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Winter Ecology

Rhode Island

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 The barnyard

In this program, students explore the unique ecology of winter in their classroom and the school yard. They compare the ways that modern and colonial humans, as well as wildlife and farm animals, have adapted to survive the cold weather months. Through a series of demonstrations students learn to identify the winter cycle and relate it to the annual farm cycle at Casey Farm. In the schoolyard, they learn how to track animals, act out predator prey relationships, explore microclimates, and if conditions permit, study ice and snow.

You may choose one or two 2-hour sessions. One session covers 4-5 of the topics below. Two sessions cover all topics.

  • Seasonal Changes and Farm Cycles
  • Hibernation/Dormancy
  • Migration
  • Adaptations to winter
  • Animal Tracking
  • Snowflakes
  • Deciduous Trees
  • Perennial, Biannual, Annual Plants in the school yard
  • Food Chains

Weekdays, December through early March
One or two 2-hour sessions
Grades K-5
Max: 30 students per program (Can accommodate up to 2 groups per day.)

  • Up to 15 students: $50 per session
  • 16 or more students: $75 per session.

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Winter Ecology