Field Days is an outdoors seasonal series hosted by our Naturalists, intended for students enrolled in 4th-5th grades. We’ll deeply explore the outdoors as the Winter Solstice brings us closer to the Vernal Equinox. This full immersion, seasonal exploration will take us further into the forest, pond, field, and, of course, the beach! Our treetop classroom (aka Tower) offers us a birds-eye view of the changing forest and Great Lake below. Hiking the shoreline of Lake Michigan, we will look for the formations left by ice and snow, wind and water and very cold temperatures. The colder the weather the better the formations on the lakeshore. In the field, we’ll search for signs of life and animal activity including vole holes, deer beds and animal tracks. At the pond, we will have to look more carefully to find evidence of life below the ice and around the edges. Our studies will be based on popular school field trip programs including Stalking the Wild Deer, Habitats, and Environmental Math with emphasis being placed on full immersion outdoor education, experiential learning, and deepening our personal connection with the natural world.
No two field days will be alike, so sign up for one or multiple sessions and experience the wonder of winter with our naturalists! (Please only select one session per day.)
Members: $25 | Non-members $35
A completed student profile is required for each participant prior to registration. The student profile provides us with important emergency contact and medical information, as well as an acknowledgement of our safety guidelines. The student profile only needs to be filled out once for any programming during the 2020/2021 school year.
We also encourage parents to read our Winter Programming FAQ to learn how our staff will be ensuring that kids stay warm and safe in the frigid winter weather.
A maximum of 15 students will be enrolled in each Field Days age group.