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This is a bimonthly drop-off program, which meets from Thursday, September 5th, 2019 to Thursday, May 14th, 2020, for a total of 18 classes. Class times are 9 – 11am or 1 – 3pm. The classes are designed for students ages 5 to 12. Classes will vary topics based on season and will be outdoors. This program is designed to supplement science curriculum and will be taught by knowledgeable naturalists and volunteers. See the complete schedule below.
Cost is $120/school year.
Due to the popularity of the program, if paying by check please be sure that we have received it by June 30th, 2019 in order to hold your spot.
If you have a student enrolled in Bridges Virtual Academy, you will receive an invoice early July for both semesters which you are responsible for submitting to Bridges. Please note that a credit card surcharge of 3.5% will be added on per semester to cover the credit card payments from Bridges.
September 5, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Pollinators 101 Ages 9 – 12 Pollinators 101
What’s the buzz about? Bees and other pollinators that are critical to our habitats and to us. Both younger and older students will explore the prairies and fields for pollinators and learn why they are so important. Older students will learn to identify species using field guides.
September 19, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Invasive Species Ages 9 – 12 Invasive Species
Students will visit a variety of habitats as they search for invasive species that don’t belong. They will learn about the plants and animals that can wreak havoc on an ecosystem. We will discuss ways that the Preserve manages these species and what they can do in the today and in the future. Older students will complete a plant survey to determine how much of our area is made up of invasive species.
October 3, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Campfire/Solar Cooking Ages 9 – 12 Log Schoolhouse: a day in the 1800’s
Younger students will learn some basic recipes and the cooking tools available to produce a snack or meal over a campfire. We will review campfire safety and fire starting. Older students will spend the class at the log schoolhouse and live a school day in the 1800’s.
October 17, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Log Schoolhouse: A day in the 1800’s Ages 9 – 12 Campfire/Solar Cooking
Older students will learn some basic recipes and the cooking tools available to produce a snack or meal over a campfire. We will review campfire safety and fire starting. Younger students will spend the class at the log schoolhouse and live a school day in the 1800’s.
October 31, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Building with Nature Ages 9 – 12 Building with Nature
Are you ready for a challenge like no other? Students will use raw materials from nature to build shelters, rafts, and bridges. Based on natural resources and sustainability, this STEM program is sure to bring out the creativity in your students.
November 14, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Hike it Out Ages 9 – 12 Hike it Out 2.0
Students will learn hiking basics such as what do you need for hike, proper trail etiquette, and how to read a map. Younger students will venture out on the 1-mile White Cedar loop and older students will be tackling Deer Run, a 2.5-mile hike. Along the way we will stop and play games and explore the areas around us.
December 5, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 GPS and Geocaching Ages 9 – 12 GPS and Geocaching
Put your teambuilding skills to the test as you head out on this high-tech adventure. Explore the world of GPS and then put your skills to the test on our course. Can you find all the hidden caches?
December 19, 2019
Ages 5 – 8 Art in Nature Ages 9 – 12 Art in Nature
Imagine all of the different art projects that can be done using natural materials! We will use what nature has provided us to make beautiful creations. Coloring with mud and turning pine cones into animals are just a few of the projects that can be done using objects found in nature. Natural art projects will also be created out on the trail.
January 9, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Owls and Adaptations Ages 9 – 12 Owls and Adaptations
Students will explore the world of owls and their adaptations. They will learn what makes owls special through hands on exploration. They will dissect owl pellets to investigate what they eat. They will explore the Preserve in search of owls and their signs.
January 23, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Winter Homes Ages 9 – 12 Winter Survival
Any of us could find ourselves in a situation where we need to use winter survival skills. Not only must we respect natural forces but also learn what nature provides to help us survive. Learn how to dress, pack a survival kit and work cooperatively when faced with a survival situation. Younger students will focus on how animals survive the winter by looking at their homes. They will build a mini shelter for their animal.
February 6, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Snowshoeing and Tracks Ages 9 – 12 Cross Country Skiing
Older students will spend their time learning to cross country ski. We will learn the basics and spend time practicing before heading out on our ski trails. Younger students will tackle the trails on snowshoes in search of animal tracks. They will play games and learn how animals move.
February 20, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 White-Tailed Deer Ages 9 – 12 White-Tailed Deer
Through tracking, investigating, and games, students will learn about our state wildlife animal, the white-tailed deer. They will focus on adaptations, signs, urban management strategies, and predator/prey relationships.
March 5, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Smammals Ages 9 – 12 Smammals
Students will have to think small in order to complete this class! Both groups will investigate the world of “smammals” otherwise known as small mammals! They will learn cool facts about voles, moles, mice, and more as we play games, try and keep a “smammal” alive, and more!
March 19, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Renewable resources Ages 9 – 12 Renewable Energy
Put on your thinking caps as we explore the world of renewable energy! Younger students will discover how important solar, wind, and water energy is to us and to the world around us. Older students will complete experiments and tour the micro-grid to see how Bubolz is using renewable energy to power our campus.
April 2, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Sap to Syrup Ages 9 – 12 Sap to Syrup
Join us for a seasonal favorite! Learn basic tree identification, try tools used by pioneers to “tap a tree,” taste the sap from maples and cook it down to syrup. Discover the science of sap flow in the tree and the boiling process. Older students will focus on the history and traditions surrounding maple syrup season in Wisconsin and surrounding states.
April 16, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Forest Ecosystems Ages 9 – 12 Forest Ecology
Students will explore the forest ecosystem and what makes a forest a forest. They will start from the ground up and explore the various layers within a forest. What animals and plants live within each layer and how does it all come together will be a couple of the questions up for investigation.
April 30, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Teambuilding Games Ages 9 – 12 Low Ropes Challenge
Younger students will discover how to communicate with each other through a variety of games and activities. Older students will experience our new low ropes course as they are challenged to work together to solve problems. This is a fun and challenging program. Games will be age appropriate for the groups.
May 14, 2020
Ages 5 – 8 Slippery Slimy Ponds Ages 9-12 Pond Ecology
Become a herpetologist for the day and search for frogs, toads, and snakes in this “ribbiting” investigation! We’ll visit the pond and marsh to listen closely for croaks, chirps, trills, and whistles of frogs and toads to learn how to identify them. Older students will explore the health of the pond as well as search for critters within.
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