Outreach

Outreach

In the humble beginnings of Turtle Island Preserve, our founder Eustace Conway, lived a simple life in the forest and through bringing education programs into countless schools – he was able to purchase one small parcel at a time of what has now become a 1000 acre nature preserve and outdoor education center. Each year, hundreds of visitors come from all over the world to participate in classes, camps and workshops here on this protected wilderness area and heritage farmstead.  Thousands more would like to come, but can’t always manage a trip. So, in an effort to reach more folks, especially elementary and middle schools - we are now offering two different hands-on outreach programs - where WE come to YOU! It’s a perfect experiential education visit for schools, scouts, and home-school gatherings.

 

 

 

Barn Owl with a mouse it captured  Owl-Pellet Dissection Lab

(ideal ages: 2nd-8th grades)

Up to 2 sessions for 30 student max: $300

Each additional session $150

Travel Fee: .40 cents per mile

 

This science and inquiry-based class is designed to give students a first-hand discovery of predator-prey relationships, exploring food webs, and identifying producers, consumers and decomposers. It is a fun hands-on introduction into the layered world of scientific dissection.

 

An accompanying mobile exhibit of skulls, fur & feathers will transform your class room into a mini-museum, while students themselves become laboratory scientists performing a scientific dissection.

Sterilized wild-caught barn owl pellets are provided, along with tools and materials.

 

Considerations and Key Points:

Predator/Prey Relationship Discovery

Vocabulary: carnivore, herbivore,  Carrion Eaters, Producer, Consumer, Decomposer, Food Webs

Guided Dissection Activity

Skull, Fur and Feather exhibit

Owl Pellet Dissection Anatomy lesson Discovery Station for owl pellet dissection lab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planet Earth “Talkin’ Trash” – Composting with Class

(ideal ages: 2nd-8th grades)

Up to 2 sessions for 30 student max: $300

Each additional session $150

Travel Fee: .40 cents per mile

 

This hands-on, inquiry-based class is designed to give students new insights about what most Americans consider “waste.” Uncovering a series of “trash” items, students will conduct a matching activity to categorize each down to its very source and raw material.  Class vocabulary includes:  “repurposing and up-cycling” with a weaving activity, while solutions and creative problem-solving teamwork is conducted through exploring  a collection of recycled and repurposed crafts. Students will also get to observe and discover a mobile interactive live-worm composting farm.

 

 

Discovering the "Mobile Worm Bed" - composting with red wigglers  Considerations and Key Points:

Mobile live-worm observation farm

Trash to Treasure weaving “makey-takey” activity

Excellent companion class to Earth-Day units

Conservation and Earth Stewardship elements

 

Reduce  - Reuse – Recycle – Re-Think  and Re-Fuse