Our Nature Education Program is designed for teachers and parents who want to get students out of the classroom and exploring and learning about nature on our 70 acre property. Because our property is a certified wildlife habit we have dedicated alot of our land to remain natural and untouched. This gives us the ability to explore nature in it’s most raw and natural state. Our property is also unique in that we have many many different habitat’s which have remain untouched. Our New nature center also provides a great place to teach year round. We can accommodate from 6-60 students at a time. We do ask that for a minimum of 6 students so that we can preform some of our activities. Our program is perfect for Homeschool groups, Public or Private School groups from 1st grade to 12th grade. Our program has many different lesson options and we can also customize it to fit your schedule. Below are the current curriculum options:
(All Classes 1 to 1 1/2 hrs in length except Nature Learning Games)
- Forest Floor Search Students will discover how alive the ground they walk on everyday can be along with all the elements that make up the forest floor.
- Rotten Log Ecology Through this investigation students will understand the importance of death and decay and it’s relationship to the forest ecosystem.
- Stream Studies What lies in our fast moving mountain streams? Bring water shoes and come find out!!!
- Trees and the Forest Trees are the largest organism in the forest and vital to contribute to so many things in forest. Students will learn their importance and what makes them special.
- Reptiles and Amphibians What is the difference between a frog and a lizard. Through hands on exploration and games students will learn all we need to know about them.
- Nature Learning Games These games will introduce basic concepts such as habitat’s, uniqueness, ecology and nature relationships through fun games.
- Birds Students will identify a few common birds in our area then explore how they contribute to the forest ecology. Students will also try to build a birds nest.
- Nature Hikes As Students Hike the property we will go on a nature scavenger hunt and stop and explore at least 4 different habitat’s.
- Wildlife Habitat’s We have 4 distinct habitat’s and we will spend our time introducing each and briefly exploring their characteristics.
- Basic Survival Skills (4hr class) What skills or knowledge do you need to survive the night if you were to get lost in our East Tennessee Mountains. Students will learn basic knot tying, shelter building, harmful plant ID, and many other basic useful pieces of knowledge.