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California Woods School Programming

California Woods School Programming

Marian J. and Charles D. Lindberg Nature Center. 5400 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45228 (California/Anderson). Naturalist Gia Giammarinaro: 513.231.8678 or gia.giammarinaro@cincinnati-oh.gov

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 2

Explore the wildlife in the Cincinnati region! Hike the preserve to look for animal homes and how they meet their needs in our area: food , water , shelter and space. Meet some local animals in the nature Center and learn about the adaptations that help them live here. We will also explore a little bit of animal classification. 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.

“TREE”-MENDOUS TREES

Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 5

This program is a well-rounded introduction to all aspects of the plant kingdom. Hike the preserve and explore basic tree identification and uses, based on the season. Inside, learn about plant physiology and photosynthesis.

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.

WHAT’S UP WITH THE WEATHER

Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: 2 – 5

Why is weather so hard to predict? Become Junior Meteorologists and learn about the many factors involved in figuring out the weather. A lively series of demonstrations introduces children to how air, temperature, water , the sun and the Earth itself interact to produce weather. Students learn how to read a weather map and symbols with a hypothetical weather situation in our area. Learn about convection currents, air pressure, cloud formation and how to read the clouds to make predictions about the weather. See how the Earth’s orbit influences the seasons. Go outside and look for the effects of weathering and erosion as we also explore temperature differences and microclimates around the park.

THE ECOLOGY OF HABITATS

Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 2 – 8

Explore the forest, meadow and creek habitats in a single day! Hike to each habitat and learn about their fascinating ecological interactions. A short  indoor presentation looks at various animals and their adaptations for success as well as predator/prey relationships. This program can be adapted to include cycles in nature. Life cycles can include: insects, amphibians, even fungi! Natural cycles can include the water cycle, carbon cycle, etc. This program is easily customized.

LANDS ACROSS TIME – THE GEOLOGY OF CINCINNATI

Season Available: Fall, Winter, Srping Grade Level: 3 – 6

Through interactive demonstrations and hands on exploration, learn about the rock cycle, soils, glaciation, freeze/thaw processes and fossilization. Hike our Lick Run Creek to learn about erosion. Find fossils in the field. Children will be permitted to take a fossil home. Sturdy footwear is required; plan to get dirty!

AN OLD WAY OF LIFE: A PIONEER EXPERIENCE

Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 3 – 6

Learn about pioneer ways and experience a typical day in the life of a pioneer child. Children discover how lifestyles, religion, customs and traditions helped shape Cincinnati. An Oregon Trail inspired game and interactive hike introduce children to characters of that period.

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.

LOCAL WILDLIFE

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.

ENDANGERED SPECIES

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.