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1 ELEMENTARY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

2 Welcome to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, your partner in science education! Our educators provide engaging, experiential learning that connects students with science and nature. We educate 2,000 metro Milwaukee students annually. Our 5 plus environmental programs correlate to the Next Generation Science Standards and meet the needs of teachers curricula. Instruction takes place at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, (SANC) at your school or at Wisconsin Natural Areas. We will work with you to deliver a one-time program or partner with you throughout the year to augment your curriculum. This catalog outlines our available programs. It is divided into three sections, Elementary, Middle School & High School Programs that are arranged by program location. Our programs for elementary school students span a variety of topics, such as: Birds of Prey Pond Life & Exploration Maple Sugaring The Great Lakes Insects Reptiles & Amphibians We offer a variety of environmental learning opportunities for secondary school students, including: Birds of Prey Geocaching Canoeing Astronomy Lake Michigan Snowshoeing At the high school level, we also offer guided education tours of other natural areas such as: Devil s Lake State Park Cedarburg Bog & Forest Horicon Marsh Kettle Moraine State Forest Register Today! To register online for an individual program, please complete the registration form online at If you have questions regarding our programs or the registration process, please contact our registar at x224. If you are seeking yearly partnerships please contact: Jessy Knox School Programs Manager x13 A GREAT VALUE Schlitz Audubon Nature Center continues to offer high-quality natural science classes taught by professional naturalists at reasonable prices. VETERINARIAN CERTIFIED ANIMALS All of our animals used in programs are veterinarian certified and carry health certificates. Schools can be assured the Center is providing safe, hands-on classes. SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS Through the generous contributions of many area corporations and foundations, the Center is able to offer funds to students from low-income families. Please contact the Registrar for information on scholarships. CANCELLATION POLICY: A fee will be charged for all canceled programs. $25 for classes canceled with more than four weeks notice, $40 for classes canceled with less than four weeks notice.

3 TABLE OF CONTENTS arranged Alphabetically & by Location PAGE PRE-K K4 K PROGRAMS AT SCHLITZ AUDUBON NATURE CENTER A Green Future Adventure with your Senses Aquatic Comparison Audubon Habitats Autumn at Audubon Birds of Prey Canoe Orientation Canoeing 101 Curious Kids Dinosaurs at Audubon Ecology The Science of Geocaching Great Lake Michigan The Great Lakes: Our Liquid of Life The Green Machine Insects Lake Michigan Lake Michigan: A Migratory Path to Survival Land, Wind & Water Maple Sugar Time Native Americans of the Great Lakes Region Nature s Neighborhoods/Habitats The Plant World Pond Exploration Predators Live and on the Loose Raptors: Predators in the Sky Rocks & Soil: What s Underfoot Stalking the Wild Deer Through the Seasons Tracking by Snowshoe Tracks & Traces: Nature Observation Water: We Can t Live Without It Winter Sensory Experience Winter Survival: Plants & Animals Adapt Winter Wandering World of Reptiles and Amphibians PROGRAMS AT YOUR SCHOOL Amazing Amphibians Animal Adaptations Animals with Bad Reputations Bats Are Beautiful Creatures of the Night Dinosaurs, What s New Eagles Among Us

4 TABLE OF CONTENTS arranged Alphabetically & by Location PROGRAMS AT YOUR SCHOOL, CONTINUED Endangered Species Flights of Fancy Geology Habitats High Interest Days/Special Programs Holiday for Animals Hyatt s Habitats: Deserts Hyatt s Habitats: Prairies Hyatt s Habitats: Rainforests Insects: Creepy, Crawly & Cool Lake Michigan: A Migratory Path to Survival Love that Lake Michigan Mammals Have Fur The Myth & Magic of Reptiles & Amphibians Native Americans & the Earth Native American Legends Owls: Masters of the Night Sky Plants: Let s Get Growing Raptors: The True Sky Hunters Reptiles Rule Seeing Stars Sustainability: Energy & Me Tiny Talon: Screech Owl at Midnight Hallow Vulture View Wild About Weather Wisconsin State Symbols Wolves of Wisconsin PROGRAMS AT A WISCONSIN NATURAL AREA Amphibians of Wisconsin Canoe Orientation Cedarburg Bog & Forest Devil s Lake State Park Ecology Along the Ice Age Trail Geocache in Your Neighborhood Glacial Geology of N. Kettle Moraine Horicon Marsh & Mounds Kettle Moraine Snowshoe Milwaukee River Canoe Milwaukee River Exploration Sand Dunes of Kohler Andrae Wetlands by Canoe PROGRAMS AT A NEARBY OUTDOOR AREA Natural Areas at Your School Pond Life Tracking by Snowshoe PAGE PRE-K K4 K

