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Hidden Oaks Nature Center
[ 7701 Royce Street Annandale, VA 22003 ]   [ 703-941-1065 ]

Let Hidden Oaks Naturalists bring nature to you with Outreach programs!

butterfly on fingerNaturalist-led Outdoor Exploration Program Fees

In-County:
$150.00 per class of 30 students
$6.00 per student over 30 students
$275.00 for two programs scheduled back-to-back in one location for both sessions.

Out-of-County:
200.00 per class of 30 students
$6.00 per student over 30 students
$375.00 for two programs scheduled back-to-back in one location for both sessions.

Programs are tailored for each age group.
Those ideal for preschoolers noted by an asterisk (*)
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Look for our New programs!

To arrange a program at your school, contact:
Lois Cascella at LoisMae.Cascella@fairfaxcounty.gov or
Suzanne Holland at suzanne.holland@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-941-1065.


1.  Reptiles and Amphibian

Live indigenous snakes, turtles and a toad are brought into the classroom to help separate fact from fiction. Compare similarities and contrast differences to mammals and how to stay safe around these often misunderstood creatures.
SOLs addressed include Science K.1, K.4, K.6, K.8, K.9, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.7, 3.4-6.

2.  Owls: Flying Tigers of the Night *

Flying tigers of the night, owls still surprise us with their silent flight and keen senses. See owl specimens, owl pellets whole and dissected and enjoy demonstrations of the secret of virtually silent flight. Using skulls, bones and feathers, we explore the amazing adaptations of owls.
SOLs addressed include K.1, K.7, 1.1, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6.

3.  Eastern Woodland Indians of the 1500's * 

Similar to our on-site program, children will compare their role, and those of their family members, in their community then and now. Students view artifacts of tools and replicas of clothing, jewelry, foodstuffs and more. The program includes traditional American Indian games and oral storytelling.
SOLs addressed for K-4: Science K.1, K.6, K.8-K.10, 1.8 HSS. K.1, K.2, K.3, K.6, 1.1, 1.2, 1.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, 3.3, 3.13, 4.1

4.  Senses: That Makes Sense! *

Through interactive games, we'll explore our senses and compare them to those of wildlife.  Prepare to be surprised at how your nose stacks up compared to that of a fox and an owl's keen eyesight comes with some trade-offs! We'll explore our senses with popping corn and animal sound bingo. Meet live animals and learn about the senses they rely on to get a meal, or to keep from being another animal's meal!
SOLs addressed include Science K.1, K.2.

5.  Squirrels: Clever Critters or Neighborhood Nuisance? *
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Squirrels are adept in their use of every level of the forest. Focusing on the squirrels' adaptations, children learn how such a small creature can crack through nuts, communicate with their tail and are the natural foresters of the woodland. Naturalists will lead discovery through presenting a puppet show, with a free standing puppet stage, demonstrations and song.
SOLs addressed include K.1,K.7, 1.1,1.5,,1.7,1.8,2.1,2.4, 2.7,3.4, 3.5,3.6.
6.  Insects: Beetles, Butterflies and Beyond *

Focusing on the insects of the area, children explore live and preserved insects, and other invertebrates. Discover what makes an insect an insect through song, story and activity. Depending on the season and the teacher's request, the focus can be on ants, butterflies or a comparison between earthworms and insects. During the winter, only insect specimens will be featured.
SOLs addressed include Science K.1, K.6, K.8, K.9, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 3.10.

7.  Getting Ready for Winter: Plants and Animals *

Coping with the challenge of seasonal changes is handled in varying ways by different plant and animal species. Discover why leaves change color and why some animals are busy while others migrate, hibernate or go into torpor. Learn the effects of the changing seasons through live animal presentations, a puppet show and discussions. Naturalists stress safety when encountering animals and plants in the woods as well as in students' own backyards.
SOLs addressed for K-3: K.1, K.6, K.8, K.9, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, and 3.10.

8. Spring Changes: Plants and Animals *

Spring is a season for growing. Learn about nature's changes as plants and animals emerge from winter's slumber. Many birds are migrating back to our woods to start families. Spring babies abound. Learn the effects of the changing seasons through live animal presentations, a puppet show and discussions. Naturalists stress safety when encountering animals and plants in the woods as well as in students' own backyards.
SOLs addressed for K-3: K.1, K.6, K.8, K.9, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.5, 2.7, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, and 3.10.

9. Adaptations : Physical and Behavioral Survival Strategies

Animals compete for food, shelter, territory, mates and more with members of their own and other species. Hands-on activities will help children explore different animal adaptations and discover some of their own. We'll experiment to see which work best! Learn whether the featured animal is a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.
SOLs addressed include Science. K.1, K.2, K.4, K.6, K.8, K.9, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8.

