NATURE IN THE CLASSROOM
NATURE IN THE CLASSROOM
WE BRING NATURE TO YOU!
Irvine’s Nature in the Classroom program is designed for groups that cannot visit our Owings Mills property. Nature in the Classroom programs allow groups to experience the excitement of nature from the convenience of their own classroom or auditorium.
Presentations range from 60 to 90 minutes with an Irvine Naturalist at your school, church or other setting.
PRICING: RANGES FROM $225-275, DEPENDING ON GROUP SIZE (+ TRAVEL FEE IF OVER 25 MILES FROM IRVINE)
Questions? Contact Laura Ferrara at 443-738-9215 or FerraraL@ExploreNature.org
INTERACTIVE PRESENTATIONS OFFERED 2023-24:
These presentations are each one hour in length and available for groups of all sizes.
All About Animals Age: PreK-2nd grade
Why can’t a frog fly? Why do snakes stick their tongues out? How do you know if an animal is alive? During an interactive presentation with several live animals and hands-on exploration of animal artifacts, students will learn about animal lifecycles how to classify animals based on their features.
Survival of the Fittest Age: 3rd-6th grade
This interactive program provides students with the opportunity to observe and touch several live animal ambassadors and artifacts as they learn about unique animal adaptations. Students will examine the physical and behavioral traits that allow animals to survive in their different habitats and discuss how humans are impacting the survival of many species. Together, we will brainstorm strategies to help our animal friends thrive!
CLASSROOM LESSONS OFFERED 2023-24:
These Classroom Lessons are 90-minutes in length and are limited to groups of 30 students or less.
Taking Care of the Earth Age: K-2nd grade
Students will participate in exciting hands-on explorations that will help them discover the many ways they can reduce their carbon footprint and take care of the earth. From recycling to composting, students will develop the skills to be environmental stewards in their daily lives and help combat climate change!
Chesapeake Connections Age: 3rd-6th grade
The Chesapeake Bay, famous for its bounty and rich history, needs continued stewardship to protect its many resources. We will lead students through hands-on activity stations that explore water quality, the Chesapeake Bay watershed and its tributaries, and actions students can take to help keep our Bay healthy.
Hunters of the Sky Age: 3rd-6th grade
Students will take an in-depth look at hawks and owls to study how the unique adaptations of these raptors help them survive and thrive at the top of their food chain. A presentation of Irvine’s live ambassadors and taxidermy mounts will allow students to discover special traits common to all birds of prey, as well as species-specific characteristics. Ecological threats to raptors will be discussed, and concepts such as migration, niche, and biomagnification will be explored. The lesson concludes with a hands-on dissection of owl pellets.
Native Americans of Maryland Age: 3rd – 6th grade
This program focuses on Native American use of local natural resources to help students develop a deeper understanding for and appreciation of Native American culture. An interactive presentation will allow students to investigate friction fire making methods, tool use, communication techniques, and even games that some of Maryland’s earliest inhabitants used!