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2 The Backcountry Wilderness Area s educational programming brings to life the concepts you introduce in your classroom. We offer educational programming on our conservation property as well as on-site: whether that be your schoolyard, a local park, or in your classroom. We explore a wide range of environmental topics and can customize any program to fit your curriculum needs. All programs are designed to aid teachers in helping their students achieve state science standards. Backcountry Basecamp Programs Our Backcountry Basecamp (6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton, CO 80125) serves as a hub for school field trips. Located in the heart of our 13-square-mile conservation property, students will engage in an area of great wildlife diversity including the habitats of elk, bobcats, bears and golden eagles. These programs are available September through May. Classroom Programs Let us bring the Backcountry to you! Our classroom programs emphasize hands-on, naturebased science inquiry and are available yearround for schools, community groups, and camps. Park and Schoolyard Programs Our park and schoolyard programs are all experiential lessons to get your students moving around and learning in an outdoor setting near you. These programs are available year-round for schools, community groups, and camps.

3 Scheduling Information: To schedule a program, AnnaKate Hein at Dates are filled on a first come, first-served basis. When booking a program, please provide the following information: Name, address, and phone number of school/organization Main contact name and mobile phone number for day of program Name of program(s) and curriculum requesting Date (and alternative dates) and time(s) to schedule program Group size and grade level Special education/physical needs of your students For questions, call , or Cancellation Policy: Any group that cancels less than one week before the day of the program will be billed 50% of the program fee. Late Arrivals: Please inform us if you are running late. Should your group arrive late to a program, the program will still end at the scheduled time. Inclement Weather: In the event of heavy rain or snow, we will contact you prior to the program and make a decision together about whether to reschedule your program. Programs typically run rain, snow, or shine. In the event of lightning, the program may be rescheduled. Lunch: For our Backcountry Basecamp programs, each student should bring a bagged lunch. Groups are welcome to bring large coolers to keep lunches cool. Please note, the Backcountry Wilderness Area has a pack-it-in, pack-it-out policy there is no trash can on site. Students must put all trash back into their lunch bag or backpack.

4 Newsletter Backcountry Title Basecamp Programs Grades: Pre-K to Grade 12 Length: Single Program, 2 hours single program options indicated below by a * Rotation, 3-4 hours all programs listed below can be used in rotations choose from 3 or 4 Cost: Single Program, $200 Rotation, 1-50 Students $500; Students $950 (Title I schools please contact us for pricing information.) Note: We can accommodate a maximum of 25 students per station in our rotation programs, and 25 students in each single program for grades K-12. We can accommodate a maximum of 20 students per single program for Pre-K. Sample Timeline for 3 Station Rotation Sample Timeline for 4 Station Rotation 9:30-9:45 Intro 9:45-10:35 Station 1 10:35-11:25 Station 2 11:25-11:55 Lunch 11:55-12:45 Station 3 12:45-1:00 Wrap Up 9:30-9:45 Intro 9:45-10:30 Station 1 10:30-11:15 Station 2 11:15-12:00 Station 3 12:00-12:30 Lunch 12:30-1:15 Station 4 1:15-1:30 Wrap Up *Chickens Aren t the Only Ones: In this program, younger students read Chickens Aren t the Only Ones and older students will discuss the basics of embryology. Students will get to crack open a fresh chicken egg to identify all of the parts of an egg, and will have an opportunity to meet one of our hens. *In order to provide the best experience, group size for this program cannot exceed 15 students. Grades 2-12 Climate Change: Climate change affects plants, animals, and local ecosystems in many ways. Through a series of active, hands-on activities, students will learn the basic concepts of climate change and how humans impact fragile ecological cycles. Grades: 6-12

5 Fire Ecology: Learn about the fire triangle, study the importance of fire in ecosystems, and learn how to start a fire without lighter fluid or matches. Grades: 4-8 Get Lost: Can you find your way through the Backcountry without a GPS or iphone? Learn how to use a map and compass, and tactics to navigate with only your surroundings. Grades: 4-8 *Insect Detectives: Students will learn about insect life cycles and metamorphosis, and will get to explore the forest and field edges in order to study our creepy crawly friends up close. Grades: Pre-K - 3 Migration Mania: By going through an obstacle course, students will learn about some of the dangers birds face while migrating. *Nature Hike: Students will go on an easy off-trail hike to look for clues of the wildlife lurking nearby. Look for tracks and animal remains, identify scat, listen for critters, and take in the landscape. Let us know when you register if you would like to focus on a particular theme. Grades: K - 12 *Nature Hike with Scavenger Hunt: Run like our nature hike, a scavenger hunt can help engage younger students on a hike. Choose a theme from habitats, wildlife, or pollinators. Grades: K - 6 *Nature Tales and Trails: This program for younger children features a nature story time followed by a short, exploratory hike. Choose from one of the book titles below. Grades: Pre-K - 1 Birds: Mama Built a Little Nest, Vulture View, Feathers Not Just for Flying Insects, Arachnids, & Worms: Hey Little Ant, Dream Weaver, Wonderful Worms, The Very Quiet Cricket, Under One Rock Mammals: Is a Camel a Mammal?, Stellaluna Fish & Water: Salmon Stream, The Water Hole Seasons: Going Home, Under the Snow, Under the Sun, In the Snow: Who s Been Here? Adaptations: Chickens Aren t the Only Ones, Animals in Flight, What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? Food Webs/Energy: Pass the Energy Please, Trout are Made of Trees, What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You?, Energy Heat, Light, and Fuel Scientific Inquiry: The Other Way to Listen, What Do You Do With an Idea?, Everybody Needs a Rock, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

