Environmental Education During a Pandemic

January 5, 2021

Environmental Education During a Pandemic

by WPNC Naturalist Kim Bailey

When your biggest joy is sharing nature with others, what do you do during a pandemic? We all know that hands-on teaching leaves a lasting impact, but how hands-on can you be from 6’ apart? The Nature Center staff has had to get creative, but nothing can keep us from sharing our love for Warner Parks! Hopefully, you have been able to take advantage of some of these socially-distanced opportunities:

I Spy: From fall leaves to birds to curcubits, we’ve provided park visitors the chance to stop and notice something new about familiar topics. Scavenger hunts and observation games facilitate self-learning experiences for all ages. I Spy content rotates every two weeks and is available on Fridays and Saturdays per the discretion of Nature Center staff and necessary safety measure precautions.

Webinars: Staff and special guests were put on the technological fast track, learning how to create and implement virtual programming this fall. Visit the WPNC YouTube Channel to rewatch webinars on the trees of Warner Parks, the solar system, spiders, and so much more!

Exploration Kits: Kits for exploring the pond or forest can be checked out from the front desk of the Susanne Warner Bass Learning Center. We sanitize them after each use, ensuring the safety of your family’s experience.

Volunteer Days: Getting out in the Parks and pulling invasives, or working to improve the Nature Center grounds are activities that allow you to give back to Warner Parks while getting a little fresh air and exercise. Winter is the best time to remove exotics, and we have upcoming Pullin’ Parties you may sign up to attend!

Virtual Field Trips and Labs: We have truly missed hosting student groups this year and didn’t want them to miss out on the rewards of experiential learning, so we once again went virtual. Teachers, parents and/or students can access our programs for elementary students and high school AP Environmental Science labs on our YouTube Channel. 

Like you, we are counting the days until we can safely gather and explore nature together. Until then, connect with nature on your own, and with us, online!

Virtual Field Trips Library

Environmental Education During a Pandemic

January 5, 2021

Environmental Education During a Pandemic

by WPNC Naturalist Kim Bailey

When your biggest joy is sharing nature with others, what do you do during a pandemic? We all know that hands-on teaching leaves a lasting impact, but how hands-on can you be from 6’ apart? The Nature Center staff has had to get creative, but nothing can keep us from sharing our love for Warner Parks! Hopefully, you have been able to take advantage of some of these socially-distanced opportunities:

I Spy: From fall leaves to birds to curcubits, we’ve provided park visitors the chance to stop and notice something new about familiar topics. Scavenger hunts and observation games facilitate self-learning experiences for all ages. I Spy content rotates every two weeks and is available on Fridays and Saturdays per the discretion of Nature Center staff and necessary safety measure precautions.

Webinars: Staff and special guests were put on the technological fast track, learning how to create and implement virtual programming this fall. Visit the WPNC YouTube Channel to rewatch webinars on the trees of Warner Parks, the solar system, spiders, and so much more!

Exploration Kits: Kits for exploring the pond or forest can be checked out from the front desk of the Susanne Warner Bass Learning Center. We sanitize them after each use, ensuring the safety of your family’s experience.

Volunteer Days: Getting out in the Parks and pulling invasives, or working to improve the Nature Center grounds are activities that allow you to give back to Warner Parks while getting a little fresh air and exercise. Winter is the best time to remove exotics, and we have upcoming Pullin’ Parties you may sign up to attend!

Virtual Field Trips and Labs: We have truly missed hosting student groups this year and didn’t want them to miss out on the rewards of experiential learning, so we once again went virtual. Teachers, parents and/or students can access our programs for elementary students and high school AP Environmental Science labs on our YouTube Channel. 

Like you, we are counting the days until we can safely gather and explore nature together. Until then, connect with nature on your own, and with us, online!

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