Native Wildflowers

Location: Avery Parkflowerbeesbanner

Season: Spring

Kit: From Seed to Plant

1 Hour Progam Activities

  • Photosynthesis Box – Discover what goes on inside a leaf and the process that makes a plant grow with a hands on demonstration.
  • Puppet Show – Describe plant growth, pollinators, and beneficial insects.
  • Inside a Flower – Build and learn the parts of a flower with this active game.
  • Native Flower Coloring Book – Explore the native plant garden. Find and match native wildflowers along with observations of male (anthers) and female (pistil) parts in different types of flowers.

2 Hour Program Additional Activities

  • Inside a Flower – Get a close up view of plants by viewing the inside of a flower with a magnifying glass and LCD display microscope.
  • Hike in Avery Park – Take a look at flowers, seeds, pollen, and pollinators. Trail leads through wetland grass, forest, and a secret blooming rhododendron garden.


Slither and Slime

Location: Avery Park

Season: Any

Kit: Animals 2×2

1 or 2 Hour Program Activities

  • Field Trip to Avery House Nature Center – Compare amphibians to reptiles and annelids (worms) to gastropods (slugs).
  • Meet, Touch and Compare Amphibians and Reptiles – Students hold, touch or watch and learn from our newts, turtle, and snake (depending on season they may also see tadpoles).
  • Life Cycles – Play a fun team-based game to put the life cycles in order – then compare the reptile and amphibian .
  • Sort Amphibians and Reptiles – Reinforce different characteristics.
  • Slug and a Worm – Compare the way these two organisms move with fun activities.

2 Hour Program Additional Activity

  • Hike Avery Park – Hike trails to find different species. View and compare the animals found on our exploration.

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.)