An Upcoming One World Event

Natural Science Toolkit for Homeschoolers - Session 3: Bird Language
April 5, 2017
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Natural Science Toolkit for Homeschoolers    

One World Conservation Center

We are pleased to announce that the Natural Science Toolkit program is back again for its fourth year! Want help with teaching science? Do your kids like to be outdoors? Join educator and naturalist Mary Batcheller and OWCC educator Dan Zaffarano as we use science tools as a springboard for learning in nature. All four monthly sessions will focus on conservation related themes and relevant science tools through fun and interactive activities. Classes will take place in the forests and fields of our Greenberg Reserve and in the education center.

You may come to all four sessions or choose the ones that interest you and your children most. Participants will get some instruction together, and then be divided into two groups and taught age-appropriate skills.

Pre-registration is required. Please go to to register. Fee: $12 per child per session and $11 for each additional child in the family. There is a discount if you are a member or if you sign up for all four sessions ($42 per first child, and $37 for each additional in family). However, no refunds will be given for missed sessions. Scholarship funding available- see website for online application. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children at no additional cost. Participants should be sure to dress for the weather. A warm inside space, complete with restrooms and NEW toddler’s area, is available for parents waiting with younger children.  Please call the center if the weather is questionable. A minimum of 15 students is required for the class to run.

Session 1:Owls and Pellets                    Wednesday, February 1    1-3 pm        

Can an owl turn its head all the way around? What kinds (species) of owls live in our area, and what do they sound like? Find out the answers to these questions and many others. Through dissecting owl pellets, you will have the opportunity to be a scientist and investigate what and how these remarkable birds hunt and eat.

Please register by Friday, January 27th

Session 2: Map and Compass                Wednesday, March 1        1-3 pm

How do you use a compass to find your way?  Kids will learn the basics of compass use and how to navigate outside.  Map reading skills will be covered too, and kids will play games to hone their skills.

Please register by Friday, February 24.

Session 3: Bird Language                    Wednesday, April 5        1-3 pm

Students will learn field techniques for finding, watching, and understanding what birds are doing, and why.  Emphasis will be placed on using both eyes and ears to discern bird language.

Please register by Friday, March 31st.

Session 4: Wetland Wonders                Wednesday, May 3        1-3 pm

We will explore the ecology of stream and marsh. Find out more about life cycles, interesting characteristics and adaptations of the animals in this habitat, and how we can determine wetland health. The session will focus on invertebrates, frogs, salamanders, and turtles. If you have them, wear rubber boots and bring nets and buckets.

Please register by Friday, April 28th


Mary Batcheller has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, and taught homeschool for 17 years.  She worked as an environmental educator at nature preserves, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and 4-H. She has led nature trips for local homeschoolers through her business, Learning Trails, for 7 years.

Daniel Zaffarano has an A.A. in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the field for 11 years. He has studied environmental issues and sustainability, which are part of his passion.

413 US Route 7 South, Bennington, VT. Phone: 802-447-7419

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