5 next generation science standards PROGRAMS AT SANC PHYSCIAL SCIENCE PS3: Energy A Green Future Adventure With Your Senses Aquatic Comparison Audubon Habitats Autumn at Audubon Birds of Prey Canoe Orientation Canoieing 101 Curious Kids Dinosaurs at Audubon Ecology The Science of Geocaching Great Lake MIchigan Green Machine Great Lakes: Liquid of Life Insects and Their Relatives Lake Michigan Migratory Path Land, Wind and Water Maple Sugar Time Native American/ Great Lakes Nature s Neighborhood The Plant World Pond Exploration Predators: Live and Loose Raptors: Predators Rocks and Soils Stalking the Wild Deer Through the Seasons Tracking By Snowshoe Tracks and Traces Water: We Can t Live Without It Winter Sensory Winter Survival Winter Wandering World of Reptiles & Amphibians Life LIFE Science SCIENCE LS1: From Molecules to Organisms LS2: Ecosystems LS3: Hereditary LS4: Biological Evolution EARTH/SPACE Earth & Space SCIENCE Science ESS1: Earth s Place in the Universe ESS2: Earth s Systems ESS3: Earth & Human Activity PROGRAMS AT YOUR SCHOOL Amazing Amphibians Animal Adaptations Animals with Bad Reputations Bats are Beautiful Creatures of the Night Dinosaurs, What s New Eagles Among Us Endangered Species Flights of Fancy Geology Habitats Holiday for Animals Hyatt s Habitats: Deserts Hyatt s Habitats: Prairies Hyatt s Habitats: Rainforests Insects Lake Michigan: Migratory Path Love that Lake MIchigan Mammals Have Fur Mythical Magical Reps & Amps Native Americans and the Earth Native American Legends Owls: Masters of the Night Sky Plants Raptors: True Sky Hunters Reptiles RUle Seeing Stars Sustainability Tiny Talon & Screech Owl TIny Talons: Vulture View Wild About Weather Wisconsin State Symbols Wolves of Wisconsin Life LIFE Science SCIENCE LS1: From Molecules to Organisms LS2: Ecosystems LS3: Hereditary LS4: Biological Evolution EARTH/SPACE Earth & Space SCIENCE Science ESS1: Earth s Place in the Universe ESS2: Earth s Systems ESS3: Earth & Human Activity 6

6 next generation science standards PROGRAMS AT WISCONSIN NATURAL AREAS AND NEARBY OUTDOOR AREAS Amphibians of Wisconsin Canoe Orientation Cedarburg Bog/Forest Devil s Lake State Park Ecology Ice Age Trail Geocache in Your Backyard Glacial Geocache N. Kettle Moraine Horicon Marsh & Mounds Kettle Moraine Snowshoe Milwaukee River Canoe Milwaukee River Exploration Sand DUnes Kohler Andrae Wetlands by Canoe Natural Areas at Your School Pond Life at Your School Tracking by Snowshoe at School Life LIFE Science SCIENCE LS1: From Molecules to Organisms LS2: Ecosystems LS3: Hereditary LS4: Biological Evolution EARTH/SPACE Earth & Space SCIENCE Science ESS1: Earth s Place in the Universe ESS2: Earth s Systems ESS3: Earth & Human Activity

7 programs at schlitz audubon nature center A GREEN FUTURE In this program, we highlight our environmentally green, Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) award winning building as a model of sustainability. Students will take part in a mix of interactive activities with a tour of our building. Some of the highlights include; the photo voltaic energy system, the geothermal heating and cooling system and support logs donated by Aldo Leopold s family. Students will learn how green technology/living lessons our dependence on fossil fuels and will learn about alternative energy choices. ADVENTURE WITH YOUR SENSES Grades: Preschool-2nd Get your five senses ready for an adventure. We can listen to Lake Michigan, smell the flowers, touch animal fur and see all the beauty around us, no matter what the season! Our adventure begins inside with a slideshow story that ends with a visit from a live animal. Students will have a chance to see and touch the live animal. We ll explore outdoors at SANC using the tools they bring wherever they go, their five senses. We will practice using our senses to help us learn about the natural world, the way many other animals do, by getting into it! AQUATIC COMPARISON (All-Day Class) Length: 4.5 hours Fee: $8.00 per student This exploration of the wetland habitats of the Center will reveal strikingly different life forms that are intimately adapted to their unique homes. We will examine the characteristics and inhabitants of 2 of 3 choices: Lake Michigan, pond or river and make comparisons and inferences from the results obtained. September October 2014 and April June 2015 AUDUBON HABITATS Schlitz Audubon Nature Center encompasses 185 unique acres of forests, wetlands, restored parries, ravines, bluffs, and a shoreline beach. In this program we ll explore these habitats and examine the plants and animals that live here. Students will learn how lifeforms such as deer, coyotes, raccoons, squirrels and voles have adapted to live in their unique niches. AUTUMN AT AUDUBON Grades: K5-3rd Length: 4.5 hours Fee: $8.00 per student Come experience the fall beauty of autumn at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Students will learn what the plants and animals are doing to prepare for winter, how and why leaves change color, why plants need to move their seeds and what happens to all of those leaves once they drop from the trees. September October 2014 BIRDS OF PREY Grades: 1st-5th with minimum cost of $5.00 Ever wonder what makes a bird of prey different from other birds? This program will focus on these carnivorous birds habitats and adaptations. Students will also examine artifacts and observe the Center s live eagle, falcons, hawks, owls and vulture. This program is adapted to age level. CANOE ORIENTATION Fee: $55.00 plus price of canoe trip (See canoe trips on page 18.) This is a prerequisite for Wetlands by Canoe and Milwaukee River Canoe programs, and is designed to go over canoeing basics and help students feel comfortable on the water. Students will spend the day learning canoeing fundamentals on SANC s Mystery Lake. August October 2014 and March June 2015 CANOEING 101 Length: hours Fee: $6.00 per student Would you like your school children to have an aquatic experience they won t forget? They can paddle a one-acre lake at SANC where frogs and turtles abound! This program is designed specifically for children with little or no paddling experience. The children will learn aquatic ecology and teamwork in a non-threatening environment. August October 2014 and April June 2015

