Pre-Kindergarten

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Animal Camouflage (All Seasons) PreK-2nd
Investigate how animals hide with a ‘hide and seek’ hike to find hidden animals. End the class with a look at the camouflage on a live snake.

Apple Cidering (Fall) PreK-5th
Using an old-fashioned cider press, make apple cider and learn about the natural and cultural history of apples. Enjoy a fall hike, time allowing.

Animal Homes & Habitats  (All Seasons) PreK-5th
Learn how animals’ size and adaptations define their shelters. Hike to survey different animal homes in their habitats.

Animal Tracks (All Seasons) PreK-5th
Study track identification basics and hike to search for and identify tracks of resident animals. Make plaster casts of animal prints to take home.

Animals in Winter (Winter) PreK-2nd
Discover how animals adapt to the harshest time of year. Students observe animal furs, hike outside to find animal shelters and food sources, and meet a live turtle.

Bees & Honey (Spring, Summer, Fall) PreK-5th
Collect insects and learn about the bees’ hive and life cycle. Finish the program with a sample of Wood Lake honey.

Birds Around Us (All Seasons) PreK-8th
Look at birds' amazing adaptations for survival in various habitats. Study real bird parts, learn bird behavior and identification skills, and see what kind of birds can be seen at Wood Lake Nature Center. (Lesson adapted for age groups)

Critter Walk (All Seasons)  PreK-2nd
From trees to bees and everything in between, explore Wood Lake to observe and learn about nature’s critters and their habitats.

Maple Syruping (Winter) PreK-8th
Learn about the natural and cultural history of maple syruping. Identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and turn syrup into a maple sugar treat. (Lessons adapted for age group)

Marsh Explorers (Spring, Summer, Fall) PreK-8th
Discover the incredible variety of animals, insects, and plants that live in the marsh. Dip into the marsh with a collection cup to explore the hidden depths of this diverse wetland. (Lessons adapted for age group. Older students will examine caught specimens under microscopes).

Nature’s Needs (Spring, Summer, Fall) PreK-2nd
Identify the things both animals and plants need to survive, listen to a story, and then explore Wood Lake’s forest and prairie. End the class with a visit from a live salamander.