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Adventure Team

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Grades 4-5; 2 hours; $6.25/participant

Join in a variety of problem-solving experiences to generate energy and enthusiasm!  Physical and mental challenges are designed to break down barriers, foster teamwork and identify leadership potential among students.  A great program to cultivate teamwork at the beginning of the school year or to foster continual growth for the future!

All About Owls

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.3/3.1.4/3.1.5/4.1.4
Grades 3-5; 1.5 hours; $6.00/participant OR 2 hours; $8.50/participant with owl pellet dissection (1 pellet per student pair included)

What makes an owl a great nocturnal predator?  Can an owl really turn its head all the way around its body?  Learn about the fascinating lives of owls through an exploration of their amazing adaptations.  Get a close look at a taxidermy mount of an owl that lives in Southeastern Pennsylvania , and then go on a habitat hike.

Amazing Adaptations

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.3/3.1.4/3.1.5/4.1.3/4.1.4
Grades 3-5;
1.5 hours; $5.75/participant OR 2 hours; $6.25/participant (with Tooli Bird activity)

Observe a variety of structural and behavioral adaptations of plants and animals. Play games and go on a hike to see examples of how plants and animals have adapted in order to survive.  “Tooli Birds,” a game that models the adaptations of bird beaks, can be included upon request.

At Home in Your Habitat

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.K/3.1.1/3.1.2/3.1.3/4.1.2/4.1.3
Grades Pre-K-2; 1.25 hours; $5.25/participant OR 1.5 hours; $5.50/participant

Search for signs of wildlife while learning about the four basic components of a habitat.  Students will discover a variety of animal homes while learning how specific habitats provide food, water, shelter and space.

Common Sense

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.2/3.1.3
Grades Pre-K-2; 1.25 hours; $5.25/participant

Test your sense of touch, smell, sight and hearing in the outdoors during a sensory walk.  Students will learn to use their “sensory skills” to become more aware of their natural surroundings.

Ecosystem Explorations - Pond

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards (Pond/Stream): 3.1.4/3.1.5/3.3.5/3.4.4/ 3.4.5/4.1.4/4.1.5
Standards (Field/Forest): 3.1.4/3.1.5/3.2.4/4.1.4/ 4.3.4/4.5.4
Grades 3-5; 2 hours; $6.50/participant

Take a hike to our pond to learn more about the living and nonliving components of its ecosystem. Observe how inhabitants and nearby animals interact and adapt.  Discuss the importance of food webs and conduct chemical testing on the water.  Dip net to find out what macroinvertebrates call the Myrick pond their home.

Ecosystem Explorations -Stream

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards (Pond/Stream): 3.1.4/3.1.5/3.3.5/3.4.4/ 3.4.5/4.1.4/4.1.5
Standards (Field/Forest): 3.1.4/3.1.5/3.2.4/4.1.4/ 4.3.4/4.5.4
Grades 3-5; 2 hours; $6.50/participant

Walk to one of our streams to study the surrounding ecosystem, including the plants nearby.  Learn where streams originate and the importance of keeping them clean and healthy.  Water testing and macroinvertebrate sampling will give participants a hands-on experience to determine the stream’s water quality.  Play a game to learn more about food webs in this habitat.

Findings of Fall

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.K/3.1.1/3.1.2/4.1.K/4.1.1/4.1.2/4.2.K/4.2.1/4.2.2
Grades K-2; 1.25 hours; $5.25/participant
Available September -Mid- November

Investigate changes in nature that take place in the fall.  Discover how plants and animals adapt to prepare for the upcoming winter.  Learn how animals plan ahead and why they migrate and hibernate.

Geology and Landforms

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick

Standards: 3.3.3/3.3.4/3.3.5
Grades 3-5; 1.5 hours; $6.25/participant

Don’t get stuck between a rock and a hard place!  Gain hands-on understanding of Geology fundamentals.  Learn about the layers of the Earth and how metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks are formed.  Go on a hike to identify rock outcroppings on our property and find evidence of both natural and human-made changes in the landscape.

