K-12 Programs

Third Grade


Discover the wonder found in the plant world. Students engage in activities such as role-playing games about photosynthesis, pollinating flowers, and creating leaf rubbings of northern Michigan’s dominant tree species. This study offers plenty of opportunities to be amazed by the micro- and macroscopic workings of plants.

Michigan Science Standards: 2nd - LS2-2, LS4-1; 3rd – LS1-1, LS3-2, LS4-2

Offered: Fall


Michigan History

A favorite study of many teachers and students, Michigan History demonstrates our dependency on our environment by taking students back in time when it was easily understood where our food, water, clothing, and energy came from. Students experience life at an 1800’s fur trading post as they interact with voyageurs and traders to learn candle making, trading signs, and how to create fire using primitive methods. Later in the day, students travel to a 1900’s logging camp where they are introduced to the life of a camp cook, river hog, and foreman. During their stay, students will help bake cookies in a wood stove, use a crosscut saw, and test their burling skills on dry land. Costumed instructors guide this interactive study that brings the past to life.

Michigan Social Studies Standards: 3rd - H3.0.1, H3.0.3, H3.0.4, H3.0.5, H3.0.6, H3.0.8, H3.0.10, G5.0.1, G5.0.2, E1.0.3; 4th – H3.0.1, H3.0.5, H3.0.7, G4.0.1, G4.0.3, G5.0.1

Offered: Fall, Spring


Pond Ecology

Pond study introduces students to beginning ecology lessons by examining how energy flows through an ecosystem to create food chains, food webs, food pyramids, and carrying capacities. Students collect plants and animals from our near-by pond and later get a chance to examine their findings more closely using hand lenses and microscopes. Through observation, games, and simulations, students learn how pond ecosystems work, and why wetland and habitat preservation is important.

Michigan Science Standards: LS1-1, LS3-1, LS4-3

Offered: Fall, Spring


Wildlife Study

Wildlife Study introduces students to beginning ecology lessons by leading them through a variety of habitats to conduct a wildlife census. The data the students gather are used to highlight how energy flows through an ecosystem and create food chains, food webs, food pyramids, and carrying capacities. Students learn through their census, games, and simulations that all wildlife need unpolluted food, clean water, clean air, shelter, and space.

Michigan Science Standards: 3rd – LS1-1, LS3-2, LS4-2; 4th – LS1-1, LS1-2

Offered: Winter