Unit 1: A Bug's Life September 13th/16th and
What is life like when you're only 1/2" tall? Search for butterflies, grasshoppers, spiders, and other arthropods and learn about their adaptations, lifecycles, and special roles.
Unit 2: Geology Rocks October 11th/14th and
Let's go rock collecting! From pebbles to boulders, rocks dot our landscape and leave clues of Earth's history. We will also study ancient landforms at Riveredge created by geologic processes.
Quest: Water Cycle Adventure November 8th / November 11th
Imagine: the water you drink today may have been inside a dinosaur millions of years ago! Experiment with watershed and aquifer models and follow H2O from clouds to rivers to plants and beyond.
Unit 1: Skeleton Sleuths January 10th/13th and
How do wild animals find food in the depths of winter? Examine skulls and bones to find out who eats whom and search the forest and thicket for evidence of browse, predation, and even owl pellets.
Unit 2: Energy Solutions February 7th/10th and
Explore how humans can use renewable resources to power our world. Create your own windmill, capture solar energy, or experiment with biofuels. We will also discuss energy conservation.
Quest: Maple Sugarin' March 7th/10th
Let'shead to the sugarbush to tap a tree! Follow clues to identify sugar maples and learn about American and pioneer traditions surrounding this time of year.
Unit 1: Energy Flow in a Pond April 4th/7th and
Prepare to be amazed as you discover ponds teeming with life in early spring. Collect and observe beetles, tadpoles, dragonfly larvae and more. Map their interactions to create your own food web.
Unit 2: Garden Explorations May 2nd/5th and
Dive into the secret lives of seeds and plants as we experiment with organic gardening and permaculture methods. Plant your own project in the Riveredge garden and watch it grow!
Quest: Nutrient Detectives May 30th/June 2nd
Put on your detective hats and discover nutrients travelling through animals, plants, waterways, and soil. Learn different methods of composting food and yard waste to keep those nutrients going.