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[OE Classes | Nature Studies]

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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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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Fishing Study

During the fishing study, participants will learn how to use a spin-casting reel, how to bait a hook using live worms, and how to appropriately cast a line. Fishing takes place on the shores of camp’s pond where fishermen and women are able to find bluegill, largemouth bass, yellow bullhead, and perhaps even the mighty goldfish.

*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 

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.