Classroom Programs

Elementary Classroom Programs: 

What is a Wetland Biome?
Grades K-2; 30-45 minutes
Students will learn the three key ingredients of a wetland, what makes up a habitat, basic food chains, and various facts about the plants and animals that live in the West Eugene Wetlands. Standards Addressed:Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors.  

Pollination & Co-evolution
Grades 2-5; 45-60 minutes
Students will learn about the concepts of pollination, cross-pollination, adaptations, and co-evolution in this interactive program. Students will design their own flowers to attract a certain type of pollinator.Standards Addressed:- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems- Biogeology- Explain the interdependence of plants, animals, and environment, and how adaptation influences survival. 

Trophic Jenga
Grades 3-5; 45-60 minutes
Standards Addressed: Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems

Middle School Classroom Programs: 

Floodplain Engineering Design
Grades 6-8; 2- 45 minute classes (90 minutes total)
This program is best taught over the course of two 45-minute class periods, or, as a 90 minute program.The goal of this lesson is for students to use the principles of engineering design to build a system within a model floodplain to build a better understanding of the importance of flood dynamics. Students will be building and testing models and designing solutions that mitigate flood damage to model homes. (Due to material cost,this program is priced at $65).Standards Addressed: Planning and carrying out investigation; analyze and interpret data.

Our Local Watershed
Grades 6-8; 45 minute classes
This program defines what a watershed is and addresses the ecosystem services provided by vegetation and wetlands. Students get to act out the movement of water through a watershed in order to learn about nonpoint source pollution and natural filtration.  Standards Addressed: MS-ESS2.C: Earth’s Systems. The role of water in Earth’s surface processes.

Program cost is $35 for the first program and $30 for each subsequent program.