K-12 PROGRAMS

Sonoran Desert Discovery

Grades K-4- Introduction to Birding and Nature Walk

               

Try this exciting new program developed in partnership with the Tucson Audubon Society!

Topics:

  • Bird identification
  • Bird watching basics
  • Birding walk

Objectives:

  • Identify local birds using common characteristics;
  • Demonstrate use of binoculars and trail etiquette;
  • Go birding!

       

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • Kindergarten – LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • First Grade-LS1-1 and 2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Second Grade -LS2- 2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics
  • Third Grade -LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Fourth Grade - LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • Fifth Grade - LS2- 1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics, PS3-1 Energy

See the Next Generation Science Standards.

Grade 5-12- Sense of Place

Enjoy a discovery hike through the landscape surrounding Biosphere 2 to learn natural and cultural history of the Sonoran Desert.

     

Topics:

  • Sonoran desert region
  • Desert ecology
  • Native plant and animal identification

Objectives:

  • Exhibit increased confidence with living in a desert habitat
  • Describe unique features and identify native flora and fauna of Sonoran Desert
  • Demonstrate and explain “Leave No Trace” philosophy

NOTE: Closed toe shoes, hats and water bottles required for this .5 to 1.5 mile hike

  

This instruction meets Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Earth and Space Sciences (ESS), Physical Sciences (PS), and Life Sciences (LS).

  • Fifth Grade - LS2- 1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics, PS3-1 Energy
  • Middle School - LS1-4, 5 and 6 Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes,  LS2-1 through 4  Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics,  PS1-3 Matter and Its Interactions
  • High School - LS1-5  Molecules to Organisms: Structure and Processes, LS2-4, 5, 6 and 8 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy and Dynamics

See the Next Generation Science Standards.


The program is limited to 72 students on the day of the visit. Group must be able to spend 3.5 hours on-site (time includes tour, activity, and time for lunch on-site).

*Cost:

Pricing for this EDUCATOR LED tour and program:

  • K-12: $15 per student or chaperone (Discount Season July-December). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $300 flat fee for groups of 19 or fewer.

  • K-12: $17 per student or chaperone (Regular Season January-June). Adult/chaperone ratio maximum 6:1, minimum 10:1. $340 flat fee for groups of 19 or fewer.

  • Any additional adults or family members above the maximum allowed chaperones must pay the separate applicable admission fee and be assigned to a regularly scheduled public tour. Please note – upon arrival, we ask for ONE payment for the entire group.

(*Rates effective August 15th, 2016)

To schedule a field trip for your class, or for questions about booking, please contact us at 520-838-6192 or via email at BIO2-GROUP@email.arizona.edu

For questions about the lesson content, please contact: faulkel@email.arizona.edu.

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