EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

We offer an expanding array of conservation education programs throughout Miami County and the Hillsdale Lake Watershed.

Topics available for grades 5-12 include:

Watershed Dynamics

25-40 minute unit with stream trailer (requires water/electricity sources). Subtopics include streambank erosion, deposition, riparian protection, sedimentation of reservoirs, non-point source pollution.

Native Plants and Pollinators

40+ minute unit that may culminate in students planting their own pollinator garden or starting their own plants from seed.

Secrets of Soil

40+ minute unit that may be customized for any subtopics that teachers wish. Examples include soil erodibility, soil biology, mineral content and soil color (painting with soils). This unit may include use of our soil tunnel trailer (subject to availability).

Think Global

40+ minute unit using our 20 foot, to-scale, inflatable earth balloon. Customizable to many geography lessons including migration, oceans, climate change and more.

Watershed Streams

Week-long unit that culminates in stream-side water quality monitoring. Subtopics include impacts of land use on watershed, water chemistry, pollutant sources, watershed delineation using topo maps, macroinvertebrates.

Programs should be requested as far in advance as possible. Many educational tools and staff are booked several months in advance.

Festivals

Each spring, we host Earth Day festivals for county fifth grades, with hands-on learning experiences related to soil conservation, native plants and trees, water pollution, local wildlife, air quality and more.

We also enjoy participate in the local Ag Day festivals for county forth graders.

Volunteers

We are always looking for bright and engaged volunteers to assist with our education programs. Perhaps you have a background in one of the topics that we offer or perhaps you are interested in learning more about our local natural resources so that you can share your knowledge with others. Let us know how you can help!