SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMS

We’ve been inspiring environmental stewardship through education for nearly 30 years! Yampatika supports educators in NW Colorado with an array of affordable and free, science-based, environmental education resources. Contact 970-871-9151 or email us for more information and scheduling. 

Environmental and Water Education Programs

Yampatika offers a variety of standards-based programs including science, social studies, language arts, outdoor education, art, and math by grade level for schools. These programs can take place in school, outdoors, or as part of a field trip. In many cases, these programs are sponsored by Yampatika’s funding partners, allowing us to offer them at no cost. Naturalists can work with your class at school and also meet your students for a place-based education experience in Routt, Moffat, Rio Blanco, or Jackson County. Field programs help connect students with the natural environment and the local community. We can customize all field trips to your specific needs. Field Trip Sites include:

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Below are the programs being offered for the 2021-22 school year. If you do not see your specific needs addressed in the topics listed, we are happy to work with you to provide a program that meets the standards you are covering.

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Please use the expansion buttons on the right to explore programs for specific grade levels.

PreK: 35-45 minutes each session

ELP: Nature Explorers (SC.P.3.1, SC.P.3.2, and SS.P.2.1) Both Indoor and Outdoor Components, any season

  • Three-part hands-on inquiry program to explore and understand the natural world.

We Are Water (SC.P.2.1 and SC.P.2.2) Indoor or Outdoor (weather permitting – spring or fall only), No Virtual

  • An exploration into the water that is contained in every living thing, including us! Students will learn through song, games, and hands-on inquiry.

States of Matter (SC.P.1.1) Indoor or Outdoor (spring or fall), No Virtual

  • Hands-on activities introducing the solids, liquids, and gases that make up the world around us focusing on water.

Amazing Animals and Plants! (SC.P.2.1 and SC.P.2.2) Indoor, Outdoor, or Virtual, any season

  • Every living thing has needs. Food, water, shelter, space. Multiple lessons are available on topics including plants, specific animals, habitats, life cycles, worms, and more.

Coming Soon! Properties of Water (SC.P.1.1)

  • Why is water unique? Experiments to explore the properties that make water so important.
Kindergarten: 40-50 minutes each session

ELP: Weather and Snow, Preparing for Changing Seasons (SC.K.3.1 and SC.K.3.2) Both Indoor and Outdoor Components, fall, winter best

  • A three-part program including field exploration. How do animals prepare for changing seasons?

Heat It Up! (SC.K.1.2) Outdoors only, fall or spring

  • Experiment on a variety of common materials to determine how the sun affects the earth. 

Animal Needs (in-person and virtual available) (SC.K.2.1) indoor or outdoor, and virtual

  • Explore bird beak functions with different tools in a hands-on program with games and experiments. 

Plant Needs (in-person and virtual available) (SC.K.2.1)

  • What do plants need to grow?

We Are Water (SC.K.2.1) no virtual, indoor or outdoor

  • An exploration into the water that is contained in every living thing, including us! Students will learn through song, games, and hands-on inquiry.

The Incredible Journey (SC. K.3.1, RW.K.1.1)

  • Explore the water cycle by traveling as a water droplet and embark on a storytelling journey.

Beavers! (SC.K.2.1 and SC.K.3.1)

  • Beavers are nature’s engineers. How do they change their environment to meet their needs?

Coming Soon! Places We Live (SS.K.2.1 and SS.K.2.2)

  • Explore where we live and why. What do we need to survive here? How do we learn from animals?
    First Grade: 45-60 minutes each session

    ELP: Birds (SC.1.2.1) Both Indoor and Outdoor Components, any season (spring or fall best)

    • How do birds live? What are their habitats and adaptations?

    Animal Adaptations (SC.1.2.1) Indoor, Outdoor, or Virtual, any season

    • What features help animals survive? Look at different types of adaptations and differentiate through beaver dress-up and games. Additional animal themes are available.

    The Incredible Journey (RW.1.1.1, RW.1.1.2, Cross-cutting Concepts: Patterns) Indoor or Outdoor (weather permitting – spring or fall only), No Virtual

    • Explore the water cycle by traveling as a water droplet and embark on a storytelling journey.