8 programs at schlitz audubon nature center CURIOUS KIDS Grades: Preschool and K4-K5 Limit: 40 students Kids are naturally curious and nature is where we let their curiosity run wild! We start by warming up our senses inside with a live story shared by the teacher naturalists. After our story a live animal comes out for a visit! Students will have a chance to see and touch the live animal. Then we are off to explore outdoors going where our curiosity leads us. DINOSAURS AT AUDUBON? Grades: 1st-5th Could dinosaurs have lived at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center? Students will explore the habitats at the Center by searching for clues of ancient living organisms. We will look for plants living today that resemble those that were around during the time of dinosaurs. Students will go on a dinosaur dig down on the beach of Lake Michigan and up to the top of our 60 tower, the same size as an Ultrasaurus! September October 2014 and April June 2015 ECOLOGY Students will have the opportunity to spend a morning or afternoon exploring nature, learning about ecology and having hands-on fun. We will study how certain animals can regenerate limbs, predator prey relationships, photosynthesis, biodiversity, succession, and how interconnected nature is. This program begins indoors with live animals, and then takes students out to explore the 185 acres of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. THE SCIENCE OF GEOCACHING Geocaching combines technology with nature and learning. Students will use GPS units supplied by SANC to discover natural landmarks on the property and learn the natural history behind each one. Topics covered will include Lake Michigan, ecology, photosynthesis, invasive species, urban deer and more. SANC can accommodate a maximum of 10 separate groups of students. Schools must provide one adult for every group of students. GREAT LAKE MICHIGAN Grades: 3rd-5th How great is Great Lake Michigan? There s only one way to find out--come explore the life and lore of this Great Lake! We will start with a movie The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes, which introduces past and present day changes effecting the Great Lakes. Then we will rotate through teaching stations focusing on important issues including sustainable freshwater use and invasive species. Students will climb up the tower, and hike down to Lake Michigan. September November 2014 and April June 2015 ALL DAY GREAT LAKES Grades: 3rd-5th Length: 5 hours (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $.00 per student The Great Lakes are filled with freshwater, the liquid of life. Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario form the largest fresh surface water system on Earth! Yet for all their size and power, the Great Lakes are fragile. Students will learn up close about Lake Michigan, it s glacial past and present day challenges. We will hike the shoreline, and build a watershed on the beach. Students will also learn about water cycles, pollution and prevention, native and invasive species of the Great Lakes and the importance of preserving and protecting our world s freshwater. September November 2014 and April June 2015 THE GREEN MACHINE/SPRING PLANTS Grades: 1st-3rd Fee: $6 per student Plants are springing from the soil at SANC! This is an exciting way to explore plants, our very important producers! Maybe we ll even get a plant autograph! After all, plants are our direct link to the sun. We ll learn more about the life sustaining process of photosynthesis and the everyday products we get from these very important producers plants! We ll learn about the important parts of plants by eating them in our plant parts picnic. April June

