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REGISTRATION FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN ON
AUGUST 27, 2013

 

RESERVATIONS: We begin accepting school reservations for the upcoming school year on the LAST TUESDAY of AUGUST.

APPOINTMENTS MUST BE MADE OVER THE PHONE OR IN PERSON. We are not able to accept reservations by e-mail.

We offer school programs Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 PM. Call early as our schedule fills up quickly. Phone (269)927-4832.


SARETT NATURE CENTER’S
School Programs

 

Presch /Kind.

Grade 1

 Grade 2

 Grade 3

 Grade 4

 Grade 5

  • Butterflies                       
  • Feathered Friends           
  • Intro to the Natural World  
  • Maple Sugaring            
  • Native American Study
  • Nature Through the Seasons
  • Snowshoeing  

 

  • Animal Classification  
  • Butterflies                       
  • Feathered Friends           
  • Maple Sugaring            
  • Nature Through the Seasons  
  • Native American Study
  • Snowshoeing   
  • Who Are You Calling Spineless?
  • Butterflies                       
  • Feathered Friends           
  • Green Machine             
  • Maple Sugaring            
  • Native American Study
  • Natural Communities   
  • Nature Through the Seasons  
  • Reptiles and Amphibians  
  • Snowshoeing   
  • Who Are You Calling Spineless?
  • Animal Classification  
  • Butterflies                       
  • Feathered Friends           
  • Forest to Forest  
  • Green Machine             
  • Habitat   Insects  
  • Maple Sugaring            
  • Native American Study
  • Nature Through the Seasons  
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Rock Hounds  
  • Snowshoeing   
  • Voyageur Canoes
  • Wetland Plant Study   
  • Who Are You Calling Spineless?
  • Animal Classification  
  • Butterflies                       
  • Dune Study   Exploring the Pond             
  • Feathered Friends           
  • Forest to Forest  
  • Green Machine             
  • Habitat
  • Insects  
  • Maple Sugaring            
  • Native American Study
  • Reptiles and Amphibians  
  • River Valley Study        
  • River and Dune Study  
  • Rock Hounds  
  • Snowshoeing   
  • Voyageur Canoes
  • Wetland Plant Study  
  • Who Are You Calling Spineless?
  • Animal Classification  
  • Butterflies                       
  • Cross-Country Ski
  • Dune Study
  • Exploring the Pond             
  • Feathered Friends           
  • Forest to Forest  
  • Green Machine  
  • Insects  
  • Maple Sugaring            
  • Native American Study
  • Reptiles and Amphibians  
  • River Valley Study         
  • River and Dune Study  
  • Rock Hounds  
  • Snowshoeing   
  • Voyageur Canoes
  • Wetland Plant Study  

 


ANIMAL CLASSIFICATION
1 st, 3 th, 4 th, 5 th grades          
1½ hour program
Fee:   $2/student

Visit Sarett to learn how to group animals together based on their adaptations to their environments.   Compare live animals and learn about body coverings and camouflage.L.OL.E.1, L.OL.01.13, LOL.01.21, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12, L.EV.04.22, L.EV.05.11

 

 

BUTTERFLIES AT SARETT   
September, May, June
All Ages      1 ½ hour program       
Fee:   $3 per person

Information about insects and their life cycles, with a concentration on butterflies, is presented.   Students then study butterfly behavior in Sarett’s Butterfly House as well as explore for signs of other insects on a walk with naturalists.   L.OL.001, L.OL.01.13, L.OL.01.21, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12, L.OL.04.16, L.EV.04.22

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CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING AND WINTER ECOLOGY  
January & February
4 th, 5 th, 6 th, 7 th, 8 th Grades
2½ hour program                   Fee:   $3/student
9:30 am to 2:00 pm               Fee:   $5/student

