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Kindergarten

Free Programs

Reasons for Seasons

Time: 30 minutes

Using skills such as sorting and classifying, students’ learn about the four seasons and their importance.  Students will also define which seasons have the most rain fall and the least, and when the different life stages of the spring peeper occur.

Topics Covered: Four Seasons, Animal Behavior, Animal Life Cycles, Importance of Clean Water 
Science/Social Science Standards: K.S.1, K.E.3 
Live Animals: Yes 
Cost: Free

Water Sense

Time: 30 minutes

In this curriculum, children learn about their five senses, and use them to explore water and items that contain water. Each student will explore touch boxes, explore a Braille book and listen to different water sounds.

Topics Covered: Five Senses Applied to Water, Water Pollution, Conservation, Importance
Science/Social Science Standards: K.S.1, K.L.2
Live Animals: No
Cost: Free

 

That’s My Baby

Time: 30 minutes

This hands-on program uses one of our live animals to introduce habitats, teach what organisms need to stay alive, and the importance of clean water. A fun hands-on matching game teaches the children that baby animals often look like their parents.

Topics Covered: Animals, Animal and Offspring, Habitats, Effects of Water Pollution
Science/Social Science Standards: K.S.1, K.L.2
Live Animals: Yes
Cost: Free

Home Sweet Home

Time: 30 minutes

Students explore their local communities and learn about different types of maps. While exploring their community they learn to recognize natural features including different bodies of water. They will try their hand at creating maps as they pretend to travel in a hot air balloon...now where is that river?

Topics Covered: Personal Places, Maps, Natural Water Features of Environment, Clean Water
Science/Social Science Standards: Social Studies, K-1.1, K-1.2, K-1.3, K-1.4
Live Animals: No
Cost: Free

Sortin' Stuff

Time: 30 minutes

Through observations such as color, texture, material, magnetism and floating; students get to try their hand at sorting various objects. They discover that different materials are suited for different purposes. A great, hands-on chemistry lesson!

Classification and Comparison of Properties of Objects
Science/Social Science Standards: K.S.1, K.P.4
Live Animals: No
Cost: Free

 

Fee Programs

Mr. Nobody

Time: 30 minutes

Children let their creativity soar as they create their own Mr. Picasso while learning how much water is in the human body.  While stretching their creative minds they learn about the human body and sensory organs.  They will put together a Mr. Nobody skeleton out of x-rays.  We do not use any actual human remains (i.e. real bones) in this program due to ethical concerns regarding human remains and acquisition.

Topics Covered: Structures of the Human Body 
Science/Social Science Standards: S.K.1, K.L.2 
Live Animals: No 
Cost: $1/Student

All Around the World

Time: 30 minutes

Students interact with live animals from the Watershed Ecology Center to learn what organisms need to stay alive and to compare differences in individuals within a species.

Topics Covered: Animals and Habitats 
Science/Social Science Standards: K. S.1, K.L.2 Live Animals: Yes 
Live Animals: Yes 
Cost: $1/Student