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Preschooler on a logSchool Programs for PreK and Kindergarten

View each program below for details on programs specially designed for PreK and Kindergarten.  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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PreK & Kindergarten Courses
A Sense of Nature

A Sense of Nature

Grade: PreK-2nd Grade
When:  Fall/Winter/Spring @ KNC, Anytime @ Your Place

Investigate many of nature’s wonders with your five senses and gain a new perspective. Observe the colors, shapes, patterns and textures of natural objects and get curious about the world around you!

Topics: Living & non-living, observations, questions & patterns, senses

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

 

Backyard Animal Series

Backyard Animal Series

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

Learn about animal needs, animal homes, and the awe-inspiring adaptations that help them to thrive in our backyards! Each option in the series works great as a standalone program, but they can also work together to complement and reinforce theme comprehension. Ask about adding on a guided nature hike @KNC!  

Topics: Animal needs, living and non-living, habitats, adaptations

@ KNC: $115, .75 hour indoor, live animal program-- guided hike optional
@ Your Place: $180, .75 hour indoor, live animal program

 

 

  • Bunnies and Burrows
    Find out how a rabbit can call a schoolyard or backyard home! Program includes the opportunity to meet a live rabbit.
  • Little Owl
    Learn what adaptations these fierce, feathered creatures have to help them survive the dark of night! Program includes the opportunity to meet a live owl.

 

Farmyard Animals

DeLano Farms animals - goat and horseFarmyard 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

 

Green Plants Grow

Green Plants Grow

 

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

They’re green and all around us, but often overlooked. Take a closer look at plants with KNC, learning about what plants need to grow, how they grow, and why they’re so important.  Program includes the opportunity to meet a plant loving animal.

Topics: Earth materials, living and non-living, plant parts, seeds, seed transportation

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

 

Guided Hike

Teaching on Beech Maple TrailGuided 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

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

 

Life on a Pioneer Farm

DeLano HomesteadLife 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 ToursMaple 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!

 

Scales, Fur, & Fluff

Scales, Fur & Fluff

Grade: PreK-2nd Grade
When:  Winter @ KNC

Animals aren't just cute, they are clever survivors and have developed ways to live outside in all kinds of weather. Explore how animals adapt to seasonal changes, and meet a survival expert!

Topics: animal needs, adaptations, animal classes, survival

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

 

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

 

Custom Programming

 

Screech Owl programCustom 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.