    Coming Soon! Sound On (SC.1.1.1)

    • Sensory explorations using animal sounds.

    Coming Soon! Young Animal Observations (SC.1.2.2)

    • Comparing young animals to their adult animal counterparts.

    Coming Soon! Map Your Natural Community (SS.1.2.1 and SS.1.2.2)

    • Create a simple map of your school or natural area noting places to preserve.
    Second Grade: 45-60 minutes each session

    ELP: Shape of the Land (SC.2.3.1 and SC.2.3.2) Both Indoor and Outdoor Components, spring or fall for outdoor best

    • This three-part program investigates weathering and erosion and how it shapes our land.

    Weather and Erosion (SC.2.3.2) Indoor or Outdoor (weather permitting – spring or fall only), and Virtual

    • Experiment on a variety of common materials to determine how the sun affects the earth.

    Properties of Water (SC.2.1.1) Indoor or Outdoor (weather permitting – spring or fall only), No Virtual

    • Experiment on a variety of common materials to determine how the sun affects the earth.

    Awesome Aspens (SC.2.2.1) Indoor or Outdoor (any season), No Virtual

    • What’s so special about how aspens grow, live, and thrive?

    The Subnivean Zone (SC.2.2.2) Outdoors in Winter only (part of program can be done indoors), No Virtual

    • Who lives under the snow? How is that even possible?

    Colorado Habitats (SC.2.2.2) ) Indoor or Outdoor (any season), No Virtual 

    • There are so many different habitats in Colorado. Let’s explore some.

    The Incredible Journey (SC.2.3.2, RW.1.1.1, RW.1.1.2, Cross-cutting Concepts: Patterns) Indoor or Outdoor (any season), No Virtual

    • Explore the water cycle by traveling as a water droplet and embark on a storytelling journey.

    Coming Soon! Pollinators (SC.2.2.1)

    Third Grade: 55-60 minutes each session

    ELP: The Lives of Animals (SC.3.2.1, SC.3.2.3, and SC.3.2.5) Both Indoor and Outdoor Components, spring or fall for outdoor best

    • A three-part program. How do animals adapt and survive?

    Let’s Survive Together (SC.3.2.2) Indoor or Outdoor (weather permitting – spring or fall only), No Virtual

    • Animals survive better by working together and staying in groups. Explore some specific animals and how they do this.

    Where are we? (SC.3.1.2 and SS.3.2.1) Outdoor Only (part of program can be done indoors), any season

    • How do compasses work and how do we navigate with them?

    Animal Adaptations (SC.3.2.4 and SC.3.2.5) Indoor or Outdoor (any season), and Virtual

    • Hands-on explorations into the adaptations that help animals survive from generation to generation.

    Weather and Natural Hazards: Avalanche! (SC3.3.2) Outdoors in Winter Only (part of program can be done indoors), No Virtual

    Weather and Natural Hazards: Drought! (SC3.3.2)

    Coming Soon: Fossils and Adaptations! (SC.3.2.4)

    Coming Soon: Weather Trackers (SC.3.3.1)

    Coming Soon: Who Lives Here? People and Animals (SS.3.2.2)

    Fourth Grade: 55-60 minutes each session

    ELP: Changing Earth (SC.4.3.1, SC.4.3.2, and SC.4.3.3) Both Indoor and Outdoor Components

    • A three-part program exploring the changes that occur on earth.

    Yampa-White-Green Basin, What’s Your Watershed? (SS.4.2.1, SS.4.4.1, and SC.4.3.3) Indoor, Outdoor, or Virtual, spring or fall for outdoors

    • What is a watershed and where do we live within one?

    Hydropower (SC.4.1.1, SC.4.1.2, SC.4.1.4, and SC.4.3.4.) Indoors only

    • Experiment with different types of energy and tour a working hydro plant (virtual or in-person at Stagecoach).

    Owl Adaptations (SC.4.2.1) Indoor or Outdoor, No Virtual

    • Explore great-horned owl adaptations and dissect owl pellets to see what they eat.

