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Life Adventure Center in accordance with Kentucky Core Academic Standards

Life Adventure Center 570 Milner Rd Versailles, KY 40383


Table of Contents Summary…………………………………………………………………...2-4 Horse Initiatives…………………………………………………….………5 Scavenger Hunt: Spanish to English Terms…….………………6 Horsemanship……………………………………………………..………..7 Horseback Riding…………………………………………………………..8 Vaulting…………………………………………………………………………9 Low Challenge Course………………………………………………….10 High Ropes Challenge Course………………………………….…..11 Outdoor Adventure…………………………………..…………………12 Caving …………………………………………………………………………13 Paddling ………………………………………………………………………14 Environmental Education............................................... 15 Custom Program………………………………………………….…….. 19 Contact Information…………………………………………………….16

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Summary Who We Are: Life Adventure Center is an educational non-profit organization that believes people learn best by doing. This fundamental belief allows us to plant seeds of growth in people’s lives every day. We have an amazing 575 acre working farm and woods, high and low ropes course, Equestrian facilities, wilderness living program and more! We serve a wide spectrum of people, from youth to adults, from the underserved to corporate clients. Every dollar donated to LAC gets us one step closer to changing lives and bettering our community! Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass engages, educates, and empowers our community to build respect, responsibility, and self-esteem through teamwork, communication, and environmental stewardship using hands-on learning in a natural setting.

-Horse Initiatives Our horse initiatives teach campers and individuals how to work as one with the horse. These are exercises that are used on the ground to increase new ways of learning life skills through collaboration of handler and horse. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Purpose for Creating the Arts: Primary-High School 1.12, 1.13, 1.15, 2.26

-Barn Scavenger Hunt: Spanish to English Terms Students will participate in a barn scavenger hunt as an interactive way to learn horse and farm terms in both Spanish and English. This activity promotes teamwork and communication within the group as well as increases awareness of respect toward other ethnic groups. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Additional curriculum experiences: Primary-High School Expectation 2.28

-Horsemanship A series of lessons that involves working on the ground with horses where the participant is not riding. One will learn how to properly catch, lead, groom, and tack a horse. Participants will also learn about different horse breeds and anatomy; all while developing confidence, leadership, and trust between horse and handler. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Purpose for Creating the Arts: Primary-High School: 1.12, 1.13 1.15, 2.26

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-Horseback Riding No prior experience is necessary! Our experienced instructors will guide riders along the way with the help of our well trained horses who accommodate every rider from the beginner through the advanced rider. Working with horses is a true partnership that has to be made to communicate between horse and human. Riding participants will learn valuable life lessons which are transferred to school, work, and sports teams. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Personal Wellness: Primary-High School: 2.31, 2.32, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.4

-Vaulting Vaulting is a growing sport that is a combination of maneuvers of gymnastics and dance on the back of a horse. The participants will learn the basic compulsory positions on the practice barrel. Then exercise the movements on one of our professionally trained vaulting horses. Balance, coordination, strength, confidence, and creativity are skills developed within the sport. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Structure in the Art: Primary-High School: 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.15, 2.23

-Low Challenge Course A series of ground-level problem-solving initiatives in the woods designed to encourage creative thinking, productive communication, and building trust with others. We encourage students to bring a journal to write down their thoughts of how the low course went and express their thought about teamwork, communication, and trust. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: KY Core Academic Standards areas: Personal Wellness: Primary-High School: 2.31, 2.32, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.4; Writing Standards: Primary-Intermediate #5.

