Woodland Classroom Program
This year, 2011, will be the eighth year of this educational program in May, which provides forest and wetland ecosystem education to elementary school children, kindergarten through 3rd grade. The schoolchildren are divided into small groups of 8-10 children each, and trained guides (volunteers, student workers, and DSU staff) lead the group through the Woodland Trail, the Pond Animals station, and the Herbarium. Each tour takes about 2 hours. Highlights of the program include live turtles (box turtle, spotted turtle), tadpoles, and toads; taxidermy (raccoon, fox, otter, muskrat, beaver, wood duck); a live demonstration of bird calls; and the forest, stream, and wetland habitats and plants of the 1/3-mile-long Woodland Trail. In the Herbarium, the students learn about pressed plants and participate in a botanical stamping activity.
This program is a collaboration between Susan Yost (Claude E. Phillips Herbarium educator), and Maggie Moor-Orth (DSU Cooperative Extension).