Endangered Wolf Center, Shaw Nature Reserve and World Bird Sanctuary have partnered to create an innovative approach to science field trips! The goal of the STEM TRIFECTA NATURE PROGRAM is to provide schools with cohesive curriculum-based field trips that are in line with Missouri state standards.
Students will attend one field trip per year that targets specific learning objectives. These lessons will supplement grade-specific concepts that teachers will focus on in the classroom.
About the Program
Kindergarten: Animal Families (Endangered Wolf Center)
By watching wolves in a natural setting students will learn about wolf packs and how these family units compare to human families. Activities include a classroom session about wolf packs and a tour of the wolf enclosures.
1st Grade: The World of Plants and Animals (World Bird Sanctuary)
Through active, hands-on lessons, students are introduced to the world of survival adaptations of both birds and plants.
2nd Grade: Lifecycles (Shaw Nature Reserve)
Explore the lifecycles of animals around Shaw Nature Reserve! From the smallest caterpillar to our elusive bobcat, we’ll introduce students to the lifecycles and stages of critters in their own backyard. Activities include exploring the woodland and wetlands for evidence of animals while learning about the lifecycles of butterflies, dragonflies, owls, snakes, frogs and bobcats.
3rd Grade: Adaptations (Endangered Wolf Center)
After participating in this program, students will recognize that animal differences are necessary for helping them survive in their home. This class will define “adaptation” and discuss both physical and behavioral adaptations of various canids related to their habitat.
4th Grade: Environmental Interactions (World Bird Sanctuary)
With lessons that promote active participation and critical thinking, students will gain a deeper understanding of how organisms interact with their environment.
5th Grade: Classification of Plants and Animals (Shaw Nature Reserve)
After participating in this program, students will understand the similarities and differences between plant and animal groups located at Shaw Nature Reserve. Activities include exploring the wetland and woodland comparing animal and plant forms and characteristics as well learning about dichotomous keys and scientific naming.
We are offering special pricing for schools participating in the STEM Trifecta Nature Program. By committing to participate in this program, field trip rates will be reduced to $8.00 per student at each site.
Shaw Nature Reserve: $8.00 per child
Endangered Wolf: $8.00 per child
World Bird Sanctuary: $8.00 per child
How To Get Started
Teachers: Interested in learning how to get your school involved? Contact us to learn more and we will work with you and your administrators to schedule site visits and informational presentations for teachers, students, and parents.
Administrators: Please contact us to schedule informational presentations for teachers, students, and parents. We will also review the program commitment and scheduling procedures with you.