10. Monarch Butterflies: Addressing the Threatened Migration Phenomenon *

Monarch butterflies are ambassadors for the insect world for both natural and cultural history lessons. Depending on the season, your students will view live or specimen monarchs in the stages of their metamorphosis. All students will be intrigued by the fascinating monarch emigration to Mexico and the biological changes of this final annual generation which allows for this unusual survival adaptation. Program may include a video or slides of one of the overwintering areas in Mexico. In September, a monarch tagging demonstration (Monarch Watch) will be a program highlight.
SOLs addressed include Science. K.1, K.2, K.4, K.6, K.8, K.9, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 4.8.

new 11. Metamorphosing Marvels: Choose either Monarch Butterflies, Ladybugs or Amphibians *

We investigate the fascinating metamorphosis from tadpole to frog or larvae to adult for monarch butterflies or ladybugs featuring live insects and tadpoles depending on the season. Monarch butterflies are available only into early October although, with specimens and video of the Mexican monarch sanctuaries, we can provide insight year round. We will also review how to safely and humanely raise these animals in a classroom setting.  We'll explore these creatures' life cycle, habitat and roles in the environment. Naturalists lead children in discovering the wonders of both incomplete and complete metamorphosis. All programs feature live native animals.
SOLs addressed include Science K.1, K.6, K.8, K.9, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5.

12. Stones and Bones

Rocks rock! Your students will enjoy learning about the rock cycle as they handle different types of rocks. They'll explore how minerals are essential to daily life in many activities ranging from brushing teeth to sketching with a pencil to commuting to school. Students will investigate and handle real fossils and learn how plants and dinosaurs bones become fossilized evidence of the past. We'll touch on the importance of conserving our natural resources.
SOLs addressed include Science 1.3, 2.3, 3.9. 4.8.

13. 4th Grade Ecosystems Outreach

Schoolyard Ecosystem Exploration:.(Lesson 8 plus) After consulting with site's program coordinator, a teacher selects components of other ecosystem lessons to add to Investigating Human Impact /Stewardship activities and discussion on how students can make a difference on Virginia's ecosystems. Naturalist may bring live reptiles, amphibians and/or insects to support the habitat (Lesson 4) or food web energy flow and niches discussion (Lesson 7). Activities supporting Lesson 1 can be adapted for outdoor discovery.
Science SOL/Program varies with activities selected.

Animal and Plant Adaptations: We've Got What It Takes! During this largely outdoor program, naturalist-led student groups visit trailside stations highlighting squirrel, bird, insect, amphibian and plants. Students compare and contrast behavioral and structural adaptations and their role in the organism's survival. Naturalists review life cycle niches, plant dormancy and animal defense strategies using live animals and specimens.
Science SOL/Program: 4.4 (d), 4.5 (a, d, e), 4.8(d).

We All Live Downstream: (Lesson 3) Through activities and trail walks, unfold the mysteries of what is a watershed, how the way we live in Virginia affects the Chesapeake Bay and beyond and why students and their families should care. Activities include hands-on demonstrations with a watershed model, €œWho Polluted the Potomac?€?student activity and a groundwater experiment. Students learn to determine their watershed address and meet live native reptiles and amphibians which depend upon a healthy watershed to survive.
Science SOL/Program: 4.1 (a), 4.8 (a).

Animal and Plant Adaptations: We've Got What It Takes! During this largely outdoor program, naturalist-led student groups visit trailside stations highlighting squirrel, bird, insect, amphibian and plants. Students compare and contrast behavioral and structural adaptations and their role in the organism's survival. Naturalists review life cycle niches, plant dormancy and animal defense strategies using live animals and specimens.
Science SOL/Program: 4.4(d), 4.5 (a,d,e), 4.8 (d).

new14. Earth Science: Our Constantly Changing Earth.  NEW for 5th grade!

We may not feel the Earth move under our feet but, nevertheless, the land changes in many ways. Naturalists will guide students in discovering how our ever changing Earth reveals stories of the past and reflect human actions of today.  Students will learn about natural versus human-made changes, weathering and eroding, plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Using a classification key, we’ll look at different rocks and minerals and explore real fossils up close..
SOLs addressed include Earth Science 5.1,5.7.

new15. Vertebrate or Invertebrate?  New for 5th grade

Animals are in a class all by themselves! Naturalists lead a discussion using live animals and specimens on the five kingdoms classifications. Using x-rays as well as skeletons, the students see first-hand the identifying characteristics of vertebrates and invertebrates including reptiles, mammals, amphibians, and birds.
SOLs addressed include SCI G5.1, G5.5.

For information on 7th grade Meaningful Watershed Experiences on or off site of Hidden Oaks, contact suzanne.holland@fairfaxcounty.gov

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