Field Trip Programming

Plan a Field Trip

Learning is an experience at Greenacres! Our field trips will complement what you are teaching your students in the classroom with programs built to support state standards. From scheduling a program to assisting with transportation needs, and everything in between, our educators will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you and your students have the best trip possible. Programs are available August through June.

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We look forward to hosting your field trip.

Program Guide

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Sights and Sounds on the Farm

August - June

Join us as we touch, see, hear and smell our way around the farm!

Standards:

  • K.PS.1: Objects and materials can be sorted and described by their properties.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Jobs on the Farm

August - June

What’s it like to be a farmer?  We will see what it takes to keep the farm running smoothly.  Whether that is tending to our pastures or cultivating our crops, there is always something to do on the farm.   

Standards:

  • K.LS.1: Living things have specific characteristics and traits. 
  • K.LS.2: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Seasonal Changes on the Farm

August - June

Every season is a different experience when you are on the farm!  Come explore what the current season has to offer for life here.

Standards:

  • K.ESS.1: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Fairy Tales

August-June

Using your own creativity, come help retell and reimagine familiar fairy tales through the arts!

Standards:

  • K.History.2. Personal history can be shared through stories and pictures.
  • W.K.3 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event or several loosely linked events, tell about the events in the order in which they occurred, and provide a reaction to what happened.
  • RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Senses and Shapes

August-June

Use your senses to observe artistic creations and find out how shapes relate to these artforms.

Standards:

  • K.G.4 Describe and compare two- or three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their commonalities, differences, parts, and other attributes.
  • K.MD.1 Identify and describe measurable attributes (length, weight, and height) of a single object using vocabulary terms such as long/short, heavy/light, or tall/short.
  • K.PS.1 Objects and materials can be sorted and described by their properties.
  • K.PS.2 Some objects and materials can be made to vibrate and produce sound.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

  • K.History.2 Personal history can be shared through stories and pictures.
  • K.History.3 Heritage is reflected through the arts, customs, traditions, family celebrations and language.
  • SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Weather: Daily and Seasonal Change

August-June

Weather has a big influence on the natural world.  Sunlight warms water, air and soil, which changes how living things behave. In this program, we will look for evidence of the effects of short and long-term weather as we explore the impact on plants and animals at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration
  • ESS Grade K: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

weather, season, fall, winter, summer, spring, temperature

Nature Exploration: Senses

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We’ll focus on using our senses while building observation skills and applying them to learning about our environment. This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • PS Grade K: Objects and materials can be sorted and described by their properties.
  • PS Grade K: Some objects and materials can be made to vibrate to produce sound.

Vocabulary:

senses, sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, observation

Maple Syrup

February

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap, gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring. Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap resource of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush and our working evaporator at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • ESS Grade K: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.
  • LS Grade K: Living things are different from nonliving things.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Living and Nonliving in Nature

August-June

Students will explore the difference between living things and nonliving things.   Learn about the characteristics that define a living, nonliving, and once-living thing as we explore the various natural habitats of Greenacres.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things are different from nonliving things.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

living, nonliving, once alive, behaviors, traits, observe, grow, breathe

Life in the Winter

November-February

In the winter, days are shorter and the temperature is colder. Most living things change their behavior or lifestyle to adjust to the lack of heat and resources. Come explore the wintry world of Greenacres and discover the unseen abilities of plants and animals to survive this harsh season.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • ESS Grade K: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.

Vocabulary:

overwintering, resting, migration, adaptation, living, nonliving

Life at the Pond

April - October

Exploring nature is an important part of developing a relationship with our environment. Ponds are an essential resource to many Ohio plants and animals. Students will make observations, while visiting the pond at Greenacres, and discover what creatures call this habitat home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things are different from nonliving things.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

observation, living, nonliving, compare

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Fall Harvest/Spring Blooms

September-October & April-May

Both Spring and Fall have a lot to offer on a farm!  Come explore the wonders of these two seasons of transition.

Standards:

  • 1.LS.2: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Power of the Sun

August - June

The sun and its energy is essential to many of the living things on a farm and may even influence more than first meets the eye!  While spending time in our Greenhouse, we will see first hand the sun at work.

Standards:

  • 1.ESS.1: The sun is the principal source of energy.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Needs of Living Things on the Farm

August - June

All living things have basic needs.  Come discover what it takes to nurture the organisms big and small around the farm.