9 programs at schlitz audubon nature center INSECTS & THEIR RELATIVES Grades: 3rd-5th An amazing 80% of the animals on earth are insects and their relatives. We ll explore various habitats at SANC in search of these fascinating creatures. In the forest we will look for soil creatures under logs. In the prairie we will sweep for insects with our field nets. At the pond we will strain for pond creatures, many of which are insects and their relatives! We ll spend time in each habitat discussing how to properly handle and care for animals we collect and how to classify insects into major categories. September 2014 and May June 2015 LAKE MICHIGAN: A MIGRATORY PATH TO SURVIVAL Grade: 3rd-5th Length: 2 hour or 4 hour class Fee: $6.00 per student with minimum cost of $100 (2 hour class) $.00 per student with minimum cost of $150 (4 hour class) This course will highlight the Lake Michigan Flyway and its impact on the survival of over 300 species of birds. Some of SANC s Birds of Prey will host this program, many of whom are endan gered species that utilize the flyway. The program will cover why animals migrate,what tools birds in particular use, and why these neo-tropical migrants are important to the health of the environ ment and each of us. Emphasis will be placed on how each of us can help sustain this great resource through beach clean-ups and backyard plantings. September October 2014 and April May 2015 LAND, WIND & WATER: INTERACTIONS THAT FORM OUR LANDSCAPE Grades: 3rd-5th Our land was shaped by forces long ago and continues to be formed by forces today. What better place to learn about the interaction of land, wind and water than the shoreline of Lake Michigan? At the beach we ll build landforms in the sand. Along the way we will study the concepts of weathering, erosion and deposition and search for examples of chemical and physical change, including evidence of Wisconsin s glacial past. September November 2014 and April May 2015 MAPLE SUGAR TIME! Grades: 1st-5th Fee: $6.00 per student with a minimum cost of $150 Come celebrate the sweetest of seasons at SANC, Maple Sugar Time! Bring your boots and sweet tooth as we travel through the stages of making maple syrup, from tapping trees to boiling sap and enjoying real maple syrup. Our program begins with a live story of how maple syrup was first discovered followed by a movie about the magic of maple syrup. Then it s outside to visit the maple trees and wake up the sleepy Sugar Farmer at the Evaporator. We ll top it off with real maple syrup over silver dollar sized pancakes and a maple syrup challenge! Mid February March 2015 NATIVE AMERICAN SONG & DANCE WITH RON PRESTON Grades: 3rd-5th Fee: $ per student with a minimum of $250 Our Native American Song & Dance program would not be possible without Ron Preston, San Carlos Apache and Headman Dancer at Gathering of Nations. Dressed in full Regalia, complete with colorful ribbons and loud bells, Ron will share his dancing and singing with us. He will discuss what he wears and why he wears it. Students will see sacred artifacts up close and even have the chance to dance! Following Ron s introduction, students will rotate through learning stations focusing on how indigenous peoples everywhere have survived and continue to thrive by using the native plants and animals of the area. We will hike to our wigwam. NATURE S NEIGHBORHOODS/HABITATS Grades: K5 3rd Everyone needs a neighborhood and all living things share the same basic needs of food, air, soil, sun, shelter, space and water. Students will discover the similarities and differences between such common habitats as a field, forest, pond and/or lake shore by comparing them to each other and with their own habitats or neighborhoods. THE PLANT WORLD The basis for animal existence is undoubtedly the production of glucose by plants. This program develops the role plants play and then uses a challenging scavenger hunt to reveal their amazing adaptations and relationships. In March, Maple Syrup will be incorporated into the program. September October 2014 and March June 2015

10 programs at schlitz audubon nature center POND EXPLORATION Grades: 2nd 5th or full day 4.5 hours (Bring a bag lunch.) with a $5 minimum Ponds are nature s sponges. These tiny ecosystems are teeming with life. Join us as we peer into the exciting private lives of the creatures around, in and under the water world. We ll end with a creature feature starring the creatures we caught projected on the big screen for closer inspection. April June 2015 PREDATORS LIVE AND ON THE LOOSE! Grades: 3rd-5th We re not mean, we re just hungry. Through hands-on activities, games and outdoor exploration, students will begin to understand the important role predators play in a healthy and sustainable ecosystem. Program includes a visit with a live predator. RAPTORS: PREDATORS IN THE SKY (ALL-DAY CLASS) Grades: 3rd 5th Length: 4.5 hours (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $.00 per student with a minimum cost of $ This all-day program provides the basic components for students to identify bird characteristics and the specific adaptations that make raptors unique hunters. Students will observe the Center s eagle, falcons, hawks, vulture and owls, as well as study skins and artifacts. Additional discovery is highlighted in outdoor field studies with students experiencing raptor hunting, territorial and behavioral strategies and how birds of prey reflect positively on our environment. Your young biologists will have the chance to discover what is on an owl s nightly dinner menu through the process of pellet dissection. ROCKS & SOIL: WHAT S UNDERFOOT? Grades: 3rd 5th Come and explore the incredible rocks and soil of Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Learn what soil is made of and why we depend on it for life on Earth. Find fossils on the lake shore and learn how rocks break down to become soil and how soil slowly turns back into rock again. September October 2014 and April June 2015 STALKING THE WILD DEER By learning skills that enable students to get within yards of a deer, they are taught about natural science, ecological relationships and local issues of urban whitetails. Champion deer are best viewed in late fall/early winter. November 2014 February 2015 THROUGH THE SEASONS (ALL-DAY CLASS) Length: 4.5 hours (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $8.00 per student/per session Students will explore Schlitz Audubon Nature Center during each season of the school year and witness the remarkable changes in Wisconsin throughout the year. In fall we ll catch insects in the fields and ponds. In winter we will strap on snowshoes and go tracking along the trails. In the spring, students discover plants popping out of the ground, and travel back to the ponds they visited in fall to discover new creatures. The same class of students must be involved for all three programs. TRACKING BY SNOWSHOE Grades: 4th 5th Explore the world of winter in the beautiful setting of our forests, fields and lakes. Students will learn about winter survival, snow and ice phenomena, and animal ecology by examining the ubiquitous tracks and signs they leave. Program does not depend on snow cover. December 2014 February 2015 TRACKS & TRACES: THE ART & SCIENCE OF NATURE OBSERVATION Grades: 3rd 5th The winter landscape reveals secrets often hidden during other seasons. Students will learn to read the story left in the snow, through careful observation and clue interpretation. What tracks and traces can the trained eye find? Which animals stay active in the winter? Students will learn about animal locomotion, adaptations and techniques for surviving winter in Wisconsin. December 2014 February

11 programs at schlitz audubon nature center WATER: WE CAN T LIVE WITHOUT IT Grades: 1st 5th Water is for drinking, washing, wading and for wildlife. What ways do people, plants and animals use this essential element? Where does it come from and where does it go? We will explore the natural and human-centered water cycles and learn why fresh water is such a precious liquid. Discuss ways to use water in a sustainable fashion. September November 2014 and April June 2015 WINTER SENSORY EXPERIENCE Grades: Preschool-2nd Experience the wonderful season of winter with all five senses. Our program begins inside with a special winter song and story, Owl Moon, followed by a visit with a live owl! Students will then explore the outdoors; noticing the subtle colors of winter, checking out winter flowers and learning which animals change their coats to blend into their environment. Students will use their senses to learn about the winter landscape and to experience temperatures in various habitats. December 2014 February 2015 WINTER SURVIVAL: HOW DO PLANTS AND ANIMALS ADAPT? Grades: 3rd 5th Brrr it s cold outside! We turn up the heat and put on warm clothes, but what do the plants and animals do? Hibernate, migrate, activate or die! We will explore the strategies used by WINTER SURVIVAL continued mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, plants, insects and people to survive in a frozen landscape. Students will experience survival first hand by staying active outside, simulating a coyote hunt and attempting to keep their jello baby alive. December 2014 February 2015 WINTER WANDERING Grades: K5 2nd Come wander through a winter wonderland. The program begins with an indoor play performed by the SANC Naturalists. Students will help our very confused reporter find out how animals survive winter in Wisconsin. We will search outdoors for animal signs, birds and mammals as we develop an appreciation for this important season. December 2014 February 2015 THE WORLD OF REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS Grades: 3rd 5th Students will enter the fascinating world of these often misunderstood animals. They ll learn about the important role reptiles and amphibians play in the natural world. Students will also have a chance to see and touch some of the live reptiles and amphibians at the Center and come to a greater understanding of what they teach us about history, survival and our future! September October 2014 and April June 2015 The program matched wonderfully to our curriculum. The things we talked about inside and the experiences outside helped to reinforce all that we have been learning at school. It was great that the students could participate with all the hands-on materials and activities they learned so much! They all want to return with their parents. 11 ~Fair Park Elementary

12 programs at your school AMAZING AMPHIBIANS Grades: K 5th Through live animals and a presentation, students will learn about these amazing amphibians. Students will learn about the amazing adaptations of these fragile creatures and participate in a frog calling contest. AMAZING ANIMAL ADAPTATIONS: FIT WHERE YOU LIVE Grades: 1st 5th What are the common behavioral and structural adaptations that Wisconsin animals use to fit where they live? The children will learn what they are through live animals, artifacts, songs, and visual aids. We will have fun while learning that adaptations help animals live, and us too! ANIMALS WITH BAD REPUTATIONS Using live animals, hands-on demonstrations, songs and stories, this program will stress that many animals have a public image that is often highly inaccurate. This bad reputation is responsible for many attitudes detrimental to the existence of creatures of great importance to our environment. This program will focus on the good of these creatures. BATS ARE BEAUTIFUL Through a presentation with animal artifacts, students will learn about the natural science of the world s only flying mammals. We ll listen to real bat sounds, sing bat songs and learn how to become bat friendly. September November 2014 and March May 2015 CREATURES OF THE NIGHT In this program, we ll learn about many of these noc-turnally active critters and the unique niche they occupy in the natural world. We ll even meet a real live creature of the night. Perfectly adapted to see (and remain unseen), they have what it takes to survive. For centuries, bats, skunks, owls, frogs, wolves, fireflies and other creatures of the dark have sparked our imaginations and fears. DINOSAURS, WHAT S NEW? Take an adventure-filled trip back to prehistoric times and discover the mysterious world of dinosaurs. Learn about new discoveries and theories including colonies of nesting dinosaurs, extinction, new dinosaurs and much more. A presentation plus real dinosaur bones and fossils will be part of this program. Offered Mondays only. EAGLES AMONG US: RAPTORS IN WISCONSIN Fee: $ per program Wisconsin is home to some fantastic raptor species and chief among them is the Bald Eagle. Students will learn about our state s celebrity Bald Eagle and how Wisconsin stacks up to other states! A raptor educator will help your students understand how far conservation efforts have come, and how they can help keep our environment safe. Your class is encouraged to compare and contrast our hawks, owls and falcons in order to fully appreciate the awesome power of our national symbol. NEW! Free flight component is available for an additional fee of $30 from mid-april to mid-november. 12

13 programs at your school ENDANGERED SPECIES Life on Earth is in a constant state of change and evolution. caused by natural forces and human actions. Some of those changes are too strong for every plant and animal to be able to adapt and they become endangered. Through audio-visuals, one-of-a-kind artifacts, discussion and activities, we will learn many species that are facing extinction today. They will hear success stories and even discuss options for helping protect species and their habitats. August 2014 May 2015 FLIGHTS OF FANCY Birds have feathers, lay eggs and are warm blooded. Investigate these and other amazing facts about our avian friends. We ll observe eggs, feathers, nests, mounts and listen to calls on tape from some of the common species found during the given season. This program will change the species it emphasizes as seasons change and does not include any live animals. February May 2015 GEOLOGY Grades: 3rd 5th Learn about the history of Earth through rocks and the fossil record. Scientists have made incredible advancements in society due to rocks and minerals. Through audio-visuals, fun activities and geological artifacts, students will discover how much our lives depend upon rocks and minerals. November 2014 March 2015 HABITATS There are many fascinating ecosystems on our continent. Through audio-visuals, discussion and activities, this program is a great introduction to important elements of geography. Students will learn the details behind many communities such as the temperate forest, desert, prairie and rainforest. They will discover the unique adaptations of plants and animals that make their homes in these areas and how they are often threatened. November 2014 March 2015 HIGH INTEREST DAYS/SPECIAL PROGRAMS Grades: K 5th Length: minutes or as requested Fee: Call Registrar, x224 Through the use of audience participation, audio/visual materials, live animals and animal artifacts, puppets and toys, students are engaged in nature study and environmental awareness. HOLIDAY ANIMALS Grades: PK 5 Many of our most cherished seasonal holidays have an animal associated with them: bats around Halloween, turkeys at Thanksgiving, deer & reindeer at Christmas, bunnies at Easter and of course, the King of February 2nd: the groundhog. We ll learn important facts about these animals and how they survive year-round in Wisconsin. HYATT S HABITATS: DESERTS Grades: 1st-5th Living in the desert with little water presents a formidable challenge. Through live animals, stories, and a presentation, students will learn about this unique habitat and its inhabitants. We ll discuss: the Navajos, poisonous lizards, desert roses, roadrunners, camels and more! HYATT S HABITATS: PRAIRIES Grades: 1st-5th Prairies play a vital part of our existence in this country. Through a presentation, stories, and live animals, we ll learn about the inhabitants. we ll discuss: tornadoes, greater prairie chickens, bison, prairie fires, and the Native Americans who call this fertile land home. Time will be devoted to discussing Wisconsin s prairies. 13

14 programs at your school HYATT S HABITATS: RAINFORESTS Grades: 1st-5th The rainforest is home to animals that can kill a person with a touch of their skin, plants that may hold the cure for cancer, and indigenous tribes that have never had contact with anyone other than their tribesmen. Kids will learn about this endangered resource through a presentation, songs, stories, and live animals, including a poison dart frog! INSECTS: CREEPY, CRAWLY & COOL Many people think insects are icky and gross, but not here at SANC! We think these six-legged friends are oh-so-cool. We ll learn about their three body parts and other fascinating facts. We will highlight insects and some close relatives found right here in Wisconsin. LAKE MICHIGAN: A MIGRATORY PATH TO SURVIVAL Grades: 3rd 5th Fee: $ per program Highlighting the Lake Michigan Flyway and its link to the survival of over 300 bird species, this program fosters a deep understanding of the fragility of our ecosystem. Students will learn how development has impacted stop-over sites, making migration more challenging. Taking an active role in affecting change as they work together, students will learn to make migration safer for our native birds. A free flight component and use of binoculars brings the birds up close making a huge impact! The all- day class will incorporate different types of free-flight scenarios with additional birds and will also provide in-depth experimental activities to help students better understand this dangerous bird trek. LOVE THAT LAKE MICHIGAN Grades: 1st 5th Lake Michigan is the state s greatest resource. Through a presentation, students will learn that we and the lake s inhabitants depend on the lake for our livelihood. Students will participate in fun activities that delve into topics like water conservation, native and invasive species, and food pyramids. The history of the lake will also be examined as we touch upon shipwrecks and the pirates (yes, pirates!) that sailed this inland sea. MAMMALS HAVE FUR Discover the many unique adaptations that make mammals special. We ll view mounts of various species found in our area and enjoy a hands-on experience looking at furs and feet. Students will be called upon to act as volunteers in activities. September 2014 May 2015 THE MYTH AND MAGIC OF REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS Should we be afraid of snakes? Are turtles really clumsy animals? What kinds of salamanders live in our state? These questions and more will be answered through an interactive presentation and live creatures with a focus on native species. NATIVE AMERICANS & THE EARTH Native Americans believe that all areas of their life are intertwined with the Earth. Examples include the food they ate, the games they played, the clothes they wore, and the tools they used. Through an interactive presentation, stories, songs, skits and live animals, students will learn that Native Americans have a deep respect for the earth and all of its plants and animals. The focus will be on Wisconsin tribes and their culture. Students will also learn a Native American craft and will be left with materials to make the craft at home. NATIVE AMERICAN LEGENDS WITH HAWK, OWL, VULTURE & EAGLE Grades: 1st-5th Fee: $ per program The First Peoples story-telling tradition often highlights birds of prey. Spinners of these legends used them to teach meaningful life lessons and provoke curiosity. Our magnificent raptors along with SANC s own storytellers will share how: owl became keeper of secrets, hawk learns to see the big picture, eagle finds a way to spread his wings,and vulture becomes well known as a trickster. These gentle stories are designed to inspire and empower your students. NEW! Free flight component is available for an additional fee of $30 from mid-april to mid-november. 14

15 programs at your school OWLS: MASTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY (Add 30 min for pellet dissection.) Fee: $ per program Wisconsin s 12 species of owls are designed to go to work when most of us are fast asleep. Students will learn how owls amazing adaptations allow them to be stealth hunters. SANC s resident owls provide an unforgettable up close experience. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast species, interpret behavior and hypothesize about natural history. Artifacts allow for tactile exploration and invite inquiry. Students gain an appreciation for their nocturnal neighbors and the invaluable role they play in our ecosystem. Hungry for more? Owl pellet dissection is a fun hands-on way for students to take their learning to the next level. This activity encourages cooperation, reasoning, observation and patience. Pellets can be purchased at a cost of $3 each. A SANC Educator will guide the 30 minute dissection process for an additional fee. PLANTS: LET S GET GROWING In this program, we will look at some of the flowers, trees and plants found in Wisconsin. The presentation will utilize displays, activities with student helpers and audio-visuals.we will highlight unique plants based on the season and discuss photosynthesis and nutrient cycling. RAPTORS: THE TRUE SKY HUNTERS Fee: $ per program Some of our state s most impressive birds of prey will be on hand to help guide your students as they learn about their invaluable role in keeping our ecosystem functioning effectively. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast between species and use their powers of observation to interpret and analyze behavior and characteristics. A Raptor Educator will facilitate this engaging and informative exploration as some of SANC s resident birds of prey provide an unforgettable up close experience. Artifacts allow for additional hands-on interpretation and exploration. NEW! Free flight component is available for an additional fee of $30 from mid-april to mid-november. REPTILES RULE! See reptiles up close and learn about what makes each of them unique in this intriguing program. Students will learn about many native species and even get to handle live snakes, and turtles. SEEING STARS Students will learn what planets are visible and how constellations can be intrigueing We ll cover the basics of sun, moon, planets and stars. We ll share some myths and stories, and learn why we have seasons. November 2014 March 2015 SUSTAINABILITY: ENERGY AND ME Grades: 3rd 5th We ll generate ideas about renewable and non-renewable resources. Through displays, audio-visuals and activities with student helpers, this program will highlight where energy comes from, how we use it, and how we can conserve it. An important part of the program will be the topic of sustainability and how SANC is working to conserve the Earth s vital resources. TINY TALONS PRESENTS: SCREECH OWL AT MIDNIGHT HOLLOW Grades: Preschool K5 Length: 45 minutes Fee: $ per program Limit: 40 Story time comes to life in this wonderfully engaging interactive program. Students help tell the captivating tale of a tenacious Screech Owl family while learning to cooperate, take turns and count. Even after, The End, your students will continue to learn what makes owls so unique. Real artifacts allow the kids to have hands-on learning and promote interpretation and exploration. One of SANC s resident Screech Owls will be our guide, allowing the kids to gain an appreciation for our nocturnal neighbors! 15

16 programs at your school VULTURE VIEW Grades: Preschool K5 Length: 45 minutes Fee: $ per program Limit: 40 Your students will travel along while listening to this Vulture s story - their own wings stretched wide! The class will discover what a day in the life of a Vulture is like. Which of their senses do these discerning birds use to hunt and choose their dinner? Discover how they eat, clean and preen as nature s recyclers saving humans from the spread of dangerous diseases. SANC s very own Tallulah the Turkey Vulture will make an appearance allowing the kids to experience the beauty of these efficient birds. WILD ABOUT WEATHER Grades: K4 4th Students will discover the ways plants, animals and people adapt to changing weather and climate conditions. They will also study the water cycle, find out how clouds form, learn some geography and uncover facts about the major source of energy -- the sun. Younger students will meet the amazing Dr. Thunderhead. WISCONSIN STATE SYMBOLS In this engaging program, we ll explore Wisconsin history and why certain things have been designated as state symbols from white-tailed deer to galena minerals and the robin. Many artifacts and specimen including our state flag and a stuffed badger will be showcased. WOLVES OF WISCONSIN Grades: 3rd 5th Legends, facts, folklore the timber wolf is part of Wisconsin s history and future. This program will involve students in hands-on exploration and a presentation on one of the world s most controversial and exciting predators. You ll have a howling good time. October 2014 March

