The wildlife and environmental programs available at the Mead attempt to help foster a sense of environmental stewardship. Through education we can achieve a better understanding of the values and issues of our wildlife and natural resources. Educational programs may include a tour of the Stanton W. Mead Education and Visitor Center’s green building design or the wildlife area, on or off site presentations and activity based programs.
The Mead DNR staff, dedicated volunteers and UW system students come together to help achieve this goal.
Below is a list of educational programs available at the Mead. Read more about the educational programs in the Wildlife Conservation Education brochure.
Program length varies based on group size and age.
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- Wonderful Wetlands:
Students will explore the amazing world that lives in our waters, with dip nets in hand. They will learn about the adaptations and interactions between these important organisms and their role in the aquatic ecosystem. By looking for the presence of these creatures, your class will be actively participating in citizen science, which will help gauge the health of the area being studied.
- Forestry Fun:
Forestry Fun is an introduction to the woodland habitat in which students get to interact with the different aspects of this ecosystem. Through these explorations, students will be able to describe the many ways in which animals depend on this habitat for their survival.
In today’s technology based world, many students take for granted the ability to use a GPS to navigate in their world. However, what happens when you take away the batteries? Our introduction to orienteering allows students a fun opportunity to navigate in the outdoors without any electronic means.
- The Great Grasslands:
Great Grasslands allows students to take a closer look at one of the endangered habitats found in Wisconsin. They will learn about some of the unique plants and wildlife that call prairies home. Their explorations will allow them to gain a better understanding of the adaptations that help them to survive in today’s world.
- A Healthy Heritage:
From Native Americans to Fur Traders to Loggers to present day life, our history shapes who we are. These hands on lessons take students back in time to a day in the life of our ancestors. They will also take a closer look at the important role hunting and trapping plays in the sustainable management of wildlife.
- Renewable Energy:
Renewable energy is an important part of a sustainable future. Here at the Mead, we house representations of five renewable energy systems. After discussing the differences between renewable and non-renewable resources, students get to explore the benefits of renewable energy through hands on lessons.
Specialty Topics (dependent on staff availability or Teacher involvement):
- Birding Basics:
Flitter, Flap, Fly! Birds are abundant here at the Mead. However they can be difficult to identify. Birding Basics introduces students to the art of birding through hikes and hands on activities designed around our feathered friends!
- Discovering Owls in WI with a Live Owl:
This presentation will introduce participants to owl adaptations, different species of owls, and of course everyone’s favorite…owl pellets.
- Wisconsin Mammals (Choose a Mammal):
Explore the exciting world of mammals as your class learns the identities of some Wisconsin native residents. Students will learn about these animals’ life histories, as well as, how they have adapted to survive in a very competitive world. This program can be conducted at the Mead or right in your own classroom. Just let us know which of Wisconsin’s mammals interests your group.
- Winter Ecology/Snowshoeing:
Wildlife still flourishes even though snow covers the ground. Winter Ecology reveals a new way to explore our world. While animal activities and movements are more visible, their ability to survive becomes more challenging. Students will have the opportunity to seek out these signs of life while on snowshoes!
- Waterfowl ID (Spring/Fall only)
- Wildlife Management (Grade 5 & Up)
- Water Monitoring (Grade 5 & Up)
- Nature Trail Hike
- Nature Journaling: __ Make on Site or __ Bring your Own