Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Seven Ponds Nature Center is an ideal outdoor classroom where children can experience nature first hand. In this series of programs, our 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.
The Secret Life of the Prairie
Grades 1 and 2
Concept: Plant Lifecycles
The tallgrass prairie at Seven Ponds contains a variety of amazing plants that sprout, grow, flower, and produce seeds each year. Through a variety of activities, children will learn about the lifecycle of prairie plants, how prairie provides the needs of these plants, and the many ways that these plants survive in an adverse environment. Students will even collect seeds from selected plants to take home!
Native Americans and the Web of Life
Grades 3 and 4
Concept: Plant and Animal Relationships
Have you ever eaten sunlight? Do you have plants and animals in your lunch? What is the origin of your food, clothing, and shelter? We will explore the nature center from the perspective of the Indians who used this land in the past, and consider our relationship with the land today. A slide show, specimens, and a walk get students thinking about their significant connections to the natural environment.
Life in the Prairie
Grades 5 and 6
Students will explore the striking ecosystem of a tallgrass prairie. They will discover a world woven together within the tall grasses. Through discussion, activities, and hikes students will understand the ecological role many of the native plants and animals play in the prairie community. They will also learn of the loss of much of the tallgrass prairie because of past human activity, and what people are doing to restore and reconstruct this magnificent ecosystem today.