Field Trip Programming

Plan a Field Trip

Learning is an experience at Greenacres! Our field trips will complement what you are teaching your students in the classroom with programs built to support state standards. From scheduling a program to assisting with transportation needs, and everything in between, our educators will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you and your students have the best trip possible. Programs are available August through June.

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We look forward to hosting your field trip.

Program Guide

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Sights and Sounds on the Farm

August - June

Join us as we touch, see, hear and smell our way around the farm!

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • K.PS.1: Objects and materials can be sorted and described by their properties.
  • NGSS
    • K-ESS2-2 Earth's Systems
    • Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.

Vocabulary:

Senses, touch, see, hear, smell, properties, farm

Jobs on the Farm

August - June

What’s it like to be a farmer?  We will see what it takes to keep the farm running smoothly.  Whether that is tending to our pastures or cultivating our crops, there is always something to do on the farm.   

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • K.LS.1: Living things have specific characteristics and traits. 
    • K.LS.2: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • NGSS
    • K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
    • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.

Vocabulary:

Farmer, characteristic, trait, cultivate, crop, relationship

Farming in any Weather

August - June

Every season is a different experience when you are on the farm!  Come explore what the current season has to offer for life here.

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • K.ESS.1: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.
  • NGSS
    • K-PS3-1. Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface
    • K-ESS2-1. Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
    • K-ESS3-2. Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.

Vocabulary:

Season, sun, weather, pattern, forecast

Fairy Tales

August-June

Using your own creativity, come help retell and reimagine familiar fairy tales through the arts!

Standards:

  • MU.2RE Notice and describe what they hear in selected pieces of music and compare their responses to those of others.
  • VA.2PR Generate ideas and images for artwork based on observation, memory, imagination and experience.
  • K.History.2. Personal history can be shared through stories and pictures.
  • W.K.3 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
  • RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

Vocabulary:

Character, theme, observation

Senses and Shapes

August-June

Use your senses to observe artistic creations and find out how shapes relate to these artforms.

Standards:

  • VA.7PE Explore their environments and experiences for artmaking ideas.
  • VA.4PR Reduce objects into basic shapes and lines in relation to the whole image.
  • MU.K.1CE Identify same and different (e.g., fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low and long/short).
  • MU.K.2CE Explore steady beat and rhythm.
  • K.G.4 Describe and compare two- or three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their commonalities, differences, parts, and other attributes.
  • K.MD.1 Identify and describe measurable attributes (length, weight, and height) of a single object using vocabulary terms such as long/short, heavy/light, or tall/short.
  • K.PS.1 Objects and materials can be sorted and described by their properties.
  • K.PS.2 Some objects and materials can be made to vibrate and produce sound.

Vocabulary:

Senses, sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, rhythm, shape

Seasonal Expression

August-June

Be inspired by the changing of the seasons and express yourself though the Classical Arts!

Standards:

  • Music.K.4PE Play a variety of classroom instruments, alone and with others, and demonstrate proper techniques.
  • VA.7PE Explore their environments and experiences for artmaking ideas.
  • VA.2PR Generate ideas and images for artwork based on observation, memory, imagination and experience.
  • K.History.2 Personal history can be shared through stories and pictures.
  • K.History.3 Heritage is reflected through the arts, customs, traditions, family celebrations and language.
  • SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

Vocabulary:

Winter, spring, summer, fall, experience, traditions, techniques, instruments

Weather: Daily and Seasonal Change

August-June

Weather has a big influence on the natural world.  Sunlight warms water, air and soil, which changes how living things behave. In this program, we will look for evidence of the effects of short and long-term weather as we explore the impact on plants and animals at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration
  • ESS Grade K: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

weather, season, fall, winter, summer, spring, temperature

Senses in Nature

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We will focus on using our senses while building observation skills and applying them to learning about our environment. This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • PS Grade K: Objects and materials can be sorted and described by their properties.
  • PS Grade K: Some objects and materials can be made to vibrate to produce sound.

Vocabulary:

senses, sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, observation

Maple Syrup

January 30 – February 24, 2023

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup. (January 30 – February 24, 2023)

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • ESS Grade K: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.
  • LS Grade K: Living things are different from nonliving things.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Living and Nonliving in Nature

August-June

Students will explore the difference between living things and nonliving things.   Learn about the characteristics that define a living, nonliving, and once-living thing as we explore the various natural habitats of Greenacres.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things are different from nonliving things.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

living, nonliving, once alive, behaviors, traits, observe, grow, breathe

Life at the Pond

April - October

Exploring nature is an important part of developing a relationship with our environment. Ponds are an essential resource to many Ohio plants and animals. Students will make observations, while visiting the pond at Greenacres, and discover what creatures call this habitat home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things are different from nonliving things.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

observation, living, nonliving, compare

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Fall Harvest/Spring Blooms

September-October & April-May

Both Spring and Fall have a lot to offer on a farm!  Come explore the wonders of these two seasons of transition.

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 1.LS.2: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • NGSS
    • 1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
    • 1-ESS1-2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.

Vocabulary:

Season, living, observation, parent, offspring, daylight, spring, fall, harvest, bloom

Power of the Sun

August - June

The sun, and it’s energy, is essential to many of the living things on a farm and may even influence more than first meets the eye!  While spending time in our Greenhouse, we will see first hand the sun at work.

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 1.ESS.1: The sun is the principal source of energy.
  • NGSS
    • 1-ESS1-2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.
    • 1-ESS1-1. Use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted.

Vocabulary:

Sun, energy, greenhouse, daylight, observation

Needs of Living Things on the Farm

August - June

All living things have basic needs.  Come discover what it takes to nurture the organisms big and small around the farm.

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 1.LS.1 Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.
  • NGSS
    • 1-LS1-1. Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.1.LS.1 Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.

Vocabulary:

Living, nonliving, adaptations, habitat

Collaborative Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

  • MU.7PR Demonstrate audience behavior appropriate for the context and style of music performed
  • MU.2RE Describe how music communicates feelings, moods, images and meaning
  • 1.Government.9 Collaboration requires group members to respect the rights and opinions of others.
  • RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
  • SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations about grade 1 topics and texts with diverse partners in small and larger groups.

Vocabulary:

Theme, music, mood, collaboration, character, setting, compose

Exploring the Arts Center

August-June

From the architecture to the organ, Greenacres Arts Center is full of beauty. Come as we explore the hidden treasures of the Arts Center!

Standards:

  • VA.3PE Examine one or more cultural and historical artworks and respond to the visual, expressive features in the work.
  • MU.1RE Recognize how music is used for a variety of occasions.
  • MU.7RE Discuss audience behavior appropriate for the context and style of music performed.
  • 1.G.1 Distinguish between defining attributes versus non-defining attributes; build and draw shapes that possess defining attributes.
  • 1.Geography.5 Places are distinctive because of their physical characteristics (landforms and bodies of water) and human characteristics (structures built by people).
  • 1.Geography.6 Families interact with the physical environment differently in different times and places.

Vocabulary:

Defining/non-defining attribute, environment, shape, organ, artwork

Expression Through the Senses

August-June

Learn how we can use the Classical Arts to express feelings and ideas through our senses!

Standards:

  • 1.1CO Discuss how music communicates feelings, moods, images and meaning.
  • 1.VA.2PR Invent imagery and symbols to express thoughts and feelings.
  • 1.VA.6PR Engage in artmaking to produce a work that combines music, movement or dramatic play with visual art.
  • SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
  • SL.1.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Vocabulary:

Senses, taste, touch, smell, sound, sight, feelings, synesthesia

Nature Recycling

August-June

In nature, materials are recycled through a variety of processes with the help of fungus, bacteria, and invertebrates. Humans can also play a vital role in recycling. Students will explore the similarities and differences between natural and human recycling while experiencing the diverse habitats at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • PS Grade 1: Properties of objects and materials can change.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.    

Vocabulary:

waste, reduce, reuse, recycle, landfill, decomposer, compost, cycle

Nature Exploration

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We will focus on making observations and applying them to learn about our environment. This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment. 

Vocabulary:

observation, senses, compare, explore

Maple Syrup

January 30 – February 24

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup. (January 30 – February 24, 2023)

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment. 
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Life at the Wetland

April-October

Exploring nature is an important part of developing a relationship with our environment. Wetlands are an essential resource to many Ohio plants and animals.  Take time to discover the wetland at Greenacres and make observations as we look for plants and animals that call it home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment. 
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.

Vocabulary:

observation, living, nonliving, compare, wetland

Basic Needs of Living Things

August-June

Plants and animals require food, water, shelter, space, and air to survive. We will explore how those basic needs are met in each habitat at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things are different from nonliving things.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

habitat, living, nonliving, food, water, shelter, space, air

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Farm Ecosystems

August-June 

We will explore the unique places of a farm to discover how it fits into the natural ecosystem.  All living and nonliving things exist and depend on each other in unique ways in our farm ecosystem. 

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 2.LS.1: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • NGSS
    • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
    • 2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.

Vocabulary:

Living, nonliving, ecosystem, farm, observation, habitats, biodiversity

Variety of Life on the Farm

August-June 

All stages of life can be found around the farm.  Join us as we learn more about how these living things, and what stage they are in, can contribute to the well-being of the farm. 

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 2.LS.2: All organisms alive today result from their ancestors, some of which may be extinct. Not all kinds of organisms that lived in the past are represented by living organisms today.
  • NGSS
    • 2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
    • 2-LS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine if plants need sunlight and water to grow.

Vocabulary:

Organism, stages, ancestor, extinct, seed dispersal, pollination, sunlight, water

Seasonal Changes on the Farm

August-June 

Every season is a different experience when you are on the farm!  Come explore what the current season has to offer for life here.

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 2.ESS.3: Long- and short-term weather changes occur due to changes in energy.
  • NGSS
    • 2-ESS1-1. Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
    • 2-ESS2-1. Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.

Vocabulary:

Seasons, weather, energy, Earth, wind, water, erosion, deposition

Cultural Storytelling

August-June

Get inspired by stories told by different cultures. Using your own creativity, come help retell and reimagine these unique stories through the arts!

Standards:

  • VA.1PE Notice and point out details and respond to expressive features in artworks.
  • VA.5PE Identify and describe cultural symbols, images and contexts of works of art.
  • 2.Geography.6 The work that people do is impacted by the distinctive human and physical characteristics in the place where they live. 
  • 2.Geography.9 Interactions among cultures lead to sharing ways of life.
  • RL.2.2 Analyze literary text development. a. Determine the lesson or moral. b. Retell stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures.
  • SL.2.2 Retell or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented in various media and other formats (e.g., orally).

Vocabulary:

Culture, symbol, tapestry, human characteristics, physical characteristics

Patterns

August-June

Patterns are all around us. They help us make sense of things, including the arts. Come join us at Greenacres as we explore and create our own patterns.

Standards:

  • MU.6PR Play a variety of classroom instruments, alone and with others, and demonstrate proper technique.
  • MU.1CE Identify patterns of same and different phrases in simple poems and songs.
  • VA.7PE Generate artmaking ideas from their daily experiences and the environment.
  • 2.G.1 Recognize and identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagons based on the number of sides or vertices. Recognize and identify cubes, rectangular prisms, cones, and cylinders.
  • RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.

Vocabulary:

Pattern, shape, phrases, technique, percussion, watercolor resist

Expression Through Song

August-June

Learn how melodies and words combine to express our surroundings.

Standards:

  • 5CE Explore selected musical instruments visually and aurally.
  • 3RE Discuss how music communicates feelings, moods, images and meaning
  • SL.2.5 Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • RL.2.6 Distinguish between points of view when referring to narrators and characters, recognizing when the narrator is a character in the story.

Vocabulary:

narrator, lyrics, melody, accompaniment, composition, expression/express

Weather: Air and Water

August-June

Changes in weather impact the survival of local plants and animals. Students will use tools to measure the water, wind, and temperature at Greenacres and see how these conditions affect living things in nature

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 2: The atmosphere is made up of air.
  • ESS Grade 2: Water is present in the air.
  • ESS Grade 2: Long- and short-term weather changes occur due to changes in energy.

Vocabulary:

weather, atmosphere, wind, temperature, water cycle, solar, clouds, evaporation, precipitation, condensation

Plants and Insects

August-June

Many plants and insects need each other to survive.  Discover the surprising interactions between these unique pairs while exploring the fields and forests at Greenacres.  This program will focus on the characteristics of plants and insects that make them partners.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.

Vocabulary:

habitat, bud, stem, leaf, root, thorn, bark, flower, seed, insect, pollination 

Nature Interactions

August-June

Living things can be found in a variety of habitats all over the world.  These plants and animals interact with their physical environment and can cause changes  over time.  Students will explore the local habitats at Greenacres and discover which animals call them home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.

Vocabulary:

habitat, forest, field, stream, biotic, abiotic

Nature Exploration

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We’ll focus on discovering clues about the lives of animals while building observation skills and applying them to learning about our environment.   This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 2: Some kinds of individuals that once lived on Earth have completely disappeared, although they were something like others that are alive today.

