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5th Grade

The Secret Life of Plants

What roles do plants play in an ecosystem? Students will find out through a hands-on plant study in the Backcountry Wilderness Area. We’ll learn how plants have adapted to their environment and how they both affect, and are affected by, other parts of the ecosystem. Students will learn to use quadrats to identify different species and estimate percent coverage, will go on a plant detectives walk, and will work through an identification and evidence challenge!

CAS Addressed: 5.2.1 

Length of Program: 2 hours


The Little World of Decomposers

Insects and other decomposers such as fungi and bacteria perform a crucial role in our world! Students will learn how these creatures serve as nature’s cleanup crew, study the importance of the nitrogen cycle, and explore the relationship between producers and consumers. We’ll explore the Backcountry as we search for evidence of decomposition and go on a massive bug hunt!

CAS Addressed: 5.2.2

Length of Program: 2 hours

5th Grade

The Secret Life of Plants

What roles do plants play in an ecosystem? Students will find out through a hands-on plant study in the Backcountry Wilderness Area. We’ll learn how plants have adapted to their environment and how they both affect, and are affected by, other parts of the ecosystem. Students will learn to use quadrats to identify different species and estimate percent coverage, will go on a plant detectives walk, and will work through an identification and evidence challenge!

CAS Addressed: 5.2.1 

Length of Program: 2 hours


The Little World of Decomposers

Insects and other decomposers such as fungi and bacteria perform a crucial role in our world! Students will learn how these creatures serve as nature’s cleanup crew, study the importance of the nitrogen cycle, and explore the relationship between producers and consumers. We’ll explore the Backcountry as we search for evidence of decomposition and go on a massive bug hunt!

CAS Addressed: 5.2.2

Length of Program: 2 hours

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