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.

This program includes live animals.

Key Words: Ornithology, adaptation, preening, molting, pneumaticity, precocial, altricial

North Carolina Essential Standards for Science:

6.L.2, 7.L.1, 8.L.3

Time: 30-45 minutes

Fee: $60 base fee (up to 30 students per session), $2.00 per student for up to 10 additional students. Additional program sessions are recommended for groups of more than 30 students.

 


 

Scales and Feathers: Compare and Contrast Reptiles and Birds

Gain a new perspective on the world of birds through the lens of comparative biology. Take a closer look at the physical and behavioral characteristics of birds and reptiles to draw connections between these two different groups of animals. Examine bio-facts and meet live animals as we explore the avian and reptilian classes.

This program includes live animals.

Key Words: Vertebrate, adaptation, oviparous, viviparous, endothermic, ectothermic

North Carolina Essential Standards for Science:

6.L.2, 7.L.1, 8.L.3

Time: 30-45 minutes

Fee: $60 base fee (up to 30 students per session), $2.00 per student for up to 10 additional students. Additional program sessions are recommended for groups of more than 30 students.

 


 

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.

This program includes live animals.

Key Words: Ecology, wetland, swamp, marsh, biotic factors, abiotic factors, water quality, turbidity, macroinvertebrates, bioindicator, native species, invasive species 

North Carolina Essential Standards for Science:

6.L.1, 6.L.2, 7.E.1, 8.P.2, 8.E.1, 8.L.3

Time: 30-45 minutes

Due to the hands-on nature of this program, sessions are limited to 15 students.

Fee: $90 base fee (up to 15 students per session). Additional program sessions are recommended for groups of more than 15 students.

 


 

 

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For any programs presented on weekends, there will be a surcharge of $25 per program.