REGISTRATION

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  • Conditions

    1. MNP Inc. requires the contact person for the school/organization to have on their person information that will allow for quick notification/contact of a parent or guardian should an emergency arise.

    2. Each school/organization must follow its district’s policies on parental or guardian permission for field trips in order to attend.

    3. I have reviewed the field tip expectations and will contact MNP's staff with any questions or concerns.

Click on a program below to learn more. (The full brochure is on our “Field Trip” page.)

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Seasons: Year-round

Suggested grade level: K5 – 2nd

Are you looking for your young children to do some exploring on their own? A scavenger hunt might be just what you are looking for! MNP staff will supply you with a list of items to look for while you hike through wetland, prairie, and forest habitats. Maximize the experience by having an adult assigned to 2-3 students.

Two options for this activity: 1) Half-mile hike completed in under an hour or 2) 1.5-mile trip to the observation tower and back.

Tour of Animal Homes

Seasons: Year-round

Suggested grade level: Any age

This is our most requested program. The focus of this lesson is on the creation, restoration, and conservation of habitats. MNP staff will lead the group through wetlands, prairie, and forests. Students will observe the habitat and identify which animals call it home.

Where Do They Go in Winter?

Season: Winter

Suggested grade level: 2nd – 12th

Even in the cold most of our mammals are still active. Students will learn how to identify different animal tracks, scat, and signs of feeding.

MNP has a limited number of snowshoes that students may be able to use during their visit as part of the program.

Birding 101

Seasons: Year-round

Suggested grade level: 2nd-12th

Students will learn about the diversity of bird species and which habitat one each requires. A quick indoor lesson will cover the season’s “most likely” species. Armed with binoculars and a species list, we will seek out various birds in their natural habitats.

Bird Adaptation

Seasons: Year-round

Suggested grade level: 4th – 8th

Students will take a close look at the physical

characteristics of birds, their behavior (migration, nesting, food sources) and the need for our assistance in their survival. Our nature hike will focus on bird identification.

Owls and Owl Pellets

Seasons: Year-round

Suggested grade level: 2nd – 8th

Even among the variety of bird species worldwide, owls have some of the most unique bird adaptations. An indoor lesson will cover the incredible physical and behavioral adaptations of owls, their different calls, and how they feed. The indoor program will culminate with a dissection of owl pellets. An outdoor hike will take the group to a forest that hosts resident Great Horned owls.

All About Trees

Seasons: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: K5 – 4th

Roots, stems and leaves… oh my! This lesson will cover shape and function of the basic parts of a tree. Students will also learn five native trees common to southeast Wisconsin and create a booklet with a leaf from each species.

Creepy, Crawly Critters

Seasons: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: 2nd – 6th

Hidden under the dead leaves and logs are millions of tiny arthropods and worms. We will head to the woods and dig around to find them! Critters will be captured, identified, and sketched by the students.

Forest Floor Recycling

Seasons: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: 4th – 8th

Worms, fungi, centipedes, beetles, and plants all work together to keep nutrients moving from one living organism to another. Students will observe above and below the forest floor to determine this habitat’s continuous nutrient cycling.

Maple Sugaring

Seasons: March to early April

Suggested grade level: Any age

Let’s hike to a sugar maple forest to learn about the origins and physiology of deriving syrup from maple trees.

Native Trees of Wisconsin

Seasons: Year-round

Suggested grade level: 5th – 12th

Did you know you can identify trees by more than just leaves? Bark, stems, and buds can definitively identify a tree species. Students will use a dichotomous key to identify at least 10 different tree species by more than just leaves. After the hike each student will make his or her own tree identification booklet.

Soil Science

Seasons: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: 3rd – 6th

Agriculture can have a devastating effect on the health of soil and water. Through careful observation of the soil in an old agricultural field and then in undisturbed forest, students will learn about what makes healthy soil. Erosion, worms, and conservation agriculture will also be referenced during this outdoor investigation.

Insects in the Prairie

Seasons: Summer and Fall

Suggested grade level: 2nd – 6th

Insects are the unsung heroes that keep the soil moving, nutrients recycling, and flowers pollinated. In this lesson, students will learn about various types of native insects by catching, identifying, and releasing insects from our prairie.

Monarch Migration

Season: September and October

Suggested grade level: 2nd – 6th

The monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable insects in Wisconsin, but few know about its world-record, fall migration! Students will learn about the monarch’s life cycle and multi-generational journey to and from Mexico. We will also attempt to capture and tag monarchs as part of a North American research project!

Protecting Wisconsin's Habitats

Seasons: Year-round

Suggested grade level: 5th – 12th

Very few people know that Wisconsin is under attack by non-native, invasive plants and animals. But a little knowledge will go a long way to stopping future invasions! Students will learn how to identify the most common invasive plants and how MNP staff controls them. Seasonal invasive plant removal or native species planting may be part of the field trip.

Renewable Energy

Season: Year-round

Suggested grade level: 3rd – 6th

Students will learn about the need for renewable sources of energy by investigating the benefits of wind and solar power. We will also take an up-close look at MNP’s own solar array and wind turbine.

Pond Animals Indicate Water Health

Seasons: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: 3rd – 6th

Hidden in the muck and submerged plants are a variety of different insects, amphibians, snails, and worms. As students collect and identify pond animals, the amount of species diversity will help us determine the quality of the habitat.

Food Chains in Wetlands

Seasons: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: 5th – 12th

The struggle to gather food and avoid predators often goes unnoticed in a pond. Under the surface producers, herbivores, and carnivores are constantly battling to survive, grow, and reproduce. Let’s capture, identify, and organize pond critters into a wetland food web!

Understanding Amphibians

Season: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: 3rd – 6th

Get to know local frog and salamander species through our amphibian lesson! Learn about frog anatomy, adaptations, food sources, reproduction, and calls. While in the field we will look and listen for the 8 amphibian species that call MNP home!

Testing the Waters

Season: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: 5th – 12th

Wisconsin has lost over 50 percent of its historical wetlands and their associated benefits.

MNP monitors the effectiveness of its newly restored wetlands through abiotic testing methods. Learn about how we test water chemistry (pH, turbidity, nitrate and phosphate levels, temperature, and dissolved oxygen) and assess the quality of the water that leaves our property.

Service Project

Season: Spring through Fall

Suggested grade level: Any

MNP is a first and foremost a land restoration preserve. We encourage people of all ages to engage in the restoration process which includes activities such as tree planting, seed collection, and invasive plant removal. All these activities are seasonal and therefore, vary week by week. If you want your group to focus mainly on “getting their hands dirty”, first contact Jason (jnickels@mequonnaturepreserve.org) to see what activity might be available during the date you plan on visiting.