-High Ropes Challenge Course Our high ropes course consist of a climbing wall, zip line, eight high elements, and our giant swing all 40 feet in the air. The exhilaration felt while traversing on the course helps individuals conquer perceived limits. Valuable lessons on risk-taking, confidence building, group support, and encouragement will have a lasting effect on all participants. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Personal Wellness: Secondary-High School: 2.31, 2.32, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.4

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-Outdoor Living Students are encouraged to bring a notebook with them to record their adventure stories as we hike, cook, camp, and learn all about how to rough it comfortably in the backcountry. Our instructors use a combination of “teachable moments” to educate students about plants and wildlife, as well as planned lessons in cooking, survival, and more. Not only will this trip be fun, but the physical aspect will build confidence in students as they learn what they are capable of when they leave their modern day comforts behind. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Technology: Primary-High School 1.11, 1.16; Practical Living: Primary-High School 2.31 2.32 4.1; Science: Intermediate-High School 2.5, 2.6; Writing Standards: Primary-Intermediate #5

-Caving Life Adventure Center’s fun caving excursions provide a safe, basic introduction to the sport of caving. Students will find themselves working together and individually to challenge perceived limits. Students will also learn about wildlife that inhabits Kentucky’s caves, water erosion patterns, and the science of cave formation. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Personal Wellness: Primary-High School 2.31, 2.32, 4.1; Science: The Earth and the Universe 2.3, 2.5; Biological Science 2.6

-Paddling Have you ever wanted to learn how to canoe or kayak? Our staff will help guide you to learn the basic strokes in paddle school. Then test your teamwork, communication, and padding skills on our pond during water games! We also offer off site paddling either for the day or overnight camping trips. KY Core Academic Standards (2010) areas: Psychomotor Skills (Physical Education) Primary-High School 2.31, 2.34, 2.35, 4.1; Lifetime Physical Wellness: SecondaryHigh School 3.1, 3.2., 3.7, 4.2

-Custom Program We can custom any program to fit your needs! At Life Adventure Center (LAC), we recognize that you aren't always able to uproot and take a week-long backpacking trip. We also recognize the value of an experience in that LAC offers adventures for your school, teens, families, church, or corporation. KY Core Academic Standards areas (2010): ** We can customize a program to meet your selective core content needs!

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Horse Initiatives

3-4 Hours

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Working with a powerful and graceful animal takes trust, patience, and clear communication with body and verbal commands. Our horse initiatives teach campers and individuals how to work as one with the horse. These are exercises that are on the ground to increase new ways of learning life skills through collaboration of handler and horse. Horses are herd animals; the success of the herd is based on the success of its leadership.

ACTIVITIES: Introductions & Safety 10 Minutes Teambuilding Games 30 Minutes Horse Initiatives 40 Minutes

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KY Core Academic Standards areas: Purpose for Creating the Arts: Primary-High School 1.12 Students speak using appropriate forms, conventions, and styles to communicate ideas and information to different audiences for different purposes. 1.13 Students make sense of ideas and communicate ideas with the visual arts. 1.15 Students make sense of and communicate ideas with movement. 2.26 Through the arts and humanities, students recognize that although people are different, they share some common experiences and attitudes.

Leadership Creativity Communication Planning Trust Team Building

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Barn Scavenger Hunt: Spanish to English 1-1.5 Hours BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Students will participate in a barn scavenger hunt as an interactive way to learn horse and farm words in Spanish. This activity promotes teamwork and communication within the group as well as increases awareness of respect toward other ethnic groups.

KY Core Academic Standards areas: Additional curriculum experiences: PrimaryHigh School Expectation 2.28

ACTIVITIES: Introductions & Safety 10 Minutes Teambuilding Games

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Communication Teamwork Creativity Leadership Decision Making process Cooperation Respect – For other ethnic groups

30 Minutes Scavenger Hunt 40 Minutes

All Kentucky students are expected to be able to communicate effectively in a second language, according to Academic Expectation 2.28. Postsecondary education often expects entering students to have a basic competency in at least one world language. Kentucky students also are expected to be able to demonstrate interculturality: to be able to interact effectively and work cooperatively with the diverse ethnic and cultural groups of our nation and world, interpreting and adapting to different cultures’ perspectives, practices and products across languages.

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Horsemanship

3-4 Hours

*Maximum Group Size: 20 KY Core Academic Standards areas:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: A series of lessons that involves working on the ground with horses where the participant is not riding. One will first learn how to safely act and behave around horses. One will also learn how to properly catch, lead, groom, and tack a horse. Other topics covered are learning the anatomy of the horse, breeds, coloring, and markings. Our horsemanship activity was created to develop confidence, leadership, and trust between horse and handler.

