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Youth Experiences

Earth Explorers

Earth Explorers

Grades: 4-5
Seasons: fall, spring


Ever wonder how mountains, plants, water and fire affect one another? To find out, students spend time exploring a physical model of our local watershed, designing and engineering solutions to erosion, building matchstick forests, hiking riverfront trails, and teaching one another about native ecology. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between the geo-, hydro-, bio- and atmospheres.

Pre- Field Day Activity
Post- Field Day Activities

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 4-ESS2-2 Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earths features.  
  • 4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans. 
  • 5-ESS2-1 Develop a model using an example to describe the ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and/or atmosphere interact.