Nature�s Classroom

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Nature’s Classroom : 

1 Nature’s Classroom Geography

Introduction : 

2 Introduction A visit to Nature’s classroom allows students to experience nature with their senses: visualizing, touching, tasting, and hearing all the sounds of nature that can not possibly be heard from their customary seats in school.

Instructors… : 

3 Instructors… The instructors at Nature’s classroom are teachers. They will guide and educate students about wildlife, flora, and fauna native to the state of Florida.

Purpose… : 

4 Purpose… If conditions are just right, students will be able to tour rivers and canopies testing for diversification and water cleanliness.

Take a look at Nature’s Classroom layout…. : 

5 Take a look at Nature’s Classroom layout….

Classroom Activities : 

6 Classroom Activities In The Field, Students Rotate Through Six Activity Areas and a Variety of HabitatsThe field program consists of eight to ten classes of students rotating through six activities in three days. At Nature's Classroom, the students will be investigating the following: The role that water plays in shaping the biological communities along the Hillsborough River; The adaptations of organisms to live in these communities The chemical and biological health of the river The role people play in maintaining the river as a healthy, living system.

Field Activities Include… : 

7 Field Activities Include… Animal Compound Interpretive Center River Exploration Upland/Wetland Investigation Shoreline Sampling Orienteering (New)

Animal Compound : 

8 Animal Compound Students use observation and inference skills to synthesize information on how birds of prey, mammals and large reptiles are able to survive in the Hillsborough River ecosystem.

Do not feed the animals…. : 

9 Do not feed the animals….

Interpretive Center : 

10 Interpretive Center Through hands-on experience and observation, students learn about the various types of small vertebrate organisms that live in the Hillsborough River ecosystem.

I don’t have a bone to pick with you… : 

11 I don’t have a bone to pick with you…

BFARM : 

12 BFARM

River Exploration : 

13 River Exploration Students monitor the health of the Hillsborough River biologically by collecting data on the number and diversity of birds and reptiles. They monitor the chemical health of the river by using water test kits.

Coming through…. : 

14 Coming through….

Upland/Wetland Investigation : 

15 Upland/Wetland Investigation Students study the role the physical environment plays in determining the location of biological communities within the Hillsborough River basin.

Hey, wait for me… : 

16 Hey, wait for me…

Shoreline Sampling : 

17 Shoreline Sampling Students actively collect small organisms that live along the shoreline of the Hillsborough River. They then classify these organisms, observe their characteristics and make inferences about the biodiversity of the system.

I can get them… : 

18 I can get them…

Orienteering : 

19 Orienteering Students conduct upland orienteering sessions on two separate compass paths. Applying cooperative learning, mathematics and social studies skills to a real life situation, students work in teams to navigate through a series of landmarks using compasses and maps.

Using a Compass… : 

20 Using a Compass…

Cardinal Directions : 

21 Cardinal Directions North South East West

Intermediate Directions : 

22 Intermediate Directions Northwest Southwest Northeast Southeast

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23 HABITAT...

Aviary : 

24 Aviary The Aviary provides a natural environment for the various birds of prey housed at Nature’s Classroom Some of these include a red-tailed hawk, barn owl, eagle, and barred owl.  Students can walk inside the aviary amongst the trees and view the birds in their natural environment. The study of these birds is required as part of the two week curriculum, prior to attending Nature’s Classroom that prepares the students for the academic adventure they will experience when they visit.

Large Animal Habitat : 

25 Large Animal Habitat The Large Mammal Habitat will house various Florida wildlife including a bobcat, coyote, black bear, and Florida panther. The study of these animals is required as part of the two-week curriculum, prior to attending Nature’s Classroom, that prepares the students for the academic adventure they will experience when they visit. The Large Mammal Habitat will include night houses, and will be relocated to higher ground to avoid the flooding which has resulted from El Nino. In addition, all of the Florida mammal habitats will blend in with the natural environment, and comply with the latest Florida Wildlife and Game facility code.

Intermediate Mammals Habitat : 

26 Intermediate Mammals Habitat The Intermediate Mammal Habitat will house medium size Florida wildlife such as the gray fox, and red fox. The study of these animals is required as part of the two-week curriculum, prior to attending Nature’s Classroom, that prepares the students for the academic adventure they will experience when they visit. The Intermediate Mammal Habitats will include night houses, and will be relocated to higher ground to avoid the flooding which has resulted from El Nino. This habitat will blend in with the natural environment, and comply with the latest Florida Wildlife and Game facility codes.