ACTIVITIES: Introduction & Safety 20 Minutes Catch and Lead Lesson 40 Minutes Grooming and Tacking Lesson 40 Minute

1.12 Students speak using appropriate forms, conventions, and styles to communicate ideas and information to different audiences for different purposes. 1.13 Students make sense of ideas and communicate ideas with the visual arts. 1.15 Students make sense of and communicate ideas with movement. 2.26 Through the arts and humanities, students recognize that although people are different, they share some common experiences and attitudes.

Color and Markings

Skills: • • • • • • •

Purpose for Creating the Arts: Primary-High School

Leadership Self-confidence Trust Responsibility Patience Communication Perseverance

25 Minutes Anatomy and Horse Breeds 40 Minutes

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Horseback Riding

3-3.5 Hours

*Maximum Group Size: 5

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: No prior experience is necessary! Our experienced instructors will guide riders along the way with the help of our well trained horses that accommodate every rider from beginner through advanced. Select camps have horseback riding as an activity. Individual and group lessons are available at Life Adventure Center. In working with horses, there is a true partnership that has to be made to communicate between horse and human. Individuals, students, and campers will learn valuable life lessons which will be carried out in school, work, and sports teams; all while participating in a physical activity!

ACTIVITIES: Introduction & Safety 20 Minutes Get Acquainted Games 30 Minutes Grooming Lesson Skills: • Coordination • Balance • Strength • Responsibility

30 Minutes Tacking Lesson 20 Minutes

• Confidence

Riding

• Body Awareness

40 Minutes

• Innovative

Untack/Clean Barn 20 Minutes

Personal Wellness: Primary-High School 2.31 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need to remain physically healthy and to accept responsibility for their own physical well-being. 2.32 Students demonstrate strategies for becoming and remaining mentally and emotionally healthy. 4.1 Students effectively use interpersonal skills. 4.4 Students demonstrate the ability to accept the rights and responsibilities for self and others. 5.1 Students use critical thinking skills such as analyzing, prioritizing, categorizing, evaluating, and comparing to solve a variety of problems in real-life situations. 5.4 Students use a decision-making process to make informed decisions among options.

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Vaulting *Group: 15 participants: 2 hours or 20 participants: 3-4 hours BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Vaulting is a growing sport that is a combination of maneuvers of gymnastics and dance on the back of a horse. The participants will learn the basic compulsory positions on the practice barrel and then exercise the movements on one of our professionally trained vaulting horses. Balance, coordination, strength, confidence, and creativity are skills developed within the sport. These skills are not only beneficial for becoming a great horseman, but they are supportive life-long skills that every child and teenager should have.

ACTIVITIES: Introduction & Safety 10 Minutes Name and Action Game 10 Minutes Skills: • • • • • • • • • •

Grooming/Tacking Horse Balance Flexibility Independence Confidence Body Awareness Leadership Coordination Strength Creativity Memorization

30 Minutes Stretching Warm-up 30 Minutes Practice Barrel Work 1 hour Vaulting-Horseback 40 Minutes Cool down, Stretch, Untack

KY Core Academic Standards areas: Structure in the Art: Primary-High School 1.12 Students speak using appropriate forms, conventions, and styles to communicate ideas and information to different audiences for different purposes. 1.13 Students make sense of ideas and communicate ideas with the visual arts. 1.14 Students make sense of ideas and communicate ideas with music. 1.15 Students make sense of and communicate ideas with movement. 2.23 Students analyze their own and others' artistic products and performances using accepted standards.

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Low Challenge Course

1-2 Hour

*May be combined with another adventure program for an overnight or two-day excursion. BRIEF DESCRIPTION: A series of ground-level problem-solving initiatives in the woods designed to encourage creative thinking, productive communication, and building trust with others. This is the heart of our Challenge Course, as it provides a rich framework to allow participants to transfer the lessons learned in their experience to “real-life.” We encourage students to bring a journal to write down their experience of being on the low course and express their thoughts about teamwork, communication, and trust.

