New lessons are in the works, & we’d LOVE your input!

When it comes to planning for next year, Rachel will keep some, change some & expand some. If you’d like to share a suggestion please contact Rachel here, through Facebook or Instagram. Thanks for your input!


Below is an overview of the lessons offered during the 2017-18 school year, and may be offered again during the 2019-2020 school year. Some lessons include live animals, all lessons include animal & plant 'biofacts' to deepen each student's connection to nature! Never is a lesson taught during back-to-back years.

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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