximately 1.5 hours long each)

Students will obtain a deeper awareness and understanding of a local natural community through the seasons. They’ll use their senses and observation skills while recording data and practicing creative writing plus basic drawing techniques. A preparatory classroom session and field trip each season will engage students in learning more about the local flora and fauna, cyclic changes of natural phenomena and its impact on the landscape and wildlife. Session topics include winter tracks and signs and spring wildflowers. Each journaling session will include recording data, drawing and writing exercises, and “spot” time- a time period where each individual student practices techniques in a location of their choosing within the natural area. (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 at 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)

Header photo credit: Joe Clark/www.glasslakesphotography.com