Learn winter ecology the fun way—on cross-country skis.   A.PE.05.01, A.AN.05.02, M.OP.06.01, M.OP.06.02, M.OP.06.04, M.OP.07.01, M.OP.07.02, M.OP.07.04, K.OP.07.03, M.OP.08.01, M.OP.08.02, M.OP.08.04, K.OP.08.03, K.OP.08.04, K.OP.08.05

 

 

DUNE STUDY      
4 th, 5 th, 6 th Grades         
2 hour program           
Fee:  $3/student

Learn about our area’s unique resource at Grand Mere State Park.   Study dune formation, beach ecology and more.   L.OL.04.15, L.OL.04.16, L.EV.04.22, L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12, 6-G2.1.2, L.EC.06.11, 6G2.1.2, L.OL.07.61, L.OL.07.62, E.ES.07.41

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EXPLORING THE POND
4 th, 5 th, 6 th Grades         
1½ hours program       
Fee:   $2/student

Take a close look at a pond ecosystem.   Equipped with pond scoops, find out what creatures live in the pond, their unique adaptations and how they fit in the food web.

L.EC.04.11, L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12, L.OL.06.51, L.OL.06.52, L.EC.06.21

 

FEATHERED FRIENDS
All ages          
1½  hour program    
Fee:   $2/student

Feathers, beak, feet, nests, eggs, food, migration, songs, camouflage,
birds of prey – there is much to learn about birds!   Become a bird watcher!   A good December program.

L.OL.E.1, L.OL.01.13, L.OL.03.32, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12, L.OL.04.16, L.EV.04.22, L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12

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FOREST TO FOREST
3 rd, 4 th Grades         
1½ hour program     
Fee:   $2/student

Students will learn the similarities and differences between wet and dry forests, including the organisms that inhabit the different layers.   We will utilize the Treetop Walkway to get a bird’s-eye view of the treetops.   L.OL.03.31, L.OL.03.41, L.EV.03.11, L.OL.04.15, L.OL.04.16, L.EV.04.22

 

FOREST TO FOREST  
5 th, 6 th Grades         
2 hour program  
Fee:   $3/student

Students will become biological surveyors of an upland forest site and a bottomland forest site.   Their data will allow them to describe the similarities and differences between the two habitats.   We will explore the tree canopy from our Treetop Walkway.   L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12, L.EC.06.11, L.EC.06.31

 

GREEN MACHINE
2 nd, 3 rd, 4 th Grades         
1½ hour program      
Fee:   $2/student

Learn plant parts and their functions as well as what all plants need to survive.   Go on a walk to learn some of the trees, flowers and shrubs of our area.   L.OL.02.14, L.OL.02.22, L.OL.03.31, L.OL.03.41, L.EV.03.11, L.OL.04.15, L.EV.04.22

 

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GREEN MACHINE with Wetlands      
Best in September, October, May
3 rd, 4 th Grades          
1½ hour program     
Fee:   $2/student

Learn the functions of plant parts and adaptations of wetland plants, including carnivorous bog plants.   On an exploration walk, compare bog plants with other wetland plants.   L.OL.03.31, L.EV.03.11, L.OL.04.15, L.EV.04.22

 

GREEN MACHINE with Wetlands     
Best in September, October, May
5 th, 6 th Grades          
2 hour program        
Fee:   $3/student

Sarett encompasses different plant communities, among them wetlands and a demonstration bog with carnivorous plants.   Students will learn the techniques plants have developed to survive in these communities with an emphasis upon wetland plants.   L.EV.05.12, L.EC.06.11

 

 

HABITAT – WHAT ANIMALS NEED TO LIVE
3 rd,   4 th Grades           
1½ hour program  
Fee:   $2/student

What does it take to make a good home for wildlife?   Where do animals live? Become a nature detective and find animal homes in this program on habitat. L.EV.03.11, L.OL.04.16

 

INSECTS     
September
3 rd, 4 th, 5 th Grades          
1½ hour program                       

Fee:   $2/student

Dragonflies, stink bugs, honeybees, click beetles and even mosquitoes have their place in the natural world.   Be introduced to the fascinating world of insects.   Use sweep nets for close looks.

