Our children are the key to the sustainability of our planet – they are our future teachers, leaders, and hopefully conservationists. We need to instill in them a love and appreciation for nature and an understanding of how important healthy environments are for the survival of us all. Our school programs try to stimulate students’ curiosity about nature and encourage them to spend more time outdoors. LAS offers several topics for classroom visits.
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Student Field Trips
The primary goal of our student field trip program is to get kids outside to watch birds. LAS started leading field trips for school kids at Washoe Lake around the year 2000, first at the viewing platform at the southeast corner of the lake, and more recently (due to low water levels) at the picnic area at Washoe Lake State Park.
Trips are held from late April through May, and into early June. Students arrive at 10:00 am and leave around noon. Activities include:
In past years LAS has hosted as many as 15 and 16 trips a season, serving a many as 900 or more school kids a year.
The lake was dry during our 2015 field trips due to our continuing drought. But that served as a “teachable moment” for the kids--to learn about where our water supply comes from and to appreciate the unpredictability of nature.
The LAS Education Committee has developed several hands-on activities for classroom visits. Each is geared to a specific grade level, from preschoolers to high school, and includes the use of bird taxidermy mounts along with bird feathers, wings, and museum specimens that students can handle and study in detail. Some of our programs include:
Teachers can request a visit by contacting us.
We work with teachers to make sure our visits supplement the Common Core Standards of our local school districts.