PreSchool Outreach Programs & Field Trips
Our preschool outreach programs build on children’s inherent curiosity about the world by using hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical and academic skill development. A professional naturalist will bring fun and exciting activities along with visits from some of our non-releasable animals. These interactive programs will provide children with an awareness and early understanding of nature while encouraging exploration in their own backyards.
All programs can be taught either at your facility or turned into enrichment field trips at Woodcock Nature Center.
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(No bookings available during our Summer Camp season; June, July & August)
Outreach Programs Taught at your School
Winter Animals and Hibernation
How do animals survive when the snow starts falling? By examining furs, children will learn the different winter strategies that local animals use to stay warm and meet a LIVE animal with no fur or feathers and explore what it does to survive the cold.
Spring is a time bursting with new life! Children will learn what plants and animals are waking back up. A naturalist will bring several spring animals and talk about their life cycles, and where they have been hiding all winter.
Under Our Feet
It’s amazing how many creatures live under the dirt and fallen leaves right beneath our feet! Children will meet one of these creatures and learn about adaptations it has which allows it to live underground.
From a hole in the ground to a nest in a tree, animal live in a wide variety of habitats. Children will meet several animals from different habitats and learn about the life of each unique creature.
From their leafy branches to their tangled roots, trees provide a habitat for many plants and animals. Through an interactive tree hike around your school, children will learn what kinds of animals need trees to survive and get to meet some animals that use different parts of the tree.
Colors and Patterns
Camouflage is important to the survival of many animals. Children will learn the value of colors and patterns while meeting various animals that openly “hide” within their environment.
Field Trips to Woodcock Nature Center
Spring Awakenings with Swamp Scoop
*Seasonal, Spring only*
It’s that time of year for the plants and the animals. Come for a hike to see how everything is waking up from the cold winter and getting down to the business of growing and having families. Students will meet several native animals. We will scoop in our swamp to explore some unique life cycles underwater.
Incredible Insects with Swamp Scoop
*Seasonal, Spring only*
Did you know insects taste with their feet and smell with the antennae? Learn what makes insects different, meet some live insects as well as live animals that depend on insects for food. Many insects lay their eggs in the water. Scoop in our swamp to see what some look like before they emerge as adults.