• Plant and Animal Communication

    Students will rotate through three stations where they explore different ways plants and animals use scent to communicate. Activities include predator-prey games, setting up a long-term research project, and investigating how to increase distance scent travels. This field experience is designed to last a full day with a lunch break included.

    NGSS Performance Expectations: MS PS 1Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

    Effects of Water on the Land

    Students will rotate through four stations where they observe how water has shaped our local landscape through glaciers and rivers.  Students will have the opportunity to measure and map kettles, climb the Lapham Tower, and utilize stream tables to make predictions. This field experience is designed to last a full day with a lunch break included.

    NGSS Performance Expectations: MS ES 2Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.

    Invasive Species Study

    Students will participate in an Invasive Species Pull where they are actively engaged in battling an invasive species in our community.  Additionally, students will take part in river quality testing to determine the biotic and abiotic factors that allow for invasive species. This field experience is designed to last half a day with students participating in two rotations.

    NGSS Performance Expectations: MS LS 2Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

    Weather and the River

    Students will rotate through three rotations where they will actively investigate the effects of weather (specifically precipitation) on the local portion of the Fox River as well as make predictions using stream models. This field experience is designed to last a full day with a lunch break included.

    Performance Expectations:  MS ES 2Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.

    The Big Melt

    In this program with three rotations, students will build awareness and appreciation of the local environment in the winter through snowshoeing or a winter nature hike. They will also study Wisconsin’s forestry history through hands-on activities and design an experiment to investigate how we can solve a common winter issue: ice. This field experience is designed to last a full day with a lunch break included.

    Performance Expectations: MS PS 1Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.

  • Water Comparison

    Students will have the opportunity to test the physical and chemical environments of the Fox River and Genesee Creek and make inferences as to how those environmental factors affect the macroinvertebrates. This field experience is designed to last a full day with a lunch break included.

    Performance Expectations: MS LS 1Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

    How is the Forest Changing?

    Students will spend half of the day studying tree identification and creating a tree map of a section of the Fox River Sanctuary. During the other half of the day, students will explore how forests change from natural and human influences. This field experience is designed to last a full day with a lunch break included.

    Performance Expectations: MS ES 2Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth's surface at varying time and spatial scales.

    Aquatic Survival

    Students will actively investigate how the plants and animals of the Fox River respond to different conditions and how they are specifically adapted for survival. This field experience is designed to last a half day.

    Performance Expectations: MS LS 1Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.

    Team Building

    Students will take part in an “Amazing Race” style hunt where they work together as a team to save the world as well as partake in traditional team building activities. This field experience is designed to last a half day. Want to make it a full day of fun? Add on a third station from one of our other standards-based field experiences.