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Kids working on a project at KNCSchool Programs for Grade 3

View each program below for details on programs specially designed for Grade 3.  Not finding exactly what you are looking for? Give us a call to design a custom program to meet your time frame and educational needs!  For an entire list of programs, view our School Programs Brochure.

Call the Kalamazoo Nature Center Registrar at (269) 381-1574 ext. 24 or email her to set up your visit.

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Grade 3 Courses
Farmyard Animals

Farmyard FriendsFarmyard Animals

Grade: PreK-5th Grade @ KNC
When:  September-October, Mid-April-June

Animals are the backbone of the farm! Whether for work or for food, animals are an important part of a healthy farm, so come meet some farm animals, learn about their roles, and discover how a farmer cares for them!   Add on a wagon ride at the farm for $25!

Topics: Animal needs, Characteristics of heredity, vertebrate characteristics

@ KNC: $115-130, 1-1.5 hour outdoor, live animal program

 

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations

Grade: 1st-3rd
When: Fall/Winter/Spring at KNC, Anytime at Your Place
Get in tune with some good vibrations with hands-on experiments and demonstrations! Take a journey into the human ear and learn about amazing animal adaptations with a visit from a master of sound.
At KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor, live animal program- includes a guided hike!
Topics: Energy, sound, vibrations & pitch, animal adaptations
At Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor, live animal program

Guided Hike

Guided Hike

Grade: All
When:  Fall/Winter/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Rent one of our naturalists to explore a Kalamazoo Nature Center trail. Our educators will help your students engage with our trails, guiding them to use their senses to make observations, build connections, and investigate the natural phenomena they discover on their hike. Choose between forest, prairie, or wetland!

Topics: Earth materials, Living and non-living, plant parts

@ KNC: $75, .75-1 hour outdoor, time dependent on selected trail.

 

Incredible Insects

Swallowtail

Incredible Insects

Grade: PreK-5th Grade
When:  Fall/Winter/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Insects may be small, but they can be found thriving in diverse, and amazing habitats here and around the world! Learn a little from our insect friends, discovering the amazing anatomy that connects all insects, as well as the awesome adaptations that that make them so unique. Learn to tell insects from their arthropod relatives, and transform your thinking about the complex life cycles of these six legged creatures! Program includes interaction with live bugs!

Topics: Animal classification, animal needs and life cycles, animal structures, characteristics of heredity, adaptations

@ KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor, live animal program - includes a hike!
@ Your Place: $180, .75 hour indoor, live animal program

 

Hatch and Grow

Hatch and Grow

Grade: 1st-3rd Grade
When:  Fall/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Explore an array of animal life cycles with KNC. Observe live insects and amphibian life, learn how life cycle stages relate to body structures, and determine whether the young resemble their parents. It's transforming!

Topics: Animal life cycles, animal needs, characteristics of heredity, adaptations

@ KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor, live animal program – includes a guided hike!
@ Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor, live animal program

 

Life on a Pioneer Farm

Life on a Pioneer Farm

Grade: All
When:  Fall / Spring @ KNC
Offered November - June 2018-19 school year

Travel back in time to a historic 1850's homestead to learn how settlers used domesticated animals and natural resources to make a life. From cabin to farmhouse, help with seasonal chores, use 19th-century tools, and take part in living history!

Activities vary based on both season and grade level, but this program is broken down into four main seasonal themes: Fall Harvest (Sept-October), Preparing for Winter (November-December), Spring’s First Crop: Maple Sugaring (Feb-April), and Spring/Summer Farming (April-June).

Topics: Chronological thinking, family life in the past, historical narrative, use of environment, Natural Resources, Lifestyles over time, environmental impact, Culture, Michigan and US History

@ KNC: $130-140, 1.5-2 hour indoor/outdoor program

 

Maple Sugaring: Sap to Syrup

Sap drippingMaple Sugaring: Sap to Syrup

Grade: All
When:  March @ KNC

Hike to the sugar bush and learn how a maple forest helps us make liquid gold! Visit the sugar house, smell the sap boiling, and taste real Michigan maple syrup.

Topics: Plant needs, parts and lifecycle, solar energy & seasons, biotic/abiotic components, Michigan history and natural resources.

@ KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor program – includes a guided hike!

 

 

Michigan's First People: Living Lightly with the Earth

Michigan’s First People: Living Lightly with the Earth

Grade: 1st-8th Grade
When:  Fall: September - Mid December @ KNC

Step into the past and visit an indigenous 1700s camp. Get a glimpse of daily life and learn how a close connection with the environment provided for the family without a grocery store or pharmacy. Explore the camp from the wigwam to the garden, hear a traditional legend, help with the family chores, and play with traditional toys and games!