ACTIVITIES: Introduction & Safety 10 Minutes Teambuilding Games Skills: • • • • • • • • •

Respect Teamwork Communication Focus Trust Leadership Cooperation Problem Solving Decision Making Process • Goal Setting • Time and Task Management

30 Minutes- 1hour Initiatives 40 minutes Low Challenge Course 2-3 hours

KY Core Academic Standards areas: Personal Wellness: Primary-High School 2.31 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need to remain physically healthy and to accept responsibility for their own physical well-being. 2.32 Students demonstrate strategies for becoming and remaining mentally and emotionally healthy. 4.1 Students effectively use interpersonal skills. 4.4 Students demonstrate the ability to accept the rights and responsibilities for self and others. 5.1 Students use critical thinking skills such as analyzing, prioritizing, categorizing, evaluating, and comparing to solve a variety of problems in real-life situations. 5.4 Students use a decision-making process to make informed decisions among options. Writing Standards: Primary-Intermediate 5. With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

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High Ropes- Challenge Course

6-8 Hour

* Participants must be 13 years old and up BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Our high ropes course consist of a climbing wall, dual zip line, eight elements, and giant swing all 40 feet in the air. The exhilaration felt while traversing on the course helps individuals conquer perceived limits. Valuable lessons on risk-taking, confidence building, group support, and encouragement will have a lasting effect on all participants.

ACTIVITIES: Skills: • Risk Taking • Confidence Building • Encouragement • Leadership • Team building • Healthy life choices • Responsibility • Decision making • Communication

Introduction & Safety 10 Minutes Teambuilding Games 30 Minutes- 1hour Initiatives 40 minutes Low Challenge Course 2-3 hours High Ropes 2-3 hours

KY Core Academic Standards areas: Personal Wellness: Secondary-High School 2.31 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need to remain physically healthy and to accept responsibility for their own physical wellbeing. 2.32 Students demonstrate strategies for becoming and remaining mentally and emotionally healthy. 4.1 Students effectively use interpersonal skills. 4.4 Students demonstrate the ability to accept the rights and responsibilities for self and others. 5.1 Students use critical thinking skills such as analyzing, prioritizing, categorizing, evaluating, and comparing to solve a variety of problems in real-life situations. 5.4 Students use a decision-making process to make informed decisions among options.

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Outdoor Adventure Full day or Overnight* *May be combined with another adventure program for an overnight or two-day excursion KY Core Academic Standards areas:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Students are encouraged to bring a notebook with them to record their adventure stories as we hike, cook, camp and learn all about how to rough it comfortably in the backcountry. Our instructors use a combination of “teachable moments” to educate students about plants and wildlife as well as planned lessons in cooking, survival and more. Not only will this trip be fun, but the physical aspect will build confidence in students as they learn what they are capable of when they leave their modern day comforts behind.

ACTIVITIES: Introductions 15 Minutes Travel to location 1 hour 30 minutes

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Creativity Critical Thinking Writing Strength and Balance Communication Respect Trust Problem Solving Cooking Map Reading Confidence in Self and others

Technology: Primary-High School -GPS, Map, Compass 1.11 Students write using appropriate forms, conventions, and styles to communicate ideas and information to different audiences for different purposes. 1.16 Students use computers and other kinds of technology to collect, organize, and communicate information and ideas. Practical Living; Primary-High School 2.31 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need to remain physically healthy and to accept responsibility for their own physical well-being.

