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School Programs Booklet

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Bubolz Environmental Education Field Trips are designed to offer students the opportunity to experience and investigate the natural world around them under the guidance of Environmental Educators. Emphasizing outdoor experiences during all seasons, Bubolz Nature Preserve strives to offer learning that will encourage inquiry, exploration, and discovery.

BIRDS AND BEAKS

  • Grades 1 - 4
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Students will use binoculars and field guides to learn and observe the common birds at the preserve. By the end of class, students will learn what adaptations birds have that make them unique from other classes of animals.

Wisconsin Standards: Students use binoculars to make observations. They use books and naturalist input to help answer questions, make predications, and offer explanations. They discover how each organism meets its basic needs for survival.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

  • Grades 1 - Adult
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 45 Students

Students will learn the history of cross country skiing and receive instruction on basic technique. They will then have the opportunity to practice on our groomed ski trails. Ski rentals are available for both students and adults at a reduced rate.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will apply concepts of movement to develop physical skills. They will celebrate personal success and achievement as well as those of others while feeling satisfaction of completing a physical activity.

DEER TRACKS AND TRAILS

  • Grades 3 - 6
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Through tracking, investigating, and games, students will learn about our state wildlife animal, the whitetailed deer. They will focus on adaptations, signs, urban management strategies, and predator/prey relationships.

Wisconsin Standards: Students discover how organisms have adapted by developing special structures to help them survive. They will understand how an organism’s behavior evolves through adaptation to its environment.

EARTH MATERIALS

  • Grades 3 - 4
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Discover the geological history of the preserve as students explore different geological sites at the preserve and spend time observing the characteristics of rocks and minerals through experiments. FOSS Aligned.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will use scientific equipment, investigation, and observation to show that earth materials have different physical and chemical properties. They develop explanations for connections among living and nonliving things.

EXPLORING ENERGY CYCLES

  • Grades 5 - 8
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 30 Students

Spend some time “searching for systems” within the forests of Bubolz. Discover the concepts of energy flow, adaptations, nutrient cycles and more. Exploring Energy Cycles is a higher level program for students with prior experience studying science in the outdoors.

Wisconsin Standards: Through investigations, students show how organisms both depend on and contribute to the balance or imbalance of available energy and nutrients in ecosystems. Through data collected, they can make predications and develop explanations about continued life on earth.

GPS/GEOCACHING

  • Grades 4 - Adult
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Go on a high-tech treasure hunt through the preserve. Students will learn what GPS means, why it is important, and how GPS is used in the real world. Included is the popular game of geocaching. During the winter, showshoes may be included (depending on weather conditions).

Wisconsin Standards: Students will explore how science and technology are interdependent to each other.

INSECTS

  • Grades 1 - 2
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Through field investigations, students become aware of the diversity of aquatic and terrestrial insects found at the preserve. They will observe insects’ life cycles and compare the stages of metamorphosis exhibited by each species. FOSS Aligned.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will illustrate the different ways organisms grow through life stages. They will use scientific equipment to develop predictions and answer questions through investigations.

MIXTURES AND SOLUTIONS

  • Grades 5 - 6
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 30 Students

Students study the make-up of substances in nature to gain knowledge about the concepts of concentration, saturation, and chemical reactions. Students will discover how chemical changes in the natural world can create catastrophic results.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will identify questions they can investigate using resources. They will conduct investigations to develop explanations of physical and chemical interactions and the impact on the environment.

NEW PLANTS

  • Grades 1 - 2
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Student investigations focus on plants found locally. Students will become aware of the diversity of life in the plant kingdom. They observe the structures of plants from seeds to flowers in the field. FOSS Aligned.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will investigate how organisms respond to both internal and external cues. They will illustrate the different ways organisms grow through different life stages in order to survive.

POND STUDY

  • Grades 5 - 8
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 45 Students

Students use scientific instruments to test the quality of the pond environment. Students will focus on both abiotic and biotic factors within the pond to help them determine the health of the pond. Students will focus on pH, dissolved oxygen, water clarity, and observation of aquatic critters. FOSS Aligned.

Wisconsin Standards: Students show how organisms have adapted structures to match their functions. They use scientific equipment including secchi disks, thermometers, and kits to collect data, make predictions and offer explanations.

SAP TO SYRUP

  • Grades K - 6
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Enjoy the sweetness of spring with the magic of maple syrup season at the preserve. Students will learn the history and process of making maple syrup from the sugar bush to the sugar shack. Tap a maple tree and enjoy ice cream topped with real, 100% maple syrup.

Wisconsin Standards: Students investigate how organisms, especially plants, respond to both internal and external cues. Students learn inquiry skills by making observations, asking questions, and offering explanations about questions asked.

SENSORY AWARENESS

  • Grades K - 4
  • Time: 2 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Using their senses, students will gain knowledge about the world around them. Students will explore animal habitats, learn about adaptations, and how to identify plants and animals. This guided hike is an excellent opportunity to see wildlife.

Wisconsin Standards: Students understand that objects are made of more than one substance by observing and describing size, shape, and color. They use science content-learning to ask questions, make observations, make predictions, and offer explanations.

SKINS, BONES, AND UNKNOWNS

  • Grades 3 - 8
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Students become wildlife biologists as they investigate the animals at the preserve. By looking at animal pelts, skulls, tracks, and scat, students will discover clues that can help identify common Wisconsin animals while on a hike through the preserve.

Wisconsin Standards: Students discover how organisms meet their basic needs in order to survive. They cite examples of how different organisms adapt to their habitats. Students show how organisms depend on and contribute to the balance of populations.

SNOWSHOEING

  • Grades K - Adult
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 30 Students

Students will learn the history of snowshoeing followed by a hike through the woods to look for winter animal signs and tracks. Enjoy the outdoors in the winter months and get some exercise at the same time.

