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YOUTH PROGRAMS
GOAL: To improve participants knowledge and hands-on experience in science through well planned outdoor science adventures in your school backyard, your local park, Portland metro and Mt. Hood area! 
 
PURPOSE: To facilitate learning science through nature,
STUDENTS-AS-SCIENTIST.  All programs are developed specifically to fit your  needs, with state curriculum standards as a guide.  Allowing learning by all senses all the time, while inserting participants into real situations for scientific data collectingEARN YOUR BOY SCOUT BADGE  &  GIRL SCOUT BADGE

 

 

PreK - Grade 2

Zooming in on Habitats Program

As a team we will pair up and use our small frames to discover the small plants and animals that exist in it.  Looking at living vs. non-living visuals as we walk to different habitats discovering similarities and differences. We will record by drawing a picture and/or using descriptive writing to portray each framed image.  (30 mins - 1 hour)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:1.1,1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

The Amazing Tree Puppet Show & Program

The amazing talking tree awakens from a deep winter sleep discussing with wildlife the seasons and survival!  Watching them transform season to season.  Natural looking puppets allows participants to forget where they are and focus completely on how the seasons affect a tree and its relationship with animals.  Between three acts, we will play games and/or activities that reinforce the puppet show theme for participants.  Gaining an understanding of trees, wildlife, habitats, predator/prey, and camouflage! (45 mins - 1 hour)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:1.1,1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

 

Wonder Hike Programs

Discover a different perspective on the great outdoors by taking: Seasonal Hikes, Blind Hike, Unnatural Trail, Habitat Hike and/or a Scavenger Hunt! (30 mins - 2 hours)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet: 1.1,1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

 

 

Grade 3-Grade12

Habitats & Microclimates Program

Participants become investigators in a team effort to discover how weather, climate, and even microclimates play an important role on the type of habitat that exists in a given area. Teams will collect data on soil, light, air and water temperatures, and percent relative humidity in an effort to determine what and why things survive in each habitat. (1 hour- all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

Eco-lympics Program

Exploring the balance of nature by taking part in informative yet exciting games that actively present ides about ecology.  Become familiar with ecological concepts such as predator/prey, camouflage, habitat, carrying capacity, adaption and other important terms through games and role playing based on real environmental situations.  20-60 participants forget their learning while playing fun, curriculum driven games.  Participants collect data and graph the results of each experiment (game). (1-2 hours)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

 

The Nature of Soil Program

Gain an understanding of concepts that help determine what soil is, how it behaves and what can exist on the surface.  Determine how physical and biological agents and processes form soil and the effect of disturbing parts of a system.  Analyze soil properties that can be observed and measured to predict soil quality after human impact.  Understanding of the relationship between populations/communities within habitats, parent materials, and the type of soil found.  Understanding of the relationship between particle size and the feel of soil, nutrient holding capacity, air space and water availability.

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

 

Wonder Hike Programs

Discover a different perspective on the great outdoors by taking: Seasonal Hikes, Blind Hike, Unnatural Trail, Habitat Hike and/or a Scavenger Hunt! (1 hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

Plant Discovery! Pacific Northwest   Plant Communities Program

We will start by discussing plant biology; reviewing plant families found in the region.  Looking at the variety and specific needs of plant organisms and their dependence on the survival of their habitat.  Participants will examine unique features of plants and discovering how plants may or may not survive during habitat loss.  Getting a hands-on approach to discovering adaptations of plants to survive and flourish, in some cases into large populations.  Investigate how roots, pollination, seed dispersal, growth adaptations and defense allow plants to survive in certain plant communities even with the approaching urban sprawl.  Also, discussing and finding examples of non-native species and their impact. (1 hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

Aquatic Ecology Program

Participant teams explore an aquatic ecosystem collecting data on; water temperature, turbidity, physical, chemical and biological characteristics.  Participants will observe, handle, and identify aquatic insects and record observations and behaviors.  Learning about different wetland habitats and discovering how important wetlands are to water quality and the survival of many species.  Collecting data by using real scientific equipment enables participants to analyze and form real conclusions. (1hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

Survival Program

Investigate what plants are edible, what water is safe to drink, where to find protection from the elements, and how to build a fire.  Gain the confidence needed to survive in the wild! (1 hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

 

Eco-lympics Program

Exploring the balance of nature by taking part in informative yet exciting games that actively present ides about ecology.  Become familiar with ecological concepts such as predator/prey, camouflage, habitat, carrying capacity, adaption and other important terms through games and role playing based on real environmental situations.  20-60 participants forget their learning while playing fun, curriculum driven games.  Participants collect data and graph the results of each experiment (game). (1 hour - 2 hours)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet: 1.1,1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

Bug Hunt Program

Turn over rocks and dig in tree stumps to learn first-hand about the important role of insects.  Always a favorite! (1 - 4 hours)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet: 1.1,1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4

 

 

 

 

Tree-mendous Forestry Program

Jump into the forest to discover forest successional stages, forest management, forestry experiments, tree time (dendrochronology), function of trees, function of each tree part, tree ID course (leafs or twigs) and many subjects relating to the survival of plant communities.  ID trees and discover their uses by humans and wildlife.  The most comprehensive look at trees; poke, touch, smell, and taste what it means to be a tree.  Resource management careers are also discussed. (1hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

Birding Program

Migratory, Neo-Tropical, Birds of Prey, Waterfowl and Residents

To gain a greater understanding of communities and population dynamics related to birds and their habitat.  Exploring habitat sustainability and its effects on organisms in the food chain.  What affects humans have on local, regional and global migrations.  Also, looking at irregular residents and alternate migratory patterns.  Participants will classify birds into groupings according to voice patterns and set off investigating plant communities, wetlands to prairies collecting data on species seen or heard.  Gaining a better understanding of conservation of essential habitats, restoring key breeding grounds, flyways, and winter resting areas.  Using local bird ID charts developed exclusively for this program! (1 hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

River Bend Programs

Looking at constructive and destructive processes concerning a river and the coast line and the role of technology.  Landform exhibit allows exploration and discovery of geologic principles and processes.  Since it is difficult to be in the field to view every type of geological feature and few processes proceed at a rate that can be witnessed, see first hand the life cycle of a stream; discovering how waterfalls, rapids, and pools form.  Watch and learn how glaciers helped form glacial till, terminal moraines and kettle lakes.  See and learn first hand how deforestation and improper land management causes greater erosion its affects on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  (1 hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

Water Quality Program

Build a water filter system and discuss their results and apply it to real local situations.  Examine point and non-point source pollution, look at composition; physical, chemical, and biological properties.  After participants run their test, they will predict the health of plants and animals.  Collecting data by using real scientific equipment enables participants to analyze and form real conclusions based on real data collected. (1 hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

Bug Hunt Program

Discovering fascinating facts about arthropods and their relationship with many different habitats.  Dig into stumps and look into leaf piles identifying species and the important roles they play.  We'll discuss forest health issues and look for invaders make the "OISC 100 Worst List" for Oregon.  Observe, touch, all kinds of insects, while learning about important adaptations, classifications, predator/prey relationships, and viewing preserved specimens.  Participants will break-down undeserving fears while learning. (1 hour - all day)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4

Hoo's Out at Night Program

Do you know why some animals make those creepy noises at night?  Discover the sights and sounds of nocturnal creatures searching for food.  We will use bird calls to draw in owls, listen for coyotes, and look for the elusive fox. (1- 2 hours)

OR State Curriculum Standards Meet:  3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2L.1, 5.2E.1, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1P.1, 6.2L.2, 6.2E.1, 6.3, 6.4, 7.2E.3, 7.2E.4, 7.3, 7.4, 8.2L.1, 8.2E.4, 8.3, 8.4, H.2L.2, H.2E.4, H.3, H.4