Sensing Nature

Using their 5 senses, children will explore the Arboretum and find out about the plants and animals living here. As they learn to be "Nature Detectives," they will discover clues of seasonal changes, animal signs and sounds, and plant textures and scents. Children will learn the ways in which their own senses compare to those of the creatures that live here.

Program length: 1 – 1½ hours

This program emphasizes the following Next Generation Science Standards:
ESS2.A: Earth materials and systems
LS1.A: Structure and function
LS1.B: Growth and development of organisms
LS1.C: Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS1.D: Information Processing
LS2.A: Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2.B: Cycles of matter and energy transfer in ecosystems
LS2.C: Ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience
LS2.D: Social interactions and group behavior
LS3.A: Inheritance of traits
LS3.B: Variation of traits
LS4.B: Natural selection
LS4.D: Biodiversity and humans