for Hands-On Environmental Education!
NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR
APRIL-MAY 2013 DATES
Thursdays, April 8 through May 30)
(540) 992-2940 or
If our available dates
do not suit your schedule, please consider our YOUR
OUTDOOR CLASSROOM education programs for Kindergarteners.
interactive learning through hiking, crafts, games, a wagon ride, and
stories. $8 per student; $4 per
chaperone; teachers FREE. Bring your own lunch.
are designed for KINDERGARTEN classes and their teachers. SOL's are
addressed! KinderCritters programs run April 8 through May 30.
For more information or a KinderCritters brochure, please contact Camp
firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 992-2940.
The students will be
involved in a number of activities, both fun and educational. The
following are a few activities that have been done before during a KinderCritters session:
Activity 1: Hike to the Big Oak
Students hike ¼ mile to our 200+ year-old Big Oak tree. During the hike, leaders
point out a variety of plants and wildlife and ask students to compare them
according to shape, size, color, etc. These activities require students to use
their senses to feel, smell, and observe little wonders pointed out by the
leader. After arriving at the Big Oak, students compare its size to other trees
and non-living objects in the vicinity. Key Concepts: the five senses,
biological diversity, life cycle, stages of growth, maturity, decline and death.
SOLs: K.1, K.2, K.6, K.8, K.9
Alternative: Water Water Everywhere! Students describe and observe what happens
in a rainstorm, as well as discover the properties of water. SOLs: K.2, K.5
Activity 2: Tree Cookies Lesson & Birds and Worms Lesson
Cookies Lesson: In this activity, students trace environmental and
historical changes using their own individual cross section of a tree trunk, or
“tree cookie.” The leader reads a story describing a tree’s life. Students can
decorate their tree cookie and make it into a necklace to take home. Key
Concepts: organisms change through life cycle: growth, maturity, decline and
death, and organisms’ roles in the ecosystem. SOLs: K.6, K.8, K.9
Birds and Worms Lesson: Camouflage is an important survival strategy in the
animal kingdom. In this activity, students discover the value of protective
coloration as they pretend to be birds in search of colored worms (made from
colored pipe cleaners). Key Concepts: organisms’ adaptations to change,
camouflage, effects of altering the environment; interdependence of organisms.
SOLs: K.1, K.4, K.6, K.9
Alternative: lesson held indoors
Activity 3: Choose Option 1 or Option 2:
Option 1: Texture and Color Hunt: Students use their senses while walking in
the woods to find objects of different colors and textures. Once the objects are
found, we encourage students to increase their vocabulary in describing objects
while blindfolded and match them to pictures with the help of their sighted
classmates. Modified, these activities can take place rain or shine! SOLs: K1,
K2, K4, K8
Option 2: Animal Habitats and Movements: Students use games and observation
to compare and contrast different habitats and experience the pros and cons of
each one. They then match animals to their aquatic and terrestrial habitats.
More games cover how animals move and adapt to their surroundings to survive.
These activities can take place rain or shine! SOLs: K1, K4, K5, K6, K8 Students
learn about life cycles of living things and patterns in nature. Through the
Young and Old matching game students learn the needs of animals and what they
must do to survive, as well as matching young animals with their adult selves. A
relay places animals within their habitats. SOLs: K.1, K.4, K.5, K.6, K.8
Rain Alternative: Wonderful Wildlife