Vocabulary:

observation, senses, investigation, habitat

Maple Syrup

January 30 – February 24

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup. (January 30 – February 24, 2023)

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Life at the Stream

April-October

Exploring nature is an important part of developing a relationship with our environment. Streams are an essential resource to many Ohio plants and animals, including humans.  Take time to discover the stream at Greenacres and make observations as we look for plants and animals that call it home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 2: Some kinds of individuals that once lived on Earth have completely disappeared, although they were something like others that are alive today.

Vocabulary:

macroinvertebrates, fossil, extinct, habitat

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Farming with Nature

August-June 

Nature is amazing!  Come explore how farming can take ideas from the natural world and work with nature for a more productive farm.

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 3.ESS.1: Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties. 
    • 3.ESS.3: Some of Earth’s resources are limited. 
    • 3.ESS.2: Earth’s resources can be used for energy.
  • NGSS
    • 3-ESS2-2. Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world. 
    • 3-LS4-4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
    • 3-ESS3-1 Earth and Human Activity. Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard.

Vocabulary:

Nature, resources, energy, climate, weather, human impact

Farm Adaptations

August-June 

Come discover how life around the farm has developed to be better suited to the environment it inhabits.  As farmers, we can use these adaptations as tools to help us be successful.  

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 3.LS.3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
  • NGSS
    • 3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
    • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms
    • 3-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing

Vocabulary:

Adaptation, life cycle, group survival, inherited, parent, offspring, trait, characteristic

Life Cycles on the Farm

August-June 

All stages of life can be found around the farm.  Join us as we learn more about how these living things, and what stage they are in, can contribute to the well-being of the farm.

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 3.LS.1: Offspring resemble their parents and each other.
  • NGSS
    • 3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

Vocabulary:

Life cycle, stages, living, offspring, parent, organism

Tales of Greenacres

August-June

Built in the 1920s, the Arts Center houses evidence of historical culture! Come explore Greenacres and tell the tales of the past and present through the arts.

Standards:

  • MU.6CE Identify careers in music including composing, performing and conducting.
  • VA.3PE Use historical and cultural artworks to answer questions about daily life.
  • 3.History.2 Primary and secondary sources can be used to show change over time.
  • 3.History.3 Local communities change overtime.
  • 3.Geography.5 Daily life is influenced by the agriculture, industry and natural resources in different communities
  • SL.3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Vocabulary:

Community, career, change, orchestra, opera, conductor, performer

Materials and Energy

August-June

Come explore artforms created through different materials and discover what role energy plays in the process.

Standards:

  • VA.3.4PR Create artworks that demonstrate awareness of two- and three-dimensional space.
  • VA.6PR Collaborate with others to create a work of art that addresses an interdisciplinary theme
  • 3.ESS.1: Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties.
  • 3.ESS.3: Some of Earth’s resources are limited.
  • 3.PS.3: Heat, electrical energy, light, sound and magnetic energy are forms of energy.
  • Mathematical Practice 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Vocabulary:

Natural materials, ephemeral, organism, abstract, collaborate, limited resource

Expression Through Movement

August-June

Explore the many ways we can express ourselves through movement in music, art, and dance.

Standards:

  • 4RE Interpret music through dance, drama and visual art.
  • VA.6PE Recognize and identify choices that give meaning to a personal work of art.
  • VA.1PE Observe and compare similar themes, subject matter and images in artworks from historical and contemporary eras.
  • 3.History.8. Communities may include diverse cultural groups.
  • SL.2.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue

Vocabulary:

Movement, texture, interpret, landscape, Van Gogh, gallery art

Nature Exploration

August - June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We will focus on animal tracks and signs while building observation skills and apply them to learning about our environment.  This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
  • ESS Grade 3: Earth’s resources can be used for energy.

Vocabulary:

sign, scat, track, evidence, adaptation, survival, habitat

Natural Resources

August - June

Humans have always relied on nature for their everyday needs. Join us as we learn all about the nonliving natural resources at Greenacres. We will observe the unique characteristics of resources such as water, air, rock, soil and energy to discover how they are used by living things.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 3: Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties.
  • ESS Grade 3: Earth’s resources can be used for energy.
  • ESS Grade 3: Some of Earth’s resources are limited.

Vocabulary:

living, nonliving, natural resource, observation, soil, water, air

Maple Syrup

January 30 – February 24

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup. (January 30 – February 24, 2023)

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

Vocabulary:

 spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Life Cycles in Nature

August-June

Plants and animals have life cycles that are adapted to survive in distinct environments. From birth to adulthood and everything in between, the plants and animals of Ohio have interesting and unique life cycles. We will explore Greenacres’ natural areas in search of plants and animals in different life stages.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.

Vocabulary:

life cycle, egg, larvae, pupae, adult, seed, traits, investigate, observe

Adaptations in Nature

August-June

Plants and animals have different adaptations that increase their chances of survival within their environment. Explore the field and forest at Greenacres to look for some unique plant and animal bodies and behaviors. 

Standards:

  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
  • LS Grade 3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.

Vocabulary:

behavior, body parts, trait, survive, physical features, adaptation

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Maple Syrup

January 30 – February 24

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup. (January 30 – February 24, 2023)

Standards:

  • LS Grade 4: Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful.
  • SIPA Grade 3-5: Observe and ask questions about the world that can be answered through scientific investigations.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Digging Deeper with Soil

August-June 

All life depends on soil. Come learn how this important building block impacts life around Greenacres, and how we create healthier soil through farming practices. We will also experience how soil scientists study the properties of soil.

Standards:

  • 4.ESS.3: The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition. 
  • 4.PS.1: When objects break into smaller pieces, dissolve, or change state, the total amount of matter is conserved.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Farm to Market

August-June 

Join us as we follow the journey of food, from the field to the consumer.  Help us figure out how we can make this season’s harvest profitable! 

Standards:

  • 4.LS.1: Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
  • 4.MD.2 Solve real-world problems involving money, time, and metric measurement.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Alternative Growing

August-June 

Farming isn’t only done with a tractor!  See how we are utilizing different methods, like growing in a greenhouse, to raise and produce food for our community.  

Standards:

  • 4.PS.2: Energy can be transferred from one location to another or can be transformed from one form to another.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Ohio Cultural Storytelling

August-June

Investigate and artfully retell stories about Ohio history based off of your own experiences with Greenacres unique assets.

