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LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center School Programming

LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Center School Programming

5400 Lanius Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 (College Hill). Naturalist Lara Wardlow: 513.542-2909 or lara.wardlow@cincinnati-oh.gov

SPRING MAGIC

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

Celebrate the season of new life w with a trail walk and activities that illustrate nature’s important cycles. Discover how plants and animals meet their basic needs in various local habitats.

THE WONDERS OF FALL

Season Available: Fall Grade Level: Pre-K – 3

Naturalists focus on how plants and animals meet their survival needs in the Fall. Hike to observe seasonal plant changes and signs of animals preparing for winter. Activities on migration, hibernation and other ways local animals survive cold weather complete the day.

NATIVE AMERICAN LIFE

Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 3

This interactive program focuses on the everyday life of an Ohio Native American child in the late 1700’s, including food, clothing and shelter. You experience daily life skills, create pictographs and participate in fun games. The informative hike stresses Native Americans’ historic uses of forest resources.

THE REAL WORLD

Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: Pre-K – 6

Does your class know more about the internet than their backyard? Enjoy a gab-bag of the Naturalists’ favorite activities with the emphasis on fun and exploration (they’ll soak up lots of information as well). Wear old clothes and sturdy shores for woods exploration. Touch nature, meet an animal or two and play a game.

RECYCLING

Season Available: Fall, Winter, Spring Grade Level: 1 – 8

“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is also nature’s way! Learn about natural resources and cycles, composting , recycling and other ways to minimize waste through a hike and fun activities. A bus tour of Rumpke Landfill can be arranged on some Wednesdays.

PLANTS ARE FUN-DAMENTAL

Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 2 – 4

Explore on a hike through a meadow and forest 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 seeds and the life cycle of trees.

BRINGING LITERATURE TO LIFE: SURVIVAL LITERATURE

Season Available: Fall, Spring Grade Level: 4 – 8

Hatchet or My Side of the Mountain comes to life as students hike, locate sources of water and wild edibles, practice survival skills like creating a shelter and fire building and discuss animals form the book using taxidermy mounts and liver specimens for the Nature Center. The program builds excitement, deepens understanding and instills self-confidence. Please let us know which book you choose and read it 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. Children walk part of a route used by escaping slaves on a rugged, 75 minute trail hike through the woods. Indoor activities include a simulated journey to freedom and using maps to trace escape routes. Winter is the best time to experience this program: with fewer leaves, views are better of the local topography, students can imagine the harshness of the cold weather with minimal clothing and it was the preferred time of the year for the slaves to escape due to the extended hours of darkness.

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.