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 Winter/Spring 2021 are as follows:

January 13 – 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 signs left behind by mammals, insects, birds, and more. Open to grades K-8.

January 20 – 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.

January 27 – 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 for the winter that does not issue 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.

February 2 – Science with Snow
9:00 – 11:30 am
Create science experiments with and in the snow with basic and natural cooking
items. Learning the different techniques and variations that come with the properties of snow. Open to grades K-8.

February 2 –  Groundhog Awakening 
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Search animals’ homes while discussing hibernation and the tradition of Groundhog Day. Looking throughout nature and being able to prompt the prediction of the Groundhog. Art project at the end of the class! Open to grades K-8.

Tuesday, February 9 – Bird Counting/All About Birds
9:00 – 11:30 am
Homeschoolers can join in on the Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count 2021 (GBBC) in the Baird Creek Greenway. Help Ms. Jane count and talk about the birds spotted during class to help compile the numbers of birds at Baird Creek to be part of the sharing of real-time snapshots of bird populations. The National Audubon Society appreciates the help! Open to grades K-8.

Tuesday, February 16 – Winter Gym/Nature Discovery Hike
9:00 – 11:30 am
Students will be embark on a fast paced hike through the trails at Baird Creek. Different exercises will be incorporated as students learn about a variety of things animals do that count as exercise all while they hike and move through woods, the creek, the prairie, and more! Open to grades K-8.

Tuesday, February 23 – Winter Art
9:00 – 11:30 am
This class is all about fun! Students get to run around in the winter air and find things in nature that are accessible in winter. Then they are able to use their creativity by putting it all together and using their skills to make art with nature in nature. As well as enjoy some specific art creations using materials and snow! Open to grades K-8.

Wednesday, March 10 – Dr. Seuss Birthday/ Importance of Trees
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Spend some time with literature, Dr. Seuss, and Ms. Jane while hiking and learning about the importance of trees in the Baird Creek forest areas. She will talk about topics important to the Lorax, such as deforestation, not respecting the trees, impacts on trees, etc.! Open to grades K-8.

Wednesday, March 24- Food Chain, Food Web, Adaptations & Traits
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Discovering the linear works of the food chain and the species that all take part in it! Participants will be able to see first hand how organisms all work together to form the food web. Then discussions on adaptions and traits of plants and animals that have been made because of their role in the food chain or their own need to eat. Open to grades K-8.

Wednesday, April 7- Animal and Plant Life Cycles
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Students will learn about different life cycles, such as the animal cycle, and how they affect life and plants! Specifically, we will talk about the impacts that the environment has on the animals and plants of this area. Open to grades K-8.

Wednesday, April 21- Fossils & Geology
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Students will observe the traces and tracts from organic material that has been left behind to identify! These remains give us evidence of past organisms and the life that was here before. We will also discuss the geological formations in Baird Creek and how they got there and why. Open to grades K-8.

Wednesday, May 5- Signs of Spring
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Students will observe the signs of Spring on this fun hike! With April showers, May flowers come… as well as birds and other animals. Students will get to experience nature in the springtime and will able to learn about all the sounds and plants that start reappearing. Open to grades K-8.

Wednesday, May 19- Wildflowers
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Discovering the different types of flowers that nature has to offer in the Baird Creek Greenway. Students will be able to see first hand the wonder of native wildflowers growing in the Greenway and identify the different types and their unique features! Students will also learn to identify the type of area they are found in and why. Open to grades K-8.

Wednesday, June 2- Creek & Critters
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Students will use dip nets in the creek to find cool critters called macro-invertebrates. They will learn what those are by using an identification chart and will discover what it means for the water quality of Baird Creek by which critters they find.  Open to grades K-8.

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September 29 – Creek & Critters
9:00 – 11:30am
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 – 3:00pm
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
9:00 – 11:30am
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 – 3:00pm
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)
9:00 – 11:30am
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 – 3:00pm
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
9:00 – 11:30am
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 – 3:oopm
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
9:00 – 11:30am
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 – 3:00pm
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
9:00 – 11:30am
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 – 3:00pm
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
9:00 – 11:30am
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 – 3:00pm
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
9:00 – 11:30am
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 – 3:00pm
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.

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.