Belwin Outdoor Science Classes

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    FALL AND SPRING CLASSES

    Grade 3

     

    NAME IT
    In this activity students will hike the trails to search for plants and animals. The class will record what they find and develop a system to sort their data in a logical order. In addition to hiking, this activity may include games related to classification. This course addresses the following Science Standard: (3.4.1.1.2) - Identify common groups of plants and animals using observable physical characteristics, structures and behaviors.

    NATURE'S WAY
    In this activity students will learn that plants and animals have certain features that allow them to grow, survive, and reproduce. Students will search for plants and animals found here and identify their various components needed for survival. This course will address the following Science Standard: (3.4.1.1.1) - Compare how different structures of plants and animals serve various functions of growth, survival and reproduction.

    NATURE INVESTIGATORS
    This class focuses on the many ways that scientists learn about our world. The students will learn more about nature by using tools to investigate what they find. Activities include: measuring, observing, identifying, collecting, etc. This course will address the following Science Standards: (3.1.1.1.1) - Provide evidence to support claims other than saying "Everyone knows that," or "I just know," and question such reasons when given by others. (3.1.1.2.1) - Generate questions that can be answered when scientific knowledge is combined with knowledge gained from one's own observations or investigations. (3.1.3.4.1) - Use tools, including rulers, thermometers, magnifiers and simple balances, to improve observations and keep a record of the observations made.

FALL AND SPRING CLASSES

  • Grade 5

    ORIENTEERING
    Ever wonder how to get around in the wilderness without getting lost? Let us show you in our Orienteering class. Using a compass, you will find your way through various Minnesota biomes as you explore Belwin. On your journey you will discover some of the plants and animals that live here and learn about how these organisms have certain structures that help them survive. This class requires reading and basic understanding of numbers one through 360. Students will work independently away from instructor on trail. (Science Standard 5.4.1.1.1)

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     FOREST
    You will investigate the habitats of the oak and red pine forests. Are all trees alike? Come and find out what trees live here and how to identify them by studying their unique structures. Be prepared to hike and play games that focus on the amazing life of trees and their importance to life in the forest. (Science Standard 5.4.1.1.1)


    AQUATIC LIFE
    Water Tigers, Diving Beetles, Larvae galore, and all sorts of creatures you've never seen before. Students will discover organisms that live in a pond, wetland or stream of Belwin. Organisms will be examined for structures and functions that allow them to survive in an aquatic environment. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1) Abiotic tests may also be performed to identify factors that affect organisms such as dissolved oxygen (DO), temperature and turbidity.

    BIRDING
    Using your observation skills identify and study some of the birds that live here and in your neighborhood. You may use tools such as binoculars, real bird parts, identification books and an ipod to help you further examine the structures that give birds the ability to survive here in Minnesota and throughout the world. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

    RADIO TRACKING
    Students will understand the methodology of scientific investigations, specifically, the way that scientists use radio telemetry equipment to aid in their study of animal ranges and behavior. During this lesson students will get to use real radio telemetry equipment to find an animal in our forest! This lesson is best for students with a good understanding of the English language. Students will work independently away from instructor on trail. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)


    NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
    Do you have an eye for a great picture? Spend the day learning techniques for taking a great picture. The outdoors will be your subject! We will photograph some of the structures on plants and animals that allow them to survive here. In the afternoon, you will select the best pictures to put on an online photo album made just for your class. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

     

    BELWIN BUGS

    Have you ever wondered what was crawling around in the tall prairie grass or underneath the leaf litter in the forest? Let’s catch them and find out. Students will use different methods to catch bugs that live in various habitats at Belwin. Students will take a close look at adaptations that help these bugs survive. Students will also be introduced to pollinators, what they are, and the important role pollinators play in their ecosystems. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

     

     

    PRAIRIE (Fall Only)

    Feel like a field scientist as you explore the prairie using a variety tools. Test the temperature, wind speed, and the amount of sunlight. You will head into the prairie grass that towers over you to identify plants and catch bugs. Take a closer look at the bugs you find by studying their structures and the functions. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1).

     

    Nature Tracker (Spring Only)

    This course introduces students to Citizen Science and Phenology, tracking the nature through the seasons. Students will monitor the presence or absence of signs of the seasons (bud break, flowering, bird migration, butterflies etc.). Student observations will be put in context with historical trends observed at Belwin. Questions will focus on, "Why are flowers blooming earlier than they used to?" "Why are birds returning to MN earlier in the spring?" These questions will be peppered through a geocaching-like course that explores Belwin's prairies and forests. Science Standard  (5.4.1.1.1)

     

WINTER CLASSES

  • Grade 3                                                                                                  

    NAME IT

    In this activity students will hike the trails to search for plants and animals. The class will record what they find and develop a system to sort their data in a logical order. In addition to hiking, this activity may include games related to classification. This course addresses the following Science Standard: (3.4.1.1.2) - Identify common groups of plants and animals using observable physical characteristics, structures and behavior.

    Coyote track
    NATURE'S WAY                                                                                    
    In this activity students will learn that plants and animals have certain features that allow them to grow, survive, and reproduce. Students will search for plants and animals found here and identify their various components needed for survival. This course will address the following Science Standard: (3.4.1.1.1) -Compare how different structures of plants and animals serve various functions of growth, survival and reproduction.

    NATURE INVESTIGATORS
    This class focuses on the many ways that scientists learn about our world. The students will learn more about nature by using tools to investigate what they find. Activities include: measuring, observing, identifying, collecting, etc. This course will address the following Science Standards: (3.1.1.1.1)- Provide evidence to support claims other than saying "Everyone knows that," or "I just know," and question such reasons when given by others. (3.1.1.2.1) - Generate questions that can be answered when scientific knowledge is combined with knowledge gained from one's own observations or investigations. (3.1.3.4.1) - Use tools, including rulers, thermometers, magnifiers and simple balances, to improve observations and keep a record of the observations made.

WINTER CLASSES

  • Grade 5

    RADIO TRACKING
    Students will understand the methodology of scientific investigations, specifically, the way that scientists use radio telemetry equipment to aid in their study of animal ranges and behavior. During this lesson students will get to use real radio telemetry equipment to find an animal in our forest! This lesson is best for students with a good understanding of the English language. Students will work independently away from instructor on trail. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)


    CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
    You will learn the basics of X-Country Skiing and then spend the day skiing through the woods learning about how Minnesota plants and animals are designed to function in winter. There are many hills at Belwin. Be prepared for a good workout. Dress warmly!  Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

    ORIENTEERING
    Ever wonder how to get around in the wilderness without getting lost? Let us show you in our Orienteering class. Using a compass, you will find your way through various Minnesota biomes as you explore Belwin. On your journey you will discover some of the plants and animals that live here and learn about how these organisms have certain structures that help them survive. This class requires reading and basic understanding of numbers one through 360. Students will work independently away from instructor on trail. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)


    ADAPTATIONS OF ANIMALS
    Have you ever wondered how animals stay warm and find food in our snowy Minnesota winters? This activity invites students to experiment with various types of insulation to see which is warmest. Also, learn about how animals have adaptations for survival. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

    ANIMAL INVESTIGATIONS
    How do we learn about the animals that live around us? An animal investigator spends time looking for signs animals leave to learn about what animals are around and how they survive. This class introduces some of the signs animals leave and how we can learn from them. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

    WINTER SURVIVAL
    How do people survive in the winter? This class focuses on how people have adapted to the cold by studying the animals around us. You will explore how animals survive the winter and how humans have used fire and shelter to live in cold environments. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

    NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
    Do you have an eye for a great picture? Spend the day learning techniques for taking a great picture. The outdoors will be your subject! We will photograph some of the structures on plants and animals that allow them to survive here. In the afternoon, you will select the best pictures to put on an online photo album made just for your class. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

    BIRDING
    Using your observation skills identify and study some of the birds that live here and in your neighborhood. You may use tools such as binoculars, real bird parts, identification books and an ipod to help you further examine the structures that give birds the ability to survive here in Minnesota and throughout the world. Science Standard (5.4.1.1.1)

     

Middle School and High School Classes

  • tent Middle School and High School Classes

    Two lessons for secondary science have been very popular. Indeed these two courses take advantage of Belwin's greatest strengths which include comparisons of a variety of habitats and water bodies. If you would like to change these lessons or plan an entirely new lesson, please contact Belwin's Education Director, Josh Leonard.

     

    Field Ecology - compare three of Minnesota's biomes all in one day! Students will collect abiotic and biotic data from three habitats representing three Minnesota biomes including the prairie, coniferous and deciduous forests. Students will identify trends such as more wind distributed seeds are found in the windy prairie biome. To learn more, please see the data sheets (abiotic and biotic) or contact Josh Leonard, Education Director.

     

    Water Quality - compare a pond to a stream all in one day! Students will sample aquatic macroinvertebrates, dissolved oxygen, pH, visibility, conductivity and other factors to determine the health and ecology of at least two water bodies. In addition to the pond and stream, a marsh, a fen and a woodland pot hole are available to sample as well. To learn more, please see the data sheets or contact Josh Leonard, Education Director.