L.OL.03.32, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12, L.EV.04.22, L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12

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INTRODUCTION TO THE NATURAL WORLD
Preschool or Kindergarten          
1 hour program    
Fee:   $2/student

Students will use their senses to classify and describe the animals and plants of our area.   A short talk inside and a walk outside.

L.OL.E.1, L.OL.01.13, L.OL.01.21

 

MAPLE SUGARING     
March
All ages          
1½ hour program     
Fee:   $2 per person   Maple sugar candy:   50₵ each piece

For a short season every year the sweet sap of the maple tree can be collected and turned into the most delicious syrup.   Learn how the Native Americans and pioneers gathered this sweet treat.   K.G5.0.1, 1-H2.06, 1G5.0.1, L.OL.03.41, 3-H3.0.6, 3-G5.0.2

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NATIVE AMERICAN PROGRAM     
November & early December
All ages          
1½ hour program    
Fee:   $3/student

Learn cultural and historical aspects of local Native Americans.   See artifacts, visit a wigwam, watch a bowdrill fire, play games and create a craft.   K-G5.0.1, 1-H2.06, 1G5.0.1, 3-H3.0.4, 3-H3.0.5, 3-H3.0.6, 5-UI.1.3, 6-W1.1.2, 6-W2.1.3

 

NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF SARETT
2 nd Grade          
1½ hour program
Fee:   $2/student

Explore four of the natural ecosystems of Sarett:   dry meadow, dry forest, wet meadow and wet forest.   Find out about the animals and plants that live there.   L.OL.02.14

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GPS ~ Global Positioning System ~ orbital NAVSTAR satellites

N ature E mbracing T echnology
6 th, 7 th, 8 th Grades          
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.    
Fee:   $5/student

Students will use GPS and GIS technology as they participate in an Amazing Race at Sarett.   They will complete natural science challenges then use an on-line baseline map to attach and retrieve results.   6-G1.1.1, 6-G1.2.5, 6-G1.2.6, 6-G2.1.1, L.OL.06.51, 7-G1.1.1, 7-G1.2.3, 7-G1.2.5, 7-G2.1.1

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NATURE THROUGH THE SEASONS
Kindergarten, 1 st, 2 nd, 3 rd Grades          
1½ hour program       
Fee:   $2/student

Visit Sarett in the fall and learn how nature gets ready for winter.   Come in the spring and learn how plants and animals awaken for another season of growth.   L.OL.E.1, L.OL.01.13, L.OL.01.21, L.OL.03.32, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12

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REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS
2 nd, 3 rd, 4 th, 5 th Grades          
1½   hour program     
Fee:   $2/student

Compare and contrast the worlds of reptiles and amphibians.   See live specimens, learn frog songs, and walk to a wetland to look for reptiles and amphibians.   L.OL.03.32, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12, L.OL.04.16, L.EV.04.22, L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12

 

RIVER VALLEY STUDY
4 th, 5 th, 6 th, 7 th Grades          
2 hour program        
Fee:  $2/student

Visit Sarett to explore the Paw Paw River Valley.   Learn how the valley has changed over time and about the plants and animals and their adaptations.   L.OL.04.15, LOL.04.16, L.EV.04.22, L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12, L.EC.06.11, L.EC.06.31, 6-G2.1.2, E.ES.07.82

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RIVER AND DUNE STUDY
4 th, 5 th, 6 th, 7 th Grades          
9:30 am to 2:00 pm       
Fee:   $4/student

Spend the morning at Sarett learning about the Paw Paw River Valley, the plants and animals and their adaptations.   Then travel to Grand Mere State Park to explore the sand dunes.   Compare and contrast the two environments.   L.OL.04.15, LOL.04.16, L.EV.04.22, L.EV.05.11, L.EV.05.12, 6-G2.1.2

 

