Monday, September 16, 2013

Volunteer opportunities in science-based field trips

               

The Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia (CDMWV) and the West Virginia Botanic Garden (WVBG) are offering science-based field trip opportunities for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade!

Program: Be a Scientist!
Age group: Kindergarten through 1st Grade
Offered: Year-round
At the CDMWV, students will participate in interactive activities to learn about scientific observation in the context of using their 5 senses. At the WVBG, students will be guided through a variety of natural areas and gardens. Students will receive a journal to draw pictures or write about what they see, hear, touch, and smell. Children will also learn how animals use their senses and how this helps them to survive. Each student will go home with a pencil, journal, and magnifying lens to continue exploring beyond the field trip.

Program: Seasons Change and So Do We!
Age group:  1st -4th grade
Offered: Fall
At the CDMWV, students will explore hands-on activities to learn why leaves change color. At the WVBG, students will be guided through different natural areas and gardens comparing leaves from different trees and looking for wildlife and examples of plants and animals preparing for winter. Students will receive a journal and pencil to draw pictures or write their observations. Students will also receive and decorate a small canvas bag that they may use to collect leaves to take home.

Program: The Circle of Life
Age group: 1st-4th grade
Offered: Spring/Fall
At the CDMWV, students will participate in hands-on activities to learn about the lifecycle of (1) frogs or (2) butterflies (teacher choice). At the WVBG, guides will assist children in observing plants, tadpoles and/or butterflies in their natural habitats while reviewing the life cycles of the organisms they see. Students will receive a journal and pencil to draw pictures or write their observations. Students will also plant a seed in a biodegradable pot to take home.

Location: The Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia is located in the Mountaineer Mall at 5000 Greenbag Road in Morgantown. The West Virginia Botanic Garden is located at 1061 Tyrone Road in Morgantown.

Cost: $5 per student, adults are free. (One check at $3 per child made out to the CDMWV and one check at $2 per child made out to WVBG will be collected on the day of visit).

Schedule/Questions: Call Julie Bryan at 304-292-4646 or email at director.cdmwv@gmail.com to schedule a visit or for more information.  For questions about the WV Botanic Garden, contact Erin Smaldone at 304-216-8704 or erin@wvbg.org


If interested in volunteering for the above projects, contact Erin:

 
Erin Smaldone
Volunteer Coordinator & Education Director
West Virginia Botanic Garden
Erin@wvbg.org
304-216-8704
www.wvbg.org

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