Protecting the natural and scenic character of northern Michigan.
Winter Programs 2017-09-01T13:03:27+00:00

Winter Programs

Winter 2018 programs will run from
January 16-March 2, 2018
(Parentheses indicate recommended grades)

Environmental Education Coordinators:

Melissa Hansen
Direct Line: 231.344.1004

Sarah Mayhew
Direct line: 231.344.1018


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You can never be too young to enjoy nature in winter. During this playful hike, students will be encouraged to discover their surroundings in search of all the winter wonders they can find. We will learn to make tracks, find food, and look for shelter just like the animals do! (45 minutes – no showshoes)
Our snowshoes don’t fit smaller adventurers, but K-1 students can still enjoy a winter hike to
stimulate their senses! As we actively explore nature, we will learn all about animals and their behaviors in winter. We’ll look at animal tracks and other interesting signs as we explore nature in winter. Please make sure students are prepared with sturdy winter footwear. (45 minutes – no showshoes)

Next Generation Science Standards
• LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms
• ESS2.D: Weather and Climate
• ESS3.A: Natural Resources
1st grade
• LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

A great way to experience snowshoeing and learn about nature in winter. This program focuses
mainly on the sport of snowshoeing and getting students outside during the winter months. Some ecology will be introduced, but the main idea is to have them enjoy physical activity in our colder months. (1 hour)

Next Generation Science Standards
2nd grade
• LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
• Michigan Physical Education GLCE’s: A.AN.02.O
o Students will sustain moderate to vigorous levels of physical activity that cause increased heart rate, breathing rate, perspiration, etc.
3rd grade
• LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
• LS4.C: Adaptation
• Michigan Physical Education GLCE’s: K.AN.03.0
o Students will describe the physiological indicators associated with moderate physical activity (e.g., sweating, increased heart rate, increased respiration, palpating pulse) and adjust participation/effort in isolated settings
4th grade
• LS1.A: Structure and Function
• Michigan Physical Education GLCE’s: A.AN.04.4
o Students will utilize physiological indicators associated with moderate to vigorous physical activity (e.g., sweating, increased heart rate, increased respiration, palpating pulse) to adjust participation/effort in isolated settings
5th grade
• LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Function, and Resilience
• LS4.C: Adaptation
• Michigan Physical Fitness GLCE’s A.PA.05.0
o Students will participate in physical activities that are vigorous in intensity level (i.e,. a minimum of 60 minutes per day for 7 days a week while maintaining 65% of target heart rate) outside of physical education, including: locomotor activities, activities inclusive of manipulative skills, dodging, chasing, and fleeing activities, modified games that include combinations of locomotor and manipulative skills, and daily non-structured and minimally organized physical activities outside of physical education

Searching for tracks is one of the most exciting winter activities. Snow is an excellent surface for tracking an animal and learning about its behavior. This program introduces students to common tools and techniques for identifying signs of wildlife in winter. All students will learn how to identify tracks, track patterns and signs animals leave behind. Older students will be exposed to a wider variety of tracking tools, and encouraged to use them through cooperative learning.

Next Generation Science Standards
3rd and 4th grade
• LS3.B: Variation of Traits
5th and up
• LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

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)