Bird Connections

Bring local life to food chains and the connections within the ecosystem.

Location: Finley Wildlife Refuge or other Wetland Bird Habitat

Kit: Food Chains and Webs

2 Hour Field Trip Activities

  • How to Use Binoculars – Look for birds and wildlife on a wetland hike using binoculars.
  • Micro Hike – Journal a number of plant and animals found in wetland area.
  • Bird Migration Activity – Learn to use a compass to find North and South. Learn the struggle birds face in migration to both winter and summer ground. Connect to the importance of wildlife preserves like Finley Wildlife Refuge.
  • Into the Wetland Ecosystem – Active game that teaches about species in Wetland environments and how those species connect and interact in an ecosystem.
  • Web of Life – Connect species in a local ecosystem.

Local EcosystemsMarys River

Location: Trail Hike; Forest or Wetland

Kit: Food Chains and Webs

1 or 2 Hour Field Trip Activities

  • Hike – Classify species or signs of species found along the trail.
  • Micro Hike – In two separate locations compare species found in a small area. Make predictions about sites; study and compare two different locations.
  • Compare and Contrast – Explore 5 different ecosystems found along the a 1.5 mile trail investigating riparian forest, upland forest, oak savannah, wetlands, and native prairies
  • Web of Life – Connect species in a local ecosystem.

Combine both programs for full day adventure of local ecosystem food chains, species identification, and scientific learning!

Classroom or Nature Center Visits

1 Hour Lesson and Activity Options

Water Droplet – Journey as a water droplet through the water cycle with a random unpredictable path ahead. Students will roll dice to see where they will go. Many travel to the clouds and so many wait in the ocean. Educational adventures in water continue with every roll. Graph results to bring great math fun into your classroom.

Insect Investigator – Take a hike to find live insects. Depending on the Season, we will use different locations from downed trees to wetlands. This can be done on school grounds or other natural areas. Identify insect species and view adaptations. Use scientific tools like hand magnifiers, nets, bug viewers and species keys.

Hands-On Insect – Hold live walking sticks! View and discuss body parts and adaptations, and incomplete vs. complete metamorphosis. Play an active game to understand insect life cycles!

Mammal Mania – Get hands-on with mammal skulls and furs. Look at local species and their adaptations. Explore the scientific method through mammal tracks. Then, create your own track story using common mammals tracks stamping.

Wetland Wonders (Outdoor Nature Center Program) – Local flooding from the Mary’s River creates an amazing wetland ecosystem that explodes with life each spring. Find and identify different aquatic invertebrates like insects, crustaceans, isopods, copepods, and arthropods. (Note: This program depends on rain and is usually suitable from March to early May. Students must wear waterproof boots.)