California Woods School Programming
5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45228 (California/Anderson). Naturalist Gia Giammarinaro: 513.231.8678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 2
Discover the amazing animals who call Cincinnati home. An indoor presentation focuses on how our local wildlife are adapted to survive in a specific habitat and touch briefly on animal classification. A hike reveals animal homes and food sources. Suggested program times: Pre-K up to 2 hours, K – 2 up to 3 hours.
WONDERS OF THE SEASONS
Season Available: Fall Grade Level: Pre-K – 2
Fabulous Fall: Learn all about the wonders of fall. Enjoy a puppet show highlighting how animals prepare for winter, take a hike to explore the season in person, and make a fall-themed craft. This program is typically 1.5 – 2 hours long.
Season Available: Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 2
Spring Into Spring!: After a long winter, explore the wonders of spring renewal in nature! Enjoy a puppet show that focuses on how local animals got through the winter and prepare for spring. Take a hike to explore the wonders of the new season, and make a spring-themed craft. This program is typically 1.5 – 2 hours long.
Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 5
This program is a well-rounded introduction to all aspects of the plant kingdom. An outdoor hike is geared for the season. The indoor presentation focuses on plant physiology and photosynthesis. It can be customized each teacher’s lesson plans.
HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF MAPLE
Season Available: February/Early March Grade Level: Pre-K – 5
From the Native American, to pioneer, to current sugar farmers, we taste and experience the magic of maple sugaring. Learn about the fascinating process trees use to make sweet sap and why this is the only time per year we can use it. Assist the Naturalist in tapping trees, collecting sap, and witness the transformation from sap to syrup. Program length: Pre-K – K up to 2 hrs, 1st – 5th grades up to 3 hours.
THE ECOLOGY OF HABITATS
Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: 2 – 8
Let us introduce you to local habitats in the Cincinnati area and how basic ecological principles apply to each of these habitats. Most of this progam is hands-on outdoors as we hike and explore the forest, meadow and creek habitats. An indoor presentation focuses on animal adaptations and predator/prey relationships.
CYCLES AND RECYCLES
Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 2 – 8
Explore the cycles in nature including life cycles of amphibians (toads/frogs), insects, plants, water, oxygen and carbon dioxide. An interpretive hike investigates the seasonal cycles of nature. An indoor program focuses on a cycle that humans invented, generating and recycling our solid waste.
LANDS ACROSS TIME – THE GEOLOGY OF CINCINNATI
Season Available: Fall, Winter, Srping Grade Level: 3 – 6
Interactive demonstrations provide knowledge of the soils, fossilization, the rock cycle, glaciation and freeze/thaw processes. An exploratory hike focuses on erosion and gives children an opportunity to take home fossils from Lick Run Creek. Program can be customized to the teacher’s lesson plans. Sturdy footwear is required.
AN OLD WAY OF LIFE: A PIONEER EXPERIENCE
Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 3 – 6
Gain knowledge of pioneer ways and experience a typical day in the life of a pioneer child. Discover how lifestyles, religion, customs and traditions helped shape Cincinnati. An Oregon Trail style interactive hike introduces students to period characters such as a school teacher, medicine woman and homesteader.
WEATHER: WILD OR MILD?
Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: 3 – 6
Become junior meteorologists as you learn how to make predictions about the weather. Using a weather map and symbols, interpret patterns most often encountered in our region. Weather demonstrations and experiments are performed by participants.
The programs listed below are available year-round at most Nature Centers. Their content and presentation styles can be modified for children of all ages:
SEASONAL HIKES AND PROGRAMS
Nature reinvents itself with each changing season. These hikes and programs explore and explain the changes and phenomena associated with the particular season of your visit. Included are these favorite topics: Why leaves change color and fall in autumn; How animals prepare for or survive winter; spring flowers; pollination, and bird migration.
Learning to identify and appreciate local wildlife opens doors to understanding the natural world and how humans and wildlife interact. Most programs use a combination of taxidermy mounts and small live animals (snake, turtle, toad). The emphasis can vary to suit your needs and objectives.
BASIC NATURE TOPICS
Planning a unit on birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees, or wildflowers? A Naturalist program can bring it to “life” with taxidermy or mounted specimens, slides, lore and information, and hands-on exploration in a park or other natural area.
How do plants and animals become endangered? What animals are endangered in Ohio? What are people doing about it? A Naturalist talk with hands-on games and activities answers these and other questions.