Animals Prepare for Winter Program Outline

Welcome and Introduction

1.  Behavioral Guidelines for visit:

  • We are in the animals' neighborhood   
  • Stay on trails with your group unless taken off trails with class activity
  • Leave flowers and plants for animals (don't pick anything)
  • Pick up trail treasures to enjoy on-site, but no collecting-leave everything

2.  Signs of winter and how people prepare for winter

3.  How animals prepare for winter

  • Insulate
  • Hibernate
  • Migrate
  • Propagate
  • Generate (heat)
  • Congregate


  1. Survival hike - Students will take a short walk around the nature center as they investigate and find evidence of how many ONC animals survive winter. The hike includes a quick visit to a kid sized "bear den" to learn about the changes that enable animals to hibernate. An informational walk through our injured and imprinted birds to see evidence of insulation. A look at animals under the water like turtles and fish. The end of the hike involves investigating plants to see how some insects sneek through winter.
  2. Migration Station- Students will play a game to hlelp them understand the dangers (both natural and human introduced) involved in long migrations. 
  3. Generation - Students will make a pine cone bird feeder to take home for wintering birds.

Topics are covered by varying degrees depending upon the maturity of students and time constraints.