Kindergarten Program

Amphibians and Reptiles

Through mini experiments, observation and touching of live specimens kids will learn the difference between amphibians and reptiles. They will also discover adaptations and behaviors of salamanders, toads, frogs, turtles, lizards, and snakes. The class focus is on native species in Colorado. Mini experiments include learning about frog skin, an exercise in "leapers" vs. "hoppers", and feeding various animals, etc. This is an ex- citing program for any age group, but fits nicely with kindergarten and animal classification. Good fit with K-3rd grade. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 25 kids.

Kinder - 2nd Grade Program

It's Sense'sational - How Animals See, Hear, Smell, Touch, & Taste

Let your senses go "wild" as you explore the world using the senses of a variety of Colorado's animals. Your body is modified with special gear that lets you sense the environment like an animal. Try using different eyes-eyes on stalks like a crayfish, eyes on the side of your head like a fish, and compound eyes like an insect. Try a set of big ears and see if it helps your hearing. Put your nose to the test in activity to find food, watch for danger, etc. Discover that animals have some strange ways of touching and tasting. This is a great fit with animals and their needs curriculum. Good fit with K-2nd grade. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids

1st-2nd Grade Program

Plant Play - Anatomy and Function of Plants

Our giant plant replica lets kids actively learn all the basic parts and functions of plants from roots to leaves. Kids move water up a giant root system. They will be a stem reaching for sunlight. They will brew up some energy using photosynthesis. Flower parts come to life as kids transform into bees and crawl through giant flowers as pollinators seeking nectar and pollen. They also have a chance to observe bees in a real hive. This program is a wonderful way to spice up a plant unit. Consider a combination program with Busy Like a Bee for a longer in depth look at relation- ships between plants and insects. Good fit with K-3rd grade.

1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

 

 

2nd Grade Program

Weather-Brewing Up a Storm

Students will experiment with the components of weather (sun, water, wind, and atmosphere) to explore the cause and effect of meteorological changes in Colorado. Physically engaging activity will help kids to investigate pressure, temperature, air movement, and precipitation. We will brew up a thunderstorm complete with hailstones, lightning, and thunder. Be warned: students might find that static electricity is shocking! The kids will create a tornado and a microburst to understand the differences between these common Colorado phenomena.

A good fit with 2nd grade. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

3rd Grade Program

Buffalo or Bison?

Learn about an animal that was closely tied to the plants, animals and people of the Great Plains. Draw a life-sized bison and try to lift a full bison fur. Touch the hide, feet, skull, rib cage, and tail of a bison as you discover their functions. Discover the history of the name, play bison games, and touch Native American artifacts made from bison. Participants may touch a real bison bladder and watch as it becomes a water canteen.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids

3rd Grade Program

Ute-A Native American Way of Life

Glimpse into the past of Colorado's native people, the Ute, through hands on activities that present an idea of what life was like in the past. Touch artifacts and discover what they are made of and how they were used. Try fire building, sewing, making rawhide, creating a stone tool and more. One of the favorite optional activities is the making of a bison bladder canteen. We show a finished one in the artifacts portion of the class, but the kids love to see it being made and then keep it for the classroom. If you'd like to have a bladder canteen made during class please add $6.00/bladder.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 25 kids.

3rd Grade Program Add-On

Ute Program with Tipi

EcoAdventures can also teach kids how to set up a tipi for an extra half hour per group. We facilitate the instruction and the kids set it up. As they are setting it up we also discuss the materials, how and why it is a remarkable shelter, and  tipi etiquette. It is an 8' tipi so it can be done inside (must have a carpeted floor) or out. The best part is when the kids go inside!

1 1/2  hours per session (artifacts and tipi) with a maximum of 25 kids.

3rd Grade Program

Native American Games and Toys

Explore the games and toys of different Native American people. This class is a wonderful way to understand different regional groups and how the natural resources that were available influenced their lives. Through play you’ll discover that many of the toys and games also had other benefits. Play "double ball" and "pokean." Come play some ancient games and touch unique toys.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids.

