Engaging – Field Based Learning – Hands on Fun!
“Part of the appeal of Nature Detectives program is the possibility of bringing kids outside to reconnect with the little patches of nature that often times go unnoticed, using a relatively unstructured approach.” Mom of third grade Nature Detective
Nature Detectives integrates the arts and science through field-based learning opportunities. Our goal is to guide children in grades K-3 and their families develop meaningful connections with the outdoor world. Our one-hour programs are typically presented in four weekly standalone sessions that focus on a specific topic.
Creating the Nature Detectives field journal is always our first activity and the backbone of our program. Children use their journals for drawing, recording evidence, making lists and creating responses to structured prompts.
We develop programs tailored to the resources of your site, including the opportunity to set up several “field stations” to launch different activities within one subject area for larger audiences. Nature Detectives programs travel to schools, parks, historic sites, museums, libraries, community centers or your backyard.
Nature Detectives for Families
Monthly family weekend programs, birthday parties or other special events, ranging from 90 minutes to 2 hours, are additional opportunities to reinforce concepts learned in one-hour site-based programs. Activities may include BioBlitz using the iNaturalist mobile app to document plants and trees, spoken word Storytelling in the Wild, guided nature walks, art activities and scavenger hunts.
Want to learn how to launch a Nature Detectives program in your neighborhood or site? Contact Janice for information. A leader orientation guide is underway that will include how to organize a program, lesson plans and resources.