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Classroom Outreach

classroom outreachMake this year memorable by extending your nature center experience beyond the ordinary. Our outreach staff is ready to reinforce curriculum themes right in your classroom. Classroom outreach programs are available stand-alone or paired with a field trip to Warner. If you're coming out to Warner, look for the Curriculum Connection that tells you which Warner field trip curriculum the Classroom Outreach is tied to.

All of these programs are set up for your group on a custom basis. Please contact our Outreach Naturalist at warneroutreach@smm.org or (651) 433-2427 ext. 13 for more information on what we can do for you.

School outreach is limited to those schools within a 45 mile radius of the center.

The Winter Survival Secret
Grades Available: 3, 4, 5, 6
Curriculum Connection: Winter Animal Signs and Winter Adaptations
Discover the secret of winter survival as students do scientific tests to compare the insulating properties of fur, poly-fleece. Students will learn about the scientific method, measurement, data recording and use of controls.

Bird Beak Bonanza
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6
Curriculum Connection: Woodpeckers, Fall Birds, Owls
Why do birds have so many different shapes of beaks? Students use tools to simulate different types of beaks. Though hands on experimentation, they discover which works best on six different food sources.

Who Polluted the St. Croix?
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Connection: Aquatic Ecology
Students add various sources of pollution to a model of the river as they listen to a story about how the river is used. They then use tools to try to clean the water and discover how difficult it really is.

The Watershed Simulation
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6
Curriculum Connection: Wetland Ecology
Construct a working model of a watershed right in your classroom and see how pollution can easily spread. We’ll learn about rivers, streams and wetlands as well as how they interact as one system in a watershed.

Town Hall Role Play: Deer Population
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Curriculum Connection: Deer Biology and Behavior
Your classroom becomes a town hall meeting to address deer management issues in this exciting role play. Every student is a stakeholder as they learn first hand about citizenship, decision making an differing values.

Wilderness Knots and Lashings
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Connection: Wilderness Skills
Have a naturalist come into your classroom and teach the skill and art of tying knots and lashings. Students will work with partners to learn the clove hitch and square lashings they will need to construct a shelter at Warner. Knot tying teaches important reasoning and visualization skills, builds self confidence and tests kids ability to follow directions.

Migration Hopscotch
Grades 3, 4, 5, 6
Curriculum Connection: Fall Birds
Let us bring our giant game board into your classroom. Students become life-sized game pieces in the game of Migration Hopscotch. The students must migrate from North to South America successfully avoiding an increasing number of obstacles in the form of habitat loss, foul weather, pesticide use and more. As the game gets more and more difficult the students feel first hand the physical nature of migration.

Barred Owl: Silent Winter Hunter
Grades 3-12
Curriculum Connection: Nature Observation, Spring Birds
Investigate the world of owls as a live barred owl visits your classroom. Through interactive discussion, students learn about the adaptations that make owls unique. Naturalist also bring preserved owl specimens from the WNC collections vault so students can see the wide variety of owls that live in Minnesota.

Note: The owl is shown for the Winter Adaptations as well as the Owls school program so do not choose this as a classroom outreach if your class will be taking either of these classes at Warner.

American Kestrel: Top Predator, Top Challenges
Grades 3-12
Curriculum Connection: Nature Observation, Spring Birds
Discover the advantages and disadvantages of being a top predator as your students meet a live American Kestrel. Learn why falcons are such efficient hunters and how DDT almost wiped out the peregrine falcon and other raptors. Naturalists focus on how one even one individual can make a positive difference in the world.

Note: The American Kestrel may be shown for the Fall Birds school program so do not choose this as a classroom outreach if your class will also be taking the Fall Birds class at Warner.

Red-tailed Hawk: Master of Adaptations
Grades 3-12
Curriculum Connection: Nature Observation, Spring Birds
Meet the red-tailed hawk, master of adaptations. When a live hawk visits your classroom, your students will use their eyes to become naturalists and discover for themselves the adaptations that have let this large bird thrive from coast to coast.

Note: The Red-tailed Hawk may be shown for the Fall Birds school program so do not choose this as a classroom outreach if your class will also be taking the Fall Birds class at Warner.

Stand–alone classes

Biodiversity Values
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Students stand under statements that best reflect their views of biodiversity and then discuss why they chose that statement. Fellow classmates can challenge their reasoning in a discussion. The program encourages critical thinking and encourages kids to use their voice to defend their stance with their classmates. It also encourages kids to think differently about biodiversity and how it affects their daily lives.

pHabulous Indicators
Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Students learn what indicators are and then make a homemade indicator using natural anthocyanins from plant material. They then use this indicator solution to test the pH of a range of household materials from soda pop to milk to detergent.