Wenatchee Schools Spring Science Field Experience Volunteers

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Help our local schools get kids outside learning about science in a hands-on way! 

The Science Resource Center needs help with 1) Station Assistants for all 3 field experiences, 2) Nature Guides/Hike leaders for 5th grade field experiences, and 3) help with set-up and take-down for all 3 field experiences.

Sign up by filling out a volunteer application through the Wenatchee Learns Connect program, then contact Teresa Hagen (science_resource@wenatcheeschools.org or 509-341-4382 to sign up. Volunteers should attend an informational meeting before the field experience as well. 

See below for the field experience schedules:

 

5th Grade--Shrub-steppe’n Up Saddle Rock- 2018

Classroom teachers lead students on an investigation of the foothills at Saddle Rock through two hands-on learning stations taught by instructors.  Students spend half the day exploring the plant and animal biodiversity of the Shrub-Steppe Ecosystem through nature journaling and by collecting insects.  The students spend the other half of the day hiking to the top of Saddle Rock.

Volunteers can help for full days (about 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or half days (about 8-11 a.m. or 12- 2 p.m.). The informational meeting will be on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the Science Resource Center (located in the WSD Maintenance & Operations building at 1001 Circle St.).  The meeting will be offered at two different times- one from 9-10 a.m. and the other at 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Volunteers only need to come to one time.

April 16: Set-up will start at 10 a.m. at the Saddlerock Gateway trailhead at the end of Circle St.  Volunteers would put up temporary signposts (4 foot wooden stakes driven into the ground) at each of the learning stations as well as flagging trails and areas that are off limits to students and teachers.  They would also drop off supplies at the learning stations.

April 17-20: Teaching Assistants would help at the Nature Journal stations to set up and refresh the art supplies and to assist the instructors in teaching students basic drawing and watercoloring skills (No art skills are needed!).  Nature Guide/Hike Leaders would lead a class of students to the top of Saddle Rock pointing out natural features along the way and assisting teachers with activities at the top of Saddle Rock.

April 20: Take-down of supplies and signs would start around noon on Friday and end by 2:30 p.m. 

 

1st Grade--Shrub-Steppe Hill Hike- 2018

Classroom teachers lead their students on a 30-minute wildflower hike on the Jacobson Preserve trail system up to 4 hands-on learning stations taught by instructors: 1) Exploring animal signs (tracks, scat, and fur/feathers, 2) Measuring the weather (wind speed and air temperature), 3) Painting a wildflower, and 4) Capturing and examining insects.  Each class enjoys a picnic lunch with a sweeping view of Wenatchee and at the end of the day hikes back down to the trailhead.

Volunteers would help for full days (about 9:30 a.m. to 1:05 p.m.). The informational meeting will be on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Science Resource Center (1001 Circle St.).  The meeting will be offered at two different times- one from 9-10 a.m. and the other at 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Volunteers only need to come to one time.

April 30: Set-up will start at 10 a.m. at the Jacobson Reserve trailhead on Skyline Drive (we’ll meet on the WRAC lawn).  Volunteers would put up temporary signs and signposts (4 foot wooden stakes driven into the ground on several trails leading up to the PUD access road as well as at the learning station sites located along the PUD access road.  They would also drop off supplies at the learning stations.

May 1-3: Teaching Assistants would help at the Skulls & Scat and the Tracking Tales stations which teaches students about the differences between skulls, scat, tracks, & animal hides/feathers of the mule deer, coyote, and California Quail.  Teaching Assistants would also help at the 2 art stations refreshing the art supplies and assisting the instructors in teaching students basic drawing and watercoloring skills (Again- no art skills are needed!).

May 3: Take-down of supplies and signs would start around 1:00 p.m. and end around 3:00 p.m.

 

Kindergarten--Habitat Walk- 2018

Instructors lead a class of students on a scavenger hunt between 3 different learning stations at the Horan Natural Area (each instructor also teaches 2 of the learning stations).  Each station represents different habitats in the environment.  Instructors help students use all of their observation skills and senses to look at differences and similarities between each habitat through art, simple nature journaling, and music (taught by WSD Music teachers).

Volunteers can help for full days (8 a.m.- 2:15 p.m.) or half days (8 a.m.-11:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m to 2:15 p.m.).  Volunteers would meet in the Horan Natural Area parking lot (1st parking lot to the right as you enter Confluence State Park) at 8 a.m. (or 11:30 a.m. if only helping in the afternoon).

The informational meeting will be on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Science Resource Center (1001 Circle St.).  The meeting will be offered at two different times- one from 9-10 a.m. and the other at 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Volunteers only need to come to one time.

May 15-18: Teaching Assistants are needed at the Art Stations to set-up the art stations each morning, then refresh art supplies between classes and to take the art stations down each afternoon.  Teaching Assistants would also help each instructor with teaching students basic drawing and watercoloring skills (Again- no art skills are needed!).

May 18: Take down of all supplies for the field experience would be Friday afternoon (May 18th) between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.