Outreach

Calling Learners of All Ages!

Textbook photos and videos are great ways to start the conversation about natural sciences.  Yet nothing replaces experiences. Kids are never too young to begin  hands on, face-to-face science. We are excited to offer new opportunities to immerse students in the natural sciences from single classroom on-site visits to whole school events where all students in the building rotate through thematic stations adapted for each grade level.

Gently touching the turtle's shell allows the child to explore with our ambassador animals.
Gently touching the turtle’s shell allows the child to explore with our ambassador animals.
Examining water samples and building filters to improve water clarity.
Examining water samples and building filters to improve water clarity.
Being a detective to find the hiding animals.  Insects blend into their environment!
Being a detective to find the hiding animals. Insects blend into their environment!
Examining the worm habitats to find worm paths:  Do worms like some soil better than others?
Examining the worm habitats to find worm paths: Do worms like some soil better than others?
Screening for artifacts to make sure small specimens don't get lost in an archeology dig!
Screening for artifacts to make sure small specimens don’t get lost in an archeology dig!

Theme: What’s In That Dirt!?

It’s time to dig our hands into the dirt.  From experiments testing your worm’s sense of smell and sight, and understanding their habitats, to uncovering bones and fossils buried deep in the Earth, we begin to understand the mysteries that lie beneath our feet.

Theme: Hibernation Stations

As the days get colder, the animals around us have amazing survival strategies to make it through the winter.  Examine species in winter, pass the sniff test and test our different pelts and layers of fat to learn about how animals make it through the winter.

Theme: Under the Water

The local waterways are alive with animals, plants, and even more.  Hold and touch some of the creatures that make up these ecosystems! Discover what’s under water through visual & tactile observation in a “pond touch tank” and interact with wildlife.  Experiment with water testing on the Rock River, make filters and water bottles. Take action for water quality!

Theme: The Art of Hunting

Lets explore the anthropology of survival.  Here we will learn about tools and resources used by Native Americans, prehistoric hunters and early humans. From fishing for food and making your own lures to paintings in caves that shared the stories of early humans, this program will have learners excited to answer the questions:  Would You Survive? 

Theme: Environmental Impact

How are we impacting our environment? Let’s look at what happens to our garbage and how our choices change our world.  Examine a case study of the Monarch butterfly and local plants.  Learn how you can take action helping local populations.

Theme: Prehistoric Predators

Hold, examine and compare real bones, teeth and claws. Become the paleontologist digging for specimens in our mobile dig pit. Compare living animals to species that are extinct. Experiment with different teeth cutting different types of food–predator or pray?

Be the Archeologist!

Participate in a simulated archaeological dig!  Learners will unearth  and screen for artifacts jumping right into our mystery!  Let’s see what you can learn about the people of the past using clues from the dig.  Learn all about the amazing artifacts at Burpee and what they tell our scientists about many cultures.

Unique Learner Adaptations

Burpee staff have developed specialized programming for learners with special needs at various levels across the learning spectrum.  Contact us for more information.