Florida Deer Habitat : 

27 Florida Deer Habitat The Florida Deer Habitat is a large enclosed area that will house the white tailed deer. The study of the deer is included as part of the required study of mammals in the two-week curriculum, prior to attending Nature’s Classroom. The Florida Deer Habitat will blend in with the natural environment, and comply with the latest Florida Wildlife and Game facility codes.

Small Mammal Habitat : 

28 Small Mammal Habitat The Small Mammal Habitat will house small Florida wildlife such as the gray squirrel, opossum, raccoon, and skunk. The study of these animals is required as part of the two-week curriculum, prior to attending Nature’s Classroom, that prepares the students for the academic adventure they will experience when they visit. The Small Mammal Habitat will include night houses, and will be relocated to higher ground to avoid the flooding which has resulted from El Nino. This habitat will blend in with the natural environment, and comply with the latest Florida Wildlife and Game facility codes.

Florida Reptile Habitat : 

29 Florida Reptile Habitat The Florida Retile Habitat will be located adjacent to the Nature's Classroom Park in the original animal compound. This area will be renovated to comply with the latest Florida Wildlife and Game facility codes. The study of Florida Reptiles is required as part of the two-week curriculum prior to attending Nature's Classroom.

Nature's Classroom Park : 

30 Nature's Classroom Park Nestled amongst the trees, in the area previously occupied by the animal compound, will be a teaching and picnic park. This area will include picnic tables and benches, where students can enjoy their lunches or take a quick break from their explorations and enjoy the scenery. This area will also be used to encourage student's to develop creative projects based on their Nature's Classroom experience such as butterfly or herb gardens.

What’s new at nature’s Classroom? : 

31 What’s new at nature’s Classroom?

Butterfly Garden : 

32 Butterfly Garden The Nature's Classroom Butterfly Garden located in the Nature's Classroom Park, will contain woody shrubs and trees as well as herbaceous plants that provides the perfect environment for development from larvae to adult butterfly. Lessons about these plants and the life cycle of butterflies will be included in the board approved Nature's Classroom curriculum.

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Native Plants Garden : 

34 Native Plants Garden This garden, located in the Nature's Classroom Park, will contain plants and wildlife native to the Florida environment. Students will observe these plants prior to going on a nature hike, which will enable them to identify these plants during their nature hike. In addition, lessons about these plants will be included in the board approved Nature’s Classroom curriculum.

Native Plants… : 

35 Native Plants…

Edible and Toxic Plant Garden : 

36 Edible and Toxic Plant Garden Edible and Toxic Plant Garden This garden, located in the Nature's Classroom Park, will contain toxic and edible plants and wildlife native to the Florida environment. Students will observe these plants prior to going on a nature hike, which will enable them to identify these plants during their nature hike. In addition, lessons about these plants will be included in the board approved Nature’s Classroom curriculum.

Center for Environmental Studies : 

37 Center for Environmental Studies This facility, complete with meeting space for 300, an outdoor patio, kitchen facility, and restrooms will serve as a central meeting point for all Nature’s Classroom activity, providing an indoor teaching facility that is large enough to house all visiting Nature’s Classroom students. In addition to being used for student programs, this facility will also be used for staff environmental studies training, as a location for teacher training, and for corporate functions.

Welcome Center : 

38 Welcome Center The Nature's Classroom Welcome Center, located adjacent to the front parking area, will be the first facility visible to visitors. This building will house administrative offices, staff break rooms, and restrooms. The building will serve as the introductory area where students are welcomed and information is provided regarding the Nature's Classroom program.

On the Boardwalk… : 

39 On the Boardwalk… The teachers at Nature's Classroom conduct narrated boardwalk tours through the cypress swamp to provide students with an understanding of how various organisms adapt to the need for light, water, food and shelter. This experience reinforces the classroom curriculum.

Let’s see what you have learned… : 

40 Let’s see what you have learned…

Vocabulary : 

41 Vocabulary Biotic Abiotic Habitat Aviary Native Exotic Endothermic Exothermic Transpiration

More Vocabulary… : 

42 More Vocabulary… Extinct Endangered Diurnal Nocturnal Vertebrate Photosynthesis Invertebrate Biodegradable

More Vocabulary… : 

43 More Vocabulary… Hibernate Friction Pollution Contamination Biodiversity Carnivores Herbivores Omnivores Venomous

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Nature’s Classroom… : 

45 Nature’s Classroom… Did you survive?

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