6 Ponderosa Pine Forests: Students will study ponderosa pine adaptations by choosing a tree to more closely observe. They ll look, feel, smell, and even listen to the tree with a stethoscope, before they learn to age a tree using tree rings. We ll even create a mock wildfire to better understand fire ecology. Grades: 5-12 Power of Seeds: Play an interactive game to learn what seeds need to grow and flourish, do a seed sorting relay, and make wildflower seed pucks to take back to your school or community. Scat!: Students will get to make their own scat out of an oatmeal mixture that can be constantly reshaped as a learning tool to differentiate between herbivore and carnivore scat, and used to identify scat found in the Backcountry. Grades: K - 5 Sounds Around: Students will enjoy the short story, The Other Way to Listen, and then will pick a comfortable spot to observe the world around them. Students will create their own sound map and experience the natural world through a different perspective. Grades: K - 5 Watersheds: Students will use their imagination to design and build a city into the natural landscape, and then pollute it to see how our actions on land affect our rivers, lakes, and the oceans. Grades: 4-9 Wilderness Skills: Learn skills to survive outdoors including plant and animal identification, tracking, shelter building, critical thinking, and problem solving. Grades: 4-8

7 Newsletter Classroom Programs Title Grades: Pre-K to Grade 12. Programs are customized to every grade level and teachers requirements. Length: minutes Cost: $125 for one program; $60 for each consecutive same-day program; up to four programs per day. Note: Rate based on up to 30 students per group. Multiple programs can be done to fit more students. Animal Adaptations: By studying biofacts such as skins, skulls, and scat, students will use their senses and the scientific method to figure out what each biofact is. Grades: K - 5 Camouflage!: In this fun program for younger students, they will learn about adaptations, then color their own animal and camouflage it for other students to try to find. Grades: Pre-K - 2 Climate Change: Climate change affects, plants, animals, and local ecosystems in many ways. Through hands-on activities, students will learn the basic concepts of climate change, what a carbon footprint is, and how humans impact fragile ecological cycles. Grades: 6-12 Fill the Bill: Through an interactive game in which the students simulate trying to eat different bird s food, they will learn why birds have different beaks. Grades 3-6 Living to Tell a Tall Tale: By studying tree cookies and playing an interactive game, students will learn about trees and what they need to grow and survive. Grades: 1-4 Migratory Monarchs: Students learn about the life cycle, migration, and challenges facing the monarch butterfly by traveling through a migratory course as a monarch. Oh Deer!: Designed for younger students, this active program teaches about an animal s habitat and what every animal need to survive. Grades: Pre-K - 2

8 Water, Water Everywhere: Students will measure out the Earth s water supply to get a real feel for how much water is available for human and animal use. Then, they ll become a water molecule and move through the water cycle in an interactive lesson. Grades: K - 5 What s the Buzz on Bees?: By making their own pollinator and simulating how bees pollinate flowers, students will learn how and why flowers are pollinated and the importance of pollinators. Grades: Pre-K - 2 Whoooo is in the Food Web: Students will explore a local food chain and food web to see how energy is passed from one organism on to another. Each student will get to dissect an owl pellet and learn to classify animals by their skeletal structure. Grades: 2-6 Wildlife Tracks: In this program, students will learn to identify mammal tracks by acting out the different types of animal movements and working together to figure out the story that played out in the forest on our tracking sheet. Grades: 2-6 Wind Turbine Design: Students will learn how wind turbines produce electricity by working together to design and try out different types of wind turbine blades on a model wind turbine with lights to visualize electrical output and a multimeter to measure electrical output. Grades: 6-12

9 Park & Schoolyard Programs Programs Grades: Programs are customized to every grade level and teachers requirements. Length: minutes Cost: $125 for one program; $60 for each consecutive program; up to four programs per day. Note: Rate based on up to 30 students per group. Multiple programs can be done to fit more students. Bears in the Forest: Students will play an active game in which they search for components of a habitat to demonstrate limiting factors on a population. Bird Babies: Through a fun, loud, and active game, students will learn how birds have various adaptations to raise their young. Climate Change: Climate change affects plants, animals, and local ecosystems in many ways. Through a series of experiential activities, students will learn the basic concepts of climate change and how humans impact fragile ecological cycles. Grades: 6-9 Migration Mania: By going through an obstacle course, students will learn about some of the dangers birds face while migrating. Schoolyard Safari: Students will closely inspect the schoolyard for signs of animals. From digging for worms to sifting through leaf litter and inspecting scat, this program makes you realize that nature is everywhere! Grades: Pre-K - 3 Insect Detectives: Designed for younger students, this program teaches about insect life cycles and metamorphosis, then students go on a bug hunt to study our creepy-crawly friends up close. Grades: Pre-K - 3 Meet a Tree: Students will learn how to age a tree using tree rings, will play an interactive game, and will wind down by choose a tree to more closely observe and even listen to with a stethoscope! Grades: 4-8

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