Airborne is a hands on, up close encounter with trained falcons. Students will learn about the ancient art of falconry and what ecological roles raptors fill in our world. They learn what is involved in training a bird of prey and possibly get the chance to handle one. As they soar and dive, the birds awe the students when they catch a lure or fly mere inches over the students heads. It's an encounter like none other and one they will never forget.
Forest class is designed to allow the kids to experience nature and the outdoors hands on. Students will learn about the life cycle of a plant and view different stages of forest flora. They will also look at the different layers of the forest and the animals that reside in them. During the class they will work together as a team to complete a scavenger hunt around the forest.
This class is designed to help the students understand more about the surface of the earth and how it changes. They will learn about weathering, erosion and deposition while seeing evidence of each around our property. Students work together to put these concepts into practice by constructing their very own landforms. In this class, the students will also learn about different ways to prevent erosion from happening in order to preserve landscapes for generations to come.
In this class, the students learn the parts of a compass, how to navigate using a compass, and teamwork. Once the students have learned how to maneuver their compass, they will put their skills to the test. Students are challenged to work together as a team in order to complete our orienteering course. Each team, equipped with compass and an instructional sheet, competes to navigate through the forest to find the most markers in the correct order during the allotted time. Orienteering is a fun exercise in team building and fun.
Nature's Niche class allows students the opportunity to explore the habitats of many species of insects through the woods. While rolling over logs, peeking under rocks, and digging through leaves, students will get to search for anything that creeps or crawls. After students capture insects, they use field guides and two-way magnifiers to identify their collections before releasing them. While searching for bugs, the students will look at the habitats the bugs come from and what adaptations they may have.
Critter class is an opportunity for students to have an up close and personal experience with wildlife. Class is taught in our 1500 square foot indoor nature center. Students will explore our room which contains a two-toed sloth, a ring-tailed lemur, a caiman, snakes, geckos, tarantulas and many more animals. In class, students choose their favorite animal and answer question about it in their journal. Critter class prepares the students to identify certain wildlife, distinguish animal kingdom classifications, and acknowledge characteristics of the organisms. This class is all the best parts of a zoo combined into one.
Participants become better acquainted with their peers and more relaxed and familiar with themselves while working through challenges presented in games. Initiative games are an effective tool for teaching the benefits of team cooperation, encouragement, problem solving, and strong communication skills. Further, teambuilding instructors challenge students to evaluate how to apply what they learn about teamwork to their lives after camp.
Students begin their scientific investigation of the aquatic community on the banks of Lake Timbers. After grabbing collection buckets and nets, students will explore the aquatic ecosystem. As students dredge the pond for fish and insects with their aquatic nets, they discover species in the aquatic food chain. IWS instructors teach aquatic wildlife identification, aquatic food chains, the water cycle, and diversity of living organisms. Students collect data, graph their findings and work together to understand why and how the aquatic world works.
Participants learn the basics of riding and horse safety amidst the beauty of the East Texas forest. The friendly Pine Cove wranglers instruct the proper techniques, answer questions, and encourage participants. Wranglers fit each student with a safety helmet and help the students onto their horse where they will navigate obstacles, learn to guide a horse, and discover the difference between inherited and learned behaviors. With a changed outlook, a previously reluctant student steps down from his/her horse with a huge smile and a confident stride.
Zip lines is an activity where the students have the opportunity to practice bravery. They harness up and climb to the top of our 30 ft tower. Our trained ropes instructors then clip them in and send them on an incredible ride across a private lake. Zip lines is often one of the students favorite activities as they get to have fun and look inside and learn about themselves.