We are a small but mighty team of four educators and one guest coordinator here at Long Acres Ranch. Our expansive education background allows us to develop programming that is directly tied to the science standards and activities are correlated with the TEKS.
The outdoor science experiences are location-activity based and last approximately 2.5 hours. Stations are set up according to age/grade level, and groups (approximately 20 per group; max 120 students) move through the stations. Stations are teacher-led with provided materials and scripts. Occasionally, we are able to find volunteers to help with a special topic. If you have a desire to make it an all day field trip, you are welcome to pack a lunch and eat on the grass. We have additional team building activities we can bring out for you to do with your students after lunch, or you can just have your regular class outside and enjoy the green space.
Weathering, deposition, and erosion will be discussed with a trailer ride down to the river to see it all first hand! Once you return, check out the stream table to see how a river is formed over time.
5.8A, 5.8B, 4.8A
Work in groups and use knowledge about weather to try and "break-in" to our escape room. Complete puzzles before the time is up in order to solve the mystery.
Get your hands dirty with buckets of soil, feeling how each one is different. Pick your own clay from the ground and form a clay pot just like the Native Americans did. Watch the rain simulator and see how the soil and plant life is affected by the rain.
5.9A, 5.9B, 5.9C, 5.10A, 5.10B
Visit the live quail and go on an investigation to see if you can determine what predator is eating the quail. Also look at adaptations of the birds and how their environment allows them to survive and thrive. Go on a scavenger hunt to identify food chains.