||Our Place: Programs at KNC
Our Place: Programs at the Kalamazoo Nature Center
Exposing the Secrets of Groundwater
FALL & SPRING, 1.5 HRS
Hike down a valley trail in search of groundwater, conduct a water percolation experiment, and measure the depth of a well.
Landforms, water sources, water movement, major bodies of water; E.SE.02.21; E.FE.02.11-14, 21-22; BCMASC Kit
Listening to the Past
FALL, 1.75 HRS (all outdoor program)
Sit in a wigwam, act out a legend, work in a Three Sisters garden, and play traditional Native American games.
Chronological thinking, family life in the past, traditional stories, use of the environment; 1-H2.0.1, 5, 6; 1-G5.0.1; 2-H2.0.6; 3-H3.0.4, 5
Life on a Pioneer Farm
SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER & APRIL–JUNE, 1.75 HRS
Search for lost journal pages, then help with seasonal chores at a log cabin and a historic farm house.
Chronological thinking, family life in the past, historical narrative, use of the environment; 1-H2.0.1, 5, 6; 1-G5.0.1; 2-H2.06; 3-H3.02, 3, 5 ,6, 7
Hatch and Grow, Animal Life Cycles
FALL & SPRING, 1.5 HRS
Dynamic costumes introduce youngsters to animal life cycles. Observe live insects, learn how life cycle stages relate to body structures, and determine whether the young resemble their parents. Explore forest and field in search of small animals.
Animal life cycles, observable characteristics, animal needs, characteristics of heredity; L.OL.01.21; L.HE.01.11; L.OL.01.13 BCAMSC Kit
Sunlight to Soil
FALL & SPRING, 1.75 HRS
Learn about life cycles, energy flow, and food webs while exploring a beech-maple forest.
Animal & plant needs, life cycles, plant characteristics, plant parts, importance of sunlight; L.OL.01.13; L.OL.02.14, 22; L.OL.03.31; E.ES.01.12, BCMASC Kit
Super Seeds and Wild Flowers
FALL & SPRING, 1.75 HRS
Dissect a flower, meet some important pollinators, observe colorful wildflowers and their insect visitors, and search for seed travelers. Activities vary according to season.
Plant classification, plant needs & life cycles, plant parts; L.OL.02.14; L.OL.02.22; L.HE.02.13; L.0L.03.41; L.EV.03.11, BCMASC Kit
Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies
FALL & SPRING, 1.5 HRS
Learn about insect life cycles by observing live beetle larva, pupa, and adults. Practice identifying insects and non-insects. Go on a mini-beast safari in a forest and in a field.
Animal classification, animal needs & life cycles, animal structures; L.OL.01.3, 21; L.HE.01.11; L.OL.03.32, 42, BCMASC Kit
NOVEMBER–MARCH, 1.75 HRS(indoor program)
Compare the variety of adaptations that vertebrate animals have for finding food, water, and shelter. Lots of hands-on activities with bones, furs, feathers, and animal mounts.
Animal classifications, needs, & life cycles, animal structures, characteristics of heredity, body parts; L.OL.01.13, 21; L.HE.01.11; L.0L.03.32, 42; L.EV.03.12
Michigan Made – Maple Sap to Syrup?
MARCH, 1.5 HRS(all outdoor program)
Our pioneer sugar camp is the setting for an adventurous introduction to the process of photosynthesis. By solving several riddles about a forest treasure, kids learn about tree parts and the hard work needed to produce maple syrup.
Plant needs, plant parts, life in the past, traditional stories; L.OL.02.14; L.HE.02.13; P.EN.3.11; E.ES.03.42
Seeding and Surviving: Plants in the Spring
LATE MARCH-JUNE 1.75 HRS
What are plant survival needs? Join us at DeLano Farms to learn how foods that we eat start as seeds. Get your hands dirty as we plant seeds directly in the ground! Through sorting activities learn the importance of healthy foods to help our bodies function.
Plant characteristics, life cycles, & requirements, solar energy, weather conditions
The following programs are geared toward Preschool-First Grade:
DECEMBER–FEBRUARY, 1.5 HRS
Meet some talkative puppets and learn what wild animals do when the snow comes. Take a hike in the winter woods to search for animal tracks.
