All K-12 programs are developed to meet any grade level, subject preference and Colorado state educational standards. We can create a program from scratch that meets the needs of your students and your educational goals, or you can choose from one of our standardized programs below. Programs are generally around 90 minutes long. Teachers can request a program on-line by clicking here.
Wildlife Detectives (K-4)
The ELC’s honorary wildlife researcher received a classified order to determine “What lives at the ELC?” After an introduction to habitats and adaptations, students use their detective skills and the scientific method to explore the ELC for signs of wildlife and ultimately, to provide a detailed account of their findings.
Navigating Explorer (3rd-5th) (excellent program prior to PSD EcoWeek)
Through participation in games and activities, students learn how to identify cardinal directions, read a map, use a compass, and find their way given a set of navigational bearings. Small groups may work together to help solve a riddle or create a map using new skills.
MacroInvertebrate Madness (4th & 5th)
The focus for this lesson is macro-invertebrates and water quality. Students discover water insects in the Poudre River and how they serve as bio-indicators for water quality. Students will also learn about properties of water (e.g., pH, dissolved oxygen) and examine water quality through sampling.
Watershed Works! (5th & 6th)
A crate of water samples was mixed up when Otto B. Fishin ran his truck off the road while avoiding a deer. Using information about the properties of water, water testing equipment, and Otto’s map of land uses, students must help Otto determine from which site the water samples were taken.
Have some Sense! (K-2nd)
In this program, students use multiple senses to explore the environment at the ELC and to learn how living things change with the seasons. Students discover the many aspects of nature through touch, smell and sight. This program is best suited for younger ages.
It’s for the Birds… (K-4th)
In this program, students will investigate the natural surroundings to understand how birds adapt to their environments for survival. Students will create their own bird species with a variety of adaptations to help it survive in a given environment.
$3.50 per student / 90-120 minute program
$5.00 per student/>120 minute program
No fee for teachers or adult chaperones
The ELC is committed to being a resource for kids and families of all backgrounds. Please contact us to discuss any needs for scholarships or fee-waivers.