Teachers, please read through this information thoroughly, even if you are a veteran of these field trips.
First, thank you for participating in the Bobcat Ridge 4th grade field trip. We look forward to meeting you and your students. This page contains useful information about your field trip including what to expect during the field trip, what you need to bring, and how to get to Bobcat Ridge. Please read through this page. If you have any questions, please contact Kayla Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About your field trip
Your instructors for the Bobcat Ridge portion of your field trip are CSU students that have been selected to be a part of the DR and Ginny Pulliam Scholars Program. Through this program, students take two courses on environmental education and leadership, teach your students at Bobcat Ridge, and mentor high school students through science projects. Your instructors have received training on the lesson plan for the field trip and, throughout the year, receive instruction and practice in environmental education best practices, group management, age appropriateness, state standards, lesson planning, and more. We ask you to keep in mind that these students are growing as educators. Please take the time to fill out the evaluation form that was emailed to you with the original field trip email or handed to you by your instructor. Thank you in advance for supporting this program and these future educators.
Field trip schedule
You will spend half of your day at Bobcat Ridge Natural Area and half of your day at Big Thompson Elementary. Below is a schedule of your field trip day. You will need to know which location your class is going to first.
How to Prepare for your field trip
Directions to Bobcat Ridge Natural Area
Bobcat Ridge’s address is 10184 West County Road 32C, Loveland. From Loveland, go west on Highway 34 about 4.5 miles west of Wilson Avenue. Turn north on CR 27 by Big Thompson Elementary and drive 4.5 miles. Turn left on CR 32C and go 1 mile west to the Bobcat Ridge parking lot.
What to bring
Please have students bring/wear the following:
– close-toed shoes
– weather appropriate clothing
– a sharpened pencil
– a sack lunch
– a full water bottle (there is no potable water at Bobcat Ridge)
– a backpack
How to prepare your students
Please split your students up into two groups. We will have two field instructors for each field trip session.
Explain to students that at Bobcat Ridge they will practice being field scientists. They will use observation, reasoning, and good note-taking skills to explore the structures and behaviors that organisms have that function to support survival in a given habitat.
What you will do on your field trip
Upon arriving at Bobcat Ridge (morning group) or finishing lunch (afternoon group) at the picnic pavilion, you will be greeted by your instructors. As students who need to use the restroom (located in the parking lot) do so, one instructor will briefly talk to the teacher and chaperones about helpful roles they can take on during the field trip. Then your students will split into their preassigned groups and an instructor will begin the field trip with each group. Your students will each be handed a Bobcat Ridge Scientific Journal and a clipboard. Throughout the trip, instructors will lead students through activities that will include recording responses and data. During the trip, your students will complete pages 1-4. Pages 7-8 should be done back in the classroom.
Objectives for the field trip are:
While visiting Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, students will:
- Students will observe an organism closely.
- Students will identify structures and behaviors of an organism.
- Students will hypothesize the functions of structures and behaviors of an organism.
- Students will define adaptation.
Back in the Classroom
We have put together an short lesson plan that reviews concepts learned on the field trip. This lesson plan corresponds with pages 10 and 11 in the Bobcat Ridge Scientific Journal. You will be given a copy of the lesson plan at the end of your field trip. Should you need another copy, you can access one here.
Objectives for the ‘back in the classroom’ portion of the field trip are:
- Students will define adaptation.
- Students will create an imaginary organism for a given environment.
- Students will identify and label structural adaptations of their organisms.
- Students will identify and write about behavioral adaptations of their organisms.
- Students will describe functions of structures and behaviors as they relate to the survival of their organism.
Please note that if there has been recent rain or snowmelt, Bobcat Ridge may close to all use. If this is the case, you will be notified by the school district that your field trip needs to be cancelled. In addition, if the forecast looks iffy for the day of your field trip, the district will be in contact with you and you will make a decision on whether or not to continue with the field trip. Our instructors are ready to teach in any weather (aside from lightning); we leave the decision to come or not up to you as you and the district know your students better than we do.
Although some areas of Bobcat Ridge are wheelchair accessible, much of it is not. Please contact Kayla Jones at (email@example.com) ahead of time to discuss any special needs your group may have.
Your instructors will have most standard first aid supplies on hand, but please be sure to bring any medications your students need.
To learn more about Bobcat Ridge Natural Area, go to http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/finder/bobcat.