Standards:

  • 1.LS.1 Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Collaborative Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

  • 1.Government.9 Collaboration requires group members to respect the rights and opinions of others.
  • RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
  • SL.1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations about grade 1 topics and texts with diverse partners in small and larger groups.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Exploring the Arts Center

August-June

From the architecture to the organ, Greenacres Arts Center is full of beauty.  Come as we explore the hidden treasures of the Arts Center!

Standards:

  • 1.G.1 Distinguish between defining attributes versus non-defining attributes; build and draw shapes that possess defining attributes.
  • 1.Geography.5 Places are distinctive because of their physical characteristics (landforms and bodies of water) and human characteristics (structures built by people).
  • 1.Geography.6 Families interact with the physical environment differently in different times and places.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

  • SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
  • SL.1.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Nature Recycling

August-June

In nature, materials are recycled through a variety of processes with the help of insects, fungi and bacteria. Humans can also recycle some items. Students will explore the similarities and differences between natural and human recycling while experiencing the diverse habitats at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • PS Grade 1: Properties of objects and materials can change.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.    

Vocabulary:

waste, reduce, reuse, recycle, landfill, decomposer, compost, cycle

Nature Exploration: Observations

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We’ll focus on making observations and applying them to learn about our environment. This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment. 

Vocabulary:

observation, senses, compare

Maple Syrup

February

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap resource of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush and our working evaporator at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment. 
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Life at the Wetland

April-October

Exploring nature is an important part of developing a relationship with our environment. Wetlands are an essential resource to many Ohio plants and animals.  Take time to discover the wetland at Greenacres and make observations as we look for plants and animals that call it home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment. 
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.

Vocabulary:

observation, living, nonliving, compare, wetland

Basic Needs of Living Things

August-June

Plants and animals have basic needs for survival in their habitats. Some of the physical needs may include energy from the sun or food, water, shelter, and air. Search for resources in the habitats at Greenacres, including living and nonliving things that help each creature survive.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things are different from nonliving things.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.

Vocabulary:

habitat, living, nonliving, decomposer, producer, consumer

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Farm Ecosystems

August-June 

We will explore the unique places of a farm to discover how it fits into the natural ecosystem.  All living and non-living things exist and depend on each other in unique ways in our farm ecosystem. 

Standards:

  • 2.LS.1: Living things cause changes on Earth.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Life Cycles on the Farm

August-June 

All stages of life can be found around the farm.  Join us as we learn more about how these living things, and what stage they are in, can contribute to the well-being of the farm. 

Standards:

  • 2.LS.2: All organisms alive today result from their ancestors, some of which may be extinct. Not all kinds of organisms that lived in the past are represented by living organisms today.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Seasonal Changes on the Farm

August-June 

Every season is a different experience when you are on the farm!  Come explore what the current season has to offer for life here.

Standards:

  • 2.ESS.3: Long- and short-term weather changes occur due to changes in energy.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Cultural Storytelling

August-June

Get inspired by stories told by different cultures.  Using your own creativity, come help retell and reimagine these unique stories through the arts!

Standards:

  • 2.Geography.6 The work that people do is impacted by the distinctive human and physical characteristics in the place where they live. 
  • 2.Geography.9 Interactions among cultures lead to sharing ways of life.
  • RL.2.2 Analyze literary text development. a. Determine the lesson or moral. b. Retell stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Patterns

August-June

Patterns are all around us.  They help us make sense of things, including the arts.  Come join us at Greenacres as we explore and create our own patterns.

Standards:

  • 2.G.1 Recognize and identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagons based on the number of sides or vertices. Recognize and identify cubes, rectangular prisms, cones, and cylinders.
  • RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
  • Mathematical Practice 7. Look for and make use of structure.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

  • 2.Geography.8 Cultures develop in unique ways, in part through the influence of the physical environment.
  • SL.2.5 Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Weather: Air and Water

August-June

Weather is constantly changing. Changes in the weather, including water, wind, and temperature, impact the behavior and survival of plants and animals. Students will investigate how the changing atmosphere affects the local plants and animals here at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 2: The atmosphere is made up of air.
  • ESS Grade 2: Water is present in the air.
  • ESS Grade 2: Long- and short-term weather changes occur due to changes in energy.

Vocabulary:

weather, atmosphere, wind, temperature, water cycle, solar, clouds

Plants and Insects

August-June

Many plants and insects need each other to survive.  Discover the unique interactions between these unlikely pairs while exploring the fields and forests at Greenacres.  This program will focus on the characteristics of plants and insects that make them perfect partners.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.

