Stream & Fishery Ecology

Archey Creek Reclaimed Timber

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 led by Bob Hartmann, Naturalist, Botanist, Mycologist, Icthyologist, retired from the Game and Fish Commission.

Framework

  • BD.2.ES.2 – Describe relationships within a community
  • BD.2.ES.9 – Describe how limiting factors affect populations and ecosystems
  • EBR.8.B.5 – Population Control Factors in an Ecosystem

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Topographical Map & Compass Workshop

GRF Topo

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 Mountains
    • Coastal Plain
    • Mississippi Alluvial Plain (Delta)
    • Crowley’s Ridge
  • PD.1.ES.9 – Construct and interpret information on topographic maps

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Food Chains, Foodwebs & Energy Pyramids

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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.4.4.2 – Illustrate the interdependence of organisms in an Ecosystem.
  • LS.4.5.3 – Design food webs in specific habitats to show the flow of energy within Communities
  • LS.4.5.5 – Examine the role of limiting factors on the carrying capacity of an ecosystem: food, space, water, shelter
  • LS.4.6.2 – Conduct simulations demonstrating competition for resources within an ecosystem.
  • BD.2.ES.1 – Compare and contrast biomes
  • BD.2.ES.2 – Describe relationships within a community (predation, competition, parasitism, mutualism, and commensalism
  • BD.2.ES.4 – Construct a trophic-level pyramid (energy level)
  • BD.2.ES.5 – Construct a food chain
  • BD.2.ES.6 – Diagram a food web
  • BD.2.ES.8 – Describe biodiversity
  • BD.2.ES.9 – Describe how limiting factors affect populations and ecosystems
  • EBR.8.B.4 – Energy Flow through Food Chains and Webs
  • EBR.8.B.5 – Population Control Factors in an Ecosystem

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Art Enrichment

Students at SFNC

The South Fork Nature Center’s outdoor classrooms are perfect stages for art enrichment activities. Students will gather at various areas of the Nature Center and participate in hands-on creation of tree and leaf structure, texture, and design drawings led by our very talented docents. Additional art programs such as watercolor landscape and natural walnut dye sketching may be arranged.

Framework

  • VA.6.4.1 – Create a detailed representational or imaginary drawing using mark making with various wet and dry media
  • VA.6.4.2 – Combine grade-level appropriate elements of art and principles of design in a 2D product: painting, printmaking, drawing
  • VA.6.4.5 – Produce artwork that involves problem solving (e.g., brainstorming, practice, drafts, sketches, models)
  • VA.6.4.9 – Produce artwork inspired by or connected to content from other disciplines (e.g., social studies, literacy, performing arts, science, math)
  • *This visual art standard is present in grades 4-8th. The applicable numbers are VA.6.5.14, VA.6.6.14, VA.6.7.14, and VA.6.8.14

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Woods in Winter

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Students are led in field study by various docents, many of whom are trained professional botanists. They will learn to identify trees from fallen leaves and oak patterns. They will use bark patterns, colors, branching patterns, buds, and overall tree crown shapes and silhouettes to identify the “winterwoods” of South Fork.

Framework

  • LS.4.4.1 – Recognize environmental adaptations of plants and animals
  • CDL.7.B.15 – Vascular and nonvascular plant differentiation
  • CDL.7.B.16 – Cycads, gymnosperms and angiosperms differentiation
  • CDL.7.B.17 – Structure and function of the major parts of a plants: roots, stems leaves and flowers
  • CDL.7.B.18 – Relate the structure of Plant tissue to its function: epidermal, ground and vascular

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