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Our ecology program takes students on a journey through various habitats including a prairie, wetland, river, and forest, where they learn how parts of an ecosystem are connected! Students will get up close and personal to discover how adaptations and camouflage can aid plants and animals in their survival. In addition, students will get the opportunity to investigate life cycles, food chains, seed dispersal, and more!

Hands-on activities:

Beaks as Tools: Students will experience how the specific shape of a bird’s beak is an adaptation to aid in their habitat. They can find out what a bird eats by looking at its beak shape.

C.A.M.O. – Creative Animals Masterfully Obscured: Students will explore how the adaptation of camouflage helps organisms survive in the environment.

Ecological Monitoring: Students will make comparisons while observing the same habitat in four different seasons and learn how seasons play an important role in our environment.

Eye See You: Using specialized lenses, students will experience various animals’ eyesight and learn about how this adaptation aids in their survival.

Just Fur Science: Students get a chance to touch various animal pelts. They will observe the different textures, markings, and thicknesses to compare and contrast them to other animals.

Mighty Morphin’ Power Changers: Students will examine and understand the complex life cycles of organisms that undergo metamorphosis.

ProSEED to Grow: While experimenting with hands-on examples of plants, students will see specific plant adaptations that aid them in seed dispersal.

Pyramid Power: Students will construct ecological pyramids to discover relationships between organisms in a habitat.

The Root of it All: Students will identify various parts of a plant and learn the function of each part.

Who’da Trunk It?: Students will understand what tree rings can tell us about the life cycle of a tree and how the environment influences a tree’s growth. They will use magnifying glasses to closely observe real tree specimens.

Academic Standards:

K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.

1-LS1-1 Structure, Function, and Information Processing

The shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

2-LS2-2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.*

2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

3-LS1-1 From molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

5-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.

MS-LS1-4 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.



Full-day experience: $1090
Includes whole-school assembly and smaller hands-on sessions throughout the program day.
Please note:

  • There is a $2 processing fee for all program reservations.
  • A mileage fee will be applied to programs outside of Ohio’s borders.
  • School must provide volunteers for setup, facilitation of activities, and tear down.

Assembly-only option: $490
Includes whole-school assembly without the hands-on sessions afterwards.
Additional assemblies available for $175.
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Environmental Education Fund

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