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What the teachers are saying:
I love bringing my students to your site.  The staff is excellent - you know just how to reach pre-school children.  The Discovery Room is wonderful!
-Teacher, Twin Acres Country Day School

Spring Surprises! (Pre-School)

We will marvel at Spring's pastel flowers, fragrant plants, seasonal sounds and soft, moist "touches." The Conservancy's paths will offer bountiful delights to our small groups of 10 -12 learners per leader. Everyone must bring their special tools (eyes, ears, nose, and fingers) to fully enjoy this season at its best!

Spring Sense-sations! (Kindergarten)

Our lesson begins with a letter from a dear ‘friend.’  She is old and forgetful and needs our help to learn all we can about this wondrous season. Using our ‘special tools’ of smell, sight, touch, and hearing, we head out to gather information and learn about that is Spring! Through a variety of activities including a feast of touches, wildlife concert, and a leafy tea party, we share our findings and revel in our adventures!              

* $7.50 per student ($75 minimum fee per class at The Conservancy)
* Each program is 60 minutes in length and includes use of the Children's Discovery Room and picnic facilities.

Contact: Reservations can be made by contacting Linda Oltman, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (610) 287-9383 or loltman@perkiomenwatershed.org.

PDE Academic Standards covered by this lesson include:
3.1.4.C: Illustrate patterns that regularly occur and reoccur in nature.
· Identify observable patterns (e.g., growth patterns in plants,
crystal shapes in minerals, climate, structural patterns in bird feathers).
· Use knowledge of natural patterns to predict next occurrences (e.g., seasons, leaf patterns, lunar phases).
3.2.4.B: Describe objects in the world using the five senses.
· Recognize observational descriptors from each of the five senses
(e.g., see-blue, feel-rough).
· Use observations to develop a descriptive vocabulary.
3.2.4.C: Recognize and use the elements of scientific inquiry to solve problems.
· Generate questions about objects, organisms and/or events that can be answered through scientific investigations.
· State a conclusion that is consistent with the information.
3.2.7A: Answer “What if” questions based on observation, inference or prior knowledge or experience.
3.4.4.D: Explain and illustrate the causes of seasonal changes.
3.5.4C: Explain how the different seasons effect plants, animals, food availability and daily human life.
4.6.4.A: Understand that living things are dependent on nonliving things in the environment for survival.
· Identify and categorize living and nonliving things.
· Describe the basic needs of an organism.
· Identify basic needs of a plant and an animal and explain how their needs are met.
· Identify plants and animals with their habitat and food sources.
· Identify environmental variables that affect plant growth.
· Describe how animals interact with plants to meet their needs for shelter.
· Describe how certain insects interact with soil for their needs.
· Understand the components of a food chain.
· Identify a local ecosystem and its living and nonliving components.
· Identify a simple ecosystem and its living and nonliving components.
· Identify animals that live underground.