Hike and Wilderness Lessons

2.32 Students demonstrate strategies for becoming and remaining mentally and emotionally healthy.

3-4 hours

4.1 Students effectively use interpersonal skills.

Set up Camp

Science: Intermediate-High School

30 minutes -1 hour Dinner and Backcountry Cooking Lesson 1 hour Games and Evening activities 1-2 hours Return to LAC the next day

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Caving

6-8 hours (Full day)*

*May be combined with another adventure program for an overnight or two-day excursion BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Life Adventure Center’s fun caving excursions provide a safe, basic introduction to the sport of caving. Students will find themselves working together and individually to challenge perceived limits as they scramble over rocks, crawl through passages and find themselves in a completely different world. In the midst of all of this, students will also learn about wildlife that inhabits Kentucky’s caves, water erosion patterns, and the science of cave formation. Our instructors take advantage of “teachable moments” throughout the trip to make this feel more like an adventure and less like your average science lesson!

ACTIVITIES: Skills: •Safety •Communication •Confidence Building •Balance •Body Awareness •Following Directions

Introductions 15-20 minutes Travel to Caving Site 1 hour 30 minutes Safety and Gear Introduction 15 minutes Quick Lunch or Snack 15-30 minutes Caving and Lessons 2-4 hours Return to LAC 1 hour 30 minutes

KY Core Academic Standards areas: Personal Wellness Primary-High School 2.31 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need to remain physically healthy and to accept responsibility for their own physical well-being. 2.32 Students demonstrate strategies for becoming and remaining mentally and emotionally healthy. 4.1 Students effectively use interpersonal skills. Science The Earth and the Universe 2.3 The Students identify and analyze systems and the ways their components work together or affect each other . 2.5 Students understand that under certain conditions, nature tends to remain the same or move toward a balance. Biological Science 2.6 Students understand how living and nonliving things change over time and the factors that influence the changes.

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Paddling

1.5-3 Hours

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wanted to learn how to canoe or kayak? Our staff will help guide you to learn the basic strokes in paddle school. Then test your teamwork, communication, and padding skills on our pond during water games! We also offer off site paddling either for the day or overnight camping trips.

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Introductions 5 Minutes PFD Fitting

Skills • • • • • • • •

Communication Leadership Teamwork Socialization Balance Coordination Spatial Awareness Hard SkillsPaddling

10 Minutes Distribute Paddles and Boats 10 Minutes Intro to Strokes-Paddle School 10 Minutes Canoeing on Pond

KY Core Academic Standards areas: Psychomotor Skills (Physical Education) Primary- High School 2.31 Students demonstrate the knowledge and skills they need to remain physically healthy and to accept responsibility for their own physical wellbeing. 2.34 Students perform physical movements skills effectively in a variety of settings. 2.35 Students demonstrate knowledge and skills that promote physical activity and involvement in physical activity throughout lives. 4.1 Students effectively use interpersonal skills. Lifetime Physical Wellness Secondary-High School 3.1 Students demonstrate positive growth in selfconcept through appropriate tasks or projects. 3.2 Students demonstrate the ability to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

-Water Games

3.7 Students demonstrate the ability to learn on one’s own.

-Open Canoeing

4.2 Students use productive team membership skills.

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Life Adventure Center Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary Environmental Education Program

Program Selection Menu

This program selection menu allows you to see what programs we offer at Life Adventure Center and Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary. Each environmental education program was developed for a specific grade/age. Please use our chart to find a program that is appropriate for your group. Program summaries and average program times are also included in this document. Please keep these details in mind when planning your group’s trip to Life Adventure Center and Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary. If you have an interest or need that does not fall within these guidelines, please contact our Environmental Education Program Coordinator at barb@lifeadventurecenter.org. Thank you and we hope to work with your group soon. KEY: X=Connection to Next Generation Science Standards and Age Appropriate activity for group O=Age Appropriate activity for group

Nature Stories Un-nature Trail Sensory Trail Plant Parts - Gardening Animal Adaptation Games Burma Shave Hike The Water Cycle Habitats and Ecosystems Introduction to Maps The Working Environment Weather Observations Forestry: Structure, Function, ID Birding Watersheds Energy Entomology Geology and the Rock Cycle Town Meeting: River Usage Forestry: Trees, Natural Resource Soils and Erosion Stream and Pond Study Invasive Species Tracking Water Quality Testing

