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School Programs for Grades 6-8

View each program below for details on programs specially designed for Grades 6-8.  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.

Helpful Information when calling:

•   Organization name, phone number, address. •   Contact person for confirmation and materials. •   Program choice/alternate choices, dates & times. •   Grade, age and number (students and adults) of participants. •   Name(s) of teacher(s). •   Schedule time for exhibits, lunch and gift shop. •   Method of payment.

Grades 6-8 Courses
Aquatic Ecology 

Aquatic Ecology 

Grade: 6th-8th Grade
When:  Fall/Spring @ KNC
Wade into the waters, search for their residents, and measure their chemistry. Explore aquatic health in this science focused exploration of KNC's Trout Run stream.
Topics: Great lakes communities, population changes, biotic and abiotic components, human impact
@ KNC: $140, 2 hour 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.

 

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

Maple sugar programMaple 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

 

Once Upon A Raptor

Owl and educatorOnce 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

 

Terrestrial Ecology

Terrestrial Ecology

Grade: 6th-8th Grade
When: Fall/Spring @KNC
Get out in the field and observe how plant and animal communities change over time. Explore the journey of succession in this science focused exploration of KNC's Beech Maple Forest.
Topics: Great lakes communities, population changes, biotic and abiotic components, human impact, successional habitats.
@ KNC: $140, 2 hour program

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!

 

Wildlife Neighbors

Baby Raccoon

Wildlife 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.

 

Custom Field Lab

Custom Field Lab

Grade: 6th-8th Grades, High School
When:  Anytime

Looking for a field experience to tie into your curriculum? Give us a call to develop a program that meets your needs!

Topics: Biotic and Abiotic Components, Spatial & Geographical Analysis, Data Collection Methods, Access to KNC Research Data

@KNC: Time & Price will vary.