Programs & Events

School Programs

Our educational programs take the habitats found in Wildcat Park and combine them with best practices in teaching and environmental studies.

Kindergarten & First Grade

Amazing Animals: Characteristics of Living Things & Animal Classification

GLEs:  3.1.A., 3.1.D., 3.1.E., 7.1.A.–E.

When:  Apr.-May and Sept.-Nov.

Size:    15 students min. / 60 students max.

Time:   9:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Cost:    $4 per student

Most children have a natural curiosity about animals and this program emphasizes observing and touching a variety of live organisms. Through a sensory nature hike, we will engage students in using all their senses. An entertaining puppet show will help teach them about what’s living and what’s not.

Second Grade

The Circle of Life:  Life Cycles of Animals

GLEs:  3.1.B., 3.1.D., 7.1.A.–E.

When:  Apr.-May

Size:    15 students min. / 60 students max.

Time:   9:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Cost:    $4 per student

Students will discover the similarities/differences between butterfly, frog, bird, and mammal life cycles through an entertaining puppet show, exhibits, and hands-on time with live amphibians and catching insects.

Third Grade

Adapt to this Habitat: Adaptations & Habitats

GLEs:  3.1.A, 3.1.D., 4.2.A., 7.1.A.–E.

When:  Apr.-May and Sept.-Oct.

Size:    15 students min. / 60 students max.

Time:   9:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Cost:    $4 per student

While on a nature scavenger hike, students will discover what organisms need to survive and the components of a habitat. They will also compare woodlands, creeks, and glades, and how plants/animals are adapted for each habitat.

Third & Fourth Grade

Winter Wonderland: Winter Ecology

GLEs:  3.1.A., 3.1.D., 4.2.A., 7.1.A.–E.

When:  Nov. -  Feb.

Size:    15 students min. / 60 students max.

Time:   9:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Cost:    $4 per student

Discover how animals and plants adapt for winter. On a winter hike, students will also learn what animals are around us simply by reading the clues they leave behind, such as tracks and scat. Wild birds at our bird feeding stations allow students to learn to identify common birds in winter, and become citizen scientists as they help us track observations for programs like Project FeederWatch, which they can also do at school or at home.

Fourth, Fifth, & Sixth Grade

Excellent Ecosystems: Ecology & Terrestrial Ecosystems

GLEs:  1.2.C., 3.1.D., 3.1.E., 3.2.B., 4.1.A., 4.1.B., 4.1.D., 4.2.A., 4.3.C., 5.2.A., 7.1.A.–E.

When:  Apr.-May and Sept.-Oct.

Size:    30 students min. / 60 students max.

Time:   9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (30 min. break for lunch included)

Cost:    $6 per student

Students will collect, record, and report data as they take an in-depth look at glade and woodland ecosystems. For a half day or 2 hour experience, we only investigate the woodland ecosystem, and the cost is $4 per student with a minimum of 15 students. We will examine the living, as well as the non-living components of these ecosystems. Students will learn to use a simple key to identify organisms. They will also learn about the transfer of energy in an ecosystem and the role of producers, consumers, and decomposers in our world.

Fifth – Twelfth Grade

Water Wonders: Water & Aquatic Ecosystems

GLEs:  1.2.C., 3.1.A., 3.1.E, 4.1.A., 4.1.D., 4.2.A., 4.3.C., 5.1.B., 5.2.A., 5.2.E., 5.3.A., 7.1.A.–E.

When:  Apr.-May and Sept.-Oct.

Size:    30 students min. / 60 students max.

Time:   9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Cost:    $6 per student

Water – you can’t live without it! Students will learn about local water-related issues and examine these issues by collecting real data from Silver and Shoal Creeks. Students will also learn to use a simple key for identifying the aquatic organisms collected through their exploration of these ecosystems. For a half day or 2 hour experience, we only sample the macroinvertebrates in the stream and the cost is $4 per student with a minimum of 15 students. Prepare to get wet! Old shoes required.

Green Technologies Tour

GLEs:  1.2.A., 1.2.C.,4.1.C., 4.2.B., 5.3.A., 8.1.A.–C., 8.3.B.

When:  year round

Size:    15 students min. / 60 students max.

Time:   2 hrs. (flexible starting time)

Cost:    $4 per student

Learn about the unique, cost-saving, “green” technologies and principles employed in the Audubon Center and site, such as geothermal heating and cooling, a living roof, etc. A naturalist will guide students through a series of learning stations that highlight various resource saving principles, including recycling, and green technologies.

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