Vocabulary:

habitat, bud, stem, leaf, root, thorn, bark, flower, seed, insect

Nature Interactions

August-June

Living things can be found in a variety of habitats all over the world.  These plants and animals interact with their physical environment and can cause changes  over time.  Students will explore the local habitats at Greenacres and discover which animals call them home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.

Vocabulary:

habitat, forest, field, stream, biotic, abiotic

Nature Exploration: Investigations

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We’ll focus on discovering clues hidden in nature while building observation skills and applying them to learning about our environment.   This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 2: Some kinds of individuals that once lived on Earth have completely disappeared, although they were something like others that are alive today.

Vocabulary:

observation, senses, investigation, habitat

Maple Syrup

February

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap resource of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush and our working evaporator at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Life at the Stream

April-October

Exploring nature is an important part of developing a relationship with our environment. Streams are an essential resource to many Ohio plants and animals, including humans.  Take time to discover the stream at Greenacres and make observations as we look for plants and animals that call it home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 2: Some kinds of individuals that once lived on Earth have completely disappeared, although they were something like others that are alive today.

Vocabulary:

macroinvertebrates, fossil, extinct, habitat

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Farming with Nature

August-June 

Nature is amazing!  Come explore how farming can take ideas from the natural world and work with nature for a more productive farm.

Standards:

  • 3.ESS.1: Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties. 
  • 3.ESS.3: Some of Earth’s resources are limited. 
  • 3.ESS.2: Earth’s resources can be used for energy.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Farm Adaptations

August-June 

Come discover how life around the farm has developed to be better suited to the environment it inhabits.  As farmers, we can use these adaptations as tools to help us be successful.  

Standards:

  • 3.LS.3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Life Cycles on the Farm

August-June 

All stages of life can be found around the farm.  Join us as we learn more about how these living things, and what stage they are in, can contribute to the well-being of the farm.

Standards:

  • 3.LS.1: Offspring resemble their parents and each other.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Tales of Greenacres

August-June

Built in the 1920s, the Arts Center has a rich history.  Come explore and represent tales of Greenacres from the past and present through the arts.

Standards:

  • 3.History.2 Primary and secondary sources can be used to show change over time.
  • 3.History.3 Local communities change overtime.
  • 3.Geography.5 Daily life is influenced by the agriculture, industry and natural resources in different communities
  • SL.3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Materials and Energy

August-June

Come explore artforms created through different materials and discover what role energy plays in the process.

Standards:

  • 3.ESS.1: Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties.
  • 3.PS.3: Heat, electrical energy, light, sound and magnetic energy are forms of energy.
  • Mathematical Practice 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

  • 3.Geography.8 Communities may include diverse cultural groups.
  • SL.3.5 Create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace; add visual displays when appropriate to emphasize or enhance certain facts or details.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Nature Exploration: Tracking

August - June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We'll focus on animal tracking while building observation skills and apply them to learning about our environment.  This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
  • ESS Grade 3: Earth’s resources can be used for energy.

Vocabulary:

sign, scat, track, evidence, adaptation, survival, habitat

Natural Resources

August - June

Humans have always relied on nature for their everyday needs. Join us as we learn all about the nonliving natural resources at Greenacres. We will observe the unique characteristics of resources such as water, air, rock, soil and energy to discover how they are used by living things.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 3: Earth’s nonliving resources have specific properties.
  • ESS Grade 3: Earth’s resources can be used for energy.
  • ESS Grade 3: Some of Earth’s resources are limited.

Vocabulary:

living, nonliving, natural resource, observation, soil, water, air

Maple Syrup

February

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring. Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap resource of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush and our working evaporator at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

Vocabulary:

 spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Life Cycles in Nature

August-June

Plants and animals have life cycles that are adapted to survive in distinct environments. From birth to adulthood and everything in between, the plants and animals of Ohio have interesting and unique life cycles. We’ll explore Greenacres’ natural areas in search of plants and animals in different life stages.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.

Vocabulary:

life cycle, egg, larvae, pupae, adult, seed, traits, investigate, observe

Adaptations in Nature

August-June

Plants and animals have different adaptations, which are body parts and behaviors that increase their chances of survival within their environment. Explore the field and forest at Greenacres to look for some unique plant and animal adaptations.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
  • LS Grade 3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.

Vocabulary:

behavior, body parts, trait, survive, physical features, adaptation

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Digging Deeper with Soil

August-June 

All life depends on soil. Come learn how this important building block impacts life around Greenacres, and how we create healthier soil through farming practices. We will also experience how soil scientists study the properties of soil.

Standards:

  • 4.ESS.3: The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition. 
  • 4.PS.1: When objects break into smaller pieces, dissolve, or change state, the total amount of matter is conserved.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Farm to Market

August-June 

Join us as we follow the journey of food, from the field to the consumer.  Help us figure out how we can make this season’s harvest profitable! 

Standards:

  • 4.LS.1: Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful.
  • 4.MD.2 Solve real-world problems involving money, time, and metric measurement.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Alternative Growing

August-June 

Farming isn’t only done with a tractor!  See how we are utilizing different methods, like growing in a greenhouse, to raise and produce food for our community.  

Standards:

  • 4.PS.2: Energy can be transferred from one location to another or can be transformed from one form to another.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Ohio Storytelling

August-June

Investigate and retell stories about Ohio history based off of your own experiences with Greenacres' unique assets.

Standards:

  • 4.Geography.13 The population of the United States has changed over time, becoming more diverse (e.g., racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious). Ohio’s population has become increasingly reflective of the multicultural diversity of the United States.
  • SL.4.2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • SL.4.4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.    
  • RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Patterns

August-June

Patterns are all around us.  They help us make sense of things, including the arts.  Come join us at Greenacres as we explore and create our own patterns.

Standards:

  • 4.OA.5 Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself
  • Mathematical Practice 7. Look for and make use of structure.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

  • SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.4.5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Nature Exploration: Discovery

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We’ll focus on building identification and classification skills and applying them to learning about our environment.   This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade 3-5: Observe and ask questions about the world that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.

Vocabulary:

observation, discovery, classification

Fossils

August-June

Take a look at the history of Ohio’s land through its ancient ancestors.  Learn about a distant past where Trilobites ruled the warm waters of the Ordovician sea. Investigate how fossils are formed and what was left behind for us to find here at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 4: Fossils can be compared to one another and to present day organisms according to their similarities and differences.

Vocabulary:

erosion, deposition, sediment, Ordovician fossils, glacial erratic, limestone, shale

Erosion and Weathering

August-June

In Ohio, our rivers and streams tell a story. Changes in the landscape are caused by weathering of rock and soil, and by transportation and deposition of sediments. Students will explore the process of erosion and look for signs of weathering here at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 4: Earth’s surface has specific characteristics and landforms that can be identified.
  • ESS Grade 4: The surface of Earth changes due to weathering.
  • ESS Grade 4: The surface of Earth changes due to erosion and deposition.

Vocabulary:

erosion, weathering, deposition, sediment, landform

Early Ohio Settlers

August-June

Ever wondered what life was like a few hundred years ago, before phones and televisions? Early settlers used the land and its resources to provide for their communities. Students will explore the natural resources available in the land at Greenacres and discover more about the lives of early settlers.

Standards:

  • SS Grade 4: Geography - The order of significant events in Ohio and the United States can be shown on a timeline.
  • SS Grade 4: Geography - Various groups of people have lived in Ohio over time including prehistoric and historic American Indians, migrating settlers and immigrants. Interactions among these groups have resulted in both cooperation and conflict.

Vocabulary:

bartering, pioneer, Native American, natural resources

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Alternative Farming

August-June 

Farming isn’t only done with a tractor!  See how we are utilizing different methods, like growing in a greenhouse, to raise and produce food for our community. 

Standards:

  • 5.LS.2 All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Traditional Farming Methods

August-June 

Old is new again!  Come and see how we are using some farming techniques of the past, along with how we have adapted some for the future.

Standards:

  • SS Grade 5: Geography - Variations among physical environments within the Western Hemisphere influence human activities. Human activities also alter the physical environment.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Producers, Consumers, and Decomposers on the Farm

August-June 

Ecosystems are always at work on a farm!  Join us as we investigate the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers and how they help us every day.  

Standards:

  • 5.LS.1 Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

  • 5.Geography.10 The Western Hemisphere is culturally diverse (e.g., language, food, religion, art, music) due to the influences and interactions of a variety of world cultures.
  • SL.5.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Patterns and Energy

August-June

Come explore artforms created through different patterns and discover what role energy plays in the process.

Standards:

  • 1.PS.2 Light and sound are forms of energy that behave in predictable ways.
  • Mathematical Practice 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Mathematical Practice 7. Look for and make use of structure.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Collaborative Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

  • SL.5.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. 
  • SL.5.2 Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • RL.5.7 Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, mood, or appeal of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Maps and Topography

August-June

Maps come in all shapes and sizes and they are useful in many different ways. Students will explore how land surfaces are represented on different styles of flat and topographic maps as well as how different maps are used.

Standards:

  • SS Grade 5: Geography - Globes and other geographic tools can be used to gather, process and report information about people, places and environments. Cartographers decide which information to include in maps.

Vocabulary:

topography, contours, scale, legend, symbol, degrees, orientation

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the environment at Greenacres through the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade 3-5: Observe and ask questions about the world that can be answered through scientific investigations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

Flowers and Pollinators

April-October

Many flowering plants reproduce by pollination. The pollination process for many plants depends upon an insect, mammal, bird or other animal to move pollen from one flower to another flower of the same species. Join us as we explore Greenacres looking for flowering plants and the animals that pollinate them.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.

Vocabulary:

flower, pollen, nectar, pollination, native species, seed

Environmental Connections: Native Species

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  Students will help to maintain native species populations and restore natural habitats through education and service.  This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • SS Grade 5: Geography- Political, environmental, social and economic factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Western Hemisphere and results in diversity.

Vocabulary:

observation, native species, invasive species, population

Ecosystem in Nature

August-June

Every organism has a unique niche - a place to live in nature, a functional role in that place, and a set of adaptations that allow it to survive and reproduce.  Students will explore relationships and roles of a variety of organisms occupying our local ecosystem at Greenacres.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.

Vocabulary:

ecosystem, niche, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore, decomposers, food web

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Farm to Market

August-June 

Join us as we follow the journey of food, from the field to the consumer.  Help us figure out how we can make this season’s harvest profitable! 

Standards:

    • ESS Grade 6: Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses
    • 6.EE.2 Write, read, and evaluate expressions in which letters stand for numbers.
    • 6.EE.9 Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Sustainable Agriculture

August-June 

Join us as we investigate the meaning of Sustainable Agriculture!  Learn how we can establish productive farmland for future generations by utilizing our natural world to guide our farming methods.  

Standards:

  • 6.LS.4 Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Digging Deeper with Soil

August-June 

All life depends on soil. Come learn how this important building block impacts life around Greenacres, and how we create healthier soil through farming practices. We will also experience how soil scientists study the properties of soil.

Standards:

  • 6.ESS.5 Rocks, mineral and soils have common and practical uses. 
  • 6.ESS.4 Soil is unconsolidated material that contains nutrient matter and weathered rock.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

    • SL.6.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly. 
    • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study
    • RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Exploration

August-June

Come observe and explore the arts through creative investigation.

Standards:

  • SL.6.4 Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
  • Mathematical Practice 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Mathematical Practice 7. Look for and make use of structure.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

  • 6.Geography.6 The variety of physical environments within the Eastern Hemisphere influences human activities. Likewise, human activities modify the physical environment. 
  • SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
  • SL.6.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Rocks and Minerals

August-June

While exploring rocks and minerals, students will uncover millions of years of history using simple geologic tests.  Students will view the landscape at Greenacres and, using a dichotomous key, determine what types of rocks and minerals are found in Ohio. 

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 6: Minerals have specific, quantifiable properties.
  • ESS Grade 6: Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks have unique characteristics that can be used for identification and/or classification.
  • ESS Grade 6: Igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks form in different ways.
  • ESS Grade 6: Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses

Vocabulary:

Igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic, minerals, dichotomous key, hardness

Soils in Nature

August-June

Soil is a natural resource that  provides the foundation for producing our food, shelter, fuel. It also provides the surface on which to build our buildings and cities.  Students will get a bit dirty as they compare soils in different habitats at Greenacres and examine the past environment in which they formed.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 6: Soil is unconsolidated material that contains nutrient matter and weathered rock.
  • ESS Grade 6: Rocks, minerals and soils have common and practical uses

Vocabulary:

erosion, deposition, soil, humus, inorganic, organic

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific Inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the environment at Greenacres through the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

Environmental Connections: Conservation

August-June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We’ll focus on protecting biological diversity and our natural resources through education and service.   This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.
  • LS Grade 6: Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
  • SS Grade 6: Geography - The variety of physical environments within the Eastern Hemisphere influences human activities. Likewise, human activities modify the physical environment.

Vocabulary:

observation, native species, invasive species, conservation

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Exploration

August-June

Come observe and explore the arts through creative investigation.

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Weather: Water Cycle

August-June

Water is ever-moving, with no beginning or end.  Streams, oceans, clouds, plants and humans are all a part of this cycle. Students will describe the movement of water within the water cycle and look for evidence in and around Greenacres.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 7: The hydrologic cycle illustrates the changing states of water as it moves through the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.
  • ESS Grade 7: The atmosphere has different properties at different elevations and contains a mixture of gases that cycle through the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Vocabulary:

precipitation, condensation, evaporation, watershed, point and non-point pollution

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

Environmental Connections: Water Quality

August-June

The health of a stream can be assessed in several different ways.  Students will perform chemical, physical, and biological studies of a local Greenacres stream, and make conclusions about water quality and impacts of human activity on surface waters.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.
  • ESS Grade 7: The hydrologic cycle illustrates the changing states of water as it moves through the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Vocabulary:

biological, physical, chemical, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, macroinvertebrate

Ecology in Nature

August-June

Energy is constantly moving in and through an ecosystem.  Students will conduct a survey of stream, field, and forest habitats at Greenacres and learn about the interrelationships between the organisms that they have observed as well as the movements of matter and energy throughout the ecosystem.

Standards:

  • LS Grade 7: Matter is transferred continuously between one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.
  • LS Grade 7: In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors.

Vocabulary:

food web, carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, ecosystem, population dynamics

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Exploration

August-June

Come observe and explore the arts through creative investigation.

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Stream Geology

August-June

This program focuses on the power and force of running water as it shapes our dynamic Earth. Students will investigate the physical features of a stream, collect and analyze stream flow data, and discover how human activities have impacted stream ecosystems.

Standards:

  • ESS Grade 8: A combination of constructive and destructive geologic processes formed Earth’s surface.
  • ESS Grade 8: Evidence of the dynamic changes of Earth’s surface through time is found in the geologic record.
  • SS Grade 8: Geography - Modern and historical maps and other geographic tools are used to analyze how historic events are shaped by geography.

Vocabulary:

erosion, deposition, rate of flow, water cycle, ordovician fossils

Inquiry in Nature

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

Environmental Connections: Water Quality

August-June

The health of a stream can be assessed in several different ways.  Students will perform chemical, physical, and biological studies of a local Greenacres stream, and make conclusions about water quality and impacts of human activity on surface waters.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a continual process and the body of scientific knowledge continues to grow and change.

Vocabulary:

biological, physical, chemical, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, macroinvertebrate

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Sustainable Agriculture

August-June 

On this journey, we’ll answer the question:  what exactly is sustainable agriculture?  Then, you lead the way as we go on a fictional quest to build your own sustainable farm!

Standards:

ENV.ER.1: Energy resources

ENV.ER.4: Soil and land

ENV.GP.4: Sustainability

ENV.GP.7: Food production and availability

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Exploration

August-June

Come observe and explore the arts through creative investigation.

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Forest and Field Ecosystems

August-June

The connections and interactions of energy and matter between Earth’s spheres are shown during the study of the forest and field habitats at Greenacres. Students will investigate the interconnectedness within habitats and the understanding of the complex relationships between them, including both abiotic and biotic factors.

Standards:

  • ENV.ES.1: Biosphere-Ecosystems (equilibrium, species interactions, stability).
  • ENV.ES.1: Biosphere-Population dynamics.
  • ENV.ES.5: Movement of matter and energy through the hydrosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere-Ecosystems.

Vocabulary:

 ecosystem, population dynamics, habitat, species interactions

Environmental Connections: Water Quality

August-June

The health of a stream can be assessed in several different ways.  Students will perform chemical, physical, and biological studies of a local Greenacres stream, and make conclusions about water quality and impacts of human activity on surface waters.

Standards:

  • SWK High School: Various science disciplines use diverse methods to obtain evidence and do not always use the same set of procedures to obtain and analyze data
  • SHE High School: Science depends on curiosity, imagination, creativity and persistence.
  • SHE High School: Science and engineering are influenced by technological advances and society; technological advances and society are influenced by science and engineering.
  • ENV.ES.4: Hydrosphere-Surface and groundwater flow patterns and movement.
  • ENV.ER.3: Water and water pollution-Potable water and water quality.
  • ENV.GP.2: Potable water quality, use and availability.

