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Spring 2019 at The Outdoor Classroom:  Birds & the Ecosystem

Bring a class or group of ten or more 1st-5th grade students to the Outdoor Classroom to learn more about birds and the ecosystem! Contact Amy.whidbeywatersheds@gmail.com for more information.

The Spring Season runs from April 23rd – June 7th, 2019 on weekday mornings excluding Mondays. A day at the Classroom typically begins around 10am for your students. There are two lessons in the morning, followed by a 20 minute lunch break, and two more lessons in the afternoon. We wrap up so that your students can catch the bus by 1:20 pm.

Classes are filled first come first serve. For schools or groups outside of South Whidbey School District, there is a $5 fee per student to help cover our program costs. Please email Amy for availability and to sign your classroom up for a day of lessons!

Reminders for classroom teachers: 

Chaperones: All grades need two chaperones so that each small group has one chaperone in attendance. We welcome all adults who would like to attend.

Contact Information: Outdoor Classroom Coordinator, Amy McInerney. Amy.WhidbeyWatersheds@gmail.com. Outdoor Classroom Office:  360-579-1272.  Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 617, Langley, WA 98260. Physical Address: 7015 Maxwelton Rd, Clinton, 98236

Groups: We have four stations through which students rotate. Visiting groups need to be divided into four groups total (if you have two classes coming, each needs to be split in half for four groups total).

What to Bring: It is always cooler here, so encourage kids to dress in layers. On rain days, please send students with rain coats and boots if possible. Please have students wear strung/hanging name tags (no stickers, please!) that are legible for our Volunteer Instructors to read all day.

Lunch: Students should bring packed lunches that do not require a microwave or stove. We do not have garbage service so we ask that students take their garbage back to school or home with them. We have two areas for lunch, the benches in back of the building and the covered picnic area.

Read below for this season’s Curriculum Descriptions, along with applicable education standards:

Spring 2019: “Birds in the Ecosystem”

Be a Bird Watcher: LS2.A: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems: Organisms can survive only in environments in which their particular needs are met. A healthy ecosystem is one in which multiple species of different types are each able to meet their needs in a relatively stable web of life.

Nesting Instincts: LS1.B: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: Growth and Development of Organisms: Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive. LS3A: Heredity: Inheritance and Variations of Traits: Inheritance of Traits: Many characteristics of organisms are inherited from their parents. Other characteristics result from individuals’ interactions with the environment, which can range from diet to learning. Many characteristics involve both inheritance and environment.

Fill the Bill: LS3.B: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits: Variation of Traits: Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited traits. The environment also affects the traits that an organism develops. LS4.B: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity: Natural Selection: Sometimes the difference in characteristics between individuals of the same species provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

Build a Bird: LS1: Science and Engineer Practices: Developing and Using Models: Modeling in 3-5 builds on K-2 experiences. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. LS1.A: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. LS1.D: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes:  Information Processing: Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival. Animals respond to these inputs with behaviors that help them survive.