Outdoor Activities | Recreation Activities | Nature Studies

The following nature studies are designed to teach students about the various parts and elements of nature. We strive to provide lessons and activities that are best done using the elements of nature. We have carefully chosen the following studies because we feel like we can provide students with the appropriate information in a way that is easy to comprehend and fun.

*All activities are designed to take place within a one-hour rotation.

 

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Animal Habitats

Participants will understand the food chain, the necessities of water, and the water cycle as well as practice building a shelter. 

*Grades: 5th and up 

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Archery

In this activity, participants will learn the basics of archery. Archery includes identifying the different parts of the bow and arrow, learning the skills of stringing a bow and loading, releasing, and retrieving arrows.

*Grades: 5th and up

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Bird Study

During this study, participants will observe the behavior of birds through binoculars as they feed. They will take note of what birds eat and the behavior in which they eat around other birds as well as characteristics about specific bird species.

*Grades: 5th and up 

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Decomposition Study

Our Decomposition Study is an in-depth study of natural decomposition along our nature trails. During this time, participants will observe/identify fungi and other decomposers while discovering different stages of decomposition.

*Grades: 5th and up 

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Forest Study

Participants will spend their time identifying different parts of a forest. In this study different trees and their leaves will be identified, natural decomposition will be observed, and participants will come to understand the competition trees endure while searching for sunlight and energy.

*Grades: 5th and up 

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Orienteering

A timeless camp activity, orienteering combines compass use and map reading. During the participants’ time, they will identify different parts of a compass, learn how to read a compass, and understand how to read a map. At the end of their time, participants will put these skills to use and do some orienteering to navigate to different locations on campgrounds.

*Grades: 5th and up

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Night Hike

Night hikes provide the opportunity for participants to experience camp’s grounds in a different light. Hikers will be guided throughout our various wooded nature trails and experience the beauty of the moon as it guides their path.

*Grades: 3rd and up

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Aquatics Study

In this study, particpants will learn about the different bodies of water and the exosystems that can be found in the water. They will also get a chance to observe the ecosystem of our pound and make a model of an aquatic ecosystem.

*Grades: 5 and up

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Survival Skills

Participants will get the opportunity to learn how to identify what they need to survive in the wilderness using the four basic needs and the rules of 3. They will also learn how to build a fire and a tarp shelter.

*Grades: 5 and up

If you do not see a study here that you would like your group to experience, please contact us. We are more than willing to try and work with you to develop a study that would work for your group. If we cannot provide the exact study for you, we will try our best to get as close as possible to your desired outcomes.