Field Trip Programs

 

Field Trip Program Descriptions

Programs can be customized for the grade levels. Limit 4 classes per day unless otherwisenoted. 

Living Things
All Seasons

Observe the differences between living and non-living things. Students will explore the forest and learn about the life cycles of plants and animals.

Discover Nature
All Seasons

Exploratory hike that utilizes sensory experiences and observation while visiting the orchards, cedar forests, mixed deciduous forests, and aquatic habitats around the sanctuary.

Autumn Nature Adventure
October

Exploratory hike and traditional hayride observing native plant seasonal adaptations.  End the program with an appropriate story and a visit to the pumpkin patch!

Due to the up-front expenses, this program must be paid in full in advance; no refunds.

Animals in Winter
January, February, & March

Observe cold weather adaptations of native plants and animals and compare cold weather strategies like hibernation and migration.

Butterflies, Butterflies
September - October; April - May

An introduction to the life cycles of butterflies.  Learn to identify common butterflies of Middle Tennessee and take an exploratory hike to find caterpillars and their parents.

Feathered Friends*
All Seasons

Learn about the characteristics, habitats, adaptations and migrations of birds.

What do Bees Make?
September - October; March - May

Use our observation bee hive and Hymenoptera display to explore metamorphosis, adaptation and reproduction.  Discover all of the everyday goods that utilize the fruits of bee labor and hike the grounds looking for bees and other pollinators.

Reptile & Amphibian Discovery*
All Seasons

Learn the differences between reptiles and amphibians. Participants will meet a reptile and an amphibian to learn about characteristics, diet, eggs, and adaptations.

Meet an Owl*
All Seasons

Meet our non-releasable education owls and discover the varied habitats and adaptations of native owls.

Native American Program
All Seasons

Step through an anthropological window of the past to discover how inhabitants of Middle Tennessee and the Americas lived.  Natural trail signs will guide students to a storyteller that focuses on Native American lifestyle.

Life Cycles
All Seasons

The balance of nature.  When you figure out the food chain in an ecosystem, you can see how the animals, plants, and their habitat are connected. 

Forest Ecology 
All Seasons

Explore the different stages of succession in the forest habitat and learn to identify common Tennessee trees through observation of bark, twigs, and leaves. We will hike through the forest habitats of Owl’s Hill to observe the relationship between plants and animals in the forest ecosystem.

Fossil Study
September – November; March - May

An introduction to fossil investigation using field guides and simple observation techniques.  Learn about the fossils of Middle Tennessee and go on an exploratory hike to find fossils around the sanctuary.

Please note: Limit 2 classes per program

Interpretive Habitat Hike
All Seasons

Exploratory hike that utilizes sensory experiences and observation while visiting the orchards, cedar forests, mixed deciduous forests, and aquatic habitats around the sanctuary.

Predators-Part of the Picture*
All Seasons

This program promotes the understanding of predators, the adaptations for catching prey and why predators help maintain the delicate balance of nature.

Comparative Anatomy of Mammals*
All Season

Students will compare and contrast the anatomy of different mammalian orders with use of teeth, skulls and pelts.

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