Vocabulary:

biological, physical, chemical, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, macroinvertebrate

Ecological Inquiry

August-June

Scientific inquiry is a way of doing science that includes making observations, forming hypotheses, designing studies, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will design and conduct a simple investigation to learn about the inquiry process.

Standards:

  • SWK High School: Various science disciplines use diverse methods to obtain evidence and do not always use the same set of procedures to obtain and analyze data.
  • SHE High School: Science depends on curiosity, imagination, creativity and persistence.
  • SHE High School: Science and engineering are influenced by technological advances and society; technological advances and society are influenced by science and engineering.

Vocabulary:

observation, investigation, comparative question, data, analysis

These themed programs are designed to align with the state standards across multiple grade bands. These are ideal programs for groups containing students in several grade levels.

  • All
  • English Language Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Expression

August-June

Be inspired and express yourself through the Classical Arts!

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Exploration

August-June

Come observe and explore the arts through creative investigation.

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Storytelling

August-June

Work together to share stories through art and music.

Standards:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Vocabulary:

Customized based on your classroom curriculum and field trip objectives

Wildlife Tracking

August - June

In and around Greenacres, animals are busy even when we are not watching. Tracks, scat, and chewed nuts and twigs are examples of signs of animals that allow us to know that an animal has been to a given spot. Students will use evidence of animals we find to piece together the story of all their secret activities.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind differ in their traits and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.
  • LS Grade 7: Matter is transferred continuously between one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.

Vocabulary:

sign, scat, track, evidence, adaptation, survival, habitat

Water Quality

August - June

The health of a stream can be assessed in several different ways.  Students will perform chemical, physical, and biological studies of the streams here at Greenacres, and make conclusions about water quality and impacts of human activity on surface waters.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Natural events happen today as they happened in the past.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Events happen in regular patterns and cycles in the natural world.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science assumes that objects and events occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation.
  • SIPA Grade 6-8: Apply knowledge of science content to real-world challenges.

Vocabulary:

biological, physical, chemical, pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, macroinvertebrate

Survival: Fire or Food or Shelter

August - June

Choose a survival focus area and come for one program or plan to attend the entire series. Join us as we build confidence in our primitive living skills.

Shelter:  We will take a cue from the animals who call Greenacres home as we build our shelters.  

Fire:  Learn what it takes to build a fire and then gather around it to share stories. 

Food:  From the fish in our Greenacres’ pond to the forests, learn what the land could provide for you in a survival situation (this will not involve tasting).

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Natural events happen today as they happened in the past.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Events happen in regular patterns and cycles in the natural world.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science assumes that objects and events occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation.
  • SIPA Grade 6-8: Apply knowledge of science content to real-world challenges.

Vocabulary:

awareness, exploration, observation, primitive

Nature Journaling

August - June

By combining nature exploration with journaling, students will gain a deeper understanding of the observations we make while experiencing nature at Greenacres. Journaling allows us to slow down and take in more of our surroundings and notice more. This program works well as a series or as an individual field trip.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Natural events happen today as they happened in the past.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Events happen in regular patterns and cycles in the natural world.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science assumes that objects and events occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation.
  • SIPA Grade 6-8: Apply knowledge of science content to real-world challenges.

Vocabulary:

observation, inference

Nature Exploration

August - June

This program engages students in a hands-on exploration of Ohio’s natural areas.  We’ll focus on building observation skills and applying them to learning about our environment.  This is an ideal program for a first time visit to Greenacres or for students to become more comfortable in nature.

Standards:

  • SWK Grade K-2: The world is discovered through exploration.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Exploration leads to observation. Observation leads to questions.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Natural events happen today as they happened in the past.
  • SWK Grade K-2: Events happen in regular patterns and cycles in the natural world.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science assumes that objects and events occur in consistent patterns that are understandable through measurement and observation.
  • SIPA Grade 6-8: Apply knowledge of science content to real-world challenges.

Vocabulary:

observation, senses, living, nonliving, adaptations

Maple Syrup

February

Maple sugaring is the tradition of making maple syrup from sap gathered from maple trees in late winter/early spring.  Many animals (and people) are benefited by using the sap resource of the maple trees. Plan to visit our sugar bush and our working evaporator at Greenacres as you experience with your senses how maple sap is turned into syrup.

