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Homeschool Science Series

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Bring your class to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for a field trip unlike any other! Our Field Trip Programs cover the Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science with hands-on activities and inquiry-based learning experiences. Expect more activities, less lecture! Come prepared to engage in the wonder of scientific discovery.

Living "Wildlife of Ohio" (red fox, skunk, raccoon, birds of prey, snakes, waterfowl and more!) provide students with up-close encounters in our Life Science field trip programs. Varied habitats in the Huntington Reservation enhance our exploration of the “Habitats of Ohio” and beyond. Water and Sand tables, rock and mineral specimens and identification kits provide exciting hands-on experiences in our "Power of Water" and Geology field trip programs. The Space Science Ohio Content Standards come to life in our world-class Walter R. Schuele Planetarium.


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Field Trip Teacher Guides

 

Life Science

Teacher Guide for Animals, Animals


Teacher Guide for Wildlife of Ohio


Teacher Guide for Nature Hike


Teacher Guide for Life’s Energy Hike

Teacher Guide for Habitats


Teacher Guide for Survival of the Fittest


Teacher Guide for Web of Life


Teacher Guide for Our Great Lake Erie


Physical Science


Teacher Guide for Motion & Materials


Teacher Guide for Forces and Motion


Teacher Guide for Energy Causes Change


Teacher Guide for Light, Heat and Electricity

 

Space Science


Teacher Guide for Stars & Stories


Teacher Guide for Look Up!


Teacher Guide for The Moon


Teacher Guide for Solar System Explorer


Teacher Guide for Reasons for the Seasons


Teacher Guide for Earth, Moon & Sun

Earth Science


Teacher Guide for Weather


Teacher Guide for Be An Earth Rover


Teacher Guide for Power of Water


Teacher Guide for Geology Rocks!

 

Field Trips at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
Date: Call for available dates Time/Duration: Varies with program
  Fee: Varies with program


Motion & Materials
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 1 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs- physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this hands-on inquiry field students will work together to solve a set of motion challenges using exciting and educational materials.

Teacher Guide for Motion & Materials


Energy Causes Change
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 3 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs- physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this hands-on field trip students explore “investigation stations” to learn about how energy can cause change on Earth. Topics to explore will include thermal, electrical and magnetic energy.

Teacher Guide for Energy Causes Change


Reasons for the Seasons
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 1 hour
  Grades 5
Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this planetarium-based field trip, students will explore the planetary reasons for the seasons.

Teacher Guide for Reasons for the Seasons


Light, Heat & Electricity
Date: Available School Year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 4 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs- physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this inquiry-based field trip students experiment with heat, light and electricity to explore energy transformation. Learn about circuits and what acts as a conductor of heat and electricity. Build your own circuits, experiment with heat and ice, and see how light makes things move. Demonstrations included.

Teacher Guide for Light, Heat and Electricity


Forces & Motion
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grade 2 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs- physical science, natural science or space science (planetarium)

In this hands-on, inquiry based field trip, students will conduct experiments at investigation stations to learn about how changing forces changes the motion of objects.

Teacher Guide for Forces and Motion


Survival of the Fittest
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grades 2 - 4 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

In this exciting field trip, students will investigate how animals in the wild survive. Students will observe the Center’s wildlife and natural artifacts, and will participate in our “Adaptation Investigation” inquiry activity to see, first-hand, some of the amazing adaptations that help animals “make a living."

Teacher Guide for Survival of the Fittest


Wildlife of Ohio
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 60 minutes
  Grades Pre-K and Up Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

This traditional animal program includes a classroom session featuring up-close encounters with local Ohio wildlife. A walk in the Wildlife Gardens will also highlight the many resident Ohio animals that are on exhibit at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Content is tailored to the age level participating in the program and may vary with the availability of Center animals.

Teacher Guide for Wildlife of Ohio


The Power of Water
Date: Available in selected weeks in January and February Time/Duration: 2 hours
  Grades 3 - 5 Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

In this wet, wild, inquiry-based field trip students will investigate how Earth’s surface has been shaped by water. Students will get their hands wet using stream tables to create their own landforms.

Available in selected weeks in January and early February.

Teacher Guide for Power of Water


Web of Life
Date: Available during the school year Time/Duration: 90 minutes
  Grades 4 - 5
Fee: One Program (1 to 2 hrs.)
$5/student
$60 minimum/deposit

Two Programs
$8/student
$100 minimum/deposit
May include any two programs-science
or planetarium

In this fun, active class, we’ll focus on the basic principles of ecology, learn how living organisms depend on one another for survival, and discuss how humans interact with the natural world. During the numerous hands-on activities, students will create food chains, become a member of one, and finally, determine how to distribute the resources of our planet in an eye-opening simulation.

Teacher Guide for Web of Life




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