ROCK HOUNDS
3 rd, 4 th, 5 th, 6 th Grades          
1½ hour program   
Fee:   $2/student

Learn about the sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks that make up the earth’s surface.   Rock and mineral samples to see and touch.   A great November and December program or request a Traveling Naturalist Program and we’ll bring the rocks to you!. E.SE.03.14, E.ST.04.31, L.EV.05.13, E.SE.06.41, E.ST.06.31, E.ST.06.42

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SNOWSHOES          
January & February
All Ages    1½ hour program   
Fee:   $3/student

Snowshoeing is one of the oldest forms of winter transportation.   Learn winter ecology while snowshoeing.

A.PE.00.01, 1.1N.00.02, 1-G5.0.1, A.PE.01.01, A.AN.01.02, A.AN.01.03, A.PE.02.01, A.AN.02.02, A.AN.02.03, A.AN.03.02, A.PE.04.01, A.AN.04.02, A.PE.05.01, A.AN.05.02, A.PE.06.01,  M.OP.06.02, M.OP.06.04, M.OP.07.01, M.OP.07.02, M.OP.07.04, K.OP.07.03, M.OP.08.01, M.OP.08.02, M.OP.08.04, K.OP.08.03, K.OP.08.04, K.OP.08.05

 

VOYAGEUR CANOES
3 rd (For safety reasons, third graders MUST be accompanied by 6 adults who are able to paddle for each canoe booked.) 4 th, 5 th, 6 th Grades
Fee:     $70/canoe at Grand Mere or Paw Paw Lake, $98/canoe at Douglas,             $85/canoe at all other locations

Michigan’s natural resources shaped our cultural history.   During the 1700s, voyageurs traveled our waterways transporting furs.   Relieve history and learn about our present day natural resources with a ride in 34-foot replica canoes.

3-H3.0.6, 3-G5.0.2

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WETLAND PLANT STUDY      
September, October, May
3 rd, 4 th Grades          
2 hour program    
Fee:   $3/student

Wetlands are unique ecosystems with ever-changing water levels.   Students will learn about the importance of wetlands, carnivorous plants and bogs, and explore several of Sarett’s wetlands to identify the intriguing adaptations of the plants living there.   L.OL.03.41, L.EV.03.11, L.EV.04.22

WETLAND PLANT STUDY          
September, October, May
5 th, 6 th Grades          
2 hour program   
Fee:   $3/student

Students will learn how wetlands influence the health of Michigan’s waterways.   A healthy wetland must have plants adapted to the ever-changing water levels.   Students will identify these adaptations and compare Sarett’s wetland ecosystems, including the demonstration bog with carnivorous plants.   L.EV.05.12, L.EC.06.11

 

WHO ARE YOU CALLING SPINELESS?
2 nd, 3 rd, 4 th   grade           
1½ hour program     

Fee:   $2/student

Backbone or not?   Students will view live invertebrate and vertebrate creatures to discover the differences and similarities between the two groups.   On our walk outside, we’ll look for invertebrate and vertebrate signs of life.   L.OL.03.32, L.OL.03.42, L.EV.03.12, L.EV.04.22  

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TRAVELING NATURALIST
All ages
30-45 minute program
$40 for 1 st program, $25/program thereafter plus mileage

For those who cannot come to the nature center, a naturalist can come to your school.   Presentation topics can be customized and can include live animals such as toads, frogs, snakes and turtles.

 

CONTACT US :

(269) 927-4832

Sarett@sarett.com

SARETT NATURE CENTER
2300 N. BENTON CENTER RD. BENTON HARBOR   MI 49022

 

 

 

 

 

 


SARETT HOURS:  Building Open
                                  Tuesday-Friday   9:00 AM-5:00 PM
                                  Saturday   10:00 AM-5:00 PM
                                  Sunday   1:00-5:00 PM
Our trails are open dawn to dusk every day.

Sarett Nature Center
2300 Benton Center Rd.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022                                  

Phone: (269)927-4832

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