Outreach Programs

2019-20 OUTREACH PROGRAMS

Keep your Pre-K to 5th grade students connected to nature through the winter months; our naturalists bring the outdoors indoors—and right into your classroom!

With other teachers in your school, schedule a morning or afternoon of programming. Our outreach programs are hands-on, fun, and full of excellent information, promoting an elevated understanding of local ecology by helping students understand the interaction of animals, humans, and the environment.

Each winter month features a different program topic. Programs run about 30 minutes per class. Our naturalists set up in one location, and 3–5 classes rotate through.

Due to the popularity of our programs, teachers may only choose their top two programs. We will attempt to honor additional requests after October 15 if we have availability. If you would like to schedule multiple outreach programs, please submit a request form for each one.

School outreach programs are completely FREE of charge for all Hendricks County schools. All outreach programs are subject to naturalist availability and weather conditions. Request an outreach program by submitting this form: https://forms.gle/UYEjuawkVMpeJTFx9

November: Turkey Vultures

Vultures are misunderstood animals, but they deserve more credit than we typically give them because they are nature’s clean-up crew!  Vultures eat some gross stuff and their adaptations allow them to do this without getting sick!  Students will dress in a vulture costume to discover these adaptations for themselves!

Grades: Pre-K through 5th grade

Fulfills parts of these 2016 Life Science Standards: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, K.LS.3, 1.LS.2, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.4, 1.LS.2, 2.LS.3, 3.LS.3, 3.LS.4, 4.LS.2, 4.LS.3, 5.LS.2, 5.LS.3

December: Salamanders

Salamanders have a different life cycle than mammals!  Students will learn the salamander life cycle by acting it out while playing “Salamander Scramble”! 

Grades: Pre-K through 5th grade

Fulfills parts of these 2016 Life Science Standards:

K.LS.1, K.LS.2, K.LS.3, 1.LS.2, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.4, 1.LS.2, 2.LS.3, 3.LS.3, 3.LS.4, 4.LS.2, 4.LS.3, 5.LS.2, 5.LS.3

January: Beavers

Beavers are amazing engineers!  Their adaptations help them complete their jobs most effectively!  Students will practice their own engineering skills while building mini beaver lodges.  Students will also dress in a beaver costume to see their adaptations for themselves.

Grades: Pre-K through 5th grade

Fulfills parts of these 2016 Life Science Standards: K.LS.1, K.LS.2, K.LS.3, 1.LS.2, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.4, 1.LS.2, 2.LS.3, 3.LS.3, 3.LS.4, 4.LS.2, 4.LS.3, 5.LS.2, 5.LS.3

February: Spiders

Spiders are creepy and crawly for some people but are incredible creatures with unique adaptations who play an important role in nature. Students will discover how spiders go about their business through pictures, props, and analogies. Younger students will copy spiderweb patterns using blocks. No live spiders.

Grades: Pre-K through 5th grade

Fulfills parts of these 2016 Life Science Standards:

K.LS.1, K.LS.2, K.LS.3, 1.LS.2, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.3, 1.LS.4, 1.LS.2, 2.LS.3, 3.LS.3, 3.LS.4, 4.LS.2, 4.LS.3, 5.LS.2, 5.LS.3