Our mission is to create a stronger bond between youth and the natural world.
These are the classes offered - you may choose from any three topis for your field trip. Each topic represents one full hour of programming. Do you need help planning your day? If so, let us help! Contact us for recommendations!
After you choose your topics, please complete the online sign-up sheet or download and submit a sign-up form.
Pollinators- This lesson will teach students about plant adaptations and how important these adaptations are in the process of pollination. Students will observe a few of nature’s best pollinators and learn how important their role is in the web of life.
Traits of Mammals and Skulls - What makes a mammal a “mammal”? This lesson provides students with the tools necessary to identify mammals by understanding their traits. This lessons uses mammal skulls and hides. By exploring animal adaptations, students will recognize how to identify wildlife from their bones.
Hooo Is Here? This lesson focuses on the amazing owls found in Arizona. Students will have the opportunity to meet a variety of owls and learn about their amazing adaptations and habitat. (Depending on class size and time allotted, owl pellet dissection may be available)
Pond Exploration - Use basic tools to test the pond water and compare it to other liquids. This is a hands-on lesson and allows students to use scientific field instruments. This lesson can be modified to fit your student’s level of knowledge. (This lesson is recommended for 3rd Grade and above.)
Aquatic Insects - This lesson will have students looking for and Identifying aquatic insects and animals that live in Mesquite Ponds. Students will learn about the water quality based on the type of insects collected. This lesson is most effective in the warmer months.
Water DAY - for this is an ALL DAY Water Day – Students will be divided into three groups and will rotate through different water lessons! We will personally design this day based on your student’s needs. This is a fun day, filled with hands-on science activities directly related to Arizona’s most precious resource.
Signs of Life Nature Walk – This is our signature event. Walk with a naturalist and explore the signs of life in the Mesquite Habitat. This is an opportunity for students to learn how to look for wildlife, even when they are hiding. Tracks, scat and owl pellets are just a few of the fun finds on this walk. This lesson can be modified for all grade levels.
Adaptations! The lesson focuses on adaptations found in nature! Students will learn about Arizona's ecology and how plants and animals have adapted to survive in the desert. Animals used for this lesson are from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Adobe Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Program.
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Mesquite Wildlife Area – Students will learn about Arizona’s native reptile and amphibian community and meet an “exotic invader”. This lesson focuses on the adaptations our local reptiles and amphibians have to survive in the Arizona desert! Animals used for this lesson are from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Adobe Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Program. Animals will vary – but will include several reptiles (Gila monster, Gopher Snake, Rosy Boa) and others as available.
Live Birds - Students will meet up-close live birds and learn some remarkable facts about each bird. Animals used for this lesson are from the Arizona Game and Fish Department Adobe Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation Program. Animals will vary – but will include several birds of prey (typically an owl, hawk, heron and falcon) and others as available.
Geology – Students will learn how rocks and minerals are formed within the earth, as well as identify minerals based on their properties. Students will identify and classify minerals after performing a variety of tests. (Depending on class size, geodes may be available for students)
The Incredible Journey (Water Cycle) – With the roll of the die, students simulate the movement of water within the water cycle. Role playing a water molecule helps students to conceptualize the water cycle as more than a predictable two-dimensional path. During this lesson, students will make a water cycle bracelet to portray their journey. This is a Project WET activity.
Watersheds- Students will gain a concept of drainage patterns in a watershed. This hands-on lesson provides a visual display of how pollution and sediment impact the health of watersheds.
Desert Plants - Students will learn about the unique adaptations native plants have which allow them to thrive in the harsh desert climate. Students will identify 6 native species, learn about their specific adaptation and record data in their field guides.
New! Desert Survival – Students will learn basic survival skills such as; constructing a shelter, basic first aid and mirror signaling. This new lesson incorporates team building activities and critical thinking.