Inspect an Insect

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Other

Standards: 3.1.1/3.1.2/3.1.3/3.1.4/3.1.5/4.1.1/4.1.2/4.1.3/4.1.4/4.2.2/4.2.3/4.4.1/4.4.2/4.5.4
Grades 1-5; 1.5 hours; $5.75/participant
Available Mid-April – October

Set off to discover the many amazing insects that call the Myrick Conservation Center their home!  During this exploration students will have the opportunity to try different collection techniques to get an up close view of these fascinating creatures.  Learn about the body parts and various life cycles.  To gain a more in-depth understanding of the importance of adaptations for survival, older students will compare and contrast both aquatic and terrestrial insects.

Like the Lenape – Full Day

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick

Standards: 3.1.3/3.1.4/3.1.5/3.4.3/3.4.4/4.1.3/4.1.4/4.2.3/4.3.3/4.3.4/4.4.3/4.4.4/4.5.3/4.5.4/4.5.5
Grades 3-5; 3 hours; $10.50/participant

Can’t get enough of our local Native Americans?  Make it a full day of Lenape with this program.  Take a hike to our replica Lenape Village as you learn about homelife and hunting techniques.  Try your hand at popular skill games, and handle tools that were used in daily life.  Fishing techniques will be modeled, and participants will go on a walk to identify plants that the Lenape used for food and medicinal purposes.  This program is broken up into two 1.5 hour sessions with a lunch break in between.  Maximum 75 students, minimum charge for 25 students due to extensive set-up.

Like the Lenape – Half Day

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick

Standards: 3.1.3/3.1.4/3.1.5/3.4.3/3.4.4/4.1.3/4.1.4/4.2.3/4.3.3/4.3.4/4.4.3/4.4.4/4.5.3/4.5.4/4.5.5
Grades 3-5; 1.5 hours; $6.50/participant

Want to learn about Native American life and still have time for another program?  Then step back in time and explore the ways of the pre-contact Lenape tribe.  Visit our replica Lenape Village where you will have the opportunity to see tools that were used for hunting and in daily homelife.  Play popular skill games to see if you have what it takes to survive in the wild like a Native American.  Maximum 75 students, minimum charge for 25 students due to extensive set-up.

Lenape Sense

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.1/3.1.2/4.1.1/4.1.2
Grades 1-2; 1.5 hours; $5.50/participant

Journey back in time to learn about the life of the Lenape people.  Games and hands-on activities offer participants the perspective to see how people and animals use their senses to survive.  Experience the importance of living in harmony with nature similar to the way the indigenous people lived.  This lesson is designed as an introduction to the Like a Lenape programs and does not include a visit to the Lenape Village.

Pebbles, Sand and Soil

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.3.1/3.3.3
Grades 1-3; 1.25 hours; $5.50/participant; 1.5 hours; $5.75/participant

Based on the Foss®kit, this program brings the inquiry-based approach to the outdoor classroom.  Observe rocks and other earth materials by investigating water in a stream, learning about local rocks and sorting a river rock mixture by particle size.  Get yours hands dirty by using different tools to see what makes up the soil at the Myrick Conservation Center.

Pond Sense

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.K/3.1.1/3.1.2/3.1.3/3.3.1/4.1.K/4.1.2/4.1.3/4.2.2/4.2.3/4.4.2/4.5.1/4.5.2
Grades K-2; 1.5 hours; $5.75/participant

Go on a sensory journey around the pond!  Learn the different stages of the frog’s life cycle and play a game to find out more about animals that live in and around the community.  Dip net in the pond to see who livers there and how they survive.  Depending on age of participants, collecting at pond site might be done by an instructor. 

Signs of Spring

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.K/3.3.K/4.1.K/4.1.1/4.1.2/4.4.1/ 4.4.2
Grades K-2; 1.25 hours; $5.25/participant
Available Mid-April – June

Go on a walk to watch Spring unfold as buds and wildflowers bloom.  See if you can spot hibernators emerging from their winter shelters as the days grow longer and warmer.  Learn why plants and animals change with the season.

Stream Sense

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.K/3.1.2/3.1.3/3.3.1/4.1.1/4.2.2/4.2.3/4.4.2
Grades K-2; 1.5 hours; $5.75/participant

Practice using your senses as you explore a stream and its surroundings.  Look for plants and animals that live in and near a stream and how they differ from those that live in a nearby field.  Depending on age of participants, collection at stream site might be done by an instructor.

