In-school Programs

smiletubes300Let us bring the natural history of the Tahoe region into your classroom! Our in-school programs are highly engaging, hands-on, and place-based to the Tahoe region. These fun programs allow every student to become active in the learning process, and are a great complement to traditional science school curriculum. Our series of programs is designed to build on students' knowledge as they advance through the grades, starting with bugs for Kindergarten and 1st Grade, moving on to bats for 2ndand 3rd Grades, and progressing to birds for 4th and 5th Grades.

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Tahoe's Bountiful Bugs 

bountifulbugsStudents will learn the basics of the insect body plan using examples from different groups of insects. The basics of the butterfly life cycle are examined through activities and examination of specimens. For every program, live insects are captured (in secure containers) or displays with local insects are brought to the classrooms. This allows students close examination of insects they can find right in their own backyards.

Program Length: 45 minutes

Class Size: 25 maximum

Grades: Linked to state standards for Kindergarten, but can be adjusted for any grade K–6


Tahoe's Incredible Insects

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Students are introduced to insects and arachnids by examining species that live right in their own backyards. Students examine the body plan of insects and arachnids in more depth than the Kindergarten program. Again, live insects are captured (in secure containers) or displays with local insects are brought to the classrooms to allow the students very close examination of insects from the Tahoe region.

Program Length: One hour

Class Size: 32 maximum

Grades: Linked to state standards for 1st Grade, but can be adjusted for any grade K–6

 


Mysterious Bats

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Students will learn about the bats we have in the Tahoe region through hands-on activities. The lives and habits of bats will be explored, showing students that these strange and mysterious creatures are just misunderstood, and many common myths about bats are dispelled. Students will be able to see real bat specimens up close and learn about their ecological importance.

Program Length: One hour

Class Size: 32 maximum

Grades: Linked to state standards for 2nd Grade, but can be adjusted for any grade K–6


How Are Bats Like People?

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Do bats seem at all similar to humans? Using this question as a starting point, students will learn how scientists use different characteristics of species to classify them and organize them into taxonomic groups. Sometimes, species that seem distantly related can be closer than you think. Students will learn to take their heart rate and compare it to the heart rate of a bat, and learn about many interesting bat adaptations.

Program Length: One hour

Class Size: 32 maximum

Grades: Linked to state standards for 3rdGrade, but can be adjusted for any grade 2–6


Tahoe's Beautiful Birds 

wetaProgram Length: One hourStudents will be introduced to many of the local birds from the Tahoe region through visual, audio, and hands-on activities. Students will explore their natural history knowledge of local birds, learn about songs and other vocalizations of birds, and learn how to identify many local species.

Class Size: 32 maximum

Grades: Linked to state standards for 4th Grade, but can be adjusted for any grade K–6

 


What's a Beak For?

curlewbillThis lesson is designed to teach students that adaptations surround us in all different shapes and sizes. Students will use tools and other materials to perform experiments that teach them how birds use different beaks for different food sources. This program introduces students to the steps of the scientific method.

Program Length: One hour

Class Size: 32 maximum

Grades: Linked to state standards for 5th Grade, but can be adjusted for any grade 3–6

  


Mammals in my Backyard

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By looking at mammals that live in the Tahoe basin students will learn how mammals shape the environment, the diversity of Tahoe’s mammals including appearance and ecological roles, relationships in food webs and what a keystone species is. Students will also learn how skull structure can tell you about mammals’ life history characteristics. Students will have the opportunity to look at different mammal skulls and furs. 

Program Length: One hour

Class Size: 32 maximum

Grades: 1st grade, but can be adjusted for any grade K-6


Tahoe’s Frogs and Toads

Sierran TreefrogStudents will learn about our local frogs and toads in the Tahoe Basin and Truckee.  The basic differences between frogs and toads, the frog life cycle, adaptations, and the role that frogs play in the ecosystem will be covered during this exciting hands-on lesson. 

Program length: 45 minutes

Class size: 25 maximum

Grades: Linked to state standards for Kindergarten and 1st grade, but can be adjusted for any grade K-6