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 2017-18 school year. Some lessons include live animals, all lessons include animal & plant 'biofacts' to deepen each student's connection to nature!
July 2017 i Can Hear The Ocean: A Study of Seashells
Dragonfly will bring the beach to you with this fun program. Students will learn about the animals that make shells, why they make shells & study the physical properties of the shells themselves.
August 2017 Up, Up & Away! Seed Dispersal
A seed has many obstacles to overcome if they are to succeed in their task of growing into a new plant. Nature provides unique and ingenious ways for seeds to travel. Sorting and classifying seeds will help us learn about their special adaptations.
Sept. 2017 Buzzing About Bugs An Introduction to Insects
Insects make up at least 80% of the animal species found living on planet Earth, but we often overlook these friends of ours. In this program we will observe the defining characteristics of insects and learn why insects are beneficial to a healthy ecosystem.
October 2017 Home Sweet HOme Understanding Habitats
Everybody needs a home. Habitats are homes for animals. A suitable habitat must be a big enough space to find water, food and shelter. We will explore 3 unique habitats of a deciduous forest ecosystem.
November 2017 BirdNerds Adaptations of Birds
Birds are well adapted for the life they live, but what does it mean to be a bird? We will take a closer look at feathers and get acquainted with common NC bird species.
Dec. 2017 Winter Solstice An Exploration of the Night Sky
This is a basic introduction to astronomy. We will differentiate between night and day, and emphasize which constellations can be seen in the night sky during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
January 2018 Carolina's Climate
What is the difference between climate & weather? We will consider the seasons of NC & which plants & animals are best suited for life in North Carolina's unique climate.
February 2018 More Trees Please! Tree Anatomy
To gain a better appreciation for trees, both the anatomy of a tree & its many functions in a community will be the focus of this program.
March 2018 Not a lizard, not a frog It's a super salamander!
Students will gain an appreciation for these unique and strange critters & an understanding of how we impact the lives of NC’s super salamanders.
April 2018 The secrets of soil How soil is made
What is soil? Why is it important? Where does it come from? Soil is a unique combination of organic and inorganic materials. We will feel, discuss and see the materials needed to make and rejuvenate this critically important resource.
May 2018 breakin' it down with decomposers
Students will get to investigate colorful fungi and animals that all work to decompose leaf litter in a deciduous forest & learn why decomposition is such a necessary part of a forest’s life cycle.
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