Enjoy a trip to our nature center to discover different kinds of animals native and non-native to Ohio. We will learn about animal parts, adaptations, and simple similarities as well as differences between reptiles and amphibians. Students will use their senses to observe these creatures hands-on for an experience they will never forget!
Birds of a Feather
Discover birds you can see in this area, and in your own backyards! Students will identify the different parts of a bird that makes it different from other types of animals. Students will see how different birds are specially made to help them survive their environments.
This is a safe and unique chance to discover the water and wildlife of Alum Creek. Working together in groups, students will take part in a scavenger hunt, use underwater viewers to observe beneath the surface of the creek and try to catch crayfish and aquatic insects using nets and even bare hands!
Young students will enjoy an exploratory hike through the woods. While on the hike, students will be collecting items in order to make “nature necklaces.” Nature will provide the schedule as we discover plants, animals, rocks and other interesting things and look for evidence of life in the forest.
There are many ecosystems of various sizes on our planet. This class will help students understand interactions between living and nonliving things within an ecosystem. Students will play a predator/prey game, and then be able to construct their own ecosystem with craft supplies.
Enjoy learning about natural camouflage and the different animals that benefit from this adaptation. After going on a hidden “woolly worm” hike, students will observe and reflect upon different characteristics that make camouflage successful, and then play a game to experience how important camouflage is between predators and prey.
Insects are everywhere in the world around us. This class teaches about characteristics of insects through a variety of activities. By the end of the class, students will gain an appreciation for insects and be able to identify which arthropods they see in everyday life are insects and which are not.
A trek into the woods will show students evidence of animals that visit the forest. Students will then work in groups to discover animal tracks, the native Ohioan creatures that made the tracks, and a few different characteristics about each unique animal.