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LEARNING IS FUN

Group Tours at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

Group Tours at Buckley Homestead Indiana History from 1850 - 1917

Program Into the Woods

Season All year

Grade All

Description Overview of Gibson Woods with walk and live animals. Includes endangered animals, conserva- tion and urban wildlife.

Tree ID

Fall

All

It takes more than a leaf to ID a tree. Learn the essentials that make identification easy.

Aquatic Ecology Spring & Fall (Spring only at Gibson Woods)

3 and up

Go beyond fish and frogs to search for all organisms hidden in the water. Learn about food webs and the importance of aquatic organisms.

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Dates available: Two-hour tours

May through June 13th and September through October

Morning tours can be booked to start at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m. Afternoon tours can be booked to start at 11:30 a.m. or noon $1 per person, including teachers and chaperones; $20 minimum per group

Reservations and deposit required at least ten days in advance by calling 219-769-PARK. Ask about souvenir bags.

T o u r D e s c r i p t i o n T h i s t o u r i s d e s i g n e d t o e n h a n c e I n d i a n a h i s t o r y t a u g h t i n t h e 4 t h g r a d e . I t c a n b e a d j u s t e d t o f i t t h e n e e d s o f y o u n g e r g r a d e s , b u t i s n o t r e c o m m e n d e d f o r K i n d e r g a r t e n o r P r e - s c h o o l g r o u p s . S t u d e n t s w i l l b e d i v i d e d i n t o g r o u p s o f n o t m o r e t h a n 3 0 s t u d e n t s e a c h ( S c h o o l s w i t h l . a r g e r g r o u p s c a n b e a c c o m m o d a t e d i f c h a p e r o n e s r e m a i n o u t s i d e o f b u i l d i n g s . ) S t u d e n t s w i l l v i s i t e a c h o f t h r e e d i f f e r e n t s i t e s : t h e 1 9 1 0 s f a r m , t h e 1 9 0 0 o n e - r o o m s c h o o l h o u s e , a n d t h e 1 8 5 0 l o g c a b i n . I n t e r p r e t e r s a r e d r e s s e d i n h i s t o r i c a l l y a c c u r a t e c l o t h i n g t o a d d t o t h e v i s u a l c o m p r e h e n s i o n . O n t h e f a r m , t h e i n t e r p r e t e r a s k s , W h a t d o y o u s e e a n d w h y i s i t h e r e ? F r o m t h e a n i m a l s , t o t h e b u i l d i n g s , t o t h e p a s t u r e s a n d g a r - d e n s , t h e r e i s m u c h t o s e e a n d u n d e r s t a n d a b o u t s u b s i s t e n c e l i v i n g . A n i m a l s o n t h e f a r m i n c l u d e c h i c k e n s , g e e s e , r a b b i t s , s h e e p , c o w s , p i g s , h o r s e s , a n d c a t s . I n t h e s c h o o l h o u s e , c h i l d r e n w i l l l e a r n w h a t a s c h o o l d a y w a s l i k e a t t h e t u r n o f t h e 2 0 t h c e n t u r y . T h e y w i l l b e a s k e d t o c o m p a r e a n d c o n - t r a s t t h e i r s c h o o l w i t h B u c k l e y s . T h e y w i l l n o t i c e s i m i l a r i t i e s a n d d i f f e r - e n c e s i n t h e b u i l d i n g , t h e t e a c h e r , a n d t h e c u r r i c u l u m . M a n y t h i n g s h a v e c h a n g e d , a n d y e t s o m e t h i n g s w e d o t o d a y a r e d e r i v e d f r o m o u r e a r l y a g r a r i a n d a y s . A t t h e c a b i n , c h i l d r e n w i l l b e a s k e d t o i m a g i n e m o v i n g h e r e b e f o r e t h e C i v i l W a r . W h a t d i d t h e y n e e d t o s u r v i v e ? W h a t w a s t h e i r p r i o r i t y o n c e t h e y g o t h e r e ? S t u d e n t s w i l l b e a s k e d t o c o m p a r e a n d c o n t r a s t l i v i n g i n t h e i r m o d e r n h o m e w i t h l i v i n g i n t h e 1 8 5 0 B u c k l e y c a b i n .

A d d i t i o n a l I n f o r m a t i o n T h e p a t h i s j u s t u n d e r o n e m i l e o f g r a v e l a n d b a r k c h i p t r a i l . S t u d e n t s w i l l b e o u t s i d e m u c h o f t h e t i m e a n d s h o u l d d r e s s f o r t h e w e a t h e r . I f a t e a c h e r h a s a s t u d e n t i n a w h e e l c h a i r o r o t h e r s p e c i a l n e e d s , i t s h o u l d b e d i s c l o s e d a t t h e t i m e o f t h e r e s e r v a t i o n . A r r a n g e m e n t s w i l l b e m a d t o m a k e t h e t o u r a s a c c e s s i b l e a s p o s s i b l e . e

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