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Environmental Education Exploration: Grades 3-5

To reserve your field trip or learn more about these programs contact Ariane Francis at 480-782-2886.

The Recycled Rock Cycle
This program will teach students how rocks are formed and how they change over time. They will learn the rock cycle and be able to identify various different rocks and minerals found in the Sonoran Desert by performing scratch tests and other experiments on various specimens.

Water Cycle
Students will learn about renewable and non-renewable resources and be able to discuss and reason about the environmental impacts to these resources. They will perform a water-filtration activity which will define the concepts and properties of water.

Transpiration
Did you know that plants sweat? Students will learn how plants take water from the soil and how they lose the water through their leaves, a process known as transpiration. They will be able to identify various environmental causes of transpiration and understand the processes of photosynthesis. 

Kitchen Science
A reaction is a change that happens to a substance. Reactions that take place in the kitchen are physical processes and chemical processes. Students will learn and discover the science behind cooking and pantry items through hands-on demonstrations and experiments.

Geocaching
Discover the element of adventure while learning how to read a compass, GPS device, and map. This program will enable participants to strengthen skills like team-building, communication, orienteering, and social studies while searching for geocaches. Participants will use GPS units to locate geocaches throughout Veterans Oasis Park.

Aquatic Ecosystem 
An aquatic ecosystem is an ecosystem within a body of water. Students will get their hands wet as they explore our lake and discover the connection between water quality and aquatic life. We will also conduct a water purification experiment.

Climate 
Students will learn the concepts of wind speed, the water cycle, cloud types, and temperatures. They will have the opportunity to use different weather tools like an anemometer, barometer, flags, and a weather map as they observe weather events.