Thursdays | March 11, April 8, and May 13
American Indian Maple Sugaring
Join us in exploring the life and lore of maple sugaring through learning about how maple sugaring originated with Wisconsin’s original inhabitants. In addition to experiencing early methods using in the production of maple syrup (and enjoying a sweet treat!), students will also observe seasonal changes of plant and animal species in March.
Discover the sustainable process known as the web of life and focus on an often overlooked part of the web: decomposers! Examine mushrooms, sow bugs, earthworms, and other soil critters and learn how they turn dead plants and animals into useable nutrients to help sustain the delicate balance of the earth’s ecosystems. Participate in recycling games while pondering, “Does everything natural or manufactured have the potential be recycled?”
Through a combination of games and trail activities, students will learn the basics of restoration ecology. Games and trail activities will help participants recognize and control several of Wisconsin’s most invasive plants. At the end of class, students will put their learning into practice by doing a mini-work project on the Center’s grounds!
A completed student profile, which includes a health history and emergency care plan, is required for each participant prior to registration. We require a new student profile annually.
A maximum of 15 students will be enrolled in each Senior Elementary program.