Junior Elementary Programs (Grades 2 – 3 or 7 – 9 years old)
Our Junior Homeschool Program is a science and project-based environmental education program. Registration details here.
September 14, 2017
Ponding: The Big Picture
Students focus on larger animals easily found in our ponds and conduct animal surveys for reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds. Discover how energy moves up a pond’s food chain and the delicate vital balance. Students also get an up-close encounter with one of the Center’s education animals native to our ponds!
October 12, 2017
Lake Michigan Compared to Ponds
We start inside learning about how lakes and ponds are formed, and how our ponds are much different than our lake. After a stop by our three dimensional topographic map, students can climb our 60 foot tower to look out over Lake Michigan. We then travel to the lake on a trail created by a glacier, where children discover the “gifts of the glacier” (ravines, rock formations, et cetera)!
November 9, 2017
Seasonal Changes in Habitats: Fall
Leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping, and days are getting shorter! Join us in learning how plants and animals adapt to autumn in preparation for winter. We will visit a specific habitat (which we will also visit in winter and spring). Students make scientific observations and collect data to compare with the same habitat in the following seasons, including a picture of them in the habitat they are studying.
December 14, 2017
Hibernation and Migration: Groundhog Day Every Day
After viewing an indoor play, students participate in several activities to learn about dormancy, true hibernation, and migration. We will visit a bat house and dance to the beat of the “hibernation vs active animal’s heartbeat drum.” Students will also get to meet one of the Center’s education animals and discover how it survives in winter.
January 11, 2018
Activity Under the Snow
How do small mammals survive the cold temperatures in Wisconsin? Through experiments and observation, we discover how small mammals adapt to thrive during winter. Our main focus will be rodents (rats, mice, shrews, et cetera). We study the shelters they create, how they move, and what they eat.
February 8, 2018
Seasonal Changes in Habitats: Winter
Some of the larger mammals who share our property stay active all winter. We focus mainly on these animals. Student begin viewing a presentation on winter survival. Afterward we hike our on the property to search for tracks and traces. Naturalists will have artifacts (pelts, skulls, antlers) and active games to further sensory experience. We also visit our habitat from fall and compare our scientific collection results, and take a picture in the specific habitat we are studying (previous participation in fall is encouraged but not required; Naturalists and other student can help to fill in details.)
March 8, 2018
Maple Sugar Time
Students will participate in our popular Maple Sugar Time program. We discuss photosynthesis, how to identify a maple tree, and visit a sugar farmer at the evaporator. The program ends with a sweet treat: two silver dollar pancakes with real maple syrup!
April 12, 2018
Soaring the Migratory Flyway
This program is all about the birds! International Migratory Bird Day is in early May. In celebration we will conduct bird counts and learn about bird identification, behavior, and migration through activities and hands-on participation.
May 10, 2018
Seasonal Changes in Habitats: Spring
We wrap up the school year by visiting our habitat to take our final scientific collection results and take a picture. Students compare all of the data accumulated throughout the year and discuss seasonal changes. We close the year by talking about the importance of every habitat, and also begin to look for the smaller creatures, such as insects, while ponding.
If you have any questions or to register, please contact Danielle Fleischman, Registrar, at 414-352-2880 x224.