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!
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.
K-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
1-LS1-1 Structure, Function, and Information Processing
2-LS2-2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-LS1-1 From molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
5-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS1-4 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Full-day experience: $1090
Includes whole-school assembly and smaller hands-on sessions throughout the program day.
Assembly-only option: $490
Includes whole-school assembly without the hands-on sessions afterwards.
Additional assemblies available for $175.
Environmental Education Fund