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Kids working on a project at KNCSchool Programs for Grades 1 - 3

View each program below for details on programs specially designed for Grades 1 - 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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Grades 1 - 3 Courses
Awesome Adaptations

Awesome Adaptations 

Grade: 1st - 3rd

When: Anytime at KNC, Anytime at Your Place

Animals are grouped together (classified) by similar characteristics, but within those classifications, animals are uniquely adapted to their environment.  Take a look at birds; their beaks and feet, features and behaviors, are all specially designed to help them survive. Students will examine study mounts and bird silhouettes to understand their diverse characteristics.  They will play a migratory game so that they appreciate the difficulties of,as well as the human impact on migration.

Topics: classification, adaptations, characteristics, habitat, diversity

At KNC: $130, 1.5 hour indoor/outdoor

At Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor program

 

 

Forest Family Album

Forest Family Album 

Grade: 1st-3rd

When: Fall/Spring at KNC, Anytime at Your Place

Learn about parts of a tree and their function.  In the woods, we will examine each stage of a tree’s life.  As we move through the tree’s life cycle, learn how each stage is important in its growth and how each stage contributes to the forest habitat in which it lives.  Discuss why and how we should preserve a healthy and well balanced forest.

Topics: form and function, energy flow, photosynthesis, ecosystem

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

At Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor

 

 

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.

Topics: Energy, sound, vibrations & pitch, animal adaptations

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

At Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor, live animal program

 

Hatch and Grow

Hatch and Grow

Grade: 1st–3rd Grade

When:  Fall/Spring at KNC, Anytime at Your Place

Dynamic costumes and activities introduce students to an array of animal life cycles! 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

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

At Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor, live animal program

 

 

Incredible Insects

Incredible Insects

Grade: PreK- Kindergarten 

When:  Fall/Winter/Spring at KNC, Anytime at 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 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

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

At Your Place: $180, .75 hour indoor, live animal program

 

 

Life on a Pioneer Farm

DeLano Homestead

Life on a Pioneer Farm

Grade: 1st - 5th grade

When:  Fall/Spring at KNC 

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

At KNC: $130 (1.5 hour)-140(2 hour), 1.5-2 hour indoor/outdoor program

 

 

Michigan’s First People: Living Lightly with the Earth

Michigan’s First People: Living Lightly with the Earth

Grade: 3rd - 5th Grade 

When:  Fall: September - November at KNC

Step into the past and visit an indigenous 1700’s 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! This program takes place completely outside! Please be sure to dress for the weather! 

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

At KNC: $140, 2 hour outdoor program

Michigan’s Natural Resources

Michigan’s Natural Resources

Grade: 2nd–4th Grade

When:  Fall/Spring at KNC, Anytime at 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

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

At Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor program

 

 

Super Seeds

Super Seeds

Grade: 1st–3rd Grade

When:  Fall at KNC

We are on a search for seed travelers! Discover the secrets of the plant life cycle, then go on a hike through the woods to see how many seed travelers you can find! 

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

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

 

 

Water Wonderland

Water Wonderland

Grade: 1st–3rd Grade

When:  Fall/Winter/Spring at KNC, Anytime at 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 can choose to focus more closely on groundwater or surface water field investigations in an outdoor session.  

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

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

At Your Place: $180, 1 hour indoor program

 

 

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

Grade: 1st–3rd Grade

When:  Spring at KNC

We are on a search for colorful wildflowers and important pollinators! Dissect a flower to see what is behind amazing plant lifecycles! 

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

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

 

 

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.