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Caterpillars

Come explore the world of caterpillars by learning the different stages they grow through. Discover how similar and how different butterflies and moths can be through a complex life cycle called metamorphosis. Students will receive a caterpillar culture to raise with a study/activity guide to trace their colony of Painted Lady butterflies.

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Vernal Pools

This virtual field trip gives students a chance to explore a temporary world of creatures. They will discover how important a small pool of water can be by learning about salamanders, tadpoles, fairy shrimp, fingernail clams and so many other creatures. An optional lab for students to create their own pool tank is also offered with this VFT.

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Fungus-A-Mongus

This virtual program has a focus of the decomposing world, which is a good supplement to producers, consumers and decomposers. Students will learn about different kinds of decomposers, study their life cycle and learn their role in the ecosystem. There is also an optional lab tied into this program for students to build their own decomposer garden.

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Changing Leaves

Why do leaves change color in the fall? Follow a leaf from beneath the bud in winter to a mulch pile the following fall.

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Nothing Bat the Truth

During this virtual program, students will explore many cool and interesting bat facts including: what a bat is, where they live, what makes them unique, what they eat, and what you can do to help them. Take the Michigan bat quiz to see … do YOU really know the truth about bats?

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Owls of Michigan

Have a “hoot” learning about the 10 species of owls that live in Michigan. Students will see examples of each owl, hear their calls and learn their natural history. Students will also dissect an owl pellet to see what their particular owl ate and will then match the bones they find to the owl prey sheet.

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Abraham Lincoln

The 16th president makes a special appearance in your class as he tells the story of his life from childhood to death. He will share little known facts about himself and first-person accounts about how he was honest and lucky. You will feel as if you have just met the man in the tall hat and beard personally, and you did!

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The French Voyageur

Relive a year in the life of a French voyageur as Jean-Paul LeFranc guides your class from Montreal to the Grand Portage in Minnesota and back. Students will actively participate in the program while learning the different duties men had within the canoe, the food they ate, their unusual form of dress and the purpose of the French voyageur and their trip.

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Slime Time

Students will learn about solids, liquids and gases through two interactive experiments and two activities during this virtual program. At the end of the event, students will even have their very own slime to manipulate.

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Native American Beadwork

See the beautiful beadwork of the woodland Native Americans, and learn the importance of beadwork in their culture. Students will make their own sumac bead necklace to keep as they journey to a time where beads were used as currency. This virtual field trip is a perfect complement to the Native American state curriculum.

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The Dirt on Recycling

Composting is a very simple and effective way to reduce the amount of waste that enters our landfills. During this program, students will learn the concept of reducing waste by recycling and reusing. A short video showing a trip to the landfill and the recycling facility will give students a first-hand look at where their trash goes and how it can be recycled. Step-by-step instructions along with supplies will be provided for the classroom to make their own composting tower made from recycled 2-liter bottles.

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Junk to Jewelry

Students will learn the how, what and why of recycling through hands-on activities and educational information. Supplies will be provided for each student to make their own recycled paper beads during this program. We will read a special children’s story about recycling, too. This program is a great way to instill the idea of making our earth a better place by recycling one piece of junk at a time.

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Wonderful Worms

Worms are so much more than slimy, slithery creatures – they are nature’s composters. During this program, students will take a close look into a worm composting bin and see how red worms can decompose simple trash into nutrient-rich soil. Teachers will also receive their own worm bin along with the resources needed to start the composting.

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