Making Sense of Nature Recommended for Pre-K & K
Both people and animals use their senses to explore the world. Come learn about our 5 senses and how we use them, and explore how animals use their senses, including some we DON’T have, to survive.
Wild Things: Recommended for Pre-K – adults
See where the wild things REALLY are! Our naturalist will introduce you to a variety of animals, including insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds of prey. Discover how we classify animals, their adaptations, and meet some that live in your own backyard!
Reptiles & Amphibians: Recommended for 1st grade – adults
Dive into the fascinating world of herpetology. Explore the differences and similarities between amphibians and reptiles and see how they have adapted to survive relatively unchanged for millions of years. Meet cold blooded creatures not only from your local area, but from around the world!
Invertebrates: Recommended for 2nd – 3rd grade
Approximately 95% of all life on Earth are invertebrates. Let our naturalist teach you how something spineless is anything but wimpy! Learn about the different groups of this amazing creatures and how they are so successful at survival. Meet arthropods, arachnids, and insects! These simple creatures are simply cool!
Birds of Prey: Recommended for 2nd grade – adults
This one’s for the birds! Let us introduce you to one of the most majestic group of birds, the raptors. Learn how they are grouped as birds of prey and the differences between the different types of these fearsome predators. Meet several raptors and see firsthand the impressive adaptations they have to survive all over the world.
Animals in Winter: Recommended for 2nd grade – adults
When it’s cold outside, animals can’t put on a sweater or turn on the heat. How do they survive when the weather outside is frightful? Join a naturalist to see how animals hibernate, migrate, and adapt to the changing weather. Learn how these animals prepare for the coldest months and what tells them it’s almost spring. These animals don’t have winter worries!
Web of Life: Recommended for 2nd – 5th grade
An ecosystem is made up living and non-living things that are connected to each other. Some of those connections are obvious, while others are amazing. Join us as we create a food web with common organisms from our area. See where all energy starts and how it moves through a food chain. Discuss how different animals are adapted for different food sources and how they process energy differently. Finally, watch as we create a living food web with local animals right before your eyes!
Pre-Colonial Maryland: Recommended for 3rd – 6th grade
Before the colonization of Maryland, the animals and plants of the area still had challenges, interactions, and relationships with each other and the indigenous peoples who lived in the area. Join a naturalist as we discuss how the wildlife existed, what is happening to them now, and how wildlife aided in the growth of Maryland as a region.
Rocks & Minerals: Recommended for 4th – 6th grade
Geography rocks! Join a naturalist for a hands-on exploration of many common (and some not so common) minerals and rocks from around the world. Discuss how these rocks from, how we classify them, and why they are important in ecosystems and for human development.
Discovery Hike: Recommended for 1st grade – adults
You will never get the same hike twice! Come along with a park naturalist for a nature hike on one of our many trails to identify many local trees, plants, and types of wildlife while connecting with the beauty that is right in your own neighborhood. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Group size is limited to 15 participants per naturalist
Owl Pellet Lab: Recommended for 3rd – 5th grade
Enjoy the best of both worlds bringing outdoor observations into your student’s homes! In this hands-on class, students develop science and technology processing skills by learning to use laboratory equipment and recording observations. Students apply the scientific method to draw data driven conclusions from their virtual field studies. Discover the WHOOO and why behind owl pellets! Students are introduced to the biology and life history of owls while learning how to use dissecting instruments in the laboratory. Students dissect owl pellets in the lab and use data to determine the habitat use of owls.