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 per session with a maximum of 30 kids

Kinder - 3rd Grade 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 per session with a maximum of 25 kids.

Kinder - 3rd Grade Program

Earth Materials Rock!

Kids become young geologists as they identify minerals by hardness and streak tests. Discover the everyday objects that we find minerals in. Marvel at the beauty of geological samples and some unique things they do. Through physical activities learn how rocks are formed and changed by the environment.  Good fit with K-3rd grade.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids

Kinder - 3rd 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.

1st - 3rd 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 for 1st - 3rd grades.

1 hour session with a maximum of 30 kids.

3rd - 4th Grade Program

Buffalo or Bison?

Learn about an animal that was closely tied to the plants, animals and people of the Great Plains. Create 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 - 4th Grade Program

Fabulous Functions of Feet

The form and function of feet lead to exciting discoveries about habitat and adaptations of Colorado wildlife. Kids will try on all kinds of "feet" that represent how the feet function and how they are adapted to the environment. For example: a shorebird is a wading bird, so we have the kids try to walk on stilts. We then show them show them shorebird foot specimens and discuss why this style of foot functions in their aquatic habitat. The kids walk through stations and try different "feet" - wading, grabbing, climbing, jumping, digging, claw versus paw, and swimming.

The activity level is high, so we will need teacher and assistant (student teachers, parents) to spot kids. You will need a large carpeted room with lots of space or and outdoor area (weather permitting). Good fit with K-2nd grade.

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 per 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 - 4th Grade Program

Native American Games and Toys

Touch unique toys and play some ancient games of different Native American people. Kid will learn ho th natural resources available to each region are refelected in their toys. Through play, they will discover that many of the toys and games also had other benifits.  Play pokean and try a bull roarer. Good fit for 3rd-4th grade.

1 hour per session with a maximum of 30 kids.

1st - 3rd Grade Program

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

Discover 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 re-enact 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 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 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-to-day survival, and dress and equip a student trapper in period clothing for a trip into the mountains. We will then make a fire 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!

Children will live the excitement and uncertainty of the 1859 Colorado Gold Rush! Students 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.

*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. This program explores how these people carved a life from the unforgiving land that would become the 13 colonies.  Students will marvel at the weight of a canon ball, try on a British Army "Redcoat," and discover the tax stamp that stirred up patriotic rebellion.  Good fit with 5th grade.

*Flintlock Brown Bess 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

Before Colorado could be settled, it had to be mapped. Students will discover the brave new world that was revealed to Dominquez and Escalante, Pike, Long, Abert, Gunnison, and Fremont. Although Native Americans and Fur Trappers had traversed the mountains for years, the explorers made the knowledge available to the masses. Students will handle the instruments used by explorers for cartography, botany, zoology, surgery, and terrestrial navigation.  Good fit for 4th Grade of 6th Grade Jeffco Outdoor Lab.

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 "building" of the animals we discuss adaptations and behaviors of the animals represented. Kids get a chance to touch real wildlife specimens in an 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 per session

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