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Saint Paul Public Schools, District 625
360 Colborne Street
Saint Paul
MN
55102

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Discovery Lab

Students are introduced to the wonder of nature. We will use our senses to explore the pond, stream, forest and prairie.  What is happening on this day? What are the plants and animals that call Minnesota their home? How are things alike? How are they different. Are there patterns that we can identify? Can we find something that we have never experienced before? What tools will we use to help us examine our world?

Fall Lab

What is changing at Belwin when the temperature begins to fall? Discover why Minnesota has different seasons. Learn about photosynthesis and changing leaf colors. Watch as animals ready themselves to hibernate or migrate for the winter. Maybe you will see a hawk riding the thermals.

Winter Lab

What happens at Belwin when the temperature falls below freezing? Explore the frozen world looking for tracks of animals that tell a story. Learn about the three states of matter and how snow is made. See evidence of how evergreens are adapted to winter. Try out kicksledding, skiing, or snowshoeing while looking at the beauty of winter around you.

Spring Lab

Did you hear the call of a bluebird returning to Belwin? Discover how frogs and turtles emerge from the wetlands. Explore the buds on trees and look for animal homes. Learn how to tap a maple tree to catch some sap. Walk the prairie edge and look for greening of the valley. Hike a muddy trail looking for the first trillium flowers.

Raptors

Explore the world of hawks, eagles, and owls learning about their habitat, flight patterns, adaptations, structure and function. Use binoculars to track red-tailed hawks in the prairie sky. Dissect an owl pellet and sort the bones found inside. Discover what prey was the owl's meal.

Forest Biome 

What trees are deciduous and what are coniferous? Take a hike through forest areas to find what trees and animals live there. Learn how trees grow and mature. Collaborate with friends to identify leaf shapes and tree types. Count the rings on a stump to find the age of a tree. Do leaf or bark rubbings. Try a forest art project.

Minnesota Plant Hike

Can a root really reach 15 feet deep in the soil? Learn the parts of a plant and what plants need to survive. Take a hike through oak savannas, tall grass prairie, and deciduous forests to find evidence of how different plants are adapted to their biomes.

Seven Bats of Minnesota

Scary or awesome? Learn how bats are part of the Minnesota landscape. Find out characteristics of bat; wingspan, weight, and coloring. Play an echolocation game with your friends. Hunt for insects and return to your bat cave. Explore bat habitats and learn three things bats need in order to live. Design your own bat.

Orienteering Class

What is your true north? Learn about cardinal directions and how to use a compass. Find a bearing and count your paces. Go on a scavenger hunt with friends to find clues about a Belwin animal or plant. Use two-way radios to communicate to base as you are navigating the course.

Calling All Birds

Spend the day observing birds as they stake out their territory, build nests, search for food, attract a mate, or simply pass through our area. We will learn the anatomy of birds and how birds have adapted to survive here in Minnesota. We will learn to identify a number of birds by sight and sound.

Back in Time

Students will be introduced to the people and animals of the Ice Age in Minnesota. Giant Beaver, Ground Sloths, Mammoths and Saber Tooth Cats, once roamed our neighborhoods. What happened that caused these animals to now be extinct? What were the people like that coexisted with these animals? Students will participate in uncovering and identifying artifacts.

Incredible Journey

Can you drink dinosaur tears? Learn about the water cycle and how water is being constantly recycled by our planet. Become a water molecule and pass through the cycle from groundwater to a cloud to a plant. Explore the three states of matter: liquid, solid, gas. Learn ways to protect our precious water at home and school.

Stories in Stones

Students will explore the trails for pebbles, stones, and boulders that will tell us something of the history of our area. What types of rock were here before the dinosaurs? Learn to identify the three types of rock and their part in the rock cycle. Make a fossil of your own.

Insects

What is that buzzing by your head? Learn about insect body parts and how they are adapted to life in each of Minnesota’s biomes. Use nets to capture terrestrial and aquatic insects to scrutinize up close under a microscope. Learn about insect metamorphosis and life cycle. Make your own insect to take home.

Wetlands

Is it a water scorpion or a tadpole? Go dipping in a wetland to find out about aquatic species. Learn about the water cycle, food chains, and the quality of the wetland. Students will collect data and record to measure indicators of water quality.

Prairie Lab

What makes a prairie? Discover the plants and animals that call this ecosystem home. Learn about how prairies were important to our Minnesota history. Explore the Kettlecamp Prairie looking for insects, grasses, flowers, birds, and animals. Record soil types, temperature, and wind speed.

Field Study

Do an in-depth study of a specific animal that lives here at Belwin (owl, turtle, deer, otter, monarch butterfly, wild turkey, or squirrel). Use a variety of techniques to discover where the animal lives and how it is adapted to Minnesota. Radio tracking used by scientists in the field will be demonstrated.

Nature Photography

What do you see when you hike the trails at Belwin? Use a digital camera to capture a close-up of a mullein plant or the view from the tower. Take photos on the trails to document your day at Belwin. Choose your best and print a photo to write about. Upload some of your other photos to the Belwin Outdoor Science website to view again back at your school.