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Field Trips for Grades 6-8

INDOOR PROGRAMS

Middle School programs at Squam Lakes Natural Science CenterAdaptations for Winter
Grades 6-8
How do New Hampshire animals survive the cold, short days of winter? Students learn about the amazing adaptations animals possess through observing live animals and discussing the strategies of avoiding winter such as hibernation or migration.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, at SLNSC or your site

Coyotes
Grades 6-8
Through story, slides, and sound, students learn about wild members of the dog family: coyotes, foxes, and wolves. A visit with a live coyote highlights the role these fascinating and effective predators play in the natural world.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC only

Creatures of the Night
Grades 6-8
You don’t have to stay up late to learn about elusive nocturnal animals. Students see some creatures of the night and find out about specific adaptations that make these animals so well-suited for life at night.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

New Hampshire Mammals
Grades 6-8
Mammals are an important part of our state’s valuable natural communities. Students learn about mammal characteristics and look into structural and behavioral traits within the group Mammalia.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Predator Connections
Grades 6-8
Predators play a vital and sometimes misunderstood role in the natural world. Using several live predators, students learn about how these animals hunt and gain an understanding of the critical role predators play in natural systems.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Questionable Creatures
Grades 6-8
The public image of some wild animals is often inaccurate and causes negative attitudes. A review of the good qualities of these questionable creatures gives this program a positive focus.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Raptors
Grades 6-8
Raptors are birds of prey that use talons to capture food. Using live birds and mounted specimens, students see how avian predators fill different ecological niches.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Sea to Lake, Summit to Sky
Grades 7-8
This comprehensive, four-unit lesson on environmental change is delivered by NH’s leading informal science education organizations: Seacoast Science Center, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Mount Washington Observatory, and McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Each of the four partners delivers content unique to its focus to illustrate real world examples of environmental change in New Hampshire. Lessons are offered in a series throughout the school year to fit your schedule, and include on-site, outreach, and distance learning options. Areas of focus for each partner include:

Seacoast Science Center - Coastal Ecology. Topics: geographical features of the coastal environment, tidal activity, seasonal changes at sea, human impact issues
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center - Wildlife and the Environment. Topics: measuring environmental change, how wildlife impacts the environment, human impact issues, live animal observation
Mount Washington Observatory - Climate and Weather. Topics: observation tools used by scientists working in the Mount Washington Observatory's summit weather station, life in the alpine environment
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center - Climate and Weather. Topics: observation tools used by scientists working in the Mount Washington Observatory's summit weather station, life in the alpine environment

Winter Bird Banding
Grades 6-8
Students participate in a bird banding operation under the direction of a Master Bird Bander. Student teams help to capture wild birds at a feeder, collect and record data, and release the birds again. Discussion topics focus on bird adaptations, migration, and identification, using live birds and mounted specimens.
Available: Winter, at SLNSC only

OUTDOOR PROGRAMS

Animal CSI (Creature Scene Investigation)
Grades 6-8
Decipher the clues at the creature scene where a dead snowshoe hare was found. Cooperative student teams solve this mystery by searching for tracks, scat, and other animal signs. Using the investigative process, students make observations, record measurements, and form hypotheses. The program concludes with a visit from a potential predatory suspect.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC only

Get Moving with Math
Grades 6-8
This is an interdisciplinary program where classroom math comes to life. Students become animals and “compete” with New Hampshire wildlife through various physical challenges. Mathematical calculations compare our human abilities to those of animals.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

Field & Forest Ecology
Grades 6-8
What characteristics make fields and forests such different natural communities? Through hands-on scientific examination, teams of students measure wind speed, temperature, soil pH, humidity, and more. Students review data and then compare and contrast the results between the two communities.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC only

Lake Exploration
Grades 7 and 8
Come aboard a floating classroom to study Squam Lake. Using hands-on measurements of pH, dissolved oxygen, water hardness, clarity, and temperature, student teams assess the lake’s health. Students also collect sediment and plankton to observe with a bioscope in the lab. All data are posted on the Science Center’s website for teachers to compare results with data from past years.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC only

Mountain Adventure
Grades 6-8
Students explore outdoor New Hampshire while hiking Mt. Fayal. Along the way, they will make natural history and geology observations. Note: Program is 2 hours.
Available: Fall, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC only

OspreyTrack
Grades 6-8
This program covers ongoing research at the Science Center to track ospreys through the use of satellite transmitters. Students gain an understanding of why these once threatened fish-eating raptors are important environmental indicators and how scientists are able to learn more about these amazing birds. The program includes an indoor overview of osprey biology, two outdoor activities, and an opportunity to meet a live osprey.
Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, at SLNSC or your site

To book your field trip contact Jeremy Phillips, Naturalist/Registrar, at 603-968-7194 x18 or schools@nhnature.org.

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