Outreach Programs

Upham Woods is now bringing its interactive environmental education programs into classrooms, meeting rooms, and other public venues throughout southern Wisconsin! Many of our programs transfer excellently to off-site locations.

Children at outreach event with snake

Connecting youth and wildlife at the Wisconsin State Fair 4-H Day

How do I schedule a program at my school?

To schedule an outreach program for your class or for more information contact Upham Woods at uphamwoods@ces.uwex.edu or telephone at (608) 254-6461, ext. 209.

About Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center…

Upham Woods is located on the scenic waterway of the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Dells. It is operated through the University of Wisconsin-Extension Service and the Department of Youth Development. Throughout the fall, winter, and spring months, many schools, scouting groups, and youth groups attend Upham Woods to participate in residential environmental education programs. During the summer months, Upham Woods is home to county-based 4-H camp programs. Public programs, family camps and partnership programs are also held year round at Upham Woods.

 

More Information

Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center also offers interactive environmental educational programming to local schools, community centers or anywhere youth meet. This option allows access to the center’s exceptional curriculum and teaching staff for school groups, scouts, 4-H clubs, or church groups who may not have the means to attend a full day or overnight program at Upham Woods.

How much does the outreach program cost?

Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center staff will travel to your classroom or outdoor learning space and teach any of the following programs. All programs are one hour long and intended for one classroom (25 students maximum). The cost is $50/ class plus round trip mileage to and from Wisconsin Dells ($0.54/mile). Our Radical Raptors Program is also available for large school assemblies or specialized study at a rate of $150 per assembly plus mileage and necessary equipment fees.

The following outreach programs are available:

Animal Signs

Students will learn about seven categories of animal signs, what can be interpreted by each sign, and how sign interpretation can help solve the mystery of what animal left the signs behind. Upham Woods staff will bring a variety of animal pelts, tracks, homes, and other animal signs to your classroom. A portion of the class can be spent outside looking for animal signs. Grades: 1st – 6th

Bats!

Through exploration of cultural myths surrounding bats, interactive games, and a slide show, students will be introduced to the fascinating world of bats. Emphasis will be placed on bat adaptations and bat-human interactions. Grades 3rd -7th

Beaver Ecology

With the help of “Alvin” our stuffed beaver, students will learn about the physical and behavior adaptations of beavers during a dress-up activity. Students will learn about the beaver life cycle through a beaver family role play, and explore how beaver behavior affects the lives of other plants and animals in the ecosystem through a “Beaver On Trial” simulation. Grades 2nd -7th

Discovering Owls

Through the use of a slide show, audio aids, and hands-on examples, students will discover the unique adaptations of owls, learn about Wisconsin’s native owls, and explore the composition of owl pellets. Students will also dissect and keep an owl pellet. *There may be an additional fee due to the cost of the owl pellets. Grades: 2nd -7th.

D.O.T.S.: I notice & I wonder… Supporting students to generate authentic science narratives with technology

National literature points to the need for incorporating mobile technology in experiential education. Congruently, practitioners are seeking educational programs and training which fit that need. DOTS programs are a minimum of two hours long and intended for one classroom (approximately 25 students). This session can address multiple avenues including: kicking off your science inquiry- based programming, familiarizing your class with the DOTS tool set, assisting with a larger scale data collection event, or facilitating a specific lesson that is enhanced with the DOTS tools. Utilizing digital learning technologies in science education is a great way to connect to standards, citizen science, or our own sense of wonder! Grades: 2nd – Adults. Special cost of $150/ day programming event, plus round trip mileage.

French Voyageur Program

Meet Jacques the French voyageur (in full voyageur dress) as he makes an unexpected visit to your classroom. Students will learn about the web of cultures that made the fur trade possible and the role that each culture played as trappers, traders, and travelers. Voyageur era games will be played at the end of the program. Grades: 2nd – 6th

A Habitat is Home

Students will understand the definition of a habitat and the four main requirements of all plants and animals: food, shelter, water and space. Students will learn about the dynamic nature of populations and the concepts of limiting factors and carrying capacity through active role-playing games, graphing and math activities, and discussions. Grades: 2nd – 7th

Make Sense of Nature

Discover a sense of wonder in nature by exploring with all five senses. Blindfold students try to identify natural objects and effectively communicate their experience of heightened sensitivity. Students will learn about the sensory adaptations that help animals survive. Grades: 1st -5th

Radical Raptors

Students will learn about types of raptors, raptor adaptations, and human-raptor interactions through a presentation including two live raptors. “Beauty,” our red-tail hawk and “Stella,” our barred owl will be introduced during the program. Both raptors are housed at Upham Woods and have injuries that prevent them from reentering the wild. Grades: 1st – 7th

Scales, Scutes, & Skins

This program will help students learn general adaptations of reptiles and amphibians through comparison activities. Upham Woods staff will bring a variety or reptiles and amphibians to your classroom. Students will have the opportunity to have hands-on contact with live specimens, which may include a corn snake, garter snake, eastern tiger salamander, painted turtle, and american toad. Grades: K-7th

For more information and to schedule a program, contact Upham Woods at 608-254-6461, ext. 202, or uphamwoods@ces.uwex.edu.

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