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School Programs

Dahlem School Programs

Dahlem offers a wide variety of STEM/STEAM appropriate and NGSS-complaint school programs. All programs are aligned to the Michigan Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Please contact us for more information and to register.

Preschool Naturalist Programs

Share your love of nature with your preschool students. We will explore and play with nature while developing critical early childhood skills and growing self-confidence. The Preschool Naturalist Programs are geared toward children 5 years and younger to learn about our changing seasons, animal homes, backyard birds, insects, winter survival, and more. Each program offers a different theme and activities to give your class many program opportunities.

Fall 2019 Programs

Signs of Fall

Kindergarten (1.25 hours) – Begins Sept.  10

 

Listen! Watch! Touch! Smell! Discover the world around you as summer slowly turns into winter.  How many signs can you find at home and school?  Let’s go out and explore!

Nature Prepares for Winter

Kindergarten & Grade 1 (1.25 hours) –  Begins Sept. 10

People prepare for the chilly weather, and so do plants and animals.  Learn how seeds, fur, evergreen needles, underground homes, and “antifreeze” help nature’s creatures survive the winter.

The Interesting World of Insects

Grades 1 & 2 (2 hours) – Begins Sept. 10

Fall is the best time to study insects, because they are everywhere!  During this guided discovery walk out to our insect field, students use sweep nets to capture insects on the wing, and then study them as they learn about insect adaptations, life cycles and family ID.  A great program to be ‘bugged’ in a good way!

 

Animal Homes & Habitats

Grades 1, 2 & 3 (2 hours) – Begins Sept. 10

Where do animals live and why do they live there?  Explore the habitats of many local wildlife species.  Find out how their homes  and habitats serve their needs and help them survive.  Students participate in a predator-prey game and take an exploration hike.

 

Aquatic Studies

Grades 3-8  (2.5-3 hours) Spring & Fall

All life depends on clean water. A study of the biota at an aquatic ecosystem can be used to determine water quality. In this program, students sample for aquatic life at both a pond and a stream.  Identification of living organisms (plants as well as animals) sampled at each site leads to a discussion on the quality of the water at Dahlem.

Skulls, Scats & Tracks

Michigan Mammals

 Grades 1-5 (1.5 hours) – Year-Round

Students see and touch Michigan mammal skins and skulls, explore classification, adaptations, and predator/prey relationships. Students also investigate animal signs, such as scats and tracks, that they can find in their own backyards.

How to Build an Animal

Animal Adaptations Grades 1-5 (1.5 hour) – Year-Round

How do beavers build their dams? Are all bird feathers the same? Do snakes have a tail? Students explore the fascinating array of  animal adaptations and learn how each characteristic helps the species survive.

Spring 2020 Programs

Signs of Spring

Kindergarten (1.25 hours) – Begins April 7

Discover the wonders of a world awakening to spring!  Use all of your senses to experience the changing environment around you.  See the shapes and colors, feel the textures, and smell the fragrances of the spring season.

Who Lives There?

 Kindergarten (1.5 hours) – Begins April 7

Search for animal homes.  Discover where and why animals make their homes the way they do.  Become a careful outdoor observer and discover the animals at Dahlem as they seek to satisfy their basic needs of food, water, shelter, and space.

Frogs and Toads

Grades 1, 2 & 3  (2 hours) – Begins April 7

Find our local amphibians in their favorite spring hideouts.  Study their life cycles, and characteristics and learn their language.  Does a frog really feel like a dill pickle?  Come to Dahlem and find out!

Spring Birds

Grades 1, 2 & 3  (2 hours) – Begins April 7

Peer at our feathered friends through Dahlem Center binoculars!  Learn  about bird nests, songs, adaptations, and how to identify field marks during an interactive trail hike and hands-on STEM lab activities.

Aquatic Studies

Grades 3-8  (2.5-3 hours) – Spring & Fall

All life depends on clean water.  A study of the biota in an aquatic ecosystem can help determine water quality.  In this program, students sample aquatic life at both a pond and a stream.  Identification of the living organisms (plants as well as animals) sampled at each site leads to a discussion of the water quality at Dahlem.

Skulls, Scats, & Tracks: Michigan Mammals

Grades 1-5 1.5 hours program, offered year round, ideal for Jan./Feb.

Students see and touch Michigan mammal skins and skulls, explore mammal classification, adaptations, and predator/prey relationships. Students also investigate animal signs such as scats and tracks that they can search for in their own backyards.

How to Build an Animal

Animal Adaptations

Grades 1-5 (1.5 hours program), offered year round, ideal for Jan./Feb.

 

How do beavers build their dams?  Are all bird feathers the same?  Do snakes have a tail?   Students explore the fascinating array of     animal adaptations and how each characteristic helps species survive in the challenging Michigan environment.

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2019 Fall Programs

2020 Spring Programs

2019-2020 Preschool Naturalist

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