Wetland and Environmental Education Programs
Our Environmental Center classroom is located in the second half of our District office building, can hold up to 49 people (counting both students and adults), and contains displays on wetlands, wildlife, forestry, and Conservation District works. Our facilities also include indoor restrooms and a water fountain and tables where students can eat their lunch or snacks. Larger groups can make use of our picnic pavilion.
Please see our Fieldtrip Rules and Guidelines for a recommendations on attire and student supervision and for more information on our facilities.
Available Programs List:
Wetland Habitat is Home (K-3rd Grade):
Introduction to wetlands and the plants and animals that live there. Learn how to identify basic wetland species, what they eat, and what may eat them! Food chains and food webs.
Wetland Benefits (4th-8th Grade):
Learn about important wetland functions and how they help wildlife, people, and the environment.
Pond or Stream Studies (3rd Grade & Up):
Students collect and learn about aquatic organisms that live in the wetlands and/or Raccoon Creek and discover how they help us study water quality. (NOTE: At least one adult with the group must have a current fishing license with them while doing a stream or pond study.)
What is Habitat? (3rd Grade & Up):
Students learn what is required to create habitat for an animal. Includes a hike through the wetlands to look for various habitat components and study of how size and arrangement of components differ between species.
Plant & Tree Identification (3rd Grade & Up):
Students learn to identify common plants around the wetlands (Environmental Education Center) or common trees along the arboretum trail (Bradys Run Park). Wetland plants identification includes information on how these plants help us determine wetland boundaries.
Stream Flow Calculations (6th Grade & Up):
Students take measurements of a section of stream and then recorder how long it takes a float to pass between two points of the stream in order to calculate the volume of water flowing by them at a given second (cubic feet per second). This program requires students to get wet and also have an understanding of calculating averages and using basic formulas for volume and velocity.
Protecting Our Resources (High School & College):
Students learn about how wetland scientists delineate wetlands, what functions wetlands provide for people and the environment, and how state and federal regulations help to protect wetlands. This program can help students learn more about potential careers in environmental science or engineering fields.
Additional classes can be customized for the requirements of scouts, homeschool groups, 4-H clubs, and various other student organizations (both formal and informal). Please contact our Environmental Educator to discuss curriculum requirements and to schedule your visit to our facilities.