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1 hour Nature Stories By incorporating children’s literature into the exploration of our wonderful facility, children will have the opportunity to see the words on the page come alive! They may act out the relationships between plants, animals and their environment. They will learn how they impact the earth and discover what changes they can make. 15


Life Adventure Center Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary Environmental Education Program

Kentucky Core Academic Standards (2010): Reading Standards: Foundation Skill; K-3 ELA/Literacy -W.2.7, W.2., SL.2.5 Next Generation of Science Standards: K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3 1 hour and 30 minutes Un-Nature Trail While taking a stroll through our un-nature trail, the students will have an opportunity to recognize the impact that humans have on the environment around them. In addition, they will discuss how to limit future impact. Next Generation of Science Standards: K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 2-LS4-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-4 1 hour Sensory Trail Students will explore their five senses through games and an interactive walk through the woods. They will also learn from nature to see how the animals use their senses to survive. Next Generation of Science Standards: K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 1-LS1-2, 2-ESS1, 3-LS2-1, 4-LS1-2 2 hours Plant Parts – Gardening Who knew a carrot was hiding beneath the soil? What could be a better than learning about the parts of a plant in our teaching garden. Discover what plants need to grow through interactive games. Next Generation of Science Standards: K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2-1, 2-ESS2-3, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS1-5 1 hour and 40 minutes Animal Adaptation Games Students will participate in fun and active games that highlight animal adaptations by putting students in the role of the animals. Next Generation of Science Standards: K-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, MSLS1-4, HS-LS2-8 Burma Shave Hike 1 hour and 30 minutes Through this interactive hike, students will have an opportunity to slow down and connect with their natural environment. Use of digital cameras is an option for this activity. 1 hour and 30 minutes The Water Cycle Students will become part of the water cycle as they explore how water changes from one state of matter to another. Next Generation of Science Standards: 2-ESS2-1, 2-ESS2-2, 2-ESS2-3, 5-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-3, MS-PS1-4, MS-ESS2-4, MSESS3-3

1-2 hours Habitats and Ecosystems Elements of fields, forest and streams become living textbooks as the students learn about ecosystems while exploring our diverse habitats. Discover how diversity, natural resources, and limiting factors are important to survival. Next Generation of Science Standards: K-ESS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS1-4, MS-LS22, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4, MS-ESS3-4, HS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-8 Introduction to Maps 1 hour and 30 minutes Students will have a chance to learn about the features of maps. They will design their own map, explore locations on maps, and finish by demonstrating their newfound knowledge by using maps in a scavenger hunt. Next Generation of Science Standards: 4-ESS2-2, MS-ETS1-2 16


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The Working Environment 1 hour and 30 minutes Participants learn about food webs and life cycles through a fun and interactive collection of activities that focus on the roles that different organisms play in our environment. Discover unusual organisms with very distinct traits. Students will work together to solve problems in ecosystems. Next Generation of Science Standards: 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-ESS3-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-LS1-6 1 hour Weather Observations Students will learn to read weather instruments to observe the changes in the weather around them. Learn what makes other climates different from ours. What changes are occurring in our weather conditions? Next Generation of Science Standards: K-ESS2-1, K-ESS3-2, 3-ESS2-1, 3-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-5, MS-ESS3-5 2 hours Forestry: Tree Structure, Function and ID Students will explore the structure and function of trees in addition being introduced to classification systems through the use of dichotomous keys. They will compare the structure and functions of trees to the human body systems. Next Generation of Science Standards: 4-LS1-1, MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, MS-LS1-3 3 hours Birding Students are introduced to the science of ornithology as they learn about bird species, habitats, adaptations, and songs. Our bird blind, with its one way windows, gives visitors undetected, close up views of birds, mammals and insects at its feeding station. Next Generation of Science Standards: 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS2-1 Watersheds 2 hours Where does all the water go? Students will investigate how the water is affected on its journey to the Kentucky River. What affect do we have on the river? Next Generation of Science Standards: 5-ESS2-2, MS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS2-5, HS-LS2-7, HS-ESS3-4

