*Most programs can be modified for all grade levels.
Animal Encounters: Recommended for Pre-K & Up
Students learn unique, interesting, and fun facts about members from our live animal collection. The Animal Encounters Program can be adapted to focus on a specific animal population and/or topic (e.g. reptiles, insects, mammals, habitats, animal behavior, etc).
Discovery Hike: Recommended for Pre-K & Up
Let’s go outside! We will take your group on a hike in the majestic Cosca forest. This program is also flexible and can be customized to your interests and needs (e.g., sensory hike, fauna/flora identification hike, etc.)
- COMING SOON: Mindfulness Hike
Flora of the Forest & More!: Recommended for K & Up
Students will learn the unique characteristics of plants and how they are beneficial to us. Topics may include plant structure, photosynthesis, pollution, erosion control, natural cycles (water, carbon, etc), and how to “read” a tree. This program may also include dynamic movement in order to help participants understand the concepts being covered. Depending on the weather and educational goals, a hike can be included.
Geology: Recommended for Grades 3 & Up
This program explores all sorts of wonderful facets (pun intended!) about rocks and minerals. Topics may include the rock cycle, properties of rocks, Moh’s Hardness Scale, types of rocks, land formations, etc.
Habitats: Recommended for Grades K & Up
Students will learn about the 3 main types and components that make up a habitat as well as the 4 main biomes. We will discuss endangered habitats, how they have been affected by human activity and what we can do to help.
Owls & Pellets: Recommended for Grades 1 & Up
Learn about the characteristics of owls, identify bones and study how owls hunt, eat, and digest their food. Learn about owls, how pellets are formed, why they are important and more. Dissect an owl pellet and investigate what they ate. Get an inside look at food chains/webs and differences between owls and other birds of prey.
Scales & Slime: Recommended for Pre-K & Up
Meet some of our reptiles and an amphibian! Students will:
- observe the life cycle characteristics of an amphibian,
- describe the differences between a reptile and an amphibian, and
- investigate and explore the behavioral patterns of reptiles and amphibians