Although the ideal way to learn about nature is to be immersed in it, we know that sometimes it is not possible. In order to reach children within the school setting, we have designed a dynamic series of outreach programs that bring the wonders of nature to the classroom. Perfect for the winter months, as a pre-lesson to a Riverbend field trip or simply just for fun, these lessons are hands-on and interactive, using a variety of live animals, natural artifacts and games.
Classroom Programs: 30-60 min. programs for up to 30 students
Habitats and Ecosystems
Every living thing needs a place to live, a habitat. Students explore the different needs of some local animals, and learn why animals have to have a habitat. Perfect for classroom and large group instruction. Addresses Standards 3.1 and 4.1
Every species on the planet has adaptations that give it an edge to survive in the wild. Students discover an array of amazing adaptations as they study specimens, observe live animals and take part in interactive nature activities. Ideal for large group instruction at all ages! Addresses Standard 3.1 and 4.1
Through a series of lessons, students learn about the amazing variety of animals that share the planet. Lesson themes can include: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and more. Sign up for multiple lessons or just one! Perfect for pre-k to first grade. Address Standards 3.1 and 4.1
Water and Watersheds
From the water cycle to how water moves from one body of water to another, students will explore the many exciting aspects of water and how we can protect and conserve this natural resource. Addresses Standards 4.1, 4.2 and 4.5
Other potential topics include:
Riverbend on the Road programs can also be adapted to be pre-and post-lessons for your field trip experiences. So consider having a Riverbend educator come to your classroom to help your students prepare for the trip and/or to help process what they learned during their experiences.
Would you like science and nature to be a part of your regular school day or after-school program? Consider hosting a Riverbend Nature Club at your school. A Riverbend Educator/Naturalist will come out to your school with live animals, hands-on activities, natural artifacts and engaging lessons that explore a theme of your choice. Session scheduling is flexible with some schools opting for as often as twice a week for the whole school year or as short as once a week for six weeks.
Possible Nature Club Themes:
Nature Clubs can be adapted to any age group or size. Contact Riverbend to discuss scheduling and pricing.
Classroom Programs (30 Students maximum)
Custom Program (30-100 students)
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* Travel Fees may apply, call for more information.
Payment is due in full the day of the program. Riverbend accepts cash, check and credit card.
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