Forest Ecology Study
This hands-on course allows participants to understand the relationship between the forest and humans, and the many ways the forest is important to our wildlife. Tree and leaf identification will be included so that participants understand the differences between deciduous and coniferous trees and their respective roles in the forest. Participants can also learn the life story of a tree by looking at a cross-section of a tree.
Bass Lake and Blair Creek offer the perfect location for participants to discover the wetlands local to the Center. Participants will gain a better understanding of how everything they do to the environment impacts a much larger area than they could have guessed, from a forest bog all the way to the ocean. Spending time studying Blair Creek, participants will learn about leaf packs and bio indicators that indicate changes in water quality. Bass Lake offers a great opportunity to study pond ecology.
Wildlife Adaptations Study
This course will introduce participants to the concept of genetics. Participants will learn how plant and animal adaptations make them especially capable of survival in their specific environment. By exploring the various animal life on property, and their bio artifacts, participants will better understand how animals adapt to the environment they live in. An extension of this course may include discussion of genetics in human beings, like eye color.
This course looks at the birds local to the Center and common in the Northeast. Participants will discuss habitats, ranges, and field markings of various local and migratory birds. Participants will learn how to effectively use binoculars, field guides and the basics of bird identification. They will also study the diet of owls through the dissection of sterilized owl pellets.
Reptiles and Amphibians
Participants in this course will look at habitats and food chains of reptiles and amphibians local to the Center and common in the Northeast.
What better place to study entomology than the natural environment, filled with insects. Participants will use nets and field guides to collect and identify insects local to the Center.
Watersheds and Our Drinking Water
This course helps participants understand that all humans are dependent on a watershed for survival, therefore, we all have a responsibility to keep it clean. Through the use of watershed models and the Center's own topography, participants will learn where their water comes from and how humans impact the environment. Participants will learn about the different methods used to purify water, and gain an understanding of how difficult it is to keep water clean.
Sustainability and Alternative Sources of Power
The Center offers a great opportunity for discussion and hands-on discovery of sustainability in action. Whether looking at our composting area or studying our garden, participants will learn how humans can make a positive impact on our environment. Spend time learning about alternative fuel sources through our use of solar panels and dam-driven hydroelectricity.
Geology and Soil Study
The Center is the ideal place to study the difference between sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. Participants enhance their classroom learning through hands-on testing to distinguish the difference between rocks and minerals. This course also includes the study of soil in forest, field, and wetland.