Early childhood field trips take preschoolers on a learning adventure indoors and out! Children actively learn about the natural world through stories, hands-on activities, games, crafts and songs. Offered throughout the year, field trips are approximately one hour long. Preschool groups are encouraged to enjoy Hazelnut Hideaway, our outdoor classroom, and trails before or after their program. The fee is $4 per student during the school year and $5 per student in the summer. There is no charge for adult chaperones, except for maple syruping programs which are $2 per adult. 

*programs marked with an asterisk are available off-site at your location! Ask us for more details when you call.

All programs scheduled will require 50% of the total paid in advance in order to reserve the date for your program.

This fee includes free admission to exhibits and use of picnic areas. Our calendar fills quickly so call early to reserve your date. Visit our Scheduling and Policies section for more details.

If a topic you are interested in is not covered in our field trip list, we may be able to create a special field trip for you!

Fall

Creature Feature*
Bat Business
Busy Buzzing Bees (Honey Bees)*
Feathered Friends (Birds)*
Meadow Magic (Insects)
Spider Safari
Talking Trees (Forests)*
Who Digs Indian Creek?
Feet Beat (Animal Tracks)
Seasons Exploration
Creature Feature*

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Get to know Iowa’s wild animals! Use your senses to discover fun facts about their fur, their tracks, what they like to eat, and how they choose to live. Get moving with interactive animal games. Go for a hike to explore their habitats and enjoy the great outdoors.

Bat Business

IELS: 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Discover the many good things bats do for us. Where do they live? What do they eat? How do these flying mammals hunt? Listen to a story and play a bat game.

Busy Buzzing Bees (Honey Bees)*

IELS: 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement,13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Honey is a sweet treat that the bees work all summer to make. You will learn all about it as you observe the community of a beehive firsthand in the Nature Center’s observation hive. Get to know the drone, worker, and queen bee. How do bees find nectar? How do they communicate with each other? Play a buzzing  bee game.

Feathered Friends (Birds)*

IELS: 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Explore the fascinating world of our feathered friends and go bird watching with a naturalist. Take a peek at our collection of bird nests and colorful feathers while you learn about their songs, characteristics and habitats.  

Meadow Magic (Insects)

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Sun, meadows and buzzing bugs create a special experience as you hunt through the tall grass prairie for insects and learn about their characteristics. Explore the homes of butterflies, ants, grasshoppers, bees and more while enjoying the great outdoors at the Nature Center!

Spider Safari

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Spiders are fascinating creatures. Discover fun facts about them, like what they eat and why they are helpful to humans. How many legs does a spider have? Go on a spider “hunt” on Nature Center grounds.

Talking Trees (Forests)*

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.2 Patterns, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Do you know that trees tell stories? Come learn the secrets hidden in apartment house trees. Learn the parts of a tree and discover the great things trees do for us. Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and explore the forest habitats on Nature Center grounds.

Who Digs Indian Creek?

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

A short walk on the trails reveals tunnels, holes, and mounds of dirt. Who made them? How were they made, and why? Meet animals who dig for food, homes, and transportation at Indian Creek, and go on a nature hike.

Feet Beat (Animal Tracks)

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 13.1 Art, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Creatures big and small leave their tracks and traces in the mud and snow – birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, mice and more! Go on a tracking walk, learn about food chains, and make an animal track craft.

Seasons Exploration

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Nature is always changing all through the year. You might play in the the fall colors, or smell the spring flowers, play in the winter snow or dance in the spring rain. Explore all of the exciting changes in the seasons that are happening right now at the nature center grounds!

Winter

Creature Feature*
Bat Business
Owls, Eagles and Hawks (Raptors)
Wild Animals in Winter*
Feathered Friends (Birds)*
Maple Syruping
Talking Trees (Forests)*
Feet Beat (Animal Tracks)
Seasons Exploration
Creature Feature*

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Get to know Iowa’s wild animals! Use your senses to discover fun facts about their fur, their tracks, what they like to eat, and how they choose to live. Get moving with interactive animal games. Go for a hike to explore their habitats and enjoy the great outdoors.

Bat Business

IELS: 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Discover the many good things bats do for us. Where do they live? What do they eat? How do these flying mammals hunt? Listen to a story and play a bat game.

