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School Programs

Education Programming

Asbury Woods is excited to make our nature-based, STEM curriculum available to schools throughout the region, helping teachers to meet science, technology, math, and environment and ecology standards at the K – 8th-grade levels during the 2021 – 21 school year. With awareness the schools and educators need flexibility and options to meet their student’s needs, we are able to offer Asbury Woods STEM experiences in a variety of delivery formats and are ready to be responsive to changing situations as schools throughout the year.

Format

In-person visit to the Nature Center: two or four-hour visits are available, with group sizes limited to 25 per group (including, students, teacher, chaperones, and one Asbury Woods Educator).  Visit activities will be conducted primarily outdoors, following recommended COVID-19 safety and cleaning protocols.

Outreach visit to schools: Asbury Woods education staff come to the school campus for an outdoor-based experience that utilizes the school property and includes Asbury Woods equipment and technology being brought to the students.  This is ideal for schools that have transportation and/or field trip limitations in place this school year.

Virtual and synchronous: Asbury Woods educator will be live in the field on Asbury Woods property conducting the experiments, collecting samples, and showcasing the property while students view in real-time from their home or classroom. These visits will provide for real-time interaction, questions, and discussion.  Preparatory materials will be sent ahead of time along with post-lesson assessment tools that teachers can use to ensure students grasped the essential concepts.

Virtual and asynchronous: For schools that prefer entirely pre-packaged and pre-recorded video content, Asbury Woods has recorded lessons with our education team in the field and they will be sent with preparatory and assessment tools.

Planning a School Visit

For more information about any of the following programs or to schedule your visit, please contact  Sarah Bennett, Director of Education and Community Programs at (814) 836-6178 or email sbennett@asburywoods.org

 

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Content Topics and Scheduling

All of the visits listed below may be delivered as an in-person, outreach, or remote experience. Each visit topic has a scheduled release date, indicating when we begin offering that particular visit.  We are currently accepting bookings for all of these visits.

Pre-K

My Senses: My First Science Tools 

Project Seasons: Discovering How Plants and Animals Respond to Seasonal Changes 

The Day the Trash Came Out to Play: Recycling, Composting, and Rethinking our “Trash” 

Kindergarten – Second Grade

Weather Works: Measuring Weather and Climate 

Can I Put a Habitat in My Pocket: Protecting Wild Places and Spaces

From Sun – Syrup: How Plants and People Capture and Produce the Energy We Need to Grow 

Squishy Eggs, Crunchy Seeds: Growth and Development of Living Things 

Third – Fifth Grade

A Little Drop Changed the Earth: Roles of Water on Earth’s Surface and Processes 

A Break in the Chain: Discovering How Consumption and Energy Transfer Sustain Life on Earth 

EcoSeekers: Discovering, Protecting, and Restoring Healthy Ecosystems 

Growing Up Wild: Discovering Life Cycles of Plants and Animals 

The Earth is My Home: Measuring the Human Impact on Earth’s Resources 

Sixth – Eighth Grade

Watershed Analysis: A Deep Dive into Water Quality Locally and Globally 

Parking Lots or Wetlands: Exploring Human Impacts on Water 

Change Begins With Me: Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources