Airborne is a hands on, up close encounter with trained birds of prey. 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. The birds awe the students when they fly mere inches over their heads! It's an encounter like none other and one they will never forget.
Forest Study is designed to allow the kids to experience nature and the outdoors hands on. Students will learn about the different types of forest in the world, layers of the forest and the animals that reside in them, and the role of decomposers in the environment. During the class they will work together as a team to complete a scavenger hunt around the forest.
Earth Science: 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.
Orienteering: 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 on our orienteering course. Students are put into small groups and will be equipped with a compass and an instructional sheet in order to navigate as a team through the forest. Orienteering is a fun exercise in team building and learning a new skill.
Nature's Niche 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 search for different types of insects and identify their structures and functions. After students capture insects, they can use an iPad field guide and two-way magnifiers to identify their collections before releasing them. This class allows students to see a variety of living things and their adaptations that help them survive in the environment.
Critter Class is an opportunity for students to have an up close and personal experience with wildlife. The 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, and many more animals. Students choose their favorite animal and answer questions about it in their journal. Critter class prepares the students to identify certain wildlife, distinguish elements of an ecosystem, and acknowledge characteristics of the organisms. It's all the best parts of a zoo combined into one.
Teambuilding: Participants learn how to better communicate with and trust their peers while working through engaging challenges and games. Initiatives are an effective tool for teaching the benefits of team cooperation, encouragement, problem solving, and compromise. Further, teambuilding instructors challenge students to evaluate how to apply what they learn about teamwork to their lives after camp.
Aquatics: Students begin their scientific investigation of the aquatic community on the banks of Lake Timbers. After grabbing fishing nets, students will explore the aquatic ecosystem. As students dredge the pond for fish and insects with their nets, they discover species in the aquatic food chain. IWS instructors teach aquatic wildlife identification, aquatic food chains, producers and consumers, and diversity of living organisms. Students plan an experiment, collect data, discuss their findings, and work together to understand why and how the aquatic world works.
Horses: In this class, participants learn the basics of riding and horse safety amidst the beauty of the East Texas forest. Our friendly wranglers instruct the proper techniques, answer questions, and encourage participants. Our wranglers will 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 or 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.