    Water Conservation (SC.4.3.2 and SC.4.3.5) Indoor, Outdoor, and Virtual, any season

    • Why should we use less water?

    Natural Hazards – Avalanches (SC.4.3.5) Outdoors in Winter Only (part of program can be done indoors)

    • Avalanches can be understood if we study them and understand the conditions that make them happen.

    Natural Hazards – Erosion Control (SC.4.3.5) Indoors or Outdoors, No Virtual

    • Design a way to control erosion in your local community.

    Coming Soon: Bats! (SC.4.1.5 and SC.4.2.1)

    Coming Soon: Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources (SC.4.3.4)

    Coming Soon: The Continental Divide (SS.4.2.1 and SS.4.2.2)

    Fifth Grade: 55-60 minutes each session

    ELP: Water (SC.5.3.3 and SC.5.3.4) Both Indoor and Outdoor Components, spring or fall for outdoor best

    • A three-part program exploring the importance of water. Why does it mean so much?

    Yampa-White-Green Basin, What’s Your Watershed? (SS.5.2.1, SC.5.3.3, and SC.5.3.5) Indoor, Outdoor, or Virtual, spring or fall for outdoors

    • Explore where our watershed is in the bigger picture.

    The Water Cycle (SC.5.3.3, and SC.5.3.4.) Indoor or Outdoor, No Virtual

    • Modeling the water cycle.

    Water Treatment (SC.5.1.2, and SC.5.3.4.) Indoor, Outdoor, or Virtual, spring or fall for outdoors best

    • How do we make water safe to drink?

    Food Webs (SC.5.2.2) Indoor or Outdoor, No Virtual

    • Ecosystems are complex. Build a local food web to identify the flow of energy in the system and how everything is interconnected.

    Water Conservation (4.3.2 and SC.4.3.5) Indoor, Outdoor, or Virtual, any season

    • How much water do we really use?

    Natural Hazards – Avalanches (SC.5.3.3) Outdoors in Winter Only (part of program can be done indoors)

    • How do avalanches occur? What can we do to understand them better?

    Coming Soon: Decomposers (SC.5.2.2)

    Coming Soon: Earth Modeling (SC.5.3.3)

    Coming Soon: Plant Study (SC.5.2.1)

    Middle School: 50 or 90 minute sessions

    The Carbon Cycle (SC.MS.2.6)

    Modeling the carbon cycle through a hands-on exploration.

    Carbon Sequestration – How Much Carbon is Stored in a Tree? (SC.MS.2.6) Outdoors Only, no virtual

    Measure and analyze trees to determine the carbon they contain.

    Water Cycle Modeling (SC.MS.1.1, SC.MS.3.6) Indoor or Outdoor

    In-depth investigation into the water cycle and how to model it.

    Water Contamination (SC.MS.3.10) Indoor or Virtual

    Exploring chemicals that contaminate water, how they enter and travel through a system. 

    Nature Journaling RW.MS.4.1, RW.MS.3.2) Outdoors 

    Writing and art go hand in hand to describe the natural environment. 

    Water Quality Testing (SC.MS.3.6, SC.MS.3.10) Outdoor only, field

    A local field investigation of the chemical, biological, and physical characteristics measured to determine the water quality at one or more sites. 

    Land Use Planning and Decision Making (SC.MS.3.10, Engaging in Argument from Evidence) Indoor or Outdoor

    How do you make decisions on land uses while listening to all stakeholders?

    Community Resiliency: Drought, Fire, or Flood (SC.MS.3.9, SS.8.2.1) Indoor, Outdoor, Virtual Possible, multiple lessons

    Examining natural hazards in the local community and how to be prepared. 

    Environmental Justice (SC.MS.3.10, RW.MS.3.1, RW.MS.1.1, SS.6.2.2, SS.8.2.1) 

    Examining case studies of environmental justice incidents. 

    Water Distribution and the Continental Divide (SC.MS.3.8, SS.6.2.1, and SS.6.2.2) