The following are elective learning stations we offer to customize your program and better fit your individual curricular needs. When you fill out your scheduling application, be sure to select one elective.
Navigation (K-12, Science/Math) ~ Using Hudson River charts cut into a giant jigsaw puzzle, students piece together a sense of the navigable Hudson and learn how to identify navigational aids and use a hand-held compass.
Rivery Reverie (K-12, ELA) ~ A creative wallow into the murky deep. A guided activity in which students spawn a river poem – with surprising ease…and tidal results.
Music (K-12, Music) ~ Write an environmental parody, learn songs about the natural world, or participate in a traditional sea shanty. Music hath charms to soothe the spirited school student! (Most programs include music in a large group -please let us know what kind of music station you’d like. See above.)
Mechanical Advantage (3-12, Science) ~ This station examines the power of the pulley, and demonstrates the physics of mechanical advantage.
Water Wasting Wingding (3-12, Science/Environmental Ethics) ~ See for yourself how much water you use in one day. After discussing an average family’s daily water usage, two teams form bucket brigades to fill garbage cans with their daily expenditure of water. It’s a race to the finish…now how could you finish with less? (This activity has the potential for getting wet. Be prepared!)
The Un-Nature Trail (K-5, Science) ~ Take a walk in the woods and find what does not belong. Test your memory and observation skills, and begin to see the patterns that do belong in the forest- habitat succession and biodiversity.
Water Chemistry (4-12, Science/Environmental Issues) ~ Water is our most precious resource. Is clear water clean water? Using simple testing equipment, we learn about pH, turbidity and dissolved oxygen. How do these factors affect the water quality of the river? When you throw something away, where is away?
Orienteering (4-12, Science/Math/Language Arts) ~ Using mariner’s compasses, clues painted on stationary objects, cooperation and true grit, students will explore Esopus Meadows through an orienteering course. Each coordinate has a clue word that needs to be recorded. At the end of the activity, both teams put their clues together in a language experience that forms a wise environmental quote. An especially good activity for instilling logistical self-reliance and teamwork.
Hudson River School Design (K-12, Art) ~ After a brief lesson on Hudson River School Painters, the students will create on-site landscape designs using a variety of mixed media in the style of the Hudson River School.
*We are capable of creating single-discipline thematic programs. Call the Clearwater office and ask for Eli Schloss (845 265 8080 ext. 7106).