Standards:

  • SIPA Grade K-2: Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses.
  • SWK Grade 3-5: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • SWK Grade 6-8: Science is a way of knowing about the world around us based on evidence from experimentation and observations.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have specific characteristics and traits.
  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • ESS Grade 1: Weather changes are long-term and short-term.
  • ESS Grade 1: The sun is the principle source of energy.
  • ESS Grade 1: Water on Earth is present in many forms.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • ESS Grade 2: Long and short term changes weather changes occur due to changes in energy.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on earth.
  • LS Grade 3: Offspring resemble their parents and each other.
  • LS Grade 3: Individuals of the same kind of organism differ in their inherited traits. These differences give some individuals an advantage in surviving and or reproducing.
  • LS Grade 3: Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments.
  • LS Grade 4: Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful.
  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem. All of the processes that take place within organisms require energy.
  • LS Grade 6: Cells are the fundamental unit of life. Cells carry on specific functions that sustain life.
  • LS Grade 7:  Energy flows and matter is transferred continuously from one organism to another and between organisms and their physical environments.
  • LS Grade 8:  Diversity of species, a result of variation of traits, occurs through the process of evolution and extinction over many generations. The characteristics of an organism are a result of inherited traits received from parents.

Vocabulary:

spiles, sap, gallons, sugar shack, sugar bush, evaporation, tap, sapsucker

Aquatic Exploration

April-October

Exploring nature is an important part of developing a relationship with our environment. Ponds, streams, and wetlands are an essential resource to many Ohio plants and animals, including humans.  Take time to discover our local waterways at Greenacres and make observations as we look for plants and animals that call them home.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.  
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 3: Offspring resemble their parents and each other.
  • LS Grade 4: Changes in an organism's environment are sometimes beneficial to survival and sometimes harmful.
  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within an organism require energy.
  • ESS Grade 7: The hydrologic cycle illustrates the changing states of water as it moves through the lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere.

Vocabulary:

observation, fossil, limestone, shale, erosion, deposition

All about Birds

August-June

Birds are perhaps the easiest wildlife to observe. Birds have many unique adaptations, which allows them to be found in many different habitats. We'll use our observation skills to find birds of all shapes, sizes, and colors as we hike around Greenacres.

Standards:

  • LS Grade K: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
  • LS Grade 1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment. 
  • LS Grade 1: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
  • LS Grade 2: Living things cause changes on Earth.
  • LS Grade 3: Offspring resemble their parents and each other.
  • LS Grade 4: Changes in an organism's environment are sometimes beneficial to survival and sometimes harmful.
  • LS Grade 5: Organisms perform a variety of roles in an ecosystem.
  • LS Grade 5: All of the processes that take place within an organism require energy.
  • LS Grade 7: In any particular biome, the number, growth and survival of organisms and populations depend on biotic and abiotic factors.
  • LS Grade 8: Reproduction is necessary for the continuation of every species.

Vocabulary:

observation, habitat, evidence, adaptation, trait, behavior

Customize a Field Trip

The Greenacres Education Team is committed to creating exceptional field trip experiences for each and every visitor we serve. In collaboration with classroom teachers we build customized, hands-on interactive experiences aligned with grade-level academic learning standards. If you would like to customize one of our existing programs or would like to discuss a program that you have in mind, please use the contact form below.

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Education Coordinator

Katie Brown

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Our turkeys are sold out, but pre-orders for veggies and other meats for your Thanksgiving feast are open! Pre-orders are due Monday November 22 at noon. Find all the details and availability information on our website. ...

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Earlier this week the weather was perfect for winter bed prep. Around the middle of Autumn, we begin to prep various garden and flower beds for winter so that they have healthy rich soil in the spring. Using old baleage as a form of mulch in the fall, we ensure full ground cover that doubles as a carbon source for soil life that will eventually break down over the course of the winter. Any remaining baleage can be easily raked out by the spring and the beds are ready to go to begin planting into! ...

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To reduce the impact and emissions of constant mowing, our estate crew works with the livestock team to utilize sheep (and cattle) to graze areas that traditionally would have been mowed. Using temporary fencing, the flock is moved around the property improving soil fertility and root structure as they go. Our livestock crew makes sure to interact with them daily to socialize them and train them to move with ease from one paddock to another. ...

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The only ones who are excited about the end of watermelon season are the hogs! When we need to clear out the garden or the cooler, they’re always happy to help 🍉 ...

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