Our big month is May, when we will be hosting 2nd graders from Sedro-Woolley schools on at least 5 days and up to 7. Each field trip consists of six themed Investigation Stations, so we need help to staff those stations as well as to set up and take the stations down.
Volunteers will present activities and information to small groups of students who will rotate through the stations every 20 minutes. The themes and activities have already been prepared. We will schedule brief training trips to Utopia ahead of time, to familiarize you with the activities and the site.
These field trips will help support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the schools and both volunteers and students will come away inspired by this beautiful Conservation Area. Last year was our inaugural year, and was very successful.
1) Beaver – look at evidence of beaver activity. Biofacts such as a beaver skull and scat will be used to talk about beaver. Students will count the trees that beaver have chewed and talk about others they have left alone.
2) Elk Trail – follow an elk trail to a grassy area. Read a book aloud on elk or habitats. This station may also change to an Owl focus.
3) Amphibians – look and listen for amphibians. Many Pacific chorus frogs are in this area. Play Giggly-Wiggly game about frog metamorphosis or some other amphibian game of your choice.
4) Macroinvertebrates – Use magnifying lenses to look at macroinvertebrates in tubs of water. Students will try to identify with I.D. guide and will draw their favorite “critter”.
5) Plants/Seeds/Conservation & Restoration – Set up under a beautiful old cherry tree, this station will discover how plants can help to restore a conservation area. Demonstrations of how plants hold soil and filter water will be done. A short walk to look at plants may be included.
6) Birds/Snags – Use binoculars to look for and I.D. birds along Wiseman Creek and in snags on the creek banks. No in depth knowledge of birds is required.
7) Teacher resource table – Information about Skagit Land Trust and teaching on the land at our main meeting area.
Field trips will be conducted from approximately 8am-1pm on the following dates: April 29th, May 10th, May 16th, May 20th, and May 30th. MORE DATES TO COME SOON! Check back often for additional dates.
Please email Stacy at email@example.com if you want to request a station or have any questions.
Below are the dates that we need volunteers! For each date you are volunteering, please check all stations that you are interested in leading. There is no minimum or maximum number of dates you can sign up for.
Thank you for volunteering with Skagit Land Trust!