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Botany Workshop

Botany Workshop

Students spend time in South Fork’s “outdoor classroom” dissecting flowers using dissection microscopes as they discuss the sexual reproduction system of a flowering plant and how the flower is adapted for the reproduction process. They also discuss how fruit and seed dispersal play an important role in maintaining a species. Framework CDL.7.B.15 – Vascular andContinue Reading Botany Workshop

Butterfly Metamorphosis

Butterfly Metamorphosis

Students can see many specimens of butterflies and moths while discussing the complete metamorphosis of the species. A seasonal release is also conducted annually at South Fork. Usually eggs, larva, chrysalis and adult butterflies are available for observation. The butterflies relax in little cooled envelopes until warmed up for release. Go back to previous pageContinue Reading Butterfly Metamorphosis

Identifying Trees of Arkansas

Identifying Trees of Arkansas

Students will learn about leaf and twig characteristics in order to key out (identify) trees of Arkansas using dichotomous keys. Hand lenses and dissection microscopes are available for students to use. Pairing this workshop with one of South Fork’s two “trail walks” will reinforce the inofrmation, and newly-found identification skills can be practiced. Framework LS.4.4.1Continue Reading Identifying Trees of Arkansas

Stream & Fishery Ecology

Stream & Fishery Ecology

Students can view Pee Dee Creek and peninsula areas of the South Fork Nature Center and discuss what the original stream was like. They can also observe and consider characteristics of the existing impoundment setting, and focus on past, present, and future potentials of both water (aquatic) and fisheries communities. This session will be ledContinue Reading Stream & Fishery Ecology

Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt

Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt

Students are led by docents in a search of life in ecosystems. The different teams will start at various points in the Nature Center such as the waterfall, out on the point, and deep in the woods. Framework LS.4.4.2 – Illustrate the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem Go back to previous page →

Topographical Map & Compass Workshop

Topographical Map & Compass Workshop

Students will construct and interpret information on topographic maps. GPS and compass use could be incorporated into this program. Students will have the opportunity to utilize these tools and maps in field studies at South Fork. Framework PD.1.ES.9 – Describe the characteristics of each of the natural divisions of Arkansas: Arkansas River Valley Ouachita MountainsContinue Reading Topographical Map & Compass Workshop

Food Chains, Foodwebs & Energy Pyramids

Food Chains, Foodwebs & Energy Pyramids

This program includes games such as “Oh Deer!” and simulations such as “Weaving the Web.” Students can participate in an actual field study of different ecosystems found in our world. They will be able to reinforce their knowledge, demonstrating competition for resources within an eco-system and the interdependence of organisms in an eco-system. Framework LS.4.4.2Continue Reading Food Chains, Foodwebs & Energy Pyramids