Standards:

  • MU.1RE Explain how the elements and subject matter of music connect with disciplines outside the arts.
  • VA.5PE Link ideas in and design of works of art to the emotions and moods expressed in them.
  • 4.Geography.13 The population of the United States has changed over time, becoming more diverse (e.g., racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious). Ohio’s population has become increasingly reflective of the multicultural diversity of the United States.
  • SL.4.2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • SL.4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.    
  • RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

Vocabulary:

Population, paraphrase, emotion, Camargo, horn, progression, interdisciplinary

Exploring Balance

August-June

Our world is filled with examples of balance in action. Come explore how we make use of balance in art and music!

Standards:

  • VA.3PR Generate ideas and employ a variety of strategies to solve visual problems.
  • VA.6PR Demonstrate technical skill through the integration of common processes and topics from other subject areas.
  • 4.PS.2 Energy can be transferred from one location to another or can be transformed from one form to another.
  • SS.12 People have modified the environment throughout history resulting in both positive and negative consequences in Ohio and the United States.
  • 4.ESS.1: Earth’s surface has specific characteristics and landforms that can be identified.
  • Mathematical Practice: 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Vocabulary:

Balance, energy, modification, Calder, precision, found objects

Natural Material Expression

August-June

Nature can be great inspiration for expression. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as we experiment with natural materials!

Standards:

  • VA.2PR Experiment with art materials by using them in unexpected and creative ways to express ideas and convey meaning.
  • VA.4PR Demonstrate motivation, independence and persistent during studio practices to complete artworks. 
  • SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.4.5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
  • 4.ESS.1 Earth’s surface has specific characteristics and landforms that can be identified.

Vocabulary:

Nature, natural resources, medium, sustainability

Nature Exploration

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We will focus on building identification and classification skills and applying them to learning about our environment.   This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade 3-5: Observe and ask questions about the world that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.

Vocabulary:

observation, discovery, classification

Fossils

August-June

Take a look at the history of Ohio’s land through its ancient ancestors.  Learn about a distant past where Trilobites ruled the warm waters of the Ordovician sea. Investigate how fossils are formed and what was left behind for us to find here at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 4: Fossils can be compared to one another and to present day organisms according to their similarities and differences.

Vocabulary:

erosion, deposition, sediment, Ordovician fossils, glacial erratic, limestone, shale

Erosion and Weathering

August-June

In Ohio, our rivers and streams tell a story. Changes in the landscape are caused by weathering of rock and soil, and by transportation and deposition of sediments. Students will explore the process of erosion and look for signs of weathering here at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 4: Earth’s surface has specific characteristics and landforms that can be identified.
  • ESS Grade 4: The surface of Earth changes due to weathering.
  • ESS Grade 4: The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition.

Vocabulary:

erosion, weathering, deposition, sediment, landform

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Maple Syrup

January 30 – February 24

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup. (January 30 – February 24, 2023)

Standards:

  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem. All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Alternative Farming

August-June 

Farming isn’t only done with a tractor!  See how we are utilizing different methods, like growing in a greenhouse, to raise and produce food for our community. 

Standards:

  • 5.LS.2 All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Traditional Farming Methods

August-June 

Old is new again!  Come and see how we are using some farming techniques of the past, along with how we have adapted some for the future.

Standards:

  • SS Grade 5: Geography - Variations among physical environments within the Western Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers on the Farm

August-June 

Ecosystems are always at work on a farm!  Join us as we investigate the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers and how they help us every day.  

Standards:

  • 5.LS.1 Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Self Expression

August-June

Everyone can be an artist! Let's uncover your personal expression style.

Standards:

  • VA.5PE Focus attention on selected artworks to identify and pose questions about aesthetic qualities (e.g., sensory, organizational, emotional) in the works.
  • VA.1RE Justify personal preferences for certain musical pieces, performances, composers and musical genres both orally and in writing.
  • 5.Geography.10 The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse (e.g., language, food, religion, art, music) due to the influences and interactions of a variety of world cultures.
  • SL.5.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Vocabulary:

Self-expression, portraiture, opera, culture, performance, aesthetic

Patterns and Energy

August-June

Come explore artforms created through different patterns and discover what role energy plays in the process.

Standards:

  • 5.MU 3RE Describe how the process of learning in music connects to learning in other arts and other subject areas.
  • 5.VA.1PR Integrate observational and technical skills to strengthen artmaking.
  • 5.VA.4PR Select and use the elements and principles of art and design to communicate understanding of an interdisciplinary concept.
  • 1.PS.2 Light and sound are forms of energy that behave in predictable ways.
  • 5.LS.2 All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.
  • Mathematical Practice 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Mathematical Practice 7. Look for and make use of structure.

Vocabulary:

Pattern, energy, interdisciplinary, observation

Collaborative Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

  • VA.5PR During collaborative artmaking experiences, demonstrate respect and support for peer ideas and creativity.
  • VA.6RE Use criteria to assess works of art individually and collaboratively.
  • SL.5.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. 
  • SL.5.2 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors, similes, and idioms.
  • RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, mood, or appeal of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

Vocabulary:

Collaborative, multimedia, binding, bone folder, awl

Maps and Topography

August-June

Maps come in all shapes and sizes and they are useful in many different ways. Students will explore how land surfaces are represented on different styles of flat and topographic maps as well as how different maps are used.

Standards:

  • SS Grade 5: Geography - Globes and other geographic tools can be used to gather, process and report information about people, places and environments. Cartographers decide which information to include in maps.

Vocabulary:

topography, contours, scale, legend, symbol, degrees, orientation

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the environment at Greenacres through the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade 3-5: Observe and ask questions about the world that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

Flowers and Pollinators

April-October

Many flowering plants reproduce by pollination. The pollination process for many plants depends upon an insect, mammal, bird or other animal to move pollen from one flower to another flower of the same species. Join us as we explore Greenacres looking for flowering plants and the animals that pollinate them.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.

Vocabulary:

flower, pollen, nectar, pollination, native species, seed

Nature Exploration

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  Students will explore Greenacres' native species populations and natural habitats.  This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • SS Grade 5: Geography- Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Western Hemisphere and results in diversity.

Vocabulary:

observation, native species, invasive species, population

Ecosystem in Nature

August-June

Getting food is vital to survival. Students will learn how animals and plants fit into nature’s food web. Come explore Greenacres to find examples of producers, consumers and decomposers.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.

Vocabulary:

ecosystem, niche, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, decomposers, food web

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Local Storytelling

August-June

Become part of the story of Greenacres and help us retell some of the key moments of its history!

