Classroom Activities (each lasts about 30 minutes to 45 minutes)
Some have online versions you could use on a Smartboard!
About Owls - Enjoy a short slide and sound presentation about these hunters of the night, followed by an activity in which we will dissect owl pellets to determine what they ate and how they fit into their ecosystem. Concepts: Food webs, habitats, predator / prey relationships.* Online activity about bald eagles.
- Learn how caves form by making a working model of the cave formation process! Watch as millions of years of karst development pass in a few minutes! Ideal pre-activity for cave field trips. Concepts: karst, geology, erosion, groundwater. You may also want to look at our for ideas on classroom activities you can do on your own. Here's an online activity about erosion as a geological force, suitable for younger grades.
Native Americans - See and touch actual Native American artifacts and learn about Missouri's first people, the Paleo-Indians who were here thousands of years before Columbus. This program can stand alone, but is a required prerequisite for the Simulated Archeology Dig field trip. Concepts: human culture, archeology, archeological preservation. Also you might want to look at this Online Archeology Activity book for kids.
- Build your world! Students will build their own habitats and compare them with what their classmates came up with. Concepts: food chains, habitats, ecosystems.*
Community Development -Based on the computer game "Simm City", students will design their own community, keeping in mind the need for jobs, living space, waste disposal, energy, etc. Concepts: Environmental responsibility, community development, economics. (No computer required, just imagination!)
Insects - Learn about the fascinating lives of the world's most common animals. We'll touch on metamorphosis, adaptations, value to humans and their important role in the ecology of the area.
- Using a simulated stream sample, we'll explore the techniques of monitoring water quality by sampling aquatic insect life. Ideal for use before a stream study field trip. Concepts: water pollution, indicator species, ecosystems. This activity is available online.
Natural Resources Careers
Mammals - By making plaster casts of animal tracks and seeing mammal pelts and skulls, students will learn about our closest animal relatives. May include a short video. Concepts: Food chains, endangered species, adaptations, ecosystems.* An online activity about winter wildlife at Yellowstone.
- For older students, a slide presentation on the many careers in the natural resources field: Rangers, Educators, Maintenance Workers, Researchers, Firefighters, even Administrative careers. Question and answer session after slides. Additional Online activity suitable for lower grades.
Bats - Learn about the fascinating world of bats through a slide presentation, discussion and hands on examination of bat artifacts. Concepts: Endangered species, ecosystems, food webs.*
- Why only live once? Students will learn about the importance of using resources sparingly and see examples of recycled products. Concepts: pollution, recycling, energy flow.
*Note: We do not provide programs with living animals. Some programs may include dead animal mounts, skins, hides or models.