Programs for 6th-12th Grade
The World of Birds
With about 10,000 different species inhabiting ecosystems across the globe, birds are one of the most diverse classes of animals on earth. Interact with interesting birds and study their anatomy to identify specific traits that differ from species to species. From beaks to feather patterns, investigate the advantages and obstacles of flight and other evolutionary characteristics of birds.
Time: 45 minutes - 1 hour
Scales and Feathers: Compare and Contrast Reptiles and Birds
Examine bio-facts, and meet our bird and reptile ambassadors, as we explore the similarities & differences of the avian and reptilian classes. Observe behaviors of both groups. Consider methods of metabolism and analyze systems including circulatory, respiratory, digestive, etc. Create a Venn diagram to review traits, exclusive and shared.
Time: 1 hour
Wetland Ecology and Biology
Understand the fundamental concepts of wetlands, including historic treatment and modern practices of conserving these unique habitats. Observe and measure water quality and other variables within a wetland. Become familiar with specialized wetland organisms and their role in maintaining the health of an ecosystem. Learn specific attributes of the watershed where you live.
Time: 2 hours
Educational Guided Tour
On an educational guided tour of the park, your group will learn about the history of Sylvan Heights and get an in depth view of the unique adaptations, biology, and behaviors of birds. Educational guided tours can be focused to fit your group’s learning objectives and interests. Educational guided tours are recommended for groups of 30 or less.
Tour Duration: approx 1.5 hours
Program Fee: $50
For any programs presented on weekends, there will be a surcharge of $25 per program.