Owls, Eagles and Hawks (Raptors)

IELS: 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Do you think your wingspan can match that of an eagle? Can you spot an object up to a mile away? Can you guess the size of a bald eagle’s nest?  Discover the special habits of predatory birds and find out about the unique adaptations of owls and eagles.

Wild Animals in Winter*

IELS: 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving

Hibernation, migration, and adaptation are the words of the day as we explore what different creatures do! We’ll play animal games to see how well you can hibernate, and discover what animals do to get ready for winter. Find out who takes a long winter nap and who stays awake to play in the snow.

Feathered Friends (Birds)*

IELS: 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Explore the fascinating world of our feathered friends and go bird watching with a naturalist. Take a peek at our collection of bird nests and colorful feathers while you learn about their songs, characteristics and habitats.  

Maple Syruping

Month of March only

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

This unique, fun activity can only be experienced in late winter! Listen to Native American legends, tap a tree, and visit the sugarhouse to see how sap is made into delicious maple syrup. The hour ends with a taste of our real maple syrup on ice cream! Fee: Children, $4.00; teachers/chaperones, $2.00.

Talking Trees (Forests)*

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.2 Patterns, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Do you know that trees tell stories? Come learn the secrets hidden in apartment house trees. Learn the parts of a tree and discover the great things trees do for us. Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and explore the forest habitats on Nature Center grounds.

Feet Beat (Animal Tracks)

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 13.1 Art, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Creatures big and small leave their tracks and traces in the mud and snow – birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, mice and more! Go on a tracking walk, learn about food chains, and make an animal track craft.

Seasons Exploration

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Nature is always changing all through the year. You might play in the the fall colors, or smell the spring flowers, play in the winter snow or dance in the spring rain. Explore all of the exciting changes in the seasons that are happening right now at the nature center grounds!

Spring

Creature Feature*
Bat Business
Busy Buzzing Bees (Honey Bees)*
Feathered Friends (Birds)*
Meadow Magic (Insects)
Sounds of Spring (Frogs)
Spider Safari
Talking Trees (Forests)*
Who Digs Indian Creek?
Seasons Exploration
Creature Feature*

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Get to know Iowa’s wild animals! Use your senses to discover fun facts about their fur, their tracks, what they like to eat, and how they choose to live. Get moving with interactive animal games. Go for a hike to explore their habitats and enjoy the great outdoors.

Bat Business

IELS: 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Discover the many good things bats do for us. Where do they live? What do they eat? How do these flying mammals hunt? Listen to a story and play a bat game.

Busy Buzzing Bees (Honey Bees)*

IELS: 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement,13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Honey is a sweet treat that the bees work all summer to make. You will learn all about it as you observe the community of a beehive firsthand in the Nature Center’s observation hive. Get to know the drone, worker, and queen bee. How do bees find nectar? How do they communicate with each other? Play a buzzing  bee game.

Feathered Friends (Birds)*

IELS: 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Explore the fascinating world of our feathered friends and go bird watching with a naturalist. Take a peek at our collection of bird nests and colorful feathers while you learn about their songs, characteristics and habitats.  

Meadow Magic (Insects)

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Sun, meadows and buzzing bugs create a special experience as you hunt through the tall grass prairie for insects and learn about their characteristics. Explore the homes of butterflies, ants, grasshoppers, bees and more while enjoying the great outdoors at the Nature Center!

Sounds of Spring (Frogs)

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

As the weather warms up, so does the frog chorus! Listen for frogs at the wetlands. Learn about the frog life cycle and special frog features, sing frog songs, and go on a frog watching hike.

Spider Safari

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Spiders are fascinating creatures. Discover fun facts about them, like what they eat and why they are helpful to humans. How many legs does a spider have? Go on a spider “hunt” on Nature Center grounds.

Talking Trees (Forests)*

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.2 Patterns, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Do you know that trees tell stories? Come learn the secrets hidden in apartment house trees. Learn the parts of a tree and discover the great things trees do for us. Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and explore the forest habitats on Nature Center grounds.

Who Digs Indian Creek?

