Through a series of hands on activities, young learners will uncover the five senses. Learners will meet some of the animals at ESC to learn how they use their senses to survive and thrive.
Examine several LIVE species of frogs! Identify physical characteristics of frogs and compare them to other animals at ESC to understand frog anatomy. Learners will practice observation skills, engage in sensory experiences, and explore adaptations that allow frogs to survive and thrive in the wild.
Identify the physical characteristics of insects and discover their various forms, colors and adaptations. Encounter a variety of insects both indoors and outdoors, observe insect behaviors and discover the life stages from eggs to adults. Learners will be introduced to the features that distinguish an insect from other invertebrates and will explore real world scenarios regarding insect management and control to maintain the health of an ecosystem.
Get a jump start on the skills needed to become a great scientist. Learners will rotate through a series of stations to practice science process skills using ESC’s resources.
Investigate the predator/prey relationships within an ecosystem. Deconstruct an owl pellet, construct an interactive Muir Web and observe live predator/prey relationships at ESC. Learners will be introduced to the fundamentals of energy transfer as it relates to the food chain and delve into the complicated connections within the food web.
Observe the hidden world of microorganisms. Learners will investigate the micro-world by learning to prepare slides and observe protozoa and algae. Uncover the secret lives of these tiny creatures and how they support plant life. Using microscopes to view organisms harvested at ESC, learners will discover how to harvest their own, be introduced to inquiry-based process skills and tools such as microscopes and slide preparation, and explore the unseen kingdoms of life.