The Baird Creek Preservation Foundation is pleased to present our environmental education classes for homeschool students.  The classes will have a different topic each week, and the curriculum is designed to meet the Wisconsin State Science Standards.

The parent or guardian will need to drop off their child(ren) at the shelter building at Triangle Hill where the child’s temperature will be taken before the parent will be allowed to leave.  Masks are required for all children when indoors.  The wearing of masks while outdoors is optional.  The minimum number of students registered for a class must be 5 or the class will be canceled and fees will be refunded.

To register for any class, please visit our Events Page!

UPCOMING classes and dates for Fall/Winter 2020 are as follows:

November 11 – Winter & Ecosystems
9:00 – 11:30 am
This class will touch on the effects and impacts of winter on ecosystems.  How do turtles survive in winter?  Where do the spiders go when it snows? And so much more.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

November 11 – Hibernation
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Students will be exposed to terms that encompass the topic of hibernation. They will participate in
an interactive game as they hike to four different ecosystems, learning about the Baird Creek species that
hibernate along the way.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

November 18 – Orienteering for Homeschool
9:00 – 11:30 am
This class will focus on maps, compass skills, and finding points around the Baird Creek Greenway and all that can be discovered as they journey through the Greenway! Open to Grades K-8.

December 2 – Tracks & Scat for Homeschoolers
9:00 – 11:30 am
What made that track, scat or other disturbance? Discover the many signs left behind by the creatures that inhabit nature in the Baird Creek Greenway. This class will increase awareness of and ability to find and interpret tracks and sign left behind by mammals, insects, birds and more. Open to grades K-8.

December 9 – Winter Weather
9:00 – 11:30 am
This class will discover all the elements of winter as well as do some experiments to understand why, what, and how. It will encompass art projects in the snow and with snow. Kiddos will learn about the three main types of clouds and how winter weather affects animals and what we can do to help. Open to grades K-8.

December 16 – Winter Survival Skills
9:00 – 11:30 am
A twist on our Eco-Survivor class! We talk about the basic survival skills and how you adapt them in the wintertime as well as other skills that are necessary in the winter that are not issues the rest of the year! We also talk about the winter survival skills of the wildlife and plants in the Baird Creek Greenway! Open to grades K-8.

To register for any class, please visit our Events Page!

 

 

 

ALREADY PAST

September 29 – Creek & Critters
9 – 11:30a
Students will use dip nets in the creek to find cool critters called macro-invertebrates. They will learn how to navigate an identification chart and will discover what adaptions critters have had to make and the effects they have on each other.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

September 29 – Prairie Ecosystem
12:30 – 3p
All about the prairie…students will learn about pollinators, wildflowers, invasive species.  The animals and bugs that live here.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

September 30 – Fish & Water Quality
9 – 11:30a
Students will be introduced to the types of fish in Baird Creek. No harm will be done to any fish or critters, as they will learn to properly release them afterward.  Students will also test water quality, and debrief about the correlation between healthy water ecosystems and habitats.  Grade levels 5-8 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

September 30 – Water Cycles
12:30 – 3p
Explanation of the water cycle, importance and effects.  From the start of a small water drop to our rushing creek come along for the ride. Activities to understand the cycle and the impact on everything around us!  Grade levels 5-8 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 6 – Creek & Critters (Repeat Class due to Demand)
9 – 11:30a
Students will use dip nets in the creek to find cool critters called macro-invertebrates. They will learn how to navigate an identification chart and will discover what adaptions critters have had to make and the effects they have on each other.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 6 – Creek & Critters (Repeat Class due to Demand)
12:30 – 3:00p
Students will use dip nets in the creek to find cool critters called macro-invertebrates. They will learn how to navigate an identification chart and will discover what adaptions critters have had to make and the effects they have on each other.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 7 – Wetland Eco-system
9 – 11:30a
Students will hike to a boardwalk and explore a wetland in Baird Creek. Students will touch cattails, make observations of wildlife and plants, and discover the important role wetlands play with a fun interactive model.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 7 – Bugs!
12:30 – 3p
Students will be provided with sweep nets and bug viewers as they step into the prairie and uncover all
sorts of creatures. Bugs, spiders, and grasshoppers, oh my!  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 14 – Tree Identification
9 – 11:30a
Students will embark on a hike through Baird Creek to learn about different types of trees and how to
identify them. The trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the famous Cottonwood tree where students will count how many of them it takes to wrap around the tree!  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 14 – Life Cycle of Trees
12:30 – 3p
Students will hike and learn about the importance of trees in the Baird Creek forest areas. From living trees to decomposing trees, students will learn about the symbiotic relationships between trees and
forest critters.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 21 – Fall & Eco-systems
9 – 11:30a
What does fall mean for the Baird Creek Ecosystems?  What do the animals do, the insects, the plants?  Students will learn what the fall season means in each ecosystem, the effects, preparation and everything else the changing season means for the Greenway!  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 21 – All Things Erosion
12:30 – 3p
What is erosion? Who causes erosion?  Students will hike around the Greenway and see examples of erosion and talk about what causes it and what are some fixes that we all can do!  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 28 – Caring for Nature
9 – 11:30a
Caring about Nature is all about having fun and enjoying the outdoors responsibly, while at the same time learning how to minimize our impact on nature.  This class will teach leave no trace, maps, and other tips and tricks to the woods through hands-on activities in Baird Creek!  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

October 28 – Nature Art
12:30 – 3p
This class is all about fun.  Students get to run around and find all the things in nature that appeal to them and then put it all to use making art with nature and in nature.  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

November 4 – Biology in the Greenway
9 – 11:30a
Students will embark on a journey to different biomes in the classroom and then head out to explore the biomes in Baird Creek. Discussions on basic biology, what it is, why it’s important to everything in the different biomes, and our very own Greenway.  Activities will help students understand biology in their backyard and around the world.  Grade levels 5-8 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

November 4 – Climate Effects
12:30 – 3p
Through outdoor lab experiments and other engaging activities, students will develop an understanding of how climate change is affecting our ecosystems. Topics of impact include erosion, weather, environmental cycles, greenhouse effect, consequences on flora and fauna, and steps students can take to help make positive changes.  Grade levels 5-8 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.