Field Trips

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It's time for a field-trip! The following programs, led by Parks Naturalists, compliment and support Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction standards in science, math, and social studies. For specific correlations contact Wehr Nature Center.

Seasonal as well as year-round Starlab programs are available for Grades Pre-K through 12.

Seasonal Field Trips
 Season Grade Level Program


PreK–K4
1-1/2 hrs
Possum's Adventures
Possum makes discoveries about his world in this interactive program. The program includes an interactive story time, a sensory walk, visits with live animals, and time in the Early Childhood Play Space.
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•Sept–Dec

K5–Grade 1
1-1/2 hrs
The Adventures of Canada Goose
In this original puppet show, children follow a Canada goose as she spends her fall in Wisconsin trying to decide what to do for winter. A seasonal hike highlights the lessons of the puppet show.
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•Sept–Oct
•May–June

Level I:
Grade 1–2
1-1/2 hrs

Level II:
Grade 3-6
2 hrs
Soil Secrets
Students become soil scientists as they study the ingredients, properties, and importance of soil. Students will use sieves to explore soil textures, will hike to find soil critters and signs of erosion, and will discover how instrumental soil is in making their breakfasts.
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•Aug–Oct
•April–mid-June

Grade 1-3
1-1/2 hrs
Nature's Neighborhoods (Habitats & Ecosystems)
Students use finger puppets to discover the basic needs of living organisms. They visit habitats in Wehr's woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands. Grades K-1 with emphasis on habitats. Grades 2-4 with emphasis on ecosystems.
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•Sept–Oct
•May–June

Grade 1–4
1-1/2 hrs
Fly, Flutter, and Crawl
Students learn about insects and their relatives. Then they hike to find, identify, and release them.
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•Sept–Oct
•May–June

Level I:
Grade 2–4
1-1/2 hrs
Level II:
Grade 5–12
2 hrs
Water Explorers
In this pond study program, students immerse themselves in the wonders of wetlands. Hands-on collection and observation enrich the learning experience as students discover the amazing adaptations of aquatic creatures.
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•Sept–Nov
•Dec–Feb
•April–June

Grade 3–8
2 hrs

Rocks & Minerals
Working indoors in small groups, students will use kits to do mineral testing on rocks and will learn rock identification. No hike included.
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•Sept–Nov
•April–June

Grade 4–6
2 hrs
  
Ecosystems
Students visit 3 ecosystems to discover how they are alike and different and measure some of the physical factors that ineract with plants and animals.
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•Sept–Nov
•April–June

Grade 4–8
2 hrs
 
Let's Go Climb a Moraine at Wehr
Students will investigate the effects of the Ice Age on Wisconsin during this extended hike through the glaciated landscape of the Wehr Nature Center.
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•Sept–mid-Oct
•mid-May–June

Grade 7–12
2 hrs
Biodiversity Basics
Student "research teams" will visit 2-3 different ecosystems, will collect data through physical and biological measurements, and will evaluate their findings.
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•Jan–Feb

K5–Grade 1
1-1/2 hrs

Weasel's Winter Coat
Through this puppet show, children will meet Weasel, a clever but slightly confused short-tailed weasel, and will learn about the benefits of camouflage and winter adaptations. A seasonal hike highlights the lessons of the puppet show.
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•Jan–Feb
 Level I:
Grade 1–3
1-1/2 hrs
Level II:
Grade 4–6
1-1/2 hrs
Animal Tracking
Jan., Feb.
Students will be introduced to the art of "reading" tracks. Each student will make a plaster cast of an animal print and hike outside in search of animal signs.
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•April–mid-May

K5–Grade 1
1-1/2 hrs

Lady Bug's Spring Breakfast
Children will meet Lady Bug as she awakens from a winter sleep. She visits her other friends as she searches for her favorite food – aphids. A "spring secrets" hike highlights the lessons of the puppet show.
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•late-Feb–Mar

 Level I:
K5-Grade 1
1-1/2 hrs
Level II:
Grade 2–6
2 hrs
Maple Magic
In this sweet-treat of a program, students will learn about maple trees and maple sugaring's Native American origins. As part of the indoor segment of the program, students will try their hand at tapping a log. A hike through the sugar bush will reveal the old-time sugarin' process. To top off the program, students will get a taste of real sap and syrup.
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•mid-May–June
•June–Aug

K5–Grade 3
1-1/2 hrs

Willow Pond
Through this original puppet show, children discover the miraculous changes a tadpole goes through as it becomes a toad. The program also introduces children to other animals of Willow Pond who are changing and growing faster than you can say "metamorphosis." A seasonal hike highlights the lessons of the puppet show.
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Your students will enjoy hands-on astronomy inside the "star bubble" called Starlab, Wehr's own portable planetarium. Wehr Naturalists have developed age-appropriate sessions for PreK–Grade 8 students. Programs are available year-round.

    Year-round Starlab Programs
Grade Level Starlab Program
PreK–Grade 2
1-1/2 hrs

Blast Off to Mars
Children "blast off" to Mars as kid astronauts to learn about its features and what they would need to live there.
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PreK–Grade 2
1-1/2 hrs

I Can See the Moon
Kid astronauts (as young as 3) enjoy Moon activities, a song, exploring the Moon's surface, and seeing the night sky full of stars.
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PreK–Grade 2
1-1/2 hrs

Our Favorite Solar System I
Children become the planets and participate in a story to discover what makes each planet special in this lively study of the solar system.
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Grade 3-8
1-1/2 hrs

Our Favorite Solar System II
Students discover special characteristics and motions of each planet in this active study of the solar system. Students also see recent photos from NASA.
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Grade 3–8
1-1/2 hrs

Moon Madness
Students study the Moon, its features, and formation, and the Moon landings. Students participate in activities to learn about the Moon's phases and why they occur.
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Questions? Contact Us
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave., Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 425-8550

 

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