Topics: Traditional stories, use of environment, European contacts, impact on resources, earth materials, Lifestyles over time, environmental impact, Culture, Michigan and US History

@ KNC: $130-140, 1.5-2 hour outdoor program

 

Michigan's Natural Resources

Michigan’s Natural Resources

Grade: 2nd-4th Grade
When:  Fall/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

From water and timber to rocks and minerals, discover some of Michigan’s most important natural resources. Learn where they come from, and how we depend on them! The onsite program will help students explore how our landscape was formed long ago by glaciers, and what clues to our past we can find in the very rocks around us!

Topics: identification and human use of natural resources, renewable, non-renewable, earth materials, glaciers, geologic time, Michigan history

@ KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor program - includes a guided hike!
@ Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor program

 


At Your Place: $165, 1 hour indoor program

Once Upon A Raptor

Barred Owl Once Upon A Raptor

Grade: 1st-8th Grade
When: Anytime @Your Place

Experience the living stories of four Michigan raptors in our Birds of Prey special. Our animal handlers and educators will take the audience into the minds and habits of four unique birds, and explore how their stories are not so separate from our own. This one hour program is appropriate for both classrooms and auditoriums.

Topics: animal needs, adaptations, habitats, human impact

@ KNC: $155, 1 hour indoor program, live animals program
@ Your Place: $205, 1 hour indoor classroom program, live animals program, auditorium pricing will vary

 

Super Seeds and Wild Flowers

Super Seeds and Wild Flowers

Grade: 1st-3rd Grade
When:  Fall/Spring @ KNC

We are on a search for colorful wildflowers, important pollinators, and seed travelers! Explore the challenging life of a seed, or dissect a flower to see what is behind amazing plant lifecycle!    Activities vary based on season.

Topics: Animal and plant needs, lifecycle, plant characteristics, plant parts and importance of sunlight

@ KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor program - includes a guided hike!

 

Tracing Connections

Tracing Connections

Grade: 3rd-8th Grade
When:  Fall/Spring @ KNC

Explore interactions between wild populations and learn how energy flows through natural communities with hands-on investigations. Explore the interdependent relationships in our ecosystems that help keep habitats healthy. Meet a live animal to explore its relationships in its ecosystem.

Topics: Food webs, energy sources, Great Lakes communities, ecological relationships, population changes, biotic and abiotic components

@ KNC: $140, 2 hour indoor/outdoor program, live animal program-- includes a guided hike!

 

Water Wonderland

Water Wonderland

Grade: 1st-3rd Grade
When:  Fall/Winter/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Enhance your experience of living in the Great Lakes State by investigating water and its properties, and participating in hands-on activities to explore the water cycle. Onsite groups will conduct groundwater and surface water field investigations in an outdoor session.

Topics: water sources, uses, properties, phases and movement, and bodies of water

@ KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor program – includes a guided hike!
@ Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor program

 

Weather Wise

Weather Wise

Grade: PreK-3rd Grade
When:  Fall/Winter/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Take a look at the highs and lows of the weather! A KNC Weather Wizard will help you look on the bright side of any weather forecast.

Topics: sun, land, air, water, weather types, four seasons, severe weather and safety

@ KNC: $115, 1 hour indoor program
@ Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor program

 

Who Eats Whom?

Who Eats Whom?

Grade: 1st-5th Grade
When:  Fall/Winter/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Build a food chain from the ground up, and follow the flow of energy from producers to consumers and sunlight to soil. Discover who eats whom in the food web of life: get active, meet a live animal, and explore the physical adaptations that help consumers stay alive.

Topics: Flow of energy, trophic levels, food chain components, Habitat characteristics, environmental changes, animal traits, physical characteristics & survival

@ KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor program, live animal program – includes a guided hike!
@ Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor program, live animal program

 

Wildlife Neighbors

Baby RaccoonWildlife Neighbors

Grade: 1st-8th Grade
When:  Fall/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Animals are our neighbors in the Community of Life and they have important jobs to do! Meet some of our wild neighbors, learn the work they do that benefits our community, and learn about the adaptations that help them do their part. Call to discuss the availability of our animal educators (birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and invertebrates) for your program.

Topics: Niches, adaptations, individual traits, habitats, communities

@ KNC: $155, 1 hour indoor/outdoor, live animals program
@ Your Place: $205, 1 hour indoor, live animals program

 

 

Custom Programming

Custom Programming

Grade: All
When:  Anytime

Not finding exactly what you are looking for? Give us a call to design a custom program to meet your timeframe and educational needs!  We can offer field labs, thematic programs, curriculum based programs, and writing, arts, or mathematics based trail hikes.

@Your Place: Time and Price will vary.
@KNC: Time and Price will vary.