School Programs

Our natural resources – living and non living – and how we relate to them inform and guide our programs.  The contents are science based and conform to the Core Curriculum Standards as much as possible.  We also believe in the essential nature of discovery, exploration and relationship-building within the context of the natural world.  That means if we happen upon something amazing – even if it does not relate to the moment at hand – we go for it!! Don’t worry, we’ll get back on track.

We also think that kids are supposed to get dirty and have fun.  That goes for grown ups too!

Program components can be mixed and matched based upon what you would like to get out of your field trip.  The naturalist reserves the right to make the final decision based on season, weather and size of the class.

All school programs include a hike to explore the woods and/or prairies unless the weather makes that impossible.  Dress for being outside and for the weather. Many programs also involve a make-and-take.

If you are spending the day with us, feel free to bring your lunch.  We have a carry-in and carry-out policy. That means what you bring with you, leaves with you.

Water

  • Pondering – 2nd grade and up  (Location – Drumlin Farm) Learners will explore the pond at Drumlin Farm, searching for aquatic dwellers of all kinds. All equipment is included in this program.  Expect some kids to get wet and/or muddy. 
  • The Gift of Water – 4th grade and up  What does water mean to us?  How do we use it and how can we use it better? Where does it come from?  Where does it go?
  • The Story of Drop – 4th grade and up  Enact the Story of Drop as she makes her way through the water cycle.
  • Bubbles – K4 to 1st grade  There are quite a few anminals that use bubbles in order to survive.  Can you think of any?  Learners will make their own bubble wands and have a chance to blow big, beautiful bubbles!

Plants

  • Papermaking – 3rd grade and up  Learners will be introduced the history of papermaking and launch in to a creative, fun-filled session of making their own paper from various components.
  • Trees are Life – K and up  What is a tree?  What do they mean to life as we know it in Wisconsin?  How can you tell one tree from the next?
  • Seed Exploration – K and up  Many plants reproduce primarily through seed production.  The world of seeds is fascinating and how they get where they need to is so cool!  Watch an acorn sprout right before your eyes!
  • Let it Rot –  2nd grade and up This is all about those all-important decomposers. Learners will discover where all that living matter goes when it eventually falls to the ground.  Meet the key players in this part of the life cycle.
  • Plants out of PlaceMiddle School and up  Learners will be introduced to the main invasive plant species of Seno and discover why they pose such a threat. Information on how to remove them is a key component.  Then we head outside to do battle with these invaders.

Animals

Winged Wonders – K and up  Learners will delve into the awesome world of birds. What makes a bird a bird?  What kinds of birds live at Seno? 

Suggested Stewardship components – invasive species removal, planting native plants, habitat improvement