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OUTDOOR EDUCATION AT WIND WOLVES PRESERVE

With its inspirational vistas and a landscape rich with wildlife, Wind Wolves Preserve has the power to awaken a child's sense of adventure and discovery. All programs are free of charge.

Nearly 170,000 children have participated in Outdoor Discovery Programs at Wind Wolves Preserve since 1998. Using hands-on experiential education as our teaching methodology, the instructors at Wind Wolves offer an unparalleled learning experience in environmental education.

Educators have a choice of programs focusing on Native American lifeways and ecology. We offer ecology programs for each grade level from kindergarten to twelfth grade. These programs build upon each other and complement the California State Board of Education's Science Framework and History-Social Science Framework. We customize programs for junior high, high school and college classes. Educators looking for an extended learning experience can consider our summer, weekend, and overnight camp programs, as well as service learning projects. Past projects have included invasive plant removal and native plant re-vegetation. We welcome university research projects and fieldwork.


All programs include pre-visit materials, including a Field Trip packet with guidelines for teachers, chaperones, and parents, and a Common Questions/FAQ sheet. These materials will be sent to you by email. You may request Spanish language versions of the Field Trip Packet. Additionally, Wind Wolves Preserve is enforcing a Leave No Trace policy. Please bring trash bags in preparation to take your trash with you upon departure. 

Programs generally run for 3 hours, beginning at approximately 10 am and concluding at approximately 1 pm. The programs include an introduction, walk/activities, and an half-hour picnic lunch period.


OUTDOOR DISCOVERY PROGRAMS

Small Wonders
Disabled Kindergarten - Twelfth Grade and Disabled Adults
Students will be introduced to the small wonders of nature while being familiarized with the outdoors safely with functional hands-on activities. Activities will include tactile natural items that meet everyone's special needs. Students will be introduced to animal skulls, animal skins, plants and seed dispersal, and discovering aquatic insects in the pond. Discussion will connect all these natural aspects together for the students. If the teacher allows, students may meet one of our special reptile friends.


Nature's Discoveries
Preschool - Second Grades
This program is an introduction to natural history and wildlife, designed to give young children a positive first-time experience in nature. Students will learn that all animals need air, water, food, and shelter, and all plants need air, water, nutrients, and sunlight. Activities with wildlife puppets will teach food chain relationships, and a scavenger hunt will allow the students to make new discoveries and to better understand a variety of animal behavior.


Insect Mania
First - Fourth Grades
Students will investigate the diversity and life cycles of insects, spiders, centipedes, and millipedes. In addition, they will discover how insects provide us with food, clothes and medicine, recycle important organic materials, and aid in scientific research. A Build a Bug activity will identify a variety of insect body parts and their functions. The use of Discovery Scopes and field guides will help students classify the aquatic and terrestrial species they find along the trail and stream.


Soil Secrets
First - Third Grades
During this program, students will unearth the importance of soil to all living things. Hands-on experiments will reveal the living and non-living components of soil and how they contribute to soil formation. While on a guided nature hike, Naturalists will lead students in their discovery of natural weathering, erosion and decomposers at work.


Native American Life-ways
Second - Fourth Grades
This program explores how the Chumash and Yokut Native Americans lived over 200 years ago. Students will play traditional musical instruments, games of chance, and games of skill. They will learn about natural pigments while they participate in face painting, and learn how to grind up acorns in stone mortars. Additionally, students will learn about plants medicinal and edible uses and basketry.


Wild Neighborhoods
Second - Fourth Grades
During this program students will come to understand that living and non-living things are connected through the cycling of nutrients and energy. While analyzing animal skulls, they will learn the characteristics of predators and prey, as well as carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores. Other experiential learning will take place while playing the food web game and meeting live native animals.


Wetland Wonders
Third - Fifth Grades
This program is an investigative journey through a wetland habitat and the process of the water cycle. Students will learn about the properties of water while participating in H2O Charades and get a little wet while exploring the stream to find and identify aquatic insects and amphibians. Hands-on experiments will demonstrate erosion, evaporation and transpiration. In addition, we will discuss habitat loss and its effects on animal species.

 

Geology
Fourth - Seventh Grades
Students will identify the three primary layers of the Earth and what powers the rock cycle. Through hands-on activities, they will study plate tectonics, volcanism, and the Earth's magnetic field. Emphasis will be placed on how these forces affect humans, animals and the land. During a hike, students will locate and identify a variety of rocks and minerals.


Systems and Cycles
Fourth - Sixth Grades
Students will discover how air, water, and soil are cycles through ecosystems. Activities include assembling a carbon cycle puzzle, playing a food pyramid game that highlights bio-magnification and participating in a water cycle board game. Other lessons focus on the process of photosynthesis and the air cycle. During a Discovery Hike, students will find clue cards and gather information to reveal the identity of a mystery animal waiting for them at the end of the trail.


Gifts of the Sun
Fifth - Seventh Grades
The sun powers our planet and its cycles. During this program, students will learn about the structure of the sun, and its effects on the Earth. Hands-on activities will illuminate photosynthesis and the various forms of light using radiometers, spectroscopes, and simple molecular models. At the Solar Station, various types of solar powered devices will be on display. Cookies baked in a solar oven will be served at the end of the program.


Survival of the Fittest
Sixth - Eighth Grades
Students will learn about the process of adaptation and how biodiversity ensures good health on an ecosystem and global level. The concepts of beneficial and detrimental traits, mutation and natural selection will be discussed. During an analysis of animal skulls, students will learn the characteristics of carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores. They will also observe a variety of survival strategies of plants and animals while on a guided nature hike.


Service Learning
Elementary, Secondary and Post-Secondary
Students will be involved in the ongoing restoration program at Wind Wolves Preserve. Projects include planting native seeds or saplings in our nursery, watering plants placed out in the field, protecting endangered species, removing invasive plants that harm the native environment, the maintenance of our trails, and more. Our ranger and naturalist team will demonstrate the importance of restoration work, preserving habitats, and monitoring endangered species, allowing students to understand the critical need to protect our natural landscapes.


STEM | COMING SOON!
Kindergarten - Twelfth Grade
Wind Wolves Preserve is the ideal setting to teach about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in cumulative, hands-on curriculum. Programs are currently being designed for students to tackle real-world problems using STEM methods and tools to design solutions. A service learning experience will be included, so students are involved in the restoration of Wind Wolves Preserve's critical habitats for wildlife to thrive.

 

Camping Programs
Want to take your students camping? We have 2 superb group campgrounds, and can provide programs throughout the trip for a unique experience in the outdoors. Any of the programs in this packet can be included, as well as specific lessons in birding, tracking, and more. For more details, contact our education team!


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OTHER PROGRAMS

MULTIPLE DAY OR OVERNIGHT CAMP PROGRAMS

Customized programs are available per request, and we cater to schools and groups who wish to be involved with camping overnight, volunteering, service learning, leave no trace, or to learn about a specific topic, such as tracking, birding, endangered species, and so much more!


WEEKEND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS

Join Wind Wolves Preserve staff on a weekend adventure! Weekend interpretive programs are open to the public free of charge! Activities include guided hikes, natural history, and more! Download the Weekend Activities Flyer for more details.

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS


FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information about The Wildlands Conservancy's Outdoor Education Programs at Wind Wolves Preserve, please contact:

Melissa Dabulamanzi
Outdoor Education Director
melissa.d@twc-ca.org
(661) 858-1115

Wind Wolves Preserve

16019 Maricopa Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311

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