Root River Voyagers Environmental Ed. Sessions
June 13: Ecosystem Expeditions
Explore the trash and treasures of different communities to find out their similarities and differences. Through scientific investigations using keys, information sheets, and hands-on exploration, Voyagers will analyze the data using various items from different ecosystems and draw conclusions. The study of the ecosystems helps everyone quickly learn how everything is connected to everything else!
June 20: Why Water Matters
There's more to water quality than meets the eye. Through hands-on activities youth make connections on how their daily activities impact watershed. Voyagers will learn how the earth serves as a natural filter through the roles of wetlands and buffer zones.
June 27: Land HO!
While investigating landforms, this program explores Wisconsin's glacial history and how the land was sculpted by glaciers. Voyagers will learn that Wisconsin's landscape is made up of many different kinds of landforms directly linked to glaciers.
July 11: Why Energy is a Natural
Voyagers will explore energy in natural systems, how it gets into the systems and what happens as it moves through the systems. Through hands-on activities, Voyagers will discover where energy originates and how it's being used to fuel our cars and homes. Using scientific tools Voyagers will also calculate their carbon footprint.
July 18: Adapting is a Way of Life
Living organisms are equipped in a variety of ways to cope with their environments. They adapt to fill needs for things such as food, air, water and space. Voyagers will get down and dirty while learning about how an animal or plant that is not adapted to its environment will not survive long.
July 25: Get the Itch for Insects
All insects start life as an egg, have six legs and three body parts. Find out what their differences are and how they adapt to their environment. Voyagers will journey to the river and field in search of the many different insects living here. In this session, Voyagers will catch insect larvae, pupae, and nymphs and discover why getting the itch for insects is cool.
August 1: Who Done it? Solving Crimes in Nature
With a treasure map and a set of clues, Voyagers set off on a journey to discover the relationship between animals and habitats. They will discover the skills of observing by examining the signs that animals leave behind and then solve a "crime" in nature.
August 8: Root River Voyagers Get Cool for SchoolAs the season begins to change and it's time to go back to school, Voyagers will discover how lessons in nature can help you be successful in school. Hang out by the Root River with school teachers and college professors to understand more about how learning can lead to enjoying school and even landing your first job.