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Natural Sciences

Activity Descriptions

Reptiles

Dispel the myths, fears and misinformation about reptiles through hands-on discovery. Classification, characteristics, food web and ecological benefits are all discussed as participants view, touch and handle a variety of live specimens.

Wildlife Ecology

Discover and understand ecological concepts that affect our wildlife through active games. Habitat, carrying capacity, adaptation, and bio magnification are all introduced, as well as the effects of man's involvement in the environment.

Freshwater Ecology

Discuss man's effects and dependence on this important natural resource. Practice hands-on scientific methods of discovering water quality through sampling live invertebrates and chemical testing.

Reduced Food Waste

All groups will participate in this program during meal times. Participants are asked to use care and take only the amount of food they are sure they can eat. The group's food waste is measured at each meal and short discussions follow about the effects of food waste on all of our natural resources.

Discovery Walk

Take a casual hike along one of Mo-Ranch's beautiful trails where participants, with the aid of their instructor, will discover nature, dead or alive, from animal tracks to wildflowers, insects to edible plants, and fungus to natural dyes.

Birds

Explore the unique characteristics that make a bird a bird, such as feathers, flight, and eggs. Then practice scientific observation while bird-watching with binoculars throughout the various habitats of Mo-Ranch.

Arthropods

Learn how these invertebrates fit into the classification system and natural ecosystems through hands-on discovery of preserved and live specimens. Spend time outside viewing, collecting, and identifying critters in their natural environment.