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Homeschool Programs

The LRAS is currently offering programs to homeschooled children. These are specialized programs that cover different science topics that are adjusted to participants' learning level. Most homeschooled groups usually visit our center where they receive a presentation on the subject to be covered followed by a worksheet or a field outing in which the kids have the opportunity to learn firsthand what was covered in the presentation.

When studying plants, birds and insects kids have the opportunity to explore our 44 acres preserve accompanied by one of our naturalist who will help them identify what they find. Older kids are taught basic sampling methods and how to preserve biological samples for later study.  The Street Audubon Center maintains a collection of preserved specimens, mounted birds, a shell collection and many more items for close observation.

When scheduling a session at the Street Audubon Nature Center please let us know what your kids are currently working on, and we’ll prepare accordingly to meet their learning needs. Either call us or email us a general outline of what they have covered so far and what needs to be covered by us.  We’ll provide you with audio-visual materials and activities to go along with the session.

Current Programs for 2013
Click on the subject tab for more information on the program.
 
Amphibians

Amphibians This course introduces the student to the fascinating world of amphibians, a distinctive group of vertebrates that includes salamanders, frogs, toads and sirens among others. Students will learn about their life cycle and biology as well as their economic and ecological value. Often misunderstood, frogs are among the best indicators of the health of freshwater ecosystems; their absence from a previously known range is troublesome sign. Today’s pharmaceutical companies are looking into amphibians for solutions to many human illnesses, but we are witnessing a simultaneously rapid decline in amphibian populations.

Topics:
Characteristics of amphibians
Dual life (metamorphosis)
Types of amphibians
Habitats and lifestyle
Reproduction
Amphibians as indicator species
Importance of amphibians

 
Biodiversity

This program studies the diversity of life on earth from microorganisms to the mega fauna of the great plains. The student learns the importance of biodiversity for our ecosystems and how it promotes sustainability. It’s believed that more than 30 million species inhabit planet earth, yet we only know about 1.5 million of those species. This program discusses which are the most diverse areas of the planet and what are the dangers faced by biodiversity today including pollution, fragmentation and human pressure. Participants engage in activities that demonstrate how human activities including farming, community developments and recreation may affect biological biodiversity.

Topics
What is biodiversity?
Why is biodiversity important for the environment?
For humans? What affects biodiversity?
Preserving biodiversity.


 
Bird Study (Indoor Session)

Bird Study (Classroom Session) This program includes bird anatomy, adaptations, migration and the environmental importance of birds. The student will also learn to recognize some of the most important families and how they are adapted to their habitats and feeding methods. Samples of bird feathers, eggs, and bones will be available for the participants to experience the many adaptations birds have that allow them to survive. Occasionally live birds are used during the program.

Topics
Characteristics of birds
Bird Anatomy – beaks, feet, body & wing shapes.
Bird biology - foraging, reproduction & migration.
Where can we find them?
Importance of birds birds as indicators of environmental health.

Check under Field Trips for the outdoor module to this class.

 
Ecology

Ecology This course covers the importance of individual species in their ecosystems. Explore the many interactions and relationships between organisms that lead to healthy environments and their importance for the success and productivity of a living system. The student will learn to distinguish between biotic and abiotic factors as well as the processes that take place in wetland, forest, marine and desert ecosystems. This program provides a good understanding of the importance of indicator and keystone species in determining the health of the ecosystems.

Topics

Biotic & abiotic factors
Species Producers
Consumers & Decomposers
Habitat
Natural communities
Niche
Food & Energy Levels
Symbiotic relationships

     
Ecosystems

Florida contains more than 69 distinct ecosystems that range from coastal dunes to spring fed rivers, lakes, and scrub uplands. The student explores some of the most important and productive ecosystems and the plants and animals that thrive in them. Florida is blessed with many unique natural systems not found anywhere else and hosting some of the rarest plants and animals in the world. The Lake Wales Ridge with its scrub habitats and the river of grass in the Everglades are two of these unique ecosystems. This program helps the student understand the process of adaptation that many species undergo to survive in these ecosystems.

Topics
How are the parts of an ecosystem related?
How is energy transferred among members of an ecosystem?
Living requirements.
Organisms.
F ood web/energy web.
Types of Ecosystems.

     
Insects

Insects make the largest group of animals known so far. They inhabit pretty much every biome and key to the survival of all other life forms. Plants, animals and microbes depend on insects for food, pollination and much more. Explore the enormous variety of insects and their importance through live exhibit, displays, and activities.

Topics
What is an insect?
What are they made of?
Life cycle of various insects (dragonfly, grasshopper & butterfly)

Insect defenses
Importance of insects

     
Reptiles (Live Animals Presentation)

Reptiles are an interesting group of vertebrates that includes lizards, snakes, turtles, skinks and crocodilians. Learn the different characteristics that separate each one of these large groups and the adaptations they have to survive in various types of ecosystems. Live animals are used to show the different characteristics of reptiles.

Topics

Characteristics of Reptiles (snakes,lizards, turtles & crocodilians)
Where do they live?
Cold blooded (Ectotherms)
Life cycle (reproduction)
What do they eat?
Hunting techniques
Venomous
Florida snakes, turtles & lizards
The importance of reptiles for humans and the ecosystems.

     
Water is Life

Water is Life Water is needed by all living organisms. This program teaches the student where water comes from, where it goes and how to conserve it. The program exposes the students to the world of microorganisms living in water to the largest mammals swimming in the oceans and the importance of water quality to the survival of all living things.

Topics
Where do water comes from?
The water cycle
Importance of water for living things.
Water ecosystems. (freshwater, brackish, saltwater)
Human impact on water resources.
How is water used and recycled.
Climate change and water availability.
How to conserve water.

     
     
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Available Programs

K-3

Introduction to Plants
Living Things
Fish & Other water inhabitants
Insects, Butterflies & Moths
Amphibians
Reptiles
Birds
Mammals
Ecosystems
Water Conservation
4-8
Plants
Insects
Butterflies & Moths
Basic Ecology
Amphibians - The First Vertebrates on Land
Reptiles - Dominating the Land
Birds - Ruling the Skies
Habitats & Ecosystems
Raptors
9-12
Biology of Amphibians & Reptiles
Understanding Ecosystems and species dependency
Biology of Birds


     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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