17 programs at a wisconsin natural area AMPHIBIANS OF WISCONSIN Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $ per program We will investigate special breeding ponds in the height of amphibian courtship and egg laying. Searching for, capturing and watching these fascinating creatures will captivate any student s attention. The Center will provide hipwaders for the students. April June 2015 CANOE ORIENTATION Fee: $55.00 plus price of canoe trip Used in conjunction with the Wetlands by Canoe and Milwaukee River Canoe programs, this particular orientation allows students to develop their canoe paddling skills, and helps middle school students significantly extend the educational opportunity of these canoeing programs. It is highly recommended that students in grades 5 through 8 have on water experience at the Audubon Center. August October 2014 and March June 2015 CEDARBURG BOG AND FOREST Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $ per program Students will spend the morning hiking an extensive boardwalk system through the bog. In the afternoon we will explore a virgin maple forest. Students will be exposed to a strange and mysterious world where plants eat animals and life forms are preserved for thousands of years. August October 2014 and March June 2015 DEVIL S LAKE STATE PARK Length: Extended day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $ with a maximum of 25 students $ for students Hike the spectacular bluff trails of one of Wisconsin s most impressive state parks and learn the biology and geology of the region. A nearby visit to the beauty and present-day serenity of Parfrey s Glen will give evidence to the stormy early history of these rock formations. October 2014 May 2015 ECOLOGY ALONG THE ICE AGE TRAIL Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch) Fee: $ with a maximum of 25 students $ for students This discovery journey winds through one of Wisconsin s most amazing natural areas. The beauty and grandeur of the area coupled with the constant anticipation of discovery in these biodiverse communities makes this format always rewarding. Winter months highlight glacial features and animal signs. August 2014 June 2015 GEOCACHE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD Length: hours Fee: $ Students will learn how to geocache inside their classroom. After that, we ll explore your school s neighborhood and lead the students towards cache boxes full of treasure! SANC will supply the GPS units and the students will supply the trinkets to swap with whatever they find. August November 2014 and March June 2015 GLACIAL GEOLOGY OF NORTHERN KETTLE MORAINE Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $ with a maximum of 25 students $ for students The Northern Kettle Morraine is world-renowned for its ice age features. We will take a bus tour of the many forms the ice sheet left on the landscape and hike up to and over them. A bag lunch stop at the Ice Age Center will take advantage of various audio-visual resources that help students understand the dynamic genesis of these glacial relics. Features are most visible when the leaves are off the trees. October 2014 May

18 programs at a wisconsin natural area HORICON MARSH & MOUNDS TOUR Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $ with a maximum of 25 students $ for students Experience one of the world s greatest sites for bird watching, as we make various stops around and in the Horicon marsh, and at nearby nature centers. This area has also been known as a very important area for Native Americans, as seen in their effigy mounds. September October 2014 and April June 2015 KETTLE MORAINE SNOWSHOE Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $ per program The Northern and Southern Kettle Moraine forests contain some of the largest and highest quality wildlife habitats in southern Wisconsin. Winter boldly displays the habits and activities of dramatic wildlife. We will break the bondage of formal trails and track these fascinating creatures to their denning sites. December 2014 February 2015 MILWAUKEE RIVER CANOE Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $25.00 maximum 25 students (Add $55.00 w/canoe orientation.) Discover the wild aspect of Milwaukee s river courses. Wildlife is abundant in many stretches and is frequently encountered. We will explore adaptations and niches in the river community will be explored. This program explores a suburban river s relationship to the surrounding community. The program will be conducted just north of Thiensville unless requested otherwise. This program is significantly different from and is a great complement to the Wetlands Canoe program. You must also register for our Canoe Orientation. August October 2014 and March June 2015 MILWAUKEE RIVER EXPLORATION Fee: $ per program This exploratory hike into the Center s 40-acre Milwaukee River property on Brown Deer Road will reveal the identity and uncover the activities of the many animals that utilize these last remaining natural areas of the county. By wading in the shallow riffle areas adjacent to the forest and using various nets and seines to capture water creatures, students will calculate the biotic index and confirm the relatively high quality of the river. September October 2014 and April June 2015 SAND DUNES OF KOHLER ANDRAE Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $ for 25 students $ for students Of all the beautiful habitats in our state, the sand dunes of Kohler Andrae are rarely spoken of. We will hike along the cordwalk learning about the adaptations of the lifeforms that live with the dryness and wind of this habitat. We will also step off the cordwalk to learn about dune ecology. August October 2014 and March June 2015 WETLANDS BY CANOE Length: All day (Bring a bag lunch.) Fee: $ maximum 25 students (Add $55.00 w/canoe orientation.) Using the Center s canoes, students will get intimate looks at the fascinating creatures of a wild marsh. Important wetland concepts are developed in discussions about student discoveries. The program requires the school to arrange bus transportation to a site within an hour of the school. Popular sites are Mukwonago River wetlands, Rome Pond Wildlife area, and Lulu Lake natural area. August October 2014 and March June

19 PROGRAMS AT A NEARBY OUTDOOR AREA NATURAL AREAS AT YOUR SCHOOL Fee: $ Many schools have undertaken the exciting challenge of promoting their own natural areas. Our staff can assist you with the many facets of interpreting these sites: guided activities, program development, site consultation and staff training. August 2014 June 2015 TRACKING BY SNOWSHOE Explore the world of winter in the location of your choice. Students will learn about winter survival, snow and ice phenomena, and animal ecology by examining the tracks and signs they leave. Program does not depend on snow cover. December 2014 February 2015 POND LIFE Fee: $ with a maximum of 25 students $ with a maximum of 50 students Limit: students SANC naturalists will meet your students at a natural area at or near your school with equipment for the students to investigate the numerous aquatic lifeforms. We will end with a Creature Feature inside your school that describes the many adaptations of the student s conquests. August October 2014 and Apri June

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