The standard tour takes a discovery approach with the guide introducing a wide variety of plant/animal interactions in the forest and bog communities. Some teachers request specific concentrations to coincide with classroom lessons in such subjects as birds and migration, and predatory/prey relations. Each class receives its own guide who normally takes one half of the class (maximum 15 children) on the Bog Trail.The teacher works with the second half of the class viewing the Visitor Center’s exhibits, and touring the self-guided Lakeview Trail with illustrated interpretive signs. After approximately 1 1/4 hours, the guide and teacher switch groups so each student experiences both. The price is $2.00 per child with a minimum of $25. Adults are free.
From the third week of September through Thanksgiving children witness pond life, insects, fungi (recycling), migration, fall colors, and wildlife preparing for winter. We begin taking reservations on June 1.
Snowshoeing, wildlife tracking, and ice harvesting are ideal winter school activities. Registration for snowshoe trek (grades 4-6) begin September 15.
The maple sugaring process is demonstrated and discussed including legends, historic use, and origin of the sugar. Reservations are taken on the day classes resume after the New Year’s holiday.
From mid-April through the end of school, tours reveal the blooming of spring with migrating geese in April, woodland wildflowers in May, and lush growth in June.
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