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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

At KNC: $140, 2 hour program

 

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

Time & Price 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.

At KNC: $140, 2 hour program

 

 

Fun for All Ages
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

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

 

Maple Sugaring: Sap to Syrup

Maple Sugaring: Sap to Syrup

Grade: All

When:  March at 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. Activities vary based on age.

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

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

 

Once Upon a Raptor

Once Upon A Raptor

Grade: All Ages

When: Anytime at KNC, Anytime at Your Place

Experience the living stories of three 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

At KNC: $155, 1 hour indoor program, live animals program

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

 

Custom Program

Custom Program

Grade: All Grades

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! 

Time & Price will vary.