Standards:

  • MU.2RE Reflect on a variety of live or recorded music performances.
  • VA.5PE Use observations, life experiences and imagination as sources for visual symbols, images and creative expression.
  • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
  • SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • RL.6.7 Compare and contrast the experience of reading a story, drama, or poem to listening to or viewing an audio, video, or live version of the text, including contrasting what they “see” and “hear” when reading the text to what they perceive when they listen or watch.

Vocabulary:

Camargo Hunt, traditions, genre painting, hunting horn, evolution, plein air drawing, preservation

Creative Investigation

August-June

Come observe and explore the arts through creative investigation.

Standards:

  • 6.VA.5PE Use observations, life experiences and imagination as sources for visual symbols, images and creative expression.
  • 6.VA.1PR Demonstrate technical skill and craftsmanship in the use of materials, tools and technology to solve an artistic problem.
  • Mathematical Practice 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • SL.6.4 Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • 6.Geography.6 The variety of physical environments within the Eastern Hemisphere influences human activities. Likewise, human activities modify the physical environment.
  • Mathematical Practice 6. Attend to precision. Mathematical Practice 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Vocabulary:

Stained glass, refraction, extinction, lead lines, Gothic, watercolor resist OR collage

Entertainment and Expression

August-June

Art and music have an important and long-lasting relationship with entertainment. Join us as we explore the many ways that art and music cross disciplines, and express yourself in the process!

Standards:

  • 6.MU.3PR Improvise, compose and arrange music.
  • 6.VA.2PE Discover and articulate how the media forms of the day use art and images to communicate messages and meaning.
  • 6.MU 4RE Recognize how public discussion can affect beliefs about the nature and value of art.
  • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • SL.6.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
  • RL.6.9 Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
  • 5. Regions can be determined, classified and compared using data related to various criteria including landform, climate, population, and cultural and economic characteristics. 

Vocabulary:

Chiaroscuro, contrast, silent film, improvise, entertainment

Farm to Market

August-June 

Join us as we follow the journey of food, from the field to the consumer.  Help us figure out how we can make this season’s harvest profitable! 

Standards:

    • ESS Grade 6: Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses
    • 6.EE.2 Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
    • 6.EE.9 Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Sustainable Agriculture

August-June 

Join us as we investigate the meaning of Sustainable Agriculture!  Learn how we can establish productive farmland for future generations by utilizing our natural world to guide our farming methods.  

Standards:

  • 6.LS.4 Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Digging Deeper with Soil

August-June 

All life depends on soil. Come learn how this important building block impacts life around Greenacres, and how we create healthier soil through farming practices. We will also experience how soil scientists study the properties of soil.

Standards:

  • 6.ESS.5 Rocks, mineral and soils have common and practical uses. 
  • 6.ESS.4 Soil is unconsolidated material that contains nutrient matter and weathered rock.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Rocks and Minerals

August-June

While exploring rocks and minerals, students will uncover millions of years of history using simple geologic tests.  Students will view the landscape at Greenacres and, using a dichotomous key, determine what types of rocks and minerals are found in Ohio. 

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 6: Minerals have specific, quantifiable properties.
  • ESS Grade 6: Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks have unique characteristics that can be used for identification and/or classification.
  • ESS Grade 6: Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks form in different ways.
  • ESS Grade 6: Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses

Vocabulary:

Igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, minerals, dichotomous key, hardness

Soils in Nature

August-June

Soil is a natural resource that  provides the foundation for producing our food, shelter, fuel. It also provides the surface on which to build our buildings and cities.  Students will get a bit dirty as they compare soils in different habitats at Greenacres and examine the past environment in which they formed.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 6: Soil is unconsolidated material that contains nutrient matter and weathered rock.
  • ESS Grade 6: Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses

Vocabulary:

erosion, deposition, soil, humus, inorganic, organic

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific Inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the environment at Greenacres through the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

Nature Exploration

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.
  • LS Grade 6: Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
  • SS Grade 6: Geography - The variety of physical environments within the Eastern Hemisphere influences human activities. Likewise, human activities modify the physical environment.

Vocabulary:

observation, exploration, investigation 

  • All
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Storytelling at Greenacres

August-June

There are endless stories to be told through art and music. Join us as we explore our own!

Standards:

  • 7.VA.3PR Represent depth and volume in their two-dimensional works of art.
  • 7.MU.3CE Recognize and identify historical and cultural contexts (e.g., time and place of a music event) that have influenced music.
  • 8.VA.4RE Recognize how public discussion can affect beliefs about the nature and value of art.
  • SS.7.2The civilizations that developed in Greece and Rome had an enduring impact on later civilizations. This legacy includes governance and law, engineering and technology, art and architecture, as well as literature and history. The Roman Empire also played an instrumental role in the spread of Christianity.

Vocabulary:

Architecture, draft, arch, Roman, Grecian, Norman,

Environmental Inspiration

April-November

Come and experience the many ways that we can explore the natural world for inspiration as we create artworks!

Standards:

  • 7.VA.1PR Select, organize and manipulate skills, elements and techniques appropriate to the art form when making art.
  • 8.VA.1RE Speculate about an artist’s intentions and message in a work using relevant references to the work.
  • VA.1PE Explore how personal experiences, interest, cultural heritage and gender influence an artist’s style and choice of subject matter.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.

Vocabulary:

Environment, ephemeral, Andy Goldsworthy, sustainability, manipulate

Natural Material Expression

August-June

Nature can be great inspiration for expression. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as we experiment with natural materials!

Standards:

  • 7.VA.4PR Apply art and design principles in the construction of three-dimensional artworks
  • 7. VA.2PR Manipulate materials, tools and technology in conventional and unconventional ways to create a work of art.
  • 8.VA.2PR Demonstrate increased technical skill and craftsmanship by using more complex processes and materials to design and create two and three-dimensional artworks.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

Process, slake, slip, silt, sand, clay

Weather: Water Cycle

August-June

Water is ever-moving, with no beginning or end.  Streams, oceans, clouds, plants and humans are all a part of this cycle. Students will describe the movement of water within the water cycle and look for evidence in and around Greenacres.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 7: The hydrologic cycle illustrates the changing states of water as it moves through the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.
  • ESS Grade 7: The atmosphere has different properties at different elevations and contains a mixture of gases that cycle through the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Vocabulary:

precipitation, condensation, evaporation, watershed, point and non-point pollution

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

Energy Flow in Nature

August-June

Energy is constantly moving in and through an ecosystem.  Students will conduct a survey of stream, field, and forest habitats at Greenacres and learn about the interrelationships between the organisms that they have observed as well as the movements of matter and energy throughout the ecosystem.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 7: Matter is transferred continuously between one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.
  • LS Grade 7: In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors.

Vocabulary:

food web, carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, ecosystem, population dynamics

  • All
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Storytelling at Greenacres

August-June

There are endless stories to be told through art and music. Join us as we explore our own!

Standards:

  • 7.VA.3PR Represent depth and volume in their two-dimensional works of art.
  • 7.MU.3CE Recognize and identify historical and cultural contexts (e.g., time and place of a music event) that have influenced music.
  • 8.VA.4RE Recognize how public discussion can affect beliefs about the nature and value of art.
  • SS.7.2The civilizations that developed in Greece and Rome had an enduring impact on later civilizations. This legacy includes governance and law, engineering and technology, art and architecture, as well as literature and history. The Roman Empire also played an instrumental role in the spread of Christianity.

Vocabulary:

Architecture, draft, arch, Roman, Grecian, Norman,

Environmental Inspiration

April-November

Come and experience the many ways that we can explore the natural world for inspiration as we create artworks!

Standards:

  • 7.VA.1PR Select, organize and manipulate skills, elements and techniques appropriate to the art form when making art.
  • 8.VA.1RE Speculate about an artist’s intentions and message in a work using relevant references to the work.
  • VA.1PE Explore how personal experiences, interest, cultural heritage and gender influence an artist’s style and choice of subject matter.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.

Vocabulary:

Environment, ephemeral, Andy Goldsworthy, sustainability, manipulate

Natural Material Expression

August-June

Nature can be great inspiration for expression. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as we experiment with natural materials!

Standards:

  • 7.VA.4PR Apply art and design principles in the construction of three-dimensional artworks
  • 7. VA.2PR Manipulate materials, tools and technology in conventional and unconventional ways to create a work of art.
  • 8.VA.2PR Demonstrate increased technical skill and craftsmanship by using more complex processes and materials to design and create two and three-dimensional artworks.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

Process, slake, slip, silt, sand, clay

Stream Geology

August-June

This program focuses on the power and force of running water as it shapes our dynamic Earth. Students will investigate the physical features of a stream, collect and analyze stream flow data, and discover how human activities have impacted stream ecosystems.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 8: A combination of constructive and destructive geologic processes formed Earth’s surface.
  • ESS Grade 8: Evidence of the dynamic changes of Earth’s surface through time is found in the geologic record.
  • SS Grade 8: Geography - Modern and historical maps and other geographic tools are used to analyze how historic events are shaped by geography.

Vocabulary:

erosion, deposition, rate of flow, water cycle, ordovician fossils

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • SIPA Grade 3-5: Observe and ask questions about the world that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations. 
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

Water Quality

August-June

The health of a stream can be assessed in several different ways.  Students will perform chemical, physical, and biological studies of a local Greenacres stream, and make conclusions about water quality and impacts of human activity on surface waters.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

biological, physical, chemical, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, macroinvertebrate

  • All
  • Science
Sustainable Agriculture

August-June 

On this journey, we’ll answer the question:  what exactly is sustainable agriculture?  Then, you lead the way as we go on a fictional quest to build your own sustainable farm!

Standards:

ENV.ER.1: Energy resources

ENV.ER.4: Soil and land

ENV.GP.4: Sustainability

ENV.GP.7: Food production and availability

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Forest and Field Ecosystems

August-June

The connections and interactions of energy and matter between Earth’s spheres are shown during the study of the forest and field habitats at Greenacres. Students will investigate the interconnectedness within habitats and the understanding of the complex relationships between them, including both abiotic and biotic factors.

Standards:

  • ENV.ES.1: Biosphere-Ecosystems (equilibrium, species interactions, stability).
  • ENV.ES.1: Biosphere-Population dynamics.
  • ENV.ES.5: Movement of matter and energy through the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere-Ecosystems.

Vocabulary:

 ecosystem, population dynamics, habitat, species interactions

Water Quality

August-June

The health of a stream can be assessed in several different ways.  Students will perform chemical, physical, and biological studies of a local Greenacres stream, and make conclusions about water quality and impacts of human activity on surface waters.

Standards:

  • SWK High School: Various science disciplines use diverse methods to obtain evidence and do not always use the same set of procedures to obtain and analyze data
  • SHE High School: Science depends on curiosity, imagination, creativity and persistence.
  • SHE High School: Science and engineering are influenced by technological advances and society; technological advances and society are influenced by science and engineering.
  • ENV.ES.4: Hydrosphere-Surface and groundwater flow patterns and movement.
  • ENV.ER.3: Water and water pollution-Potable water and water quality.
  • ENV.GP.2: Potable water quality, use and availability.

Vocabulary:

biological, physical, chemical, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, macroinvertebrate

Ecological Inquiry

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SWK High School: Various science disciplines use diverse methods to obtain evidence and do not always use the same set of procedures to obtain and analyze data.
  • SHE High School: Science depends on curiosity, imagination, creativity and persistence.
  • SHE High School: Science and engineering are influenced by technological advances and society; technological advances and society are influenced by science and engineering.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

These themed programs are designed to align with the state standards across multiple grade bands. These are ideal programs for groups containing students in several grade levels.

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Food on the Farm

August-June 

Get a solid understanding of where our food comes from and how we grow it on our working farm. We will investigate and learn growing practices of livestock, flowers and produce from our pastures to the greenhouse and the gardens.

Standards:

    • Ohio
      • K.LS.1: Living things have specific characteristics and traits.
      • 1.ESS.1: The sun is the principal source of energy.
      • 2.LS.1: Living things cause changes on Earth.
      • 3.LS.3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
      • 5.LS.1 Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
      • 7.LS.2 In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors. Elements can be organized by properties
    • NGSS
      • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
      • 1-ESS1-2. Make observations at different times of year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year.
      • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
      • 3-LS2-1. Construct an argument that some animals form groups that help members survive.
      • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
      • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.


Vocabulary:

Farming, livestock, produce, pasture, greenhouse, ecosystem, biotic, abiotic, biodiversity, habitats

Modern Small Scale Farming

August-June 

Join us as we investigate the meaning of Sustainable Agriculture!  Learn how we can establish productive farmland for future generations by utilizing our natural world to guide our farming methods.

Standards:

    • Ohio
      • 6.LS.4 Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
      • ENV.ER.1: Energy resources
      • ENV.ER.4: Soil and land
      • ENV.GP.4: Sustainability
      • ENV.GP.7: Food production and availability

    • NGSS
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services
      • MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
      • MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.

Vocabulary:

Farming, sustainable agriculture, methods, structure, function, soil, energy resources, biodiversity, ecosystem, cycle, organism

Our Soil Today

August-June 

All life depends on soil. Come learn how this important building block impacts life around Greenacres, and how we create healthier soil through farming practices. We will also experience how soil scientists study the properties of soil.

Standards:

    • Ohio
      • 4.ESS.3: The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition.
      • 4.PS.1: When objects break into smaller pieces, dissolve, or change state, the total amount of matter is conserved.
      • 6.ESS.5 Rocks, mineral and soils have common and practical uses.
      • 6.ESS.4 Soil is unconsolidated material that contains nutrient matter and weathered rock.
    • NGSS
      • 2-ESS2-1. Compare multiple solutions designed to slow or prevent wind or water from changing the shape of the land.
      • 4-ESS2-1. Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
      • 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services
      • MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
      • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.

Vocabulary:

Soil health, properties, erosion, deposition, matter, minerals, nutrient, weathering

From Seed to Market

August-June 

 Join us as we follow the journey of food, from the field to the consumer.  Help us figure out how we can make this season’s harvest profitable!

Standards:

    • Ohio
      • 4.LS.1: Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
      • 4.MD.2 Solve real-world problems involving money, time, and metric measurement.
      • ESS Grade 6: Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses
      • 6.EE.2 Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
      • 6.EE.9 Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation.
    • NGSS
      • 4th 4-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity
      • Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.*
      • 6th MS-LS1-5 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

Vocabulary:

Market, measurement, weight, consumer, profit, expenses, genetic, organisms, harvest

Variety of Life on the Farm

August-June

 All stages of life can be found around the farm.  Join us as we learn more about how these living things, and what stage they are in, can contribute to the well-being of the farm. 

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • 2.LS.2: All organisms alive today result from their ancestors, some of which may be extinct. Not all kinds of organisms that lived in the past are represented by living organisms today.
    • 3.LS.2: Individuals of the same kind of organism differ in their inherited traits. These differences give some individuals an advantage in surviving and/or reproducing.
  • NGSS
    • 1-LS1-2. Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
    • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
    • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms
    • MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

Vocabulary:

organism, ancestors, extinct, traits, offspring, habitats, inherit, genetic 

Weather and Seasons on the Farm

August-June

Every season is a different experience when you are on the farm!  Come explore what the current season has to offer for life here.

Standards:

  • Ohio
    • K.ESS.1: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.
    • 2.ESS.3: Long- and short-term weather changes occur due to changes in energy.
  • NGSS
    • K-PS3-1. Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface
    • 2-ESS1-1. Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
    • 3-ESS2-1. Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season.
    • MS-ESS2-6. Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
    • HS-ESS2-2. Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth's surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.

Vocabulary:

farm, weather, season, fall, winter, summer, spring, temperature

Paper, Bookbinding & Expression

August-June

Join us in learning about different paper-making and book-binding techniques, painting genres, and expression through choice! This program has endless possibilities for adaptation, and can be modified and retaught for veteran groups!

Standards:

  • K- K.VA.8RE Consider and talk about why people make and enjoy works of art. 
  • K- SL.K.3 Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood. 
  • 1st- 1.VA.1PR Demonstrate beginning skill and craftsmanship in the use of art materials and tools.
  • 1st- 1.SS.2 2 Photographs, letters, artifacts and books can be used to learn about the past.
  • 2nd- 2.VA.7PE Generate artmaking ideas from their daily experiences and the environment.
  • 2nd- 2.SS.3 Science and technology have changed daily life.
  • 3rd- 3.VA.2PR Use appropriate visual art vocabulary during artmaking processes.
  • 3rd- 3.ESS.3 Some of Earth’s resources are limited.
  • 4th- 4.VA.2PE Notice and describe different visual effects resulting from artmaking techniques.
  • 4th- 4.PS.1 When objects break into smaller pieces, dissolve, or change state, the total amount of matter is conserved.
  • 5th- 5.VA.1PR Integrate observational and technical skills to strengthen artmaking.
  • 5th- 5.HS.1 Events can be arranged in order of occurrence using the conventions of B.C. and A.D. or B.C.E. and C.E.
  • 6th- 6.VA.2PR Experiment with a variety of techniques and working methods when creating an original work of art.
  • 6th- 6.SS.2 Early civilizations (India, Egypt, China and Mesopotamia) had unique governments, economic systems, social structures, religions, technologies and agricultural practices and products. The cultural practices and products of these early civilizations can be used to help understand the Eastern Hemisphere today.
  • 7th- 7.VA.5PE Examine designed objects and identify the processes and decisions made to produce them with attention to purpose, aesthetics, social issues and cultural and personal meaning.
  • 7th- 7.SS.2 The civilizations that developed in Greece and Rome had an enduring impact on later civilizations. This legacy includes governance and law, engineering and technology, art and architecture, as well as literature and history.
  • 8th- 8.VA.4RE Recognize how public discussion can affect beliefs about the nature and value of art.
  • 8th- L.8.6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Vocabulary:

Landscape, portrait, still-life, pulp, screen, bone folder, awl, signature, evolution

Ephemeral Art Explorations

August-June

Join us as we explore the natural world, and discover how nature can be both our inspiration and our canvas!

Standards:

  • K- VA.7PE Explore their environments and experiences for artmaking ideas.
  • K- K.MD.1 Identify and describe measurable attributes (length, weight, and height) of a single object using vocabulary terms such as long/short, heavy/light, or tall/short.
  • 1st- 2.VA.2PE Explore and describe how a selected art object was made.
  • 1st- 1.9. Collaboration requires group members to respect the rights and opinions of others.
  • 2nd- 2.VA.3PE Compare the form, materials and techniques in selected works of art using descriptive language.
  • 2nd- 2.G.1 Recognize and identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagons based on the number of sides or vertices. Recognize and identify cubes, rectangular prisms, cones, and cylinders.
  • 3rd- VA.3.4PR Create artworks that demonstrate awareness of two- and three-dimensional space.
  • 3rd- 2. Primary and secondary sources can be used to show change over time.
  • 4th- 4.VA.3PR Generate ideas and employ a variety of strategies to solve visual problems.
  • 4th- SS.12 People have modified the environment throughout history resulting in both positive and negative consequences in Ohio and the United States.
  • 5th- 5.VA.5PR During collaborative artmaking experiences, demonstrate respect and support for peer ideas and creativity.
  • 5th- SL.5.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • 6th- 6.VA.1PR Demonstrate technical skill and craftsmanship in the use of materials, tools and technology to solve an artistic problem.
  • 6th- SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • 7th- 7.VA.1PR Select, organize and manipulate skills, elements and techniques appropriate to the art form when making art.
  • 7th- SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • 8th- 8.VA.1RE Speculate about an artist’s intentions and message in a work using relevant references to the work.
  • 8th- SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.

