Dragonfly has expanded it’s public school programming.

Nature studies are designed to meet NCSCOS in science for ALL elementary grades. Please find pricing information by scrolling to the bottom of this page.


Junior Zoologists [K.L.1.1-1.2] Through play & careful observation, students will be introduced to native NC animals while learning to classify animals structurally & behaviorally. Learning about animals teaches students a lot about themselves & our environment! *May include live animals

Puddle Jumpers [K.E.1.1.2-1.3] Weather changes day to day but in North Carolina, it seems more like minute to minute. Students will learn that weather events are not random but connected to the environment. From thunderstorms to rainbows, this is a great introduction to some important scientific concepts.

Grade 1

The Secrets of Soil [1.E.2.1-2.2] Kids love learning about rocks! Rocks form the basic mineral content of soil, & soil is a vital component of life, which makes this nature study one students should not miss out on. This scientific exploration will leave students with a better understanding of just how special rocks & soil really are.

Stars, Planets & Moons, Oh My! [1.E.1] This is a basic introduction to the Earth/moon/sun system, showing the relationship between these celestial bodies. Students will be introduced to what it is like to be on the moon! It will also reinforce seasonal changes in the night sky with an introduction to common constellations of the Northern Hemisphere.

Home Sweet Home [1.L.1.1-1.3] People need a home.  All living things do.  Habitats are homes for plants & animals.  A suitable habitat must have adequate space to provide enough clean water, food & shelter for survival.  Students will investigate various habitats of a deciduous forest ecosystem & learn how humans influence these habitats. *May include live animals/restricted availability due to material requirements. Please schedule August-October or March-May only.

Grade 2

Life Cycles of North Carolina [2.L.1-1.2] A program that goes beyond the life of a butterfly & introduces the intriguing lives of other common animals. Through birth, physical changes & adulthood, many animals live complicated lives which we will celebrate with this investigation! *May include live animals/restricted availability due to material requirements. Please schedule August-October or March-May only.

Now Hear This! [2.P.1.2] Hearing is vital to survival & complicated to understand. This program covers our sense of hearing then dives deeper into animal hearing adaptations. With plenty of time to independently investigate these concepts, this lesson is hands-on & will spark curiosity & understanding!

Our Blue Planet [2.P.2.1-2.2]Driven by the heat of the sun, our finite water resources are constantly cycling between life, our surface waters & our atmosphere. We will investigate the physical changes water undergoes as it supports life on planet Earth.

Grade 3

Flower Power (3.L.2.1-2.2) This nature study will introduce students to the symbiotic relationship between bees & flowers.  Students will study basic flower anatomy and the process of pollination through interactive investigations. It is sure to BEE fun!

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Skin Deep (3.L.1.2) Skin is the largest organ in the human body & serves as our body’s primary protector. But in that regard, it is not unique from the body coverings of other organisms. This nature study allows students to investigate their own body covering, comparing it with those of others. *May include live animals.

Grade 4

A Monarch’s Journey (4.L.1.1-1.4) Exhibiting an incredible life cycle that includes a remarkable migration, monarch butterflies are the inspiration for this program on behavioral adaptations & environmental changes. This lesson is a powerfully relevant demonstration of how our human lives impact others. *May include live animals/restricted availability due to material requirements. Best if scheduled July-October.

And Then There Was Mars (4.E.1.1-1.2 & 4.E.2.3) What can the red planet teach us Earthlings about our blue planet? A program to broaden your students’ understanding of planets in our universe and the geologic history of both Earth & Mars.

Grade 5

Variation Among Vertebrates (5.L.3.1-3.2) The 5 vertebrate groups of the animal kingdom can demonstrate genetic links & vast biodiversity all at once. Students will love to use these animals as a guide through heredity & evolution. *May include live animals.

Wowed by Wetlands (5.L.2.1-2.3) Wetlands are special! Richly biodiverse & critically important to the survival of so many plants & animals, including humans, this program celebrates all the “wows” of wetland habitats. *May include live animals/restricted availability due to material requirements. Please schedule July-October or March-May only.

Pricing & Additional Information

Dragonfly strives to provide a thoughtful, age appropriate and hands-on learning experience at an affordable price: $8 per student/two class minimum  

In-House Nature Studies run approximately 60 minutes

Teachers are expected to remain with students & manage behaviors

Classes may not combine; each class is taught separately

Please speak to Rachel Woods in regards to pricing concerns especially for title 1 schools