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Programs are tailored for each group.  The following is a sampling of available topics. Each lists the Ohio Academic Content Standards Benchmarks that are reached in that program. Please indicate if you have any specific requests when scheduling your program.  Most programs can be conducted either onsite or offsite unless otherwise noted.

 

Animals:     

Participants discover adaptations, habitats, survival methods, and environmental needs of Ohio’s animals.  Participants have the opportunity to look, listen and feel their way through the animal kingdom and will get to meet a live animal ambassador.

Science Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:
6th-8th grades:

1.C, 2.A, 2.B, 6.A
2.A, 2.B, 2.C

Hungry Like a Wolf:

Participants learn how energy flows through ecosystems and food webs and discover how creatures use everything they can to survive and take advantage of their place in nature.  Participants also get to meet a live animal ambassador.

 

Science Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:
6th-8th grades:

1.C, 2.A, 2.B,6.A
2.B, 2.C

 

Environmental Problem Solving:

All organisms have a place in the ecosystem, including humans. Participants use creative problem solving to learn about conservation, and make their own conservation action pledges.

Science Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:
6th-8th grades:

1.C, 3.D, 4.A, 5.B, 6.A
1.C, 3.B, 3.C, 4.A

 

Rock and Roll:

Participants explore the rock cycle and learn how rocks and fossils are formed.  Participants make plaster fossil castings.  $5.00 additional supply fee per program.

Science Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:
6th-8th grades:

1.B, 1.C, 3.A, 5.B, 6.A
1.D, 1.E, 2.D

 

 

Frontier Kids:

Life on the frontier was much different than today. Learn what Ohio was like in 1796. Get an historical perspective on tools for survival, food, fashion, and life from pioneer days by exploring costumes, replicas, and artifacts.

Social Studies Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:

1.B, 1.C, 2.A, 2.B, 3.C, 3.D, 4.A

 

6th-8th grades:

4.A, 4.B, 4.C

 

Nocturnal Hike (onsite only):
 

Hikers learn about nocturnal animals and the specialized adaptations they use to prowl in the dark.  Look for owls and listen to the crickets.  We request one chaperone per five kids for nocturnal hikes please.

Science Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:
6th-8th grades:

2.A, 2.B, 5.B
1.B

Trees! Trees! Trees! (onsite only):

Participants discover how trees grow, how to identify species, and some fascinating facts about a tree’s role in the forest ecosystem. A hike to the pine forest may be included for fourth grade and up.

Science Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:
6th-8th grades:

1.C, 2.A, 2.B, 5.B
1.A, 2.C

 

Stream Study (onsite only, Spring-Fall):

Participants engage in an inquiry-driven lesson while learning about the water cycle and watersheds.  Using the scientific method, participants devise and conduct an investigation into the health of a stream, searching and categorizing macroinvertebrates.

Science Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:

1.B, 1.C, 2.A, 2.C, 5.A, 5.B, 5.C, 6.A, 6.B

 

6th-8th grades:

1.D, 2.D, 5.A, 5.B, 6.A, 6.B

 


Special Programs

Seasons of Change:

Participants take a close look at the varied ecological and physical changes that occur throughout the seasons and the unique adaptations plants and animals have employed.  Live animal ambassadors are included at each visit. This is a four-part program conducted over one school year.

Science Benchmarks

3rd-5th grades:

1.C, 1.D, 2.A, 2.C, 5.A, 5.B, 5.C, 6.C

 

6th-8th grades:

2.B, 2.C

Pre-or Post- Outdoor School Program:

If your class is visiting Glen Helen for residential Outdoor School, consider scheduling a classroom program as a pre- or post-trip visit. Programs feature content that your participants are exposed to during Outdoor School, and help introduce or further develop concepts all at a special lower rate.

Scouting Programs:

Is your scout group working towards a specific badge?  The Extension Naturalist will work with you to develop a unique program to meet your requirements.