Come learn from us in one of our parks! We will present an itinerary of enjoyable and educational outdoor activities tailored to your grade level and teaching goals. We will also provide any needed equipment, but you must arrange transportation. We can also assist you in planning field trips to nearby State parks and forests. Note that State parks now require admission fees of $2 per person. You are responsible for transportation and any permission slips. Field trip fees are $30 for a half day or $50 for a full day. The following are suggested:
Old Field Succession and Wetlands
At Karst Farm Park or Flatwoods Park, we will walk through different stages of forest regrowth, beginning with the mowed fields. Look for insects, birds, seeds, and other signs of life. Compare different plants growing in each habitat. We will also see life in a marsh area and discuss the importance of wetlands. Seasonal changes will be noted. Program includes use of picnic shelter and playground areas.
Visit a forest and choose activities such as: fall color, wildlife and tracks, measuring trees, transect sampling, using a map and compass, mapping, learning tree identification, looking at soils, life in the litter, or wildflowers.
See the Mount Carmel Fault and Lake Monroe dam, collect fossils and geodes, and visit a cemetery to see many types of rocks and how they weather.
From Flatwoods Park to McCormick’s Creek State Park follow the creek through a watershed. Do simple chemical and physical tests to compare temperature, hardness, turbidity, and acidity at different sites. Students will net aquatic insects to learn about biological indicators of water quality. Prepare to get wet and muddy on this one!