2019 Nature School
Monday & Wednesdays 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Nature School compliments online school programs, parent led homeschooling, and child directed learning for grades 1st – 5th. Although we are not a formal school, enrollment follows the Corvallis public school calendar.
Winter Session: Urban WILD, January 7 – March 13
- Learn scientific classification of local species
- Understand how plants and animals are connected to our local watershed with mapping and GPS
- Test soil and water for oxygen and pH while learning ways to build habitats, clean water, and create healthy soils
- Engineer small habitat locations for wildlife like nest boxes and aquatic pools
- Create educational posters to inform the public about helping wildlife
Spring Session: Wetland Cycles, April 1 – June 7
- Learn about carbon and nitrogen cycles in air, plants, soils, animals
- Investigate changes in temperature, rainfall & plant communities
- Insect life cycles and connections with the food web
Nature School benefits students through:
- small class sizes and mixed age groups
- experienced educators and a place-based learning environment
- nature based content across the curriculum (math, reading, writing, geography, art)
- child-centered learning practices designed to meet state level and national sustainability standards.
Science: Classification, survival needs of local wildlife species
Technology: GPS devices, Water quality testing, Soil ph, oxygen and compaction testing Mapping and connecting open space.
Engineering: Creating habitat, Building habitat features like nest boxes and water pools, and habitats for clean water solutions
Art: Create wildlife habitat signs and build habitats for wildlife including nest boxes and clay rock water pools
Math:Surveys of local species, population graphs, classification percentages,Plot samples, and plant spacing