Nature Reach Off-Campus Programs
Nature Reach offers "off-campus" Outreach Programs. There are several programs from which to choose. The programs are described further below.
To schedule the Nature Reach Off-Campus Programs (we come to your school), use the 2013-2014 Schedule Form) or contact the Nature Reach office by e-mail or call (620)235-4727.
PSU Natural History Reserve and Raptor Tour (PSU Natural History Reserve, off campus site)
- During this 50-60 minute tour your group will get a chance to see our famous raptors at home as well as meet our Bald Eagle, Aurora. We will talk about how these animals survive in the wild and their importance to the natural world. This tour will also include a brief introduction to strip mining, the history of the reserve itself, and wildlife common to the area
Menu of Outreach Presentation - Nature Reach travels to your classroom! Check out our menu of programs!
- Where the Buffalo Roamed: Animals and plants have been used by humans as symbols for centuries. Students will learn about Kansas state symbols illustrated by live and preserved specimens. (If scheduling to coincide with Kansas Day, please submit requests early.)
- Rain Forest Adventure: The most diverse habitat on Earth is the tropical rainforest. Find out why this habitat is important globally, and learn more about the people and animals that call it home.
- Life Cycles/Structures: (Growing up, digging down, standing out, and blending in) Here we discuss the life cycles of insects and otheranimals including amphibians as well as how their colors, limbs, and skeleton allow them to hide, stand out, hop, skip or jump!
- A Date with Dinosaurs: Interested in dinosaurs? This is the program for you.We will share fossils and geologic time lines to aid in the learning about life before our time!
- Animals with Class: Animal classification is the emphasis here. This program will discuss the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates. Students will also learn the characteristics of the major vertebrate groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish).
- Creatures of the Night: This program focuses on those animals that are active at night. Using live animals (owl, snake etc...) we will discuss the special adaptations these animals have to help them survive a nocturnal existence.
- Amazing Animals: Why do some animals have spots? Why do some animals hunt at night? It's called adaptation! Using live and preserved specimens, we will explain how diversity in color, size, shape and behavior help creatures survive. Hiders, fliers, stinkers and bluffers Insects probably affect humans more than any other group of animals. Learn more about these interesting animals as we discuss their anatomy, classification and behavior using live and preserved specimens. (This program includes a powerpoint presentation)
- Creepers, Slimers, and Things That Slither: You either hate them or you love them, but either way, reptiles and amphibians are very important to our world. With the aid of live specimens, we will compare and contrast amphibians and reptiles and discuss their role in nature.
- Raptors, Birds of Prey: These powerful hunters of the sky have intrigued humans for years. Students will be amazed as they get a close look at these live predators, learn about their importance and learn why many are endangered. (Also available as an on-campus assembly program.)
- The Web of Life: Where do living things get their energy to survive? Learn about animal food habits by looking at live specimens, skulls and teeth of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and explore how every living thing is dependent on food chains.
If you would like to see another presentation topic don’t hesitate to ask. We can usually accommodate special topics.