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Anita Purves Nature Center Tour Notes

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A Look at Habitats-

Grades 1st & 2nd; 1.5 hour program at Meadowbrook Park

All animals have the same basic habitat requirements and have adaptations to help them survive. The beaver is an example of an animal that is adapted to its environment, and is capable of changing its environment.

 

Billions of bugs-

Grades 1st & 2nd; 1.5 hour program at Anita Purves Nature Center

Insects and their relatives live almost everywhere on Earth, are vital to the ecosystem, and have many interesting adaptations.

 

Exploring Tallgrass Prairies-

Grades 3rd-5th; 2 hour program at Meadowbrook Park

The tallgrass prairie is a unique ecosystem. Its plants are specially adapted to survive harsh climate conditions, grazing by animals, and periodic fires. Because this Illinois ecosystem was forever changed by the arrival of settlers, many of its native animals are no longer found here.

 

Fabulous Fall-

Kindergarten; 1.5 hour program at the Anita Purves Nature Center

Fall is a time of increased animal activity as they prepare for winter. Different species prepare for winter in different ways.

 

Fall FROLICKERS-

Kindergarten; 1.5 hour program at the Anita Purves Nature Center

Squirrels have special adaptations allowing them to live in the forest, climbing among the tree branches.

 

Green Machine-

Grades 1st & 2nd; 1.5 hours at the Anita Purves Nature Center

Trees play an important role in forest ecology, providing food, shelter, and other products. Each stage in the life of a tree plays a role.

 

Hapenin' Habitats-

Grades 3rd-5th; 2 hours at the Anita Purves Nature Center

All animals share the same basic needs for food, water, shelter, and space. Each animal lives in a habitat that provides these necessities.

 

Little Critters-

Grades 1st & 2nd; 1.5 hour program at the Anita Purves Nature Center

Tiny animals (macroinvertebrates) live everywhere and play important roles in the ecosystem.

 

Nature's hitchhikers-

Grades 1st & 2nd; 1.5 hour program at the Anita Purves Nature Center

Plants produce seeds, which travel to new locations in a variety of ways. Seeds are also a source of food for wildlife.

 

Prairie Plants of Illinois-

Grades 3rd-5th; 2 hour program at Meadowbrook Park

The plants of the tallgrass prairie ecosystems are specially adapted to survive harsh climate conditions, grazing by animals, and periodic fires.

 

Remarkable reptiles-

Grades 1st-5th; 1 hour program at the Anita Purves Nature Center

Reptiles are cold-blooded animals with scales that vary in other characteristics and live in most ecosystems on Earth.

 

Sensational Spring-

Kindergarten; 1.5 hour program at the Anita Purves Nature Center

Humans have five senses that they use to explore the world around them.

 

Wee Wigglers-

Kindergarten; 1.5 hour program at the Anita Purves Nature Center

Tiny animals live everywhere and are an important part of the ecosystem.

 

What's in a pond-

Grades 3rd-5th; 2 hour program at the Anita Purves Nature Center

A vernal pond is a unique, temporary wetland with specially adapted organisms.

 

Whoo knows-

Any age; 1 hour program at your classroom space

Owls are birds that are specialized for hunting and fill an important ecological niche.