Wonderful Wetlands

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.3/3.1.4/3.3.4/4.1.3/4.1.4/4.2.3/4.2.4/4.2.5/4.3.4/4.5.3/4.5.4
Grades 3-5; 1.5 hours; $6.00/participant

Take a walk to discover the biological diversity of wetland environments, and learn why protection of them is so important.  Participate in hands-on activities to see how wetlands soak up water, act as filters and help to slow runoff.  Search for signs of animals, and observe the unique adaptations of wetland plants.

Working Watershed

Level: Elementary School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.3.4/3.3.5/4.2.5/4.5.3/4.5.4/4.5.5
Grades 4-5; 1.5 hours; $6.75/participant

What is a watershed anyway?  Participate in activities to learn more about how water moves through the water cycle, and in turn, watersheds.  See how much water on Earth is available for use and witness how water can become polluted.  Learn ways that you can be a local watershed warrior!

Canoeing Water Quality Program

Level: Middle School
Locations: Other

Standards: 3.1.7/3.1.8/4.1.7/4.2.7/4.2.8/4.5.7/4.5.8
Grades 7-8; 4 hours; $30.00/participant
Available May – October

Canoe the Brandywine Creek to learn more about local freshwater resources.  Experience the stream ecosystem while stopping at multiple sites to test the water quality and sample for aquatic organisms.  See how gathering this data is essential to determining the health of the stream. Canoeing experience is not necessary, as basic instruction will be provided.  Trip leaves from Northbrook Canoe Company. Lead teacher free.  Additional adults: $15 each.

Lenape Lore- Half day

Level: Middle School
Locations: Myrick

Standards: 3.1.6/3.1.7/4.1.6/4.1.7/4.5.6/4.5.7
Grades 6-8; 2 hours; $6.75/participant

Want to learn about Native American life and still have time for another program?  Then step back in time and explore the ways of the pre-contact Lenape Native Americans.  Visit our replica Lenape Village where you will have the opportunity to make cordage, see tools that were used for hunting and in daily homelife.  Play popular skill games to see if you have what it takes to survive in the wild like a Native American.  This program is similar to Like a Lenape.  Additional time allows for a more in depth and hands-on study.  Maximum 75 students, minimum charge for 25 students due to extensive set-up.

Lenape Lore- Full day

Level: Middle School
Locations: Myrick

Standards: 3.1.6/3.1.7/4.1.6/4.1.7/4.5.6/4.5.7
Grades 6-8; 4 hours; $13.00/participant

Can’t get enough of our local Native Americans?  Make it a full day of Lenape with this program.  Take a hike to our replica Lenape Village as you learn about homelife and hunting techniques.  Try your hand at popular skill games, and handle tools that were used in daily life.  Make a leather pouch to take with you as you go on a walk to identify plants that the Lenape used for food and medicinal purposes.  This program is broken up into two 2 hour sessions with a lunch break in between.  Maximum 75 students, minimum charge for 25 students due to extensive set-up.

Pond Study

Level: Middle School
Locations: Myrick, Other

Standards: 3.1.6/3.1.7/3.1.8/4.1.7/4.2.6/4.2.7/4.2.8

Grades 6-8; 2 hours; $6.50/participant

Learn about how ponds are formed and the natural changes that they go through over time.  Test the pH and dissolved oxygen levels in the water and sample for macroinvertebrates to determine the overall health of the pond ecosystem.  See how physical changes can influence the biological diversity of a pond.  This study includes discussion about the biotic and abiotic components, and energy flow within this ecosystem.

Stream Study

Level: Middle School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.1.6/3.1.7/3.1.8/4.1.7/4.2.6/4.2.7/4.2.8
Grades 6-8; 2 hours; $6.50/participant

Visit one of our fist order streams to test the pH and dissolved oxygen levels.  Determine the biological diversity of the ecosystem by collection, identifying and categorizing invertebrates and plants found.  Evaluate how these chemical, physical and biological parameters aid in determining the overall health of the stream ecosystem.  Discuss how biotic and abiotic factors in stream ecosystems affect the energy flow of the food webs within aquatic habitat.

Team Challenge

Level: Middle School
Locations: Myrick

Grades 6-8; 2 hours; $6.25/participant

This program is similar to Adventure Team but includes more in-depth elements and emphasis on identifying group strengths and challenges.  Activities aim to strengthen leadership and communication skills.  Debriefing exercises work to develop strategies for overcoming obstacles.  A great program to cultivate teamwork at the beginning of the school year or to foster continual growth for the future.

