BEEC’s afterschool programs provide students with opportunities to explore the fields and forests around their school through hands-on ecology games and activities. Contact with inquiries.
Programs for grades K – 3/4 (can be adapted for all ages)
Autumn Amble: Come discover the autumn world of singing insects, falling leaves, and traveling seeds. We will explore the changing world around us and play games that mimic the autumn behaviors of animals.
Chilly Changes: Let’s investigate the changing forest. We will explore how the plants and animals are preparing for the long cold winter, and play games that mimic their activities.
Winter Woods: Come discover the winter world around us through games, activities and exploration. We will explore winter survival strategies of animals, uncover stories tracking wildlife, and mimic their winter behaviors.
Warming Days: Let’s investigate the changing forest. As the world begins to slowly re-emerge from winter’s slumber we will explore what animals are doing and play games that mimic their activities.
Spring Stroll: Come explore and discover the spring world of bursting buds, returning birds, and emerging insects. Welcoming this magical time, we will also make nature art and build fairy and gnome homes.
Programs for grades 3/4 – 6 (or grades 5 – 8)
Forest Navigation Part 1: Finding our way through the forest, we will become aware of our surroundings and features of the land as we build our sense of place. We will discover clues to direction by observing the landscape, find landmarks to create storylines to follow, and make treasure hunts.
Forest Navigation Part 2: Finding our way through the forest, we will deepen our awareness of our surroundings and our sense of place. We will develop orienteering skills as we learn how to use maps and compasses, make treasure hunts for each other, and go on navigational challenges.
Winter Tracking: Explore the woods as nature detectives uncovering the stories of animals told through their tracks and sign. Practice sensory awareness, track wildlife, learn bird language, and learn to identify plants. Through exploration, activities and playful mimicry we’ll gain a deeper understanding of our wild neighbors.