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GVNCP: Nature Classes Fall 2020
Students and teachers must be able to readily switch to online lessons at any point in the semester in order to register for classes. All students must complete a project for these classes.
Teacher: Zoe Elrick 269-612-8172
***Please email instructor that you signed up for these classes.***
Backyard Nature Zoom
Location: The student's home (using Zoom software)
Time: Thursdays, 2-4PM
Start Date: September 24
Description:Class is mostly outdoors. Dress for weather.
This class is both informative and fun! Spend time outdoors. Explore your own backyard. Share natural features of your backyard, including trees, leaves, bugs, worms, sticks, etc. with the teacher and fellow students on Zoom. The teacher will help you to figure out what is in your backyard, and how to learn more about nature in your backyard and beyond.
Learn about nature through a variety of hands-on nature-exploration skills.
Recommended: during class, at least for the first few days of class, parents to assist students, that are under age 12.
(Required) Required to bring to class (provided by student/family): Dress for weather, class is outdoors. Bring a drinking water bottle, 3-ring binder, paper, pencils, clipboard.
Habitats and Wildlife
Location: Fernwood Botanical Garden and Warren Dunes State Park
Sundays, 1-5PM (Runs Sept. - Oct.)
Wednesdays, Noon-2PM (Runs Sept. - Nov.)
Start Date: The week of September 20
Description: Class is all outdoors. Dress for weather. Class will not be indoors.
This class is both informative and fun! Come enjoy Fernwood, explore its natural habitats - it’s prairies, woodlands, and wetlands. Plus, visit Warren Dunes and its lake and dunes, for 4 hours of class. Learn about nature through a variety of hands-on nature-exploration skills and 4 habitats. Bring the family and a blanket, it’s a family picnic style class.
One or two parents (or adult relatives) must attend class with student(s), per family.
The parents / adult relatives are to help guide their kid(s) along nature trails. Along nature trails, there will be designated spots for each family to take turns to stop at, to do a brief nature activity with their kid(s).
(Required) Required to bring to class (provided by student/family): Mask. Dress for weather, class is all outdoors. Family to bring a blanket to sit on.
Bring a drinking water bottle, 3-ring binder, paper, pencils, clipboard.
*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.
Teacher of Record: Tom Hurst