Welcome to the Off to the Great Outdoors Adventure Series

Join us as we take you on an outdoor adventure, right in your own neighborhood.  Since we cannot meet in person, we are doing the next best thing… meeting online.  We hope that you can join us each week as we take a look at a bunch of cool things that you might be able to find in your own neighborhood.  Remember, if you go outdoors, you need to stay 6 feet apart from others as you go outside into the great natural world around you.

You will love learning about some of the coolest things that are awaiting your discovery and exploration, as your visit the parks and woodlands around the city. You will also have fun along the way! So, take a look and let’s explore the great outdoors together. You’ll be glad you did!

TO ACCESS THE SPRING 2021 RESOURCE MATERIALS FOR THE BOWLES ELEMENTARY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM- PLEASE CLICK HERE

SESSION #1 – INTRODUCTION TO THE ADVENTURE SERIES

 

 

Fun Activities for Learning – Session #1


Try the following fun exercises to see how much you know about trees and the great outdoors.

Squigly’s Tree Word Search – See if you can find all the words in Squigly’s worksheet.

Butterfly Maze – Show the Butterfly how to find the sun.

Parts of a Tree Factsheet – Take a look at the parts of a tree

Parts of a Tree Worksheet – See if you can name the parts of a tree

Tree Ring Factsheet – Learn a bit about the rings found on the inside of trees

Tree Ring Cross Section Sample Factsheet – Another look at tree rings and learning the age of a tree

Bonus YouTube Video – A Spring Nature Walk – Take a look below to view a teacher’s Spring nature walk.

 

SESSION #2 – RIVERS, STREAMS, LAKES AND THE WATER CYCLE

 

 

Fun Activities for Learning – Session #2

Video:  The Water Cycle

The Water Cycle Explained – Take a look at this poster, that outlines the water cycle and provides a summary of each component of the process.

Video: Freshwater Ecosystems

Video: Landform Caused by Erosion

Landform Matching – Using clues from the pictures, do your best to match the description of the landform to its picture. 

The Water Cycle – Look at the water cycle and color in the important steps of the cycle.

Streamkeeper Coloring Sheet – Take some time to color the drawing that shows a stream and all of its beauty.

The water cycle experiments – Now that you’ve learned about the water cycle, here are some experiments you can use to learn even more.

Protecting our lakes – Lakes are very important parts of our ecosystem. Practice keeping it clean by finding the pollution in the drawing.

 

SESSION #3 – WILDLIFE AND THIER HABITATS

 

 

Fun Activities for Learning – Session #3


Wildlife coloring pages – Take some time to read and learn about different types of animals while coloring along the way.

Wildlife info sheet – Learn about how animals like skunks, squirrels, and more live in the great outdoors. 

SESSION #4 – WETLANDS OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS

 

Fun Activities for Learning – Session #4

Wetlands coloring and cartoon sheets – Take some time to learn about the different animals that live near wetlands as you color them in.

 

SESSION #5 – TREE GROWTH AND TREE IDENTIFICATION

 

Fun Activities for Learning – Session #5

Tree ID sheet – Learn how to use the different parts of trees to figure out what type of tree you are looking at.

Tree Rings and Growth – Trees can get very big and live to be very old. Take some time to learn about how they get so big and live so long!

Tree Parts – Take some time to learn about the different parts that make up trees!

Tree Trunk Fact Sheet – Learn about tree trunks and the valuable information that they hold. 

Tree Trunk Worksheet – Now that you’ve learned about trees, fill in the blanks of the parts of a tree trunk. 

Leaf Colors Sheet – Learn about why leaves are different colors and more. 

SPRING 2021 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Climate Change – Describes a change in the average conditions- such as temperature change and rainfall- in a region over a long period of time.  Click Here to access the class resource materials.

Shadowing the City– Urbanized areas that experience higher temperatures than outlying areas. Structures such as buildings and roads, absorb and re-emit the sun’s heat more than natural landscapes such as forests and water bodies. Click here to access the class resource materials.

Butterflies– Butterflies are insects, that have beautiful and unique colors. Click here to access the class resource materials. 

Air Quality– How clean or how dirty our air is. Click here to access the class resource.

Waste and Recycling– Recycling is the process of turning used waste and materials into new products. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Click here to access the class resources. 

Energy Conservation– Reduce the amount/ quantity of energy that is used for different purposes. Click here to access the class resources. 

Earth Day– A day created to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. Click here to access the class resources. 

Endangered Species– any type of plant or animal that is in danger of disappearing forever. Click here to access the class resources. 

Water Cycle/ Clean Water– The existence and movement of water in, on and above the Earth. Earth’s water is always changing states, from liquid to vapor to ice and back again. Click here to access the class resource. 

Outdoor Safety– Different ways to protect yourself from the outdoors, especially in the summer time. Click here to access the class resources. 

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt– Follow the hints and map in order to find the correct items. Click here to access the class resources. 

Planting a Tree– Now it’s time to try to plant our own trees, and record the growth progress! Click here to access the class resources.