Junior Farm Naturalist Program is a Guided Field Trip
May to October – For grades 4 to Junior High Our field trips book very quickly as space is limited; so please secure your date as soon as possible by filling out our Junior Farm Naturalist Registration Form or call 780-921-2272 today!
1.5 hour Program Junior Naturalist Explorer: Cost $11.00 per student. 3 Hour Program $16.50 per student. Ratio of 1 adult chaperone for each 5 students are free. The world around us is filled with natural wonders that intrigue youngsters. The Prairie Gardens Junior Naturalist youth programs foster their curiosity, and sense of wonder about our planet. Direct experience of nature leads to understanding and an appreciation of the need for conservation and preservation.
Our Field Trips for the Junior Naturalists (children 6 to 12) emphasize investigation and fun. Hands-on activities, games and discussions are used to explore the trails around the farm.
Teen Naturalists (ages 13 -17) participate in a wide variety of activities. These include excursions throughout the forest and farm to investigate, plant and habitat investigations, geology (rock and fossil identification and collection) and monitoring and stewardship activities. In the process, they take part in hiking and examining the signs of wildlife that are evident along the way.
All Day- Junior Naturalist Badge Program: Cost $16.50 per student – 1.5 hours guided before lunch; 1 hour guided after lunch, with free time to explore the adventure farm or solve the mega maze until bus departure. Bus will need to stay with group, as the forest and mega maze are located 2 km north of adventure farm.
- 45-minute tour and hike around the farm, with stops at our educational garden and mazes, with discussion on conservation. It’s a fun-filled day of experiential learning covering your science curriculum objectives. A full day trip is recommended for this program.
While exploring forest, field and aquatic habitats, students will investigate
- distinct stages in plant structure and life cycles
- review plant reproductive strategies
- examine pollination and pollinators and the process of photosynthesis
Fauna & Insect Exploration
- Using tools found in the Junior Naturalist box examine the insects we find in the garden.
- Wildlife faces many challenges in nature. Learn about this in a fun Frog Leap Lifecycle Game.
- Visit the Hungry Hawk field and look for insects living among the plants along the trail. Draw or describe two of the insects you find.
- Learn about the farm soils. Find two insects that live in soil and give one fact about each. Search for insects living on the ground. Describe what you find.
- Farm Fun includes a trackless train ride, time to explore bale or corn mazes, and a petting farm with lambs, goats, bunnies and chickens, as well as time on playground equipment or hiking nature trails.