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The following programs are geared to coordinate with many of the lesson plans and requirements set forth in the school curriculum's. Lively discussions and interactive activities contribute to a healthy environment for learning.

The Nature Center animals are used whenever possible to help demonstrate concepts. Through its programs, students, parents, and teachers are invited to use the Nature Center as a tool to enhance the learning experience.

Please call the Park Naturalist at (301) 600-2050 for further information about any of the programs listed below.

Program Descriptions

Awesome AnimalsTurtle
Students discover through first-hand observations the similarities and differences of several animals. They observe the life cycles of familiar animals and learn their basic needs such as food, water, and habitat. Animals presented include mammals, birds, amphibians, insects, arachnids, and reptiles.

This program provides students a chance to compare and classify organisms by their external features and discuss how these features help the organism survive. Magnifying glasses may be used to see differences in greater detail. The program will explain such terms as food chains, decay, habitat, herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore. Live animals from the Nature Center are incorporated throughout the program and help the students focus on the dynamic nature of living organisms.

Life Cycles Butterfly
Students discover life cycles in this intriguing program. The primary focus of the program will be the insect world. Identifiable stages will be enhanced by the use of live animals from the Nature Center. During the warm months of the year, the students will be able to take to the fields with butterfly nets.

DeerThe 3 P's: Population Potential in the Park
Students will discuss local wildlife populations including their positive and negative effects on the habitat. Inherited genetic traits and characteristics will also be discussed with a focus on survival skills. Animals from the Nature Center will be included in the program to help demonstrate concepts.

Animal Interactions with the EnvironmentButterfly
This program provides fourth grade students an opportunity to discover the interactions and survival skills of organisms living in different environments. Live animals are used whenever possible.

ShoppingCommunities in the Environment
This program teaches students how organisms interact with each other in a community. The roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers is discussed, as well as renewable resources. Live animals are used whenever possible.