Seven Ponds Nature Center Classes

 

Nature Study Series for Homeschoolers

Seven Ponds Nature Center is an ideal outdoor classroom where children can experience nature first hand. In this series of programs, their experienced staff and well trained volunteer naturalists guide children toward an awareness and appreciation of our natural world, using hands-on activities, specimens, slide shows, and nature walks. These programs complement state science objectives and focus on specific ecological concepts. Fee: $4.00 per person (Any adults who plan on participating in the program also pay this fee.) For more information or to pre-register your child, please call (810) 796-3200.

All sessions will meet on
September 25 at 1:00–3:00 p.m.

From Tadpole to Frog
Grades 1 and 2
Concept: Animal Lifecycles
The nature center’s lakes and ponds abound with animals of all shapes and sizes, with a variety of lifecycle types. They will discover how these animals begin their life in the pond, which young animals live in the water, and which animals leave the water as adults. Through pond exploration and animal observations, the children learn how animals live and grow in the wild.

Cattails to Crayfish
Grades 3 and 4
Concept: Adaptations of Living Things
The natural world presents challenges to all living things. Using dip nets, students will explore the nature center’s deep glacial lakes and ponds looking for the many different plant and animal groups found there and the adaptations they have to survive in their watery environment.

Wetland Adaptations
Grades 5 and 6
Concept: Animals and their Environment
Lakes, ponds, and streams present a variety of challenges for the organisms residing in them. Plants and animals have many structural and behavioral adaptations for life in these wetland environments. Indoors, they will take a close-up look at a variety of these adaptations by examining prepared specimens and a slide show. Then they will hike down to the pond for a pond dipping session which will give students a first-hand look at many pond organisms and an understanding of what it takes to survive in the water.