Wisconsin Standards: Students discover how organisms meet their basic needs in order to survive. They will celebrate personal success and achievement as well as those of others while feeling satisfaction of completing a physical activity.

SOIL SCIENCE

  • Grades 1 - 2
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 30 Students

Explore the wonders beneath your feet. Students will dig, weigh, measure, and explore local soils through a variety of active, outdoor learning stations. Students will go on a scavenger hunt to investigate how the preserve uses pebbles, sand, and silt. FOSS Aligned.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will show that earth materials have different physical properties, including the properties of soils found in Wisconsin. They will develop explanations for connections among living and non-living things.

STORIES IN THE SNOW

  • Grades PreK - 1
  • Time: 1.5 Hours
  • Max. 30 Students

Through exploration and imagination students will learn that animals are a part of nature and animals leave their own stories in the snow. Through storytelling, students will see how signs can tell us what animal was there and what it was doing.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will use science themes to develop explanations for the connections of living and non-living things within various environments. They will collect data to determine the most useful explanations for what is occurring.

STRUCTURES OF LIFE

  • Grades 3 - 4
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Experience the prairies, ponds, and forests of Bubolz and see how plants and animals adapt to survive in their habitats. With exploration activities, students will discover the importance of structural, functional, and behavioral adaptations. FOSS Aligned.

Wisconsin Standards: Students discover how organisms have adapted by developing special structures to survive. They investigate how organisms respond to both internal and external cues with their environment.

SURVIVAL

  • Grades 4 - Adult
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 50 Students

Teamwork and problem solving are emphasized in this outdoor skills program that simulates an emergency situation in the outdoors. Students construct survival shelters out of forest debris and use primitive firemaking skills to create a warming fire. Dressing for the weather and basic survival tips are also covered.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will develop explanations for connections among living and nonliving things. They will explain how humans impact and shape the environment and use resources.

TEAMBUILDING

  • Grades 4 - 8
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Start the school year off right by learning to work together as a team. Students discover how to effectively communicate and listen to each other through fun and motivational games and activities. This is a fun and challenging program.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will explain reasons why individuals respond differently to events and how that influences behavior. They will be able to describe conflict resolution and learn peer mediation strategies to resolve disputes.

TRACKS AND SCAT

  • Grades PreK - 1
  • Time: 2 Hours
  • Max. 30 Students

Students will learn how to investigate the lives of animals through the tracks and other signs they leave behind. Games, a nature hike and a hunt for animal tracks are included. Great program for winter exploration!

Wisconsin Standards: Students will use scientific themes to develop explanations for the connections of living and non-living things within various environments. They will collect data to determine the most useful explanations for what is occurring.

TREES

  • Grades K - 2
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Become a forester as students observe, compare, and describe the characteristics and changes in the trees throughout the seasons. FOSS Aligned.

Wisconsin Standards: Students will investigate how organisms respond to both internal and external cues. They will illustrate the different ways organisms grow through different life stages in order to survive. They describe how plants use energy in their daily lives.

WATER, WATER

  • Grades 3 - 4
  • Time: 2.5 Hours
  • Max. 60 Students

Explore various properties of water as students discover why water is important for existence. Look at the water cycle and then adventure to the preserve’s wetlands and ponds to take a closer look at the structures, plants, and animals.

Wisconsin Standards: Students list components of an ecosystem. Through investigations, they show how organisms both depend on and contribute to the balance or imbalance of ecosystems. Students develop connections among living and non-living things.

Name of Program Grade Length Max # of Students Seasons In/Outdoor
Stories in the Snow PreK – 1 1.5 Hours 30 Winter In/Outdoor
Tracks and Scat PreK – 1 2 Hours 30 All Seasons In/Outdoor
Sensory Awareness K – 4 2 Hours 60 All Seasons Outdoor
Snowshoeing K – Adult 2.5 Hours 30 Winter Outdoor
Sap to Syrup K – 6 2 Hours 60 March/April Outdoor
Trees K – 2 2 Hours 60 Fall/Spring Outdoor
New Plants 1 – 2 2.5 Hours 60 Fall/Spring Outdoor
Insects 1 – 2 2.5 Hours 60 Fall/Spring Outdoor
Soil Science 1 – 2 2.5 Hours 30 Fall/Spring Outdoor
Birds and Beaks 1 – 4 2.5 Hours 60 All Seasons In/Outdoor
Cross Country Skiing 1 – Adult 2.5 Hours 45 Winter Outdoor
Earth Materials 3 – 4 2.5 Hours 60 Fall/Spring In/Outdoor
Structures of Life 3 – 4 2.5 Hours 60 Fall/Spring In/Outdoor
Skin Bones and Unknowns 3 – 8 2.5 Hours 60 All Seasons In/Outdoor
Water, Water 3 – 4 2.5 Hours 60 Fall/Spring Outdoor
Deer Tracks and Trails 3 – 6 2.5 Hours 60 Fall/Spring In/Outdoor
GPS/Geocaching 4 – Adult 2.5 Hours 60 All Seasons In/Outdoor
Survival 4 – Adult 2.5 Hours 50 Fall/Winter Outdoor
Teambuilding 4 – 8 2.5 Hours 60 Fall/Spring Outdoor
Mixtures and Solutions 5 – 6 2.5 Hours 30 Fall Outdoor
Pond Study 5 – 8 2.5 Hours 45 Fall/Spring Outdoor
Exploring Energy Cycles 5 – 8 2.5 Hours 30 Fall/Spring Outdoor

 

Half Day Programs can be combined to make a full day field trip to the preserve

Key to Seasons:

Fall (September/October/November) Winter (December/January/February)
  Maple Syrup (March/April) Spring (April/May/June)

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