Vocabulary:

Environment, ephemeral, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Shilling, sustainability, manipulate

History of the Camargo Hunt

August-June

Become part of the story of the Camargo Hunt at Greenacres! Learn about the land and culture that shaped the Art Center and help us retell some of the key moments of its history!

Standards:

  • K- VA.7PE Explore their environments and experiences for artmaking ideas.
  • K- K.HISTORY.3. Heritage is reflected through the arts, customs, traditions, family celebrations and language.
  • 1st- MU.1RE Recognize how music is used for a variety of occasions.
  • 1st- 6. Families interact with the physical environment differently in different times and places.
  • 2nd- VA.2PR Experiment with art materials by using them in unexpected and creative ways to express ideas and convey meaning.
  • 2nd- 6. The work that people do is impacted by the distinctive human and physical characteristics in the place where they live.
  • 3rd- VA.3PE Use historical and cultural artworks to answer questions about daily life.
  • 3rd- 2. Primary and secondary sources can be used to show change over time.
  • 4th- MU.1RE Explain how the elements and subject matter of music connect with disciplines outside the arts.
  • 4th- 4.SS.12 People have modified the environment throughout history resulting in both positive and negative consequences in Ohio and the United States.
  • 5th- VA.5PE Use observations, life experiences and imagination as sources for visual symbols, images and creative expression.
  • 5th- 5.Geography.10 The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse (e.g., language, food, religion, art, music) due to the influences and interactions of a variety of world cultures.
  • 6th- 6.VA.5PE Use observations, life experiences and imagination as sources for visual symbols, images and creative expression.
  • 6th- SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • 7th- 7.VA.6PE Connect various art forms to their social, cultural or political purposes and include regional examples.
  • 7th- SS.7.2 The civilizations that developed in Greece and Rome had an enduring impact on later civilizations. This legacy includes governance and law, engineering and technology, art and architecture, as well as literature and history. The Roman Empire also played an instrumental role in the spread of Christianity.
  • 8th- 8.VA.1PR Select, organize and manipulate skills, elements and techniques appropriate to the art form when making art.
  • 8th- SS.8.1 Primary and secondary sources are used to examine events from multiple perspectives and to present and defend a position.

Vocabulary:

Camargo Hunt, traditions, genre painting, hunting horn, evolution, plein air drawing, preservation

Wildlife Tracking

August - June

In and around Greenacres, animals are busy even when we are not watching. Tracks, scat, and chewed nuts and twigs are examples of signs of animals that allow us to know that an animal has been to a given spot. Students will use evidence of animals we find to piece together the story of all their secret activities.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.
  • LS Grade 7: Matter is transferred continuously between one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.

Vocabulary:

sign, scat, track, evidence, adaptation, survival, habitat

Survival: Fire or Food or Shelter

August - June

Choose a survival focus area and come for one program or plan to attend the entire series. Join us as we build confidence in primitive living skills.

Shelter:  We will take a cue from the animals who call Greenacres home as we build our shelters.  

Fire:  Learn what it takes to build a fire and then gather around it to share stories. 

Food:  From the fish in our Greenacres’ pond to the forests, learn what the land could provide for you in a survival situation (this will not involve tasting).

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Natural events happen today as they happened in the past.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Events happen in regular patterns and cycles in the natural world.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science assumes that objects and events occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation.
  • SIPA Grade 6-8: Apply knowledge of science content to real-world challenges.

Vocabulary:

awareness, exploration, observation, primitive

Nature Journaling

August - June

By combining nature exploration with journaling, students will gain a deeper understanding of the observations we make while experiencing nature at Greenacres. Journaling allows us to slow down, take in more of our surroundings, and notice more. This program works well as a series or as an individual field trip.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Natural events happen today as they happened in the past.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Events happen in regular patterns and cycles in the natural world.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science assumes that objects and events occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation.
  • SIPA Grade 6-8: Apply knowledge of science content to real-world challenges.

Vocabulary:

observation, inference

Nature Exploration

August - June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We’ll focus on building observation skills and applying them to learning about our environment.  This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Natural events happen today as they happened in the past.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Events happen in regular patterns and cycles in the natural world.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science assumes that objects and events occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation.
  • SIPA Grade 6-8: Apply knowledge of science content to real-world challenges.

Vocabulary:

observation, senses, living, nonliving, adaptations

Maple Syrup

January 30 – February 24

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup. (January 30 – February 24, 2023)

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have specific characteristics and traits.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • ESS Grade 1: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.
  • ESS Grade 1: The sun is the principle source of energy.
  • ESS Grade 1: Water on Earth is present in many forms.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • ESS Grade 2: Long and short term changes weather changes occur due to changes in energy.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on earth.
  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind of organism differ in their inherited traits. These differences give some individuals an advantage in surviving and or reproducing.
  • LS Grade 3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
  • LS Grade 4: Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful.
  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem. All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.
  • LS Grade 7:  Energy flows and matter is transferred continuously from one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Life at the Pond or Stream

April-October

Choose an aquatic focus area: Life at the Pond or Life at the Stream. Ponds and streams are essential resources to many Ohio plants and animals, including humans.  Take time to discover our local waterways at Greenacres and make observations as we look for plants and animals that call them home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.  
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 3: Offspring resemble their parents and each other.
  • LS Grade 4: Changes in an organism's environment are sometimes beneficial to survival and sometimes harmful.
  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within an organism require energy.
  • ESS Grade 7: The hydrologic cycle illustrates the changing states of water as it moves through the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Vocabulary:

observation, fossil, limestone, shale, erosion, deposition, clay, invertebrate, habitat, adaptations, life cycles

All about Birds

August-June

Birds are perhaps the easiest wildlife to observe. Birds have many unique adaptations, which allows them to be found in many different habitats. We'll use our observation skills to find birds of all shapes, sizes, and colors as we hike around Greenacres.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment. 
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 3: Offspring resemble their parents and each other.
  • LS Grade 4: Changes in an organism's environment are sometimes beneficial to survival and sometimes harmful.
  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within an organism require energy.
  • LS Grade 7: In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors.
  • LS Grade 8: Reproduction is necessary for the continuation of every species.

Vocabulary:

observation, habitat, evidence, adaptation, trait, behavior

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • SIPA Grade 3-5: Observe and ask questions about the world that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations. 
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

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