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Bugs in Hands
Grade Levels
K5 Programs
First Grade Programs
Second Grade Programs
Third Grade Programs
Fourth Grade Programs
Fifth Grade Programs
Home Schooled Program (4-H)


For more information on curriculum correlations, scheduling and field trip cost, please contact
Hope Matthews, Environmental Educator.

 

K5 Programs  
Location: Glencairn Garden 
Duration:  30 minutes per program
   
Program         Description 
Life Cycles:  Learn about life cycles as we play games and read stories about frogs and butterflies. 
Gabby Greenleaves:  Our most popular program for young students! Gabby the Talking Tree teaches young children about the importance of trees in our lives and community. 
Exploring Matter with Recycling:  Litter is yucky! Students learn about what happens when animals encounter litter in the wild and how to recycle to keep litter in its place.
   
First Grade Programs  
Location:  Glencairn Garden 
Duration: 30 minutes per program 

 
Program  Description 
Plant Life Cycle: Take a closer look at plants, their adaptations and life cycles as we learn how much we rely on plants to keep us alive.
Soil Science: Students conduct their very own soil investigation to learn about different types of soil.
Where in the World is Glencairn Garden?: Explore the natural beauty of Glencairn Garden as students use maps and make a map of the park. Not available for Outreach.
Sense of Place: Take a journey back in time to learn about the history of Glencairn Garden. Students develop a connection to the park by leaving behind critter homes for the creatures of Glencairn Garden. Not available for Outreach.
   
Second Grade Programs   
Location:  Glencairn Garden
Duration: 45 minutes per program 
   
Program Description 
Classification & Food Chains:  Students explore different animal groups and what they need to survive. 
 What’s Bugging You? : Look at life cycles and how plants and animals rely on each other by exploring the world of six-legged critters. 
 Mapping in Glencairn Garden:  Students learn about our local community by studying maps, exploring Glencairn Garden, and creating a map of the park. Not available for Outreach.
   
Third Grade Programs  
Location:  River Park 
Duration:  45 minutes per program 
   
Program Description 
Habitats & Adaptations: Students learn about physical and behavioral adaptations by examining skulls, fur, and photos of local animals.
Bird Adaptations: Did you know that singing helps birds survive? Students compare bird calls and learn about bird adaptations. 
Soil Science:  Students conduct their very own soil investigation to learn about and classify different types of soil.
Habitat Hike: Environmental Education staff lead students on an exploration of some of River Park’s trails, highlighting habitats and animal evidence along the way. Not available for Outreach.
   
Fourth Grade Programs  
Location: Northside Recreation Center Climbing Wall 
Duration:  60 minutes per program 
   
Program  Description 
Animals & the Environment w/Oh Deer: Classify animals and learn about their cool adaptations that help them survive in their environment.
Climbing Wall & Reaching Goals:  Students practice setting and reaching goals, and learn about safety and cooperation while rock climbing at our indoor climbing wall. Not available for Outreach.
Creepy, Crawly Classification: Students learn to use a dichotomous key (diagram) to classify invertebrates and learn about water quality.
   
Fourth Grade Programs cont.   
Location:  River Park 
Duration:  45 minutes per program 
   
Program  Description 
Forest Ecology Hike: Environmental Education staff lead students on an exploration of some of River Park’s trails, highlighting habitats and animal evidence along the way. Not available for Outreach.
Animals & the Environment: Classify animals and learn about their cool adaptations that help them survive in their environment.
Creepy, Crawly Classification: Students learn to use a dichotomous key (diagram) to classify invertebrates and learn about water quality.
   
Fifth Grade Programs   
Location:  River Park 
Duration: Schedule available upon request
   
Program Description 
1.   Catawba Watershed:  As students sit beside the Catawba River, they learn about the effects of human activity on our watershed.
  OR 
      Ecosystems - Follow the Energy:  Students learn about local ecosystems as they investigate
how the sun’s energy moves through food webs. 
2.   Force and Motion with Kayaking:   The most popular of all our field trips--there’s nothing like kayaking to give students first-hand experience with force and motion! Not available for Outreach.
3.   Compassing:  Students learn to use a compass then navigate a compass course on their own in search of “treasure.” Not available for Outreach.
  OR 
      Water Quality Assessment with Macroinvertebrates:   Students search in Manchester Creek for insects and other bugs that will help them study the health of the ecosystem in the creek. Not available for Outreach.
   


All our field trip programs are correlated to South Carolina Curriculum Standards.