Amazing Aviators is a Life Sciences class designed to introduce students to the importance of bird species in the area and around the world. The students will also use scientific inquiry to investigate their own questions about bird species found at Heartland.
Use scientific inquiry in this Life Sciences class to learn about the amazing arthropods native to Ohio. Use field sampling techniques to capture arthropods and observe characteristics of the specimens caught. Students will then compare similarities and differences between the classes of each specimen and discuss how these characteristics affect survival of the arthropods.
Discover unusual and unexpected edible plants as we embark on a guided nature hike for this Life Sciences class. Nature is our “grocery store” as students learn to identify and safely sample native wild edible plants growing in and around our woods and fields.
Critter Scene Investigation
We need your help! We have stumbled across several crime scenes and we need YOU to aid us in our investigation! Predators run rampant all over Heartland property. For this Life Sciences class, put on your investigator caps, brush up on Sherlock Holmes and exercise your critical thinking to help us solve our wildlife mysteries!
This Life Sciences class gives students a better understanding of the various relationships in the different ecosystems of Ohio. Hands-on exploration of forest, grassland, and wetland ecosystems will further knowledge and understanding of the intricate balance between living organisms and their habitat.
Hop on our wagons and hitch a ride down to the headwaters of Alum Creek for an exciting hour of creek-filled fun! We’ll discover the creatures that lie beneath the surface of the water, how they relate to one another in the food chain and how they contribute to understanding the health of a stream.
Mad About Mammals
Close your eyes and think of an animal. What animal comes to mind? Does it have fur? If it does, you thought of a mammal! Did you know mammals are found in every continent of the world? They have different characteristics to help them live within their habitats. In this Life Sciences class, students will get to meet a few of our amazing animal ambassadors. As students handle the animals, they will make observations and try to guess each animal’s habitat based on their characteristics.
Reptiles and Amphibians
What’s the difference between reptiles and amphibians? Find out in this Life Sciences class as we discuss the characteristics of these animals using a Venn diagram. Students will then have the unique opportunity to hold both native and exotic reptiles and amphibians.
What's in a Name?
3…2…1…Blast off! Students in this Life Sciences class are adventurers and scientists tasked with the job of classifying and naming the life on a newly discovered distant planet. Leave Earth behind and step into an unexplored frontier (that looks suspiciously like Heartland’s prairie) to uncover what new life awaits discovery.
In this Language Arts class, students will learn about four different poetry styles that are used when writing about nature: Diamante, Cinquain, Haiku and Impressionistic. As a class, students will work together to create an example of each of the four different kinds of poems. Lastly, students will have an opportunity to write their own poetry.
Pathfinders introduces students to the purpose, parts and proper use of a compass. This Geography class also provides practical experience on how to navigate with or without maps and charts. Students will have the opportunity to use a compass on a course to further their understanding of orienteering.
The archery class gives students a good introduction to the sport of archery. Students will learn basic form and shooting techniques. This Physical Science class also helps develop student’s motor skills and safety awareness.
Students will enjoy creating a unique chemical reaction between a borax solution and glue in this Physical Science class. The end result is a spec-gak-ular specimen! Observations will be recorded and students will draw conclusions about the uniqueness of their specimen.
The Construction Zone class develops teamwork and cooperation skills by having teams of students build structures through friendly competition. This Team Skills class emphasizes positive communication as teams overcome physical and psychological obstacles. Facilitators personalize challenges to enhance the experience of each student and the group.
Group Problem Solving
Group Problem Solving (or GPS, for short) uses cooperative games and activities to help develop Team Skills, communication, cooperation, and motor work. Students will be given a variety of mental and physical obstacles that they must work together on to successfully complete.
This Team Skills class involves a physical set of obstacles or problems within a sequence of activities that will physically and mentally challenge participants. This allows students to move out of their comfort zone into a place where they can experience new ways to look at themselves and others.
This Team Skills class will give students hands-on experience in dealing with survival situations. Students will practice building and igniting a fire, making a shelter, finding suitable drinking water, and signaling.
Ohio Living History
Step back in time to the Alum Creek Settlement. Follow 1798 settlers through a forest notorious for attacks. Once safely in the village, interact with historic characters and take part in period activities such as candle making, crafts, games, blacksmithing, carpentry, militia and outdoor cooking. This can be done as a daytime Social Studies class or as an evening activity.
Earth ROCKS 101
New revisions to this Geology class coming soon!
Earth ROCKS 102
Building on prior geology knowledge, this interactive outdoor Geology class will give students the opportunity to explore the banks of Alum Creek’s tributaries and observe rocks amid Ohio’s terrain.
Watch students “climb to new heights” as they challenge themselves on our multi-pitch climbing wall. Located indoors, this Elective class is offered year-round with one-on-one instruction from our trained and experienced staff members. Climbers of all levels, from beginner to advanced, will enjoy the thrill of the climb.
Join in the fun and use bright, vivid colors to create your own masterpiece t-shirt! Our experienced staff will guide this Elective class through a series of twists and turns that, in the end, will produce uniquely tie-dyed t-shirts. Complete with our Heartland Outdoor School Logo, the shirts come preshrunk and are available in adult sizes S-XXL. Additional charge of $6.00 per student.
Trees are an important resource all around us. They are easily overlooked and taken for granted. In this class for High School students, students will investigate the importance of trees in our lives and the ecosystem. They will study the tree diversity in Heartland’s woodlot and draw conclusions about the biodiversity based on their observations, results, and past experiences.
High Quality H2O
The stream study class givesstudents a better understanding of how to conduct an investigation within a stream ecosystem. Through the use of the proper tools and hands-on exploration, High School students will discover the importance of water quality and the water quality status of Alum Creek along with the many organisms living within it.