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
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Nature Detectives activities are customized for each site
- Schools. 1-hour weekly after school programs on campus, guest artist or artist-in-residence during school day. Each of our three themed programs lasts eight weeks. Many can be offered as single sessions. A special short program (2-3 weeks) features nature-inspired holiday gifts or cards. Link to our Program Fliers
- Families. Outings to parks or other natural areas and 90-minute birthday parties.
- Museums, libraries, parks or historic sites. Staff training to organize site-based Nature Detectives programs. A leader orientation guide is in process (in digital format and print) and will include tips on organizing a program, lesson plans with activity photos, handouts, ID cards, supply list and resources.
Our Foundation for Learning
All Nature Detectives programs begin with each child creating their own field journal to use for drawing, recording evidence, making lists and more.
“Out of school” activities complement concepts discussed during after school 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.