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Students visit Felix Neck in the fall, winter and spring. This program reinforces what our five senses are and how we can use them to study nature. Classes observe plant and animal life as the seasons change.
This program introduces students to the ways that animals have adapted to survive winter. Through discussion, games, and a close-up look at animal specimens, students become familiar with animal’s food needs and begin to understand the terms active, dormant, migrate and hibernate. *a good addition to A Sense of Seasons field trips
In this classroom presentation students learn about bat species that live on Martha’s Vineyard, explore sound waves and learn how bats use waves in echolocation. Felix Neck naturalists bring in a bat specimen and pictures for students to get an up close look at these interesting animals. *A good follow up to Light and Sound program
Examples of real bird beaks and feet are brought into the classroom for students to observe. Students discover why birds have different beaks and feet depending on their habitat and diet. During a nature walk at Felix Neck students use binoculars to identify birds and their unique adaptations.
Students study various ecosystems and discover the many relationships among organisms, the complexity of biological communities. Through observations, hypotheses and scientific investigations students discover how energy moves through different ecosystems
Two 1 hour classroom presentations and 1 hour field trip
A classroom visit introduces students to freshwater pond ecology and prepares classes for field trips to Felix Neck and Cranberry Acres, where we collect samples of aquatic invertebrates and amphibians with nets. Students learn to identify, count and record their findings, and discuss the intricate life cycles, food webs, and survival adaptations of pond organisms.
A slideshow in the classroom and a field trip to the sanctuary provide a forum for students to learn about different island animals, the places they live and the ways in which they have learned to survive the island life.
Students learn what makes this species so unique and why it is important to protect them. They help to collect and study scientific data and understand implications for environmental policies at local and statewide levels.
1 hour classroom training in April and 1 hour field trip in May or June
Students discover the unique characteristics of insects, search the Felix Neck fields for insects, and discuss insect adaptations such as camouflage, life cycles and body structure. We will emphasize the importance of insects to people and wildlife, as well as the importance of respecting even the smallest living things.
Felix Neck brings mammal pelts and skulls into the classroom. Students discover which mammals can be found on Martha’s Vineyard and work in groups to identify mammal skulls. The focus is mammal teeth adaptations for food preferences.
Living on an island, we sometimes live our life by the tide. Students discover how the phases of the moon and alignment of the sun, moon and earth cause the natural phenomenon of the tide.
Students explore the salt marsh and tidal creeks for marine life. Discussion focuses on the geologic processes that create marshes and the value of wetlands to people and wildlife. This program can also be done by kayak.
Students will be introduced to the seashore habitat and what animals live there. On the field trip, with nets, buckets and curious minds, students explore the waters of Sengekontacket Pond for marine life and discover why these animals need this habitat to survive. Classes may take specimens back to the classroom to set up aquariums for long-term study.
During this classroom visit, students learn about the characteristics of reptiles and their island habitats. We hope to dispel any fear of snakes and help students understand how to protect snakes in the wild.
After an introduction to astronomy students will create a model of the sun, earth, and moon to explain the daily changes in the appearance of each. Later students and their families meet at Felix Neck for an evening of stargazing, star lore, and night sky viewing through a telescope.
45 minute classroom presentation
1 hour field trip
Felix Neck brings live native turtles into the classroom which provides an opportunity for students to learn about the unique characteristics of reptiles and how they meet their basic needs for survival. This program also emphasizes actions that children can take to protect these animals.