Discover what makes a natural habitat so important. What three components do all habitats have to have to ensure survival for plants and animals? Explore diverse habitats through hands-on activities and scientific discovery games. The students will put their new knowledge of habitat characteristics to work by building their own unique habitat from objects found in nature.
How are humans the same as birds and how are we different from these fascinating animals? We will explore bird adaptations. Discover how their beak shapes are specially designed to eat a specific type of food by examining skulls and playing a beak feeding game. Learn all about feathers and run an experiment to determine if all feathers are waterproof. Investigate different types of nests and create your own nest out of natural materials.
Creepy Crawly Science Discoveries
We think that the best animals for young children to learn from are those they will be able to study again in their own environment. Learn what key components makes an insect an insect. We will learn all about "creepy crawlies" by examining earthworms, snails, and a variety of insects. We will learn about these animals, their adaptations, and habitats. We will run some simple scientific "experiments" with our new creepy crawly friends.
Caterpillars and Butterflies
Discover one of the magical wonder of nature: the life cycle of the butterfly. Students will explore the mystery of metamorphosis. What is a chrysalis and who makes them? What are the key differences between moths and butterflies? We will learn about other animals that go through the amazing process of metamorphosis as well.
Explore the life of our aquatic feathered friends. Are all bird feathers waterproof? What makes a duck habitat unique? Students will investigate important adaptive characteristics such as webbed feet, broad beaks, and feathers to better understand duck life.
Find out all about our senses and learn how to use them to better understand our natural world. We will practice using our individual senses in interactive sensory games. Do animals use the same senses as us and in the same way? Learn to understand our environment like a naturalist.