Educational Programs

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As a cultural and educational facility of the Milwaukee County Park System, "The Domes" offers programming for school groups from grade K-5 through college, scouts, and adult clubs or groups.

wheelchair accessible

 

Pre-registered Educational Programs for School Groups
Group Size: 20-200 pre-paid students

NOTE: Educational Tours must be reserved at least 3 weeks in advance
Programs Times - Preregistration Required
Day of Week: Wed., Thurs., or Fri.
Time Slots: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 2 p.m.

One adult chaperone is required for every 8 children.

 PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS -
 ALL PROGRAMS MEET STATE DPI STANDARDS & MPS STANDARDS FOR SCIENCE CONTENT

Kindergarten
Plants, Animals and Their Habitat

30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet
Allow 1-1/2 hours for the complete program


Students will learn what plants and animals—including humans—need for survival and will act out the concepts. Students will be introduced to the different resources available in different habitats.

Registration Information  |  Program Documents

1st Grade
What Do Plants and Animals Need to Survive?

30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet
Allow 1-1/2 hours for the complete program


Throughout the program, students will be introduced to examples of the way animals and plants survive and grow and will discover that the young of some species bear only a resemblance to the parent organism.
Registration Information  |  Program Documents

2nd Grade
Teamwork and the Surroundings

30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet
Allow 1-1/2 hours for the complete program


Throughout the program, students will be introduced to examples of the the way plants depend on water and light to grow and the ways they depend on animals for pollination or seed dispersal.
Registration Information  |  Program Documents

3rd Grade
Environmental Imapcts on Plants and Animals

30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet
Allow 1-1/2 hours for the complete program


Students will gain a better understanding of the unique and diverse life cycles of plants and amimals. Students will discover the influence of the environment on inherited traits of organisms.
Registration Information  |  Program Documents

4th Grade
Life Cycles and Traits of Plants and Animals

30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet
Allow 1-1/2 hours for the complete program


Students will examine the internal and external structures of plants and animals and will learn about the function of these structures in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction. Students will also explore the effects of rainfall in arid and tropical regions in shaping the land and affecting which living organisms are found there.  
Registration Information  |  Program Documents

5th Grade
Energy in Ecosystems

30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet
Allow 1-1/2 hours for the complete program


Studens will observed the importance of interdependent relationships in ecosystems and the way a newly introduced species may damage the balance of an ecosystem. Energy and matter cycles will be demonstrated throughout The Domes.  
Registration Information  |  Program Documents

6th-8th Grades
Ecosystems and Human Impact

30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet
Allow 1-1/2 hours for the complete program


Students will explore biotic and abiotic factors in tropical, arid, and temperate ecosystems along with the effects these factors have on a population. Students will take part in a discussion on the impact of human activites and the challenges of maintaining biodiversity in an ecosystem.
Registration Information  |  Program Documents

9th-12th Grade
Biogeography

30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet
Allow 1-1/2 hours for the complete program30-45 minutes, plus exploration with program worksheet


While touring the arid (desert) dome, students will make comparisons of the Old World and New World plants. These comparisons will illustrate biological evolution and natural selection as well as adaptation and biodiversity.
Registration Information  |  Program Documents

College-Level
Topics listed above or customized topic for your curriculum

45-60 minutes, plus exploration

Contact the Domes Educator for details

 

 

Program Registration
Reserve your field-trip program year round.

2014 Educational Program Fees (led by Conservatory Educator)
2014-15 program fees include admission to The Domes.
Note: Minimum of 20 Pre-paid Students/Adult Participants

Student Age 5 $2.50
Student Age 6–17 $6.00
Student Age 18+ or Adult Participant $8.00
Teacher, Free
Adult Chaperone $1.50 

Friends of The Domes admission rates do not apply to Educational Programs. All students and chaperones pay the fees listed.

For program registration contact the Education Coordinator 

Cancellations
Written notification of a class cancellation must be received by the Educator at least 4 days prior to the program. There will be a $25 charge for all refunds, with a 6-8 week processing time.

 

Scout Programs
Group Size: 20-200 Pre-paid Scouts
Boy and Girl Scouts in grades 1–12 will focus on rainforest and desert ecology, and plant and animal adaptations. Discussions will be appropriate for the grade level. The program is designed as an overview which may apply to components of several different badge requirements. To help you prepare for the program, see the Program Documents below. 

For program registration contact the Education Coordinator 

  

Program Documents


 
Friends of The Domes admission rates do not apply to Educational Programs. All attendees pay the fee listed.
For program registration, contact the Education Coordinator 
 


Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)
524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 257-5611

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