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

A short walk on the trails reveals tunnels, holes, and mounds of dirt. Who made them? How were they made, and why? Meet animals who dig for food, homes, and transportation at Indian Creek, and go on a nature hike.

Seasons Exploration

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Nature is always changing all through the year. You might play in the the fall colors, or smell the spring flowers, play in the winter snow or dance in the spring rain. Explore all of the exciting changes in the seasons that are happening right now at the nature center grounds!

Summer

Learning doesn’t stop in the summer! In fact, the Nature Center is brimming with insect and animal activity. Summer Group Experiences take place June through August.

Fee: $5 per student. No fee for chaperones.

Creature Feature*
Bat Business
Busy Buzzing Bees (Honey Bees)*
Feathered Friends (Birds)*
Meadow Magic (Insects)
Sounds of Spring (Frogs)
Spider Safari
Talking Trees (Forests)*
Who Digs Indian Creek?
Feet Beat
Seasons Exploration
Creature Feature*

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Get to know Iowa’s wild animals! Use your senses to discover fun facts about their fur, their tracks, what they like to eat, and how they choose to live. Get moving with interactive animal games. Go for a hike to explore their habitats and enjoy the great outdoors.

Bat Business

IELS: 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 11.2 Early Literacy, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Discover the many good things bats do for us. Where do they live? What do they eat? How do these flying mammals hunt? Listen to a story and play a bat game.

Busy Buzzing Bees (Honey Bees)*

IELS: 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement,13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Honey is a sweet treat that the bees work all summer to make. You will learn all about it as you observe the community of a beehive firsthand in the Nature Center’s observation hive. Get to know the drone, worker, and queen bee. How do bees find nectar? How do they communicate with each other? Play a buzzing  bee game.

Feathered Friends (Birds)*

IELS: 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Explore the fascinating world of our feathered friends and go bird watching with a naturalist. Take a peek at our collection of bird nests and colorful feathers while you learn about their songs, characteristics and habitats.  

Meadow Magic (Insects)

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Sun, meadows and buzzing bugs create a special experience as you hunt through the tall grass prairie for insects and learn about their characteristics. Explore the homes of butterflies, ants, grasshoppers, bees and more while enjoying the great outdoors at the Nature Center!

Sounds of Spring (Frogs)

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 13.2 Music, Rhythm, and Movement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

As the weather warms up, so does the frog chorus! Listen for frogs at the wetlands. Learn about the frog life cycle and special frog features, sing frog songs, and go on a frog watching hike.

Spider Safari

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.1 Comparison and Number, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Spiders are fascinating creatures. Discover fun facts about them, like what they eat and why they are helpful to humans. How many legs does a spider have? Go on a spider “hunt” on Nature Center grounds.

Talking Trees (Forests)*

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 8.3 Small Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.2 Patterns, 12.3 Shapes and Spatial Reasoning, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Do you know that trees tell stories? Come learn the secrets hidden in apartment house trees. Learn the parts of a tree and discover the great things trees do for us. Search for leaf shapes, feel bark textures, smell a tree, and explore the forest habitats on Nature Center grounds.

Who Digs Indian Creek?

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

A short walk on the trails reveals tunnels, holes, and mounds of dirt. Who made them? How were they made, and why? Meet animals who dig for food, homes, and transportation at Indian Creek, and go on a nature hike.

Feet Beat

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.6 Measurement, 13.1 Art, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Creatures big and small leave their tracks and traces in the mud and snow – birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, mice and more! Go on a tracking walk, learn about food chains, and make an animal track craft.

Seasons Exploration

IELS: 8.2 Large Motor Movement, 9.1 Curiosity and Initiative, 9.4 Play and Senses, 10.3 Relationships with Adults, 10.4 Relationships with Children, 11.1 Language Understanding and Use, 12.4 Scientific Reasoning, 12.5 Scientific Investigations and Problem Solving, 12.6 Measurement, 13.3 Dramatic Play, 14.3 Awareness of the Relationship between People and the Environment in which They Live

Nature is always changing all through the year. You might play in the the fall colors, or smell the spring flowers, play in the winter snow or dance in the spring rain. Explore all of the exciting changes in the seasons that are happening right now at the nature center grounds!

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