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. The minimum number of students registered for a class must be 5 or the class will be canceled and fees will be refunded.

If you plan on your child staying for both programs, there will be a $5 lunch care fee for the hour lunch in between programs. Lunch will be outside weather permitting. Baird Creek Preservation Foundation does not provide food so please pack a nut-free lunch.

We ask that we are notified at least three days in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule. In the case that there are weather conditions that will impede on the safety of students and our staff, we will notify you of cancellations as soon as possible and you will be fully refunded or rescheduled.

 

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

 

UPCOMING classes and dates for Fall 2021 are as follows:

 

September 7 – 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.

 

September 7 – Creek & Critters 

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 adaptations 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 8  – Macro-Invertebrates 

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 adaptations critters have had to make and the effects they have on each other.  Grade levels 5-8 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

September 14 – Birds & Beaks

9:00 – 11:30am

Students will learn all about the birds that call Baird Creek home! They will learn about their adaptations and how they interact with other animals at Baird Creek. We will have some fun activities to learn more about them and we will go on a hike in search of our feathered friends!  Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

September 14  – Wetland Ecosystem

12:30 – 3:00pm

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.

 

September 15 – Water Cycles

9:00 – 11:30 am

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.

 

September 21 – Nature Art

9:00 – 11:30am

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.

 

September 21 – Nature Discovery Hike

12:30 – 3:00pm

Students will embark on a hike through the trails at Baird Creek. We will explore all of our favorite places at Baird Creek and different games will be incorporated as students learn about a variety of things animals do here all while they hike and move through woods, the creek, the prairie, and more! Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

September 22 – 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 28 – Animal & Plant Life Cycles

9:00 – 11:30am

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. Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

September 28  – Creek & Critters (Repeat 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 adaptations 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 – 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.

 

October 5 – Bugs!

9:00 – 11:30am

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 5 – 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 6 – Survival Skills

9:00 – 11:30 am

An ode to our Eco-survivor class! We talk about the basic survival skills if you were to find yourself stranded in the wilderness and how you may adapt them in the colder weather as well as other skills that are necessary for the cold that are not an issue the rest of the year! Grade levels 5-8 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

October 12 – Prairie Ecosystems

9:00 – 11:30am

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.

 

October 12 – 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 adaptations 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 13 – Climate Effects

9:00 – 11:30am

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.

 

October 19 – Fall & Ecosystems

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 19 – 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 20 – Leave No Trace

9:00 – 11:30am

Leave No Trace 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 5-8 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

October 26 – Tracks & Scat

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. Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

October 26 – Forest Ecosystems

12:30  – 3:00pm

Students will learn about the importance of trees and their role in a forest ecosystem. We will talk about how trees interact with all the other organisms found in a forest from the soil to the animals to the big tall trees. Grade levels K-5 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

October 27 – Signs of Colder Weather 

9:00 – 11:30am

Students will be exposed to terms that encompass signs of colder weather coming to Baird Creek and what that means for our species here. 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 5-8 are invited to attend this class.  $15 per student.

 

 

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