Our 4th & 5th grade program, Life in Our Watershed: Investigating Vernal Pools, integrates a 13-lesson, standards-based science curriculum with a field trip to the vernal pools at Mather Field. The curriculum prepares the students for their field trip by teaching them all about vernal pools and the plants and animals that live in them.
Classroom preparation is the key difference between Splash field trips and traditional field trips because the students arrive already knowing a lot about the vernal pools. This knowledge empowers the students and results in an exciting, interactive field trip in which information is shared among students, guides, and teachers.
This place-based stream ecology curriculum draws connections between aquatic life, water quality and the way we live in our watersheds. By studying the life in local streams, secondary students meet myriad small creatures who depend on clean water for life. Understanding their connection to this intricate web of life empowers students to join community efforts to protect water and habitat where they live.
Splash-in-the-Class presentations are a fun way to teach your students how to take care of their local environment. These interactive presentations are designed for grades 3 – 6 and last about 70 minutes.
The early winter rains and the storms of February filled the vernal pools to overflowing. The heat and drought that followed are pushing the pools and prairie to color up a bit early. Still there will be flowers, critters and plenty to see and do on the Splash Flower Walks in April. It’s different every year and it changes so much over the month, you’ll want to return time after time.
Splash provides private guided vernal pool tours and nature programs for scout troops, daycares, Nature Bowl teams, and other groups of children and/or adults. We offer flexible scheduling and programming tailored to the needs of your particular group. For more information or to schedule a private program, please contact Lu-Anne Spencer-Hartle.
Love of Learning (LOL) is an on-going series of educational programs that brings together supporters of Splash to break bread and learn together. Donors, volunteers, and guests of Splash receive email notice of these invitation-only programs and outings on a quarterly basis. Information about registration is included in those invitations.
To attract and invest in the lifelong learners of our community, Splash offers education classes for adults. For those who want to learn more about the natural world and get out to see it in the company of equally curious people, these classes are a great fit. If this sounds like you, please consider joining us for an upcoming class.
In our experience, the lifelong learners who come to Splash value both education and access to the outdoors. Many share some of the core values of Splash, which include:
We are united by a deep respect and love of nature and believe that access to nature is the birthright of every child.
We think education is good and valuable in its own right.
We believe our environmental future depends on us teaching children how to be good environmental stewards.
We are lifelong learners and believe in asking questions and finding answers.
The reason Splash invests in lifelong learners is they often return to Splash to invest in our mission as donors and/or volunteers. The support of lifelong learners helps Splash deliver inspiring science education to more children, so they can become the lifelong learners of tomorrow.
Support from the community makes it possible to continue serving the 80+ classes of 4th/5th graders who want to come to Splash. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Splash is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Tax ID #41-2160618.
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