Dragonfly Nature Programs provides in-school nature studies designed for young people, ages 2 and older. Lessons are designed to support each unique developmental stage, so lessons are age appropriate. Inspiration for each month's lesson comes from NC itself: the seasons, the plants & the animals we share our space with. Dragonfly Nature Programs allows student's questions and interests to direct their experience & hopes each study encourages students to enjoy the natural world on their own.
While most of our clients see Dragonfly monthly, some pick & choose a few visits a year. It's your choice. Because we serve such a wide range of schools, Montessori, daycares, home schools and elementary schools and a variety of age groups, pricing is variable. Visit the pricing page for more information or contact Rachel with questions. Thank you for your interest in Dragonfly!
Below is an overview of the lessons offered during the 2018-19 school year. Some lessons include live animals, all lessons include animal & plant 'biofacts' to deepen each student's connection to nature!
July 2018 Nesting In Nc The wonders of sea turtles
During the early spring & summer, our Carolina coastline becomes a nursery for nesting mothers and hatchling sea turtles. To celebrate, we will learn about sea turtle adaptations for success in the ocean & about their incredible life cycle.
August 2018 working together flowers & their pollinators
This is an introduction to the anatomy of flowers & the special relationship between flowers & their pollinators; animals like bats, bees, birds, moths & butterflies.
Sept. 2018 cold blooded adaptations of reptiles
This nature study will introduce students to reptiles! We will review what it means to be a reptile, delve into unique adaptations of snakes & turtles specifically and allow students to meet the animals.
October 2018 fish facts the fun of being a fish
What's so fun about being a fish? Let's find out! We will study their fins, scales & gills, diving deep into how they breathe underwater and sense their surroundings.
November 2018 Tracks & Scat what animals leave behind
Animals don't always stick around long enough for us to see them, but that doesn't mean they weren't there. To know NC's wildlife is to know what to look for long after the animals have moved on!
Dec. 2018 What's that you say? how animals communicate
How do animals convey messages to one another? We will explore some of the secrets of animal communication, such as body language, scent, color & sound.
January 2019 warm blooded adaptations of mammals
Mammals are vertebrates. They vary greatly in size, habitat and behavior but all have characteristics in common. We will talk, touch & investigate those characteristics of mammals to gain a better appreciation of this vertebrate group.
February 2019 how to help reduce reuse recycle
It’s always a good day to start honoring & protecting the Earth! This program is designed to connect young people to ways they can do just that by better understanding the three R’s.
March 2019 along our coast life in a salt marsh
A salt marsh is a unique ecosystem full of organisms perfectly suited to its varied state. As salinity, water levels, shade, sun, wind and storms reshape these areas almost every hour, life persists. We celebrate our NC coastline with a look at life in a salt marsh.
April 2019 a pause for plants how plants grow
Plants are important to humans and to animals. During this lesson we will learn how seeds germinate and come to a better understanding of plant parts!
May 2019 amphibian fun! frogs & toads
In May, frogs and toads are out and about, calling, jumping, mating & enjoying the humid, warm weather of NC. Let's learn about their special adaptations and life cycle.
To get a better feel for Rachel & her work with Dragonfly, follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram.