Learn the basic components of forest ecosystems through exploration of plants, insects, and wildlife. Concepts include trophic levels, succession, diversity, adaptation, and interdependence. Appropriate for all grades.
Investigate the role and importance of wetlands in New England ecosystems and visit a pond for hands-on sampling of aquatic organisms and water testing. Concepts include wetland, watershed, biotic index, water quality testing, and human impact. Appropriate for all grades.
Explore local wildlife species and how they interact with their natural surroundings. Explore local communities through games and hands-on activities. Concepts include niches, limiting factors, and habitat. Appropriate for all grades.
Explore local land forms and learn about the forces that shaped New England. Students will visit sites that show evidence of glacial geology. Concepts include glaciation, soil profile, bedrock, geologic history, weathering erosion, and ice age. Appropriate for all grades.
Learn how plants and animals adapt to survive the cold winter months. Students explore animal tracks, birds, plants, and aquatic life under the icy ponds. Concepts include migration, adaptation, and hibernation. Seasonal: Available January, February, and March. Appropriate for all grades.
Role-play organisms in a food web to learn about the complex movement of energy through an ecosystem. This active game includes the concepts of food web, bio-magnification, and predator/prey relationships. Seasonal: Available fall and spring. Appropriate for all grades.