Sept 28th-Nov 9th 11:00am-12:30pm *note no class on Oct 19th due to schools out/camp
$120 for 6 week course (Ages 5-12) or ages 10+ (inquire)
Join us at Eco Adventures as we learn all about the “ologies”! Mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology and ichthyology – what do they all mean? Our first class explores all five of these zoology fields. What makes them different? What makes them the same? How do they all interrelate?
The subsequent weeks will be an in-depth study of each field. Use your deductive reasoning skills to identify species using classification keys. What kind of habitat do they live in? What do they eat – are they an herbivore, insectivore, carnivore or omnivore? What is the difference? Learn about life cycles, migration, hibernation and more!
Eco Adventures is a hands-on learning environment. Students will have ample opportunities to touch and hold some of our wonderful animal ambassadors! We also utilize artifacts, pelts, skeletons, tracks, etc. to make your student’s learning experience truly unique with hands-on lab activities!
Classes are taught by our amazing staff of environmental & animal specialists/biologists, herpetologists such as National Geographic's Dr. Brady Barr and marine biologists. Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.
NEWS FLASH!!! Eco Adventures has done the impossible!!! We've made STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), super exciting and…wait for it…..kid friendly!! That's right kid friendly, meaning that kids simply cannot get enough of what we're offering. Drawing upon Eco Adventures' unique resources, special talents, and keen minds, our education team has created a dynamic, kid approved, set of STEAM activities that get kids excited! We know…because we've already run them by young inquiring minds, and they gave us two thumbs up. We're proud to be offering our Kid Approved STEAM activities in an all new after school Program. And, as always, Eco Adventures will bring it all together with fun, inquiry based, hands on learning, in a dynamic and high tech fashion. In each class, kids can interact with animals, create experiments, test theories, formulate questions, utilize gear and gadgets, incorporate artwork, and even devise creations. This is Eco Adventures at its best…it's STEAM…and most importantly it's KID APPROVED! This is a session you simply cannot miss!
In this all new class, students will get to learn what actually makes a snake, a snake! Snakes might just look like a head attached to a long tail, but they are much, much more than that! Their engineering and body plan have made them into one of the most successful animals in the planet. Students will learn all about these amazing animals' unique adaptations, anatomy, locomotion, and way of life–all through hands on interactions with live snakes. After we observe these reptiles in motion,we can put our new knowledge to the test by using engineering skills to build our own contraptions to illustrate how snake anatomy works!
When you live outdoors in nature, you really need to have a plan for dealing with extreme weather conditions. The most successful animals have found ways to adapt to these extremes! From a bearded dragon in the heat of the desert, to a penguin in the bone chilling cold, or a bird having to fly through hurricane winds. Students will explore these amazing survival strategies to see firsthand how they learn to live in all of these crazy weather patterns. After learning about the different weather extremes and meeting some of the animals that can survive in them, we will experiment in a weather-making lab where we create our own miniature storms in a jar.
Have you ever wondered why animals are so hard to find in nature? They
just seem to have a special skill at hiding from us, and for good
reason, for in nature, it's eat or be eaten! Camouflage is everything in
the ultimate game of hide and seek! In this class kids will take a
closer look at how certain animals can change color, hide themselves,
build structures that camouflage, or are masters of illusion and
mimicry! How do they do it? Students will get all the answers as they
learn about color mixing and how animals utilize colors to their
advantage. Throwing art into the mix they will even get to use
watercolors to create their very own camouflage, and also have a
beautiful piece of artwork to take home! You do not want to hide from
Animals have many marvelous means of movement! From slithering and rolling, to jumping and flying, these are quite a few ways to move around. Some types of animal locomotion have even inspired human technology, and even self defense techniques like martial arts. In this very active class, students will learn about different types of movement by moving along side of our live animal demonstrations. Who has a better jump, a tree frog or a kid? Can you walk like a gator, or slither like a snake? We will be testing human against animals and all answers will be revealed! Students will even get to participate in a lab where we build our own animal movement machine!
In this class, students will literally be getting charged up for nature! You'll be shocked to know that there are many animals in nature that use energy as a way of life. Electric eels, lightning bugs, glow worms, and many more utilize electricity to survive. Some of them use bioluminescence to communicate, while others use the electricity to defend themselves. Students will examine all of the ways that animals use this energy source in their lives and how exactly it all works. Then we will combine all of this new found knowledge together to create our own working lightning bugs!