1 hour Energy Does water possess energy? Can water do work? Discover examples of water working for you. Students will work together to create their own water tool. Next Generation Science Standards: 4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-4, 4-ESS3-1, 3-5-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-1 1.5 hours Entomology See insects in a completely new light through this up close and personal look at entomology. How do insects help us? After participating in a beneficial insect scavenger hunt students get the chance to view their specimens under our stereomicroscopes. Next Generation of Science Standards: 2-LS2-2, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-7 2 hours Geology and the Rock Cycle Discover the secrets held within the rock fences of our farm. Through an investigative approach, students will discover the connections between our history and geology. What do fossils show us? Are there similar organisms living today? Is a rock always a rock? Next Generation of Science Standards: 3-LS4-1, 4-ESS1-1, MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-1 17


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Town Meeting: River Usage 2 hours Student teams will research and defend a point of view in a town hall style debate that focuses on water use and quality. Next Generation of Science Standards: MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, HS-ESS3-4

2 hours Forestry: Trees, A Sustainable Natural Resource Students learn about trees as natural resources of useful materials and forest ecology, while learning to identify trees. Next Generation Science Standards: MS-PS1-3 2 hours Soils and Erosion Sand, silt, and clay will be investigated through a trip to our compost bin and erosion lab. Student will learn how different soil types react to water and how to protect soils from erosion. Next Generation of Science Standards: 4-ESS2-1, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-3, MS-ESS3-4, HS-LS2-4, HS-LS2-7 Stream and Pond Study 2.5 hours Through a macro invertebrate investigation of the waters of Life Adventure Center or Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary, students will learn about biological indicators and the factors that influence macro invertebrate survival. What affect does human activity have on macro invertebrates? How may we prevent or reduce our impact on the water which we both need to survive? Utilize digital microscopes to examine samples collected. Next Generation of Science Standards: MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-3, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-4, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, HS-ESS3-4 1.5 hours Invasive Species Tracking Find out what is invading the forests of The Life Adventure Center and Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary. Students will learn about the origin of invasive species and their effect on the local ecosystem. Next Generation of Science Standards: HS-LS2-6, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, HS-LS4-5 Water Quality Testing 3 hours After collecting water samples throughout the property, students will analyze their results and discuss factors that may affect water quality. Utilize digital microscopes to examine samples collected. Next Generation of Science Standards: HS-ESS2-2, HS-ESS2-5, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, HS-ESS3-4

For more information and to book your reservation contact: Barb Cornett, Environmental Education Program Coordinator Life Adventure Center and Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary 570 Milner Road Versailles, Kentucky 40383 859-873-3271 or 859-619-5839 barb@lifeadventurecenter.org

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Custom Program

*Hours Will Vary

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: **We can customize any program to fit your need! At Life Adventure Center, we recognize that you aren't always able to uproot and take a week-long backpacking trip; however, we also recognize the value of an experience in the outdoors. A new environment may provoke your student's curiosity and improve their attention, provide an opportunity for relaxation and rejuvenation for your company, or could provide a bonding experience for your youth group. Let LAC help you discover the outdoors wherever you happen to be. Whether it's on our own 575- acre stretch of woods and streams or in the park down the street from you, let LAC facilitate your experience in the outdoors. LAC offers adventures for your school, teens, families, church, or corporation. We'll design a program for your own skill level that may include backpacking, canoeing, team-building, or any other activity you're looking for.

KY Core Academic Standards areas: ** We can customize a program to meet your selective core content needs!

ACTIVITIES: ** Activities will vary within uniquely developed programs

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Contact Information

For more information please contact:

Byron Marlowe (859) 873-3271 Program Director byron@lifeadventurecenter.org

Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass 570 Milner Road Versailles, KY 40383 Office: (859) 873-3271 Fax: (859)873-2410

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm 20


References:

Kentucky Department of Education. Kentucky Core Academic Standards Manual (June 2010). http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/docs/pages/kentucky-core-academic-standards---new.aspx

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Life Adventure Center KY Core Content Packet