Animal needs, observation; L.OL.OO.11; L.OL.00.12
LATE FEBRUARY & MARCH, 1.5 HRS
Find out how trees make sap from some friendly puppets. Hike to a sugar bush, visit a sugar shack and taste real syrup.
Plant needs, importance of sunlight; L.OL.00.11; E.ES.01.12
LATE APRIL–MID-JUNE, 1.5 HRS
Preschoolers play a grocery-sorting game. Kindergartners and first-graders learn about plant and animal needs and put together a food chain from farm to child. All children will meet the farm animals and go on a tractor-drawn wagon ride.
Plant & animal needs, plant uses of earth materials, characteristics of heredity; L.OL.00.11; L.HE.01.11; K-G5.0.1
Into the Woods with Little Owl
ALL SEASONS, 1 HR
Hear the story of a young owl. Learn what animals big and small need to survive. Meet a live owl! This is an indoor program.
Adaptations, physical features, animal needs, adult & young stages;
||Your Place: Outreach Programs
Your Place: Outreach Programs
(programs 1 to 1.25 hours)
Unmask the myths surrounding the only true flying mammal.
Animal needs, life cycle, characteristics of heredity, adaptations; L.OL.01.13, L.HE.01.11, L.HE.01.12, L.OL.03.32, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12
Bullfrogs and Butterflies
Learn how frogs grow up and find out how butterflies change throughout their life cycle.
Animal needs, life cycle, characteristics of heredity, adaptations; L.OL.01.21
The Great Bug Discovery
Join our Bug-ologist to help you better understand the connection between bugs and our lives.
Life cycle, characteristics of heredity, adaptations; L.OL.01.21
Investigate water on our planet through fun activities!
Water sources, water use, water properties & phases, water movement, bodies of water; E.FE.02.11, E.FE.02.12, E.FE.02.13, E.FE.02.14, E.FE.E.2, E.FE.02.21, E.FE.02.22, E.ES.03.41
Explore the world of plants as we toss up an edible creation.
Plant needs, plant life cycle, earth materials, photosynthesis; E.ES.E.1, E.ES.01.12, E.SE.01.12, L.OL.02.14, L.OL.02.22, L.HE.02.13
Wacky Weather Wisdom
Our Wacky Weatherman will lead you and your students to the brighter side of the weather.
Sun, land, air, water, weather types, four seasons, severe weather, safety; E.ES.01.11, E.ES.E.2, E.ES.01.21, E.ES.01.22, E.ES.01.23, E.ES.01.24, E.ES.E.3, E.ES.01.31, E.ES.01.32
Experiment with sound and how it expands our enjoyment of nature!
Energy, sound, vibrations & pitch; P.EN.03.11, P.EN.03.31, P.EN.03.32
Explore the energy of light through hands-on investigation.
Light, shadows, energy & heat; P.EN.03.11, P.EN.03.21, P.EN.03.22, P.PM.03.51, P.PM.03.52
What’s the Matter?
It doesn’t matter if you are a solid, liquid or gas, as we explore matter. During the program we will act like water molecules, and blow off some steam. Learn about an atom and a molecule, and observe the world they create.
Phases of matter, atoms, molecule, water cycle, Rocks and minerals
All Ages Programs:
Birds of Prey: X-Men of the Wild, Super Heroes of the Sky
Explore the super powers of birds of prey and learn how they survive in the wild. Meet a live bird of prey. This is an indoor program. Extra $25 fee for this program. See fees page for more information.
Adaptation, instinct, individual traits
Who Gives a Hoot?
What owl is making that noise? Learn about the unique adaptations of these nocturnal animals. Meet a live owl. This is an indoor program.
Adaptation, instinct, vision, sound, individual traits, ecosystems
Sense of Place Habitat Study
Custom designed to meet your time and needs! Do you have a special place near your school that you would like to explore with your class? We will meet you at your woods, pond, or other habitat and explore it together! The possibilities are endless! Call us to make a plan!