What is considered a wetland and how do we know? Students will visit marsh and pond habitats, comparing and contrasting their characteristics. This program includes pond dipping, wetland study mounts, and a hike to the marsh to observe wildlife while discussing the benefits of wetlands.
How do animals survive the winter? Come and discover which animals hibernate and which ones stay to endure the rigors of the season. Students will hike the grounds to learn about the ecological importance of snow cover and even ice on ponds! We’ll also look for signs of the animals that stay all winter. Partners well with Snowshoe Science.
After learning about weather and collecting data on today’s weather patterns, students will create a weather forecast for the next day. We’ll explore the differences between weather and climate, learn how the earth’s climate is changing, and discuss factors that play into this change. Adapts well to a longer program.
Follow water through the water cycle and investigate the impacts of evaporation and condensation on earth’s weather, using Science on a Sphere. Students will get their hands wet as they explore the pond and discover the connection between water quality and aquatic life. We’ll also experiment how water moves through different types of soil.
Students will observe and compare organisms through examination of study mounts and a pond dip to learn the adaptations of animals in different habitats. We’ll categorize animals through careful observation of physical characteristics. On a hike through the woodland and prairie, students will also discuss seed structure function, and dispersal.
Offered January through mid-March; conditions permitting.
Snowshoeing is a great way to enjoy winter and stay healthy! After introducing the history of snowshoeing and learning about various styles, each student will be given a pair of snowshoes and we’ll head out across the snow covered prairie to learn basic snowshoeing skills and techniques. Along our hike, we’ll stop and observe weather, tracks, watch for winter birds and other seasonal highlights. Sit ski available for students with physical disabilities, giving them an opportunity to get outside and explore the snow packed trails alongside their classmates!
There’s always something new happening at the Nature Center! Students will learn to observe how plants and animals respond to seasonal changes while enjoying the best of each season.
- Fall – Sunny prairie flowers, sticky seeds, migrating birds, scurrying squirrels and falling leaves
- Winter – Animal tracks, snow crystals, tree skeletons, hardy birds, burrowing mammals
- Spring – Woodland wildflowers, bursting tree buds, chorusing frogs, returning birds, emerging insects
Wisconsin’s rich cultural history comes to life as students take on roles of early pioneer settlers in Wisconsin in the 1850’s. Students will experience a variety of activities first-hand including games and household chores like fetching water, churning butter, washing laundry and grinding grain. Students will step back in time as they enter our one-room “Shack” to hear stories and see pioneer tools. Adapts well to a longer program.
Anyone could find themselves in a situation where they need to use survival skills. Not only must we respect natural forces but also learn what nature provides to help us survive. Students will learn how to dress appropriately, pack a survival kit and work cooperatively to develop a strategy when faced with a crisis situation. Outdoors, the students work in teams to build a fire, boil water and make a debris shelter. Partners well with Snowshoe Science.
Recommended for 4th grade and up.
Students will learn the parts of a compass, how to hold it and use it properly. Pacing will be demonstrated as a valuable skill for estimating distance. ALNC’s orienteering courses provide the opportunity to test students’ skills and learn the techniques necessary to build an orienteering course.