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
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.
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
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.
Spring 2020 Programs
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
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.