Full Course of Cultivate Curiosity: Science at the Farm
Bundle pricing if you take the full 5 classes of Cultivate Curiosity, Science at the Farm! Take 20% off, that is $70 when you sign up for the full course!
Come to the farm with your kids and let them take science literally into their own hands. Using AOOA’s extensive ecological community, Diane Gonzalez will lead small classes on learning expeditions throughout the summer. Aimed toward middle-schoolers but open to learners of all ages.
Class schedule :
On July 3rd, we will focus on: Cells and cell processes (Plant and Animal Structure). We are going to find out how a plant is like a battery and why most plants appear to be green! We’ll introduce basic cell structure, the differences between plant and animal cells, and learn how cells are the building blocks of all living things.
On July 10th, we will focus on: Classification of Organisms & Levels of Organization in Organisms.Get ready to learn about the other types of organisms sharing our planet. We will go over Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plants, and Animals. We will ask ourselves what makes each organism category so unique and if three different animals should all have the same names.
On July 24th, we will focus on DNA, Genetics, Natural Selection & Evolution. We will find out how life on planet Earth has changed and why it didn’t always look how it does today! Come learn how genes work together to produce various traits and how diversity helps some organisms to survive in a changing environment.
On August 7th, we will focus on Exploring Available Resources in Ecosystems. Join us as we take a tour of the various habitats that make up our biosphere. We are going to talk about biomes, conservation, natural biogeochemical cycles, symbiotic relationships, food webs, food chains, and populations/communities! Let's find out about how all living things are dependent on one another and what resources keep us all alive. We are going to look at why we should appreciate our favorite decomposers; the worm and fungi.
On August 21st we will focus on Thinking Globally & Acting Locally To Maintain a Healthy Environment. We will see habitats on AOOA farm that show us how we maintain a healthy environment such as the brush piles, hives, and nests, plant rotation, and the important roles different organisms play in keeping the soil rich! We will talk about consumer choices and actions, some which deplete and some which replenish or regenerate! We'll discuss greenhouse gases, climate change, and habitat destruction.
Instructor Bio :
Recognized for her instructional leadership,excellence in teaching, outstanding community and civic leadership, Diane Gonzalez is a creative, dedicated educator with over thirty years of teaching experience. While her specialty is in a classroom for grades seven through nine, she is a teacher of all ages as she advocates for the environment through science education and preservation of natural resources. With a hands-on approach, Diane and her infectious sense of curiosity will guide 10 students and their chaperones through natural science subjects. With AOOA as our classroom, we will be able to experience our topics in real time and bring science to life!
Class starts at 2PM
Class is limited to 10 students
Class is 2 hours in length total (45 minute lesson, followed by a 30 minute break with refreshment and egg snack is provided, ending with a 45 minute lesson)
Subject material is taught at 7th grade level
We ask that a chaperone accompany the children in each family to ensure children's safety on the farm and for a wonderful learning experience for all.
RETURN & REFUND POLICY
Unfortunately we cannot reschedule or refund this class if you are unable to make it.
If you are unable to make it please offer it to a fellow parent and their kid, then come on by to the farmstand on a summer weekend to redeem one dozen eggs on us!
WHAT WE PROVIDE
- All supplies for the day
Dressed in farm-appropriate clothing (long pants, closed-toe shoes)
WHAT YOU'LL LEAVE WITH:
- A sense of wonder and fascination with the world around you!