Programs

Forest Study

Grades: K – 5th              

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 – 2 hours 

 

Explore the most popular layer of the forest floor. Look for pill-bugs, sow-bugs, termites, ants, spiders and a host of other decomposers as you dig into leaf litter and fallen logs. Get a feel for decomposition, micro-habitats and forest floor communities.

 

When:

April, May, June, September, October

 

Pond Study

Grades: K - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

Ponds provide habitat to many aquatic invertebrates. Join in the search for these tiny creatures, Collect, study and observe their adaptations to live underwater.  How do aquatic invertebrates fit into the web of life?

 

When: April, May, June

Wetland Study

Grades: K - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 – 2.5 hours

 

Explore the various habitats of the Navarino Wildlife Area, including ponds, marshes, bogs and woodland swamps.  Observe some of the differences and similarities between the types of wetlands. Learn about the history, value, and importnace of our wetlands and their future.

 

When: April, May, June, July

Prairie Study

Grades: K - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 2 hours

 

Discover the magic of tall grass prairies.  Explore and identify the various types of grasses and flowers that make up our prairie. Help collect seeds. Look for tree frogs, caterpillars, and insect galls.  Learn about the history, management, and wildlife of the prairie.

 

When: August, September, October

Seeds

Grades: K - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 - 2 hours

 

Seeds are everywhere!  Learn about the many forms seeds can take, how seeds travel to new environments, and about special adaptations of seeds.

 

When: August, September, October

Insects &

Invertebrates

Grades: K - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 2 - 3 hours

 

Explore prairie, forest, and pond habitats on the wildlife area. Collect and classify various types of insects and invertebrates. Discover what makes insects unique, and how vital they are to many other creatures’ existence.

 

When:

April, May, June, July

Mammal Box

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Limit: 30 students

Length: 1 - 2 hours

 

Students identify and study a wildlife pelt, skull, track, and information sheet. They will act as wildlife biologists trying to determine a management plan for their animal. Should their animal be hunted or not? How do they keep wildlife in balance?

 

When: November, December, January, February, March

*Offered offsite

 

Forestry

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 - 2 hours

 

Students learn to identify trees by bark, bud, leaves, fruits, and nuts. Determine the height of a tree, diameter, crown spread. Also, look at which areas of the forest provide the best cover and habitat for wildlife. Find out about historical forestry activities, and use a 2 person cross-cut saw.

 

When:

April, May, June, September, October

Renewable Energy

Grades: K - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 - 3 hours

 

Discover the possibilities of renewable energy by looking at the Nature Center’s photo-voltaic solar array, solar hot air heater, solar cooker, and geothermal heating / cooling system. We will also explore  renewable energy through a variety of activities and student sized models including: solar cells, wind turbines, hand generators, and more. NNC staff will work to help match your renewable energy activities back to classroom lessons. Contact NNC for more information as this is a growing program.

 

When: Year-round

Water Monitoring

Grades: 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 - 1.5 hours

 

Why is it necessary to test our water? Bring several water samples and find out yourself by testing for dissolved oxygen, nitrates, hydrogen sulfide, iron, phosphates and more. Is your water safe to drink and safe for wildlife?

 

When: April, May, June, July, August, September

 

*Material Fee

Black Bears

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Limit: 30 students

Length: 2 hours

 

What does a black bear eat? What sort of hibernation period do they have? First, students compare their growth to that of a black bear, and then they pretend to be bears foraging for food to get through the winter. Students will observe and discuss bear skulls, tracks, and pelts.

 

When: December, January, February, March

*Offered offsite

 

Whitetail Deer

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Limit: 25 students

Length: 1 - 2 hours

 

Deer populations keep growing. How do managers know the size and age of the herd? What can you learn about a deer from its teeth? Examine how populations change, what types of management are used on herds, and look at some historical uses for deer hides and bones.

 

When: December, January, February, March

*Offered offsite

 

Survival Skills

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 2 - 3 hours

 

Discover various methods of wilderness survival: how to use a compass, how to tell time without a watch, how to construct an emergeny shelter, how to locate and make safe drinking water, and discover different methods of fire construction and fire starting.

 

When:  April, September, October, November

 

Marvelous Mammals

Grades: K – 5th

Limit: 25 students

Length: 1 hour

 

Have you ever wondered what a bear skin feels like? Ever feel a badger’s claws? How big are a beavers teeth?  Look at and touch study pelts. tracks, and skulls of our Wisconsin mammals. Make an animal track in class.

 

When: Year-round

*Offered offsite

Winter Wonderland

Grades: K – 4th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 – 3 hours

 

Look for wildlife tracks in the woods under the blanket of new fallen snow. Tracks often seen include: turkey, otter, mice, deer, rabbit, squirrel and others. Where does wildlife go during the winter? What do they do? How do they keep warm? Come and find out.

 

When: December, January, February, March

Winter Ecology

Grades: 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 2 - 3 hours

 

Everything looks different in the winter. The landscape may look still but the wildlife is very active. Explore and follow various animal tracks, and try to conclude information about the animal’s daily routine. Look for signs of insect activity, dormant plants, and frost / ice development.  If snow conditions are right, students will study on snowshoes.

 

When: December, January, February, March

Snowshoeing

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Limit: 50 students

Length: 1 – 3 hours

 

Learn about the history of snowshoes, how they are made and why we snowshoe. Follow the naturalist through the woods, wetlands, and prairies of Navarino on snowshoes. We will search for wildlife, as we float on top of the snow.

 

When: January, February

Who wants to be a

birder?

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Limit: 25 students

Length: 1 hour

 

Find out more about birds and birding by participating in a quiz game. Just like on TV, you have a 50/50, 'Ask the Audience', and 'Ask the Teacher'. We will also look at various birds and hear their calls. We will examine special adaptations that birds have: feathers, hollow bones, beaks / bills, and more.

 

When: Year-round

*Offered offsite

 

Wisconsin Wolves

Grades: 3rd - 5th

Limit: 30 students

Length: 2 hours

 

Was that a wolf, a dog, or a coyote? Discover the differences between the three species. Participate in an activity where students role-play as a wolf pack. Write a management plan to help limit human and wolf interactions. Discover whether the wolf is a "big, bad wolf," or just misunderstood by humans.

 

When: December, January, February, March

*Offered offsite

 

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