3rd Grade Program

Busy Like a Bee - The Society & Life Cycle of a Honeybee

Look at the life cycle of honeybees while observing bees in a real hive. Kids learn about bee society and try out life as a hive or field bee as they explore this insect’s life cycle. They will physically reenact the various age related tasks of a honeybee. Through mini experiments and games they will discover adaptations and communication techniques. Children will also get to try their hand at beekeeping by trying on a beekeepers hat. This is a great hands-on program for the insect life cycle unit. Consider a combination program with Plant Play for a longer in depth look at relationships between plants and insects. Good fit with 1st-3rd grade. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids

4th Grade Program

Pioneers and Homesteaders of Colorado

Students will discover how pioneers gambled their futures when they left the lush fields of Ohio to scrabble in the dry earth for Colorado homesteads. Students will "pull their weight" as they perform experiments to discover how horses made dryland farming possible. Students will build homestead models to integrate the various facets of fledgling farming communities. We will pass around exotic heirloom seeds from the 1800's, including Bloody Butcher corn and Scarlet Runner beans. We will dress one prospective homesteader in historic clothes so that they can see how pioneers armored themselves in wool and cotton against the brutal Colorado environment. Good fit for 4th grade. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

4th Grade Program

Mountain Men - Adventures on the Santa Fe Trail

Turn your students into mini-mountain men as they learn how trappers set the stage for Western settlement. Students will examine and touch a table full of artifacts including padre beds, trade awls, beaver hats, and a beaver hide. They will chose which artifacts were needed for day-to0day survival, and dress and equip a student trapper in period clothing for a trip into the mountains. We will then make a sire with flint and steel. This is a good fit for 4th grade. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

*Flintlock firearm and knives available upon request.

4th Grade Program

Pioneer Games and Toys

Find out how pioneer children learned how to be adults! Students will "unplug" from their modern recreation and play with jacob's ladders, tops, cups & ball catchers, and more! Students will learn how it is possible to enjoy leisure time without electricity and computers. They will also look at dolls and toys that will familiarize them with the world that pioneer children would grow into. Students will learn how these games would build skills that were necessary to survive on the frontier: hand-eye coordination, strength, balance, fairness. and cooperation.     Good fit for 4th grade. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

4th Grade Program

1859 Gold Rush!

Students will live the excitement and uncertainty of the 1859 Colorado Gold Rush! We will start by evaluating how much money means to students when stacked up against abandoning friends and family. They will discover how easy it is to "go broke" while "making money." Next, they will learn how gold pans were used to locate gold veins. The students will use an antique drill bit to see how hard it was to drill holes in rock to place dynamite charges. They will play a game that teaches them the lethal hazards that still lurk in Colorado mines. One student will try on historic clothing, and we will handle artifacts that will illuminate the miner's daily life. Students will even hold a real gold nugget! Good fit for 4th grade.

*Note: for an extra $20, students will actively "pan for gold" in a water and sand box, finding a hematite bead that they can take home.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids

4th Grade Program

Spanish Explorers in Colorado

Go back to a time when Spanish explorers roamed the land we now call Colorado. Students will learn the Spanish place names for Colorado towns and geographical features, experience how Conquistadors coped with the rigors of Colorado weather, touch historic objects the Spanish traded with Ute and Comanche Indians, hear the legacy of the caballero horsemen, and dress in Spanish clothing. The children will also take a wild ride on the infamous "Cibolero cart" to see how challenging it was to spear a bison. Good fit for 4th grade. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 students.

*Bullwhip demonstration upon request.

*Flintlock musket available upon request.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids

5th Grade Program

Colonial America

Get into the Spirit of 1776! Students will compare and contrast the life-ways of three groups of people who lived in the Colonial era: Leni-Lenapi (Delaware) farmers, Loyalists craftsmen, and Patriots hunters. Students will discover how these disparate groups of people made America their home, and examine the tools that were used to build their communities. Students will handle native heirloom seeds, tin lanterns, a canon ball, and try on a colonial uniform.

*Flintlock musket available upon request.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids

6th Grade Program for Outdooor Lab

Colorado Explorers for Outdoor Lab

Students will hear the hair-raising tales of how Dominguez & Escalante, Freemont, Long, Gunnison, and Pike tamed the wild west with science! Students will try on historic clothing, use 1800’s scientific instruments to make observations of plants and animals, record the weather, shoot a compass bearing, make a map, and practice medicine.

6th Grade Program for Outdoor Lab

Colorado Wildlife

Learn about a variety of Colorado’s wildlife species by matching different animal parts/specimens to build an “entire” animal. Following the build- ing of the animals we discuss adaptations and behaviors of the animals represented. Kids get a chance to touch real wildlife specimens in an ac- tive activity that inspires them to ask questions about the animals. Good fit with 4th-6th grade. Wonderful for Jeffco 6th grade at Outdoor Lab. 1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids

6th Grade Program

The Ancestral Puebloan People of Colorado

Students will discover the first farmers and stone-masons in Colorado. They will learn how archeologists date sites with a hands-on dendrochronology experiment; examine the heirloom seeds that they planted in their gardens, the clay pots where they stored their food, and touch the stone tools that shaped their world. We will explore the mysteries of how these mini-cities came to be, how they were aligned to the stars and the cosmos, and why these dwellings were abandoned. Students will even throw a spear with the help of an atl-atl!

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids