Field Ecology Program Outline

Welcome and Introduction

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

Field Ecology 

  • Study of what lives in a field and how all living and non-living elements interact
  • Learn about the plants and animals that live in Ogden Nature Center fields
  • Predator/Prey relationships
  • What is a true insect
  • What role to humans play in a field ecosystem
  • Seed dispersal-how seeds move 

Rotations

  1. Human connection: Students will use games to investigate our role in the ecosystem.
  2. Mammals in the Field: Camouflage game-Students (prey) learn by experience how to hide from a predator (teacher/naturalist) using such techniques as blending in by color, staying still, quiet, low, and far away. Mouse hole-Students go through a mouse tunnel to discover another strategy for avoiding predators.
  3. Field collection:  Catch and release insects - students use nets and containers to examine insects up-close and determine if it is a true insect.

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