Watershed Tour

Level: Middle School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: Dependent on tour content
Grades 7-8; Time of program varies; Cost to be determined based on length of tour

Gain a better understanding of water usage in your watershed!  Participants will have the opportunity to visit a nearby water filtration and/or wastewater treatment plant. Learn what Best Management Practices local farms and urban sites use to conserve and keep water clean.  Have the opportunity to see some of BRC’s stream restoration projects that work with businesses and homeowners to improve water quality in the Brandywine and Red Clay Watersheds.  This tour can be personalized to meet your specific academic needs.  It is a great program for students in environmental studies.  School will be required to provide transportation for this bus tour.  Minimum charge for 12 students.  Maximum number of students limited to space on bus.

Working Watershed

Level: Middle School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

Standards: 3.3.6/3.3.8/3.4.6/4.2.6/4.2.7/4.2.8/4.5.7/4.5.8
Grades 6-8; 2 hours; $6.75/participant

Learn about the hydrologic cycle and where the water you use comes from.  Go on a walk to see how topography defines watersheds and directs the flow on water on the land.  A pollution simulation will leave you with a better understanding of conserving water and keeping it clean at its source.

Canoeing Water Quality

Level: High School
Locations: Other

Standards: 3.1.10/3.1.12/4.1.10/4.1.12/4.2.10
Grades 9-12; 4 hours; $30.00/participant (transportation included)
Available May – October

Canoe down the west branch of the Brandywine Creek to gain a better understanding of the importance of clean water.  Stop at multiple sites to assess the water quality through physical, chemical and biological testing methods. These tests include pH, dissolved oxygen and nitrate testing.  Sample for aquatic organisms, and learn how to use them as indicators of stream health and change.  Canoeing experience is not necessary, as basic instruction will be provided.  Trip leaves from Northbrook Canoe Company.  Lead teacher free.  Additional adults: $15 each.

Pond Study

Level: High School
Locations: Myrick, Other

Standards: 3.1.10/3.1.12/4.1.10/4.1.12/4.2.10
Grades 9-12; 2 hours; $6.50/participant

Learn about the past, present and future of the Myrick Conservation Center pond.  Examine the physical, biological and chemical parameters of the pond to determine the overall health of the pond, and discuss possible solutions to any problem(s) found.  Compare the relationship between ecosystem changes and how this affects plant and animal populations.

Stream Study

Level: High School
Locations: Myrick, Saalbach, Other

 

Standards: 3.1.10/3.1.12/4.1.10/4.1.12/4.2.10
Grades 9-12; 2 hours; $6.50/participant

Head out to one of our streams to determine the health of the water at its source.  Conduct pH, dissolved oxygen levels and nitrate tests.  Determine the biological diversity of the ecosystem by collection, identifying and categorizing invertebrates and plants found.  Evaluate how these chemical, physical and biological parameters aid in determining the overall health of the stream ecosystem.  Discuss how biotic and abiotic factors in stream ecosystems affect the enery flow of the food webs withing this aquatic habitat.

Team Challenge

Level: High School
Locations: Myrick

Grades 9-12; 2 hours; $6.25/participant

This program is similar to Adventure Team but includes more in-depth elements and emphasis on identifying group strengths and challenges.  Activities aim to strengthen leadership and communication skills.  Debriefing exercises work to develop strategies for overcoming obstacles.  A great program to cultivate teamwork at the beginning of the school year or to foster continual growth for the future.

Watershed Tour

Level: High School
Locations: Other

Standards: Vary by program choice
Grades 9-12; Time of program varies
Cost to be determined based on length of tour.

Gain a better understanding of water usage in your watershed!  Participants will have the opportunity to visit a nearby water filtration and/or wastewater treatment plant. Learn what Best Management Practices local farms and urban sites use to conserve and keep water clean.  Have the opportunity to see some of BRC’s stream restoration projects that work with businesses and homeowners to improve water quality in the Brandywine and Red Clay Watersheds.  This tour can be personalized to meet your specific academic needs.  It is a great program for students in environmental studies.  School will be required to provide transportation for this bus tour.  Minimum charge for 12 students.  Maximum number of students limited to space on bus.