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Elementary Outreach

K-5 Outreach

Our programs are hands-on, interactive, and innovative. We seek to put participants at the center of learning, giving each student the opportunity to observe wildlife, interact with specimen such as shells and feathers, and learn from their observations. Each program is designed with student engagement in mind, along with complementing the new Michigan Science Standards. 

Scheduling Overview

Duration 1 hour
Cost $180 for first program, plus mileage
$125 for additional programs
Group Size 30 maximum
Set up and location Programs require an open floor space with at least six feet between the staff and the audience, and a six foot table. *Please see specific program descriptions for classroom set-up requirements.

K-5 Program Descriptions

Program Title Grade  Description

Silent Feathered Friends

K-1 Young students let their imaginations take flight as we spin an owl tale. After the story, students enjoy hands-on experiences with our specimens and meet a native Michigan owl.
Where Does that Snake Live? K-5

Practice observation skills to pick up the subtle cues that help us to understand the natural world. After meeting different snakes up close, students will learn to use the scientific method as they attempt to discover one of the snake’s natural habitats. Then we’ll perform an experiment to test the students' hypotheses using live snakes.

Students should be in groups of 4-5 students.

What Does that Habitat Need? K-5

After meeting and learning about different species of live insects, students will attempt to determine what they need in their habitat to survive. Based on what they’ve learned, they will then construct a habitat for an insect and observe as it gets to know its new home.

Students should be in groups of 4-5 students.

Walking Down a Food Chain

K-5 Together we will construct a live food chain as your students meet a raptor, reptile, amphibian, arachnid, and an insect. Along the way we discuss how these animals' lives are connected and learn about the delicate balance that allows them to survive both individually and together as wildlife who share a habitat.

Hunters of the Sky

K-5 It’s all about survival! Three engaging raptors (such as a hawk, owl, falcon) will visit your site to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Hands-on explorations of feathers, skulls, and other bird parts provide a stimulating introduction to the Hunters of the Sky. 

Fur, Feathers, and Scales

1-3 Classification made fun! Students will compare, contrast and classify live animals to learn what makes mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians different. They will also identify and learn about their adaptations for survival.

Cold Blooded Classification

2-5 Through observation of reptiles and amphibians students will explore what makes these cold-blooded animal unique. With the help of shells, scales, and other specimenstudents will discover the adaptations, behavior, and physical structures that allow them to survive and thrive in the wild.

Understanding Owls

2-5 Our owls will engage, delight, and educate your students during a personal visit to your classroom. Classification, conservation, and survival techniques are just a few of the topics we will explore by observing live birds. Students will be amazed as they discover what life is like for a nighttime predator through hands-on activities.

Buzz Like A Bee

Offered April-October


Discover the importance of bees and other pollinators in our world. Students will meet live insects and explore a bee hive to learn what goes on inside, then become bees themselves by learning how to communicate with their hive using the waggle dance as we see if we can collect enough nectar to survive the winter.

Nature's Recyclers

4-5 While meeting live roaches, rodents and a turkey vulture, your students will learn the important role that scavengers and decomposers play in our everyday lives. Meeting these underappreciated recyclers will prove to be an experience that you and your students will not forget.

Ready to schedule a program?

Fill out this form to arrange a program, or call 734-997-1553. Please have the following information ready before you call:

  • Teacher name & phone number
  • School name & address
  • Ideal dates & class size
  • Program choice

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Visit our Outreach Main Page for F.A.Q.

We hope to see you soon!