LaBoiteaux Nature Center School Programming
5400 Lanius Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 (College Hill). 513.321.6070
PLANTS ARE FUN-DAMENTAL
Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 2 – 4
Explore on a hike through a meadow and forest to see how a wide variety of plants provide food and shelter to animals, and see how they grow and change through the seasons. Investigate the parts of a flower and the importance of pollination for all living things. Learn about seed germination and “make and take” a growing experiment. to observe back in the classroom.
The following programs require a 4 week advanced scheduling prior to the program date:
BRINGING LITERATURE TO LIFE: SURVIVAL LITERATURE
Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 4 – 8
Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain or Danger Along the Ohio comes to life as students hike to locate sources of food and water, build an emergency shelter in the woods, and try essential outdoor skills like fire building, reading maps and using a compass. The program builds excitement, deepens understanding and instills self confidence. Read the book before the program.
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, RAVINE TO FREEDOM
Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: 5 – 8
LaBoiteaux Woods was on the path of an important network of Underground Railroad activity in College Hill during the 1840s-1850s. Walk part of a route used by escaping slaves on a rugged, 75 minute trail hike through the winter woods. Indoor activities include a simulated journey to freedom and using maps to trace escape routes. Our local history brings the broader history of the Underground Railroad to life.
Winter is the best time to experience this program: less foliage makes it easier to view landmarks and most journeys occurred during the cold months.
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.