Maywoods Family Adventure Kits!
EKU’s Division of Natural Areas wants to welcome you to Maywoods Family Adventures! Bring your family out to explore Maywoods together while also conducting scientific investigations, engaging in data collection and analysis, and learning about the world around you!
While nothing beats getting together for some hands-on, outdoor fun on Family Nature Day, these nature-based activities are a great way to get outside with your family and learn more about the environment! You will find boxed kits in the Pavillion at Maywoods. Inside each box are activities and instructions geared to different age groups to ensure all environmental investigators have an opportunity to explore and discover, and all supplies and activity guides you need will be provided.
This month, we are focusing on fall forests; come examine the visible and invisible changes of fall, what animals use trees as habitats, and how to monitor forest health.
- The Visible Signs of Fall- Grades K-5. Learn how to identify and describe the signs of fall that you can observe outside.
- The Invisible Signs of Fall-Grades 3-6. Learn why leaves on deciduous trees change color in the fall.
- Trees as Habitats-Grades 3-8. Learn different ways in which animals and plants depend on trees for survival and influence trees and identify interrelationships between organisms using a tree.
- Monitoring Forest Heath-Grades 9-12. Conduct a forest health checkup and evaluate the ecological services provided by trees and forests.
The activities build deep-rooted skills for learners to grow into informed decision makers and effective problem solvers. Kids engage in hands-on science and environmental learning, while building memorable experiences with family and friends! Environmental education is beneficial for learners of all ages, as our knowledge of the environment is constantly evolving, and we are always learning new ways to behave as responsible environmental stewards.
The kits provide supplementary curriculum for K-12 students and are aligned with Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. The Division of Natural Areas strives to provide accessible science and environmental education opportunities to families and individuals in our community.
While you explore Maywoods, be sure to snap a photo of your investigations in-action and tag us on Facebook! We hope to see you next month with more outdoor activities, but in the meantime, take part in the scavenger hunts provided with your activity, and help us record the biodiversity at Maywoods by participating in EKU’s Division of Natural Area’s Fall iNaturalist BioBlitz competition!
Although these activities are free, a donation to the Division of Natural Areas is greatly appreciated. If you wish to donate, please click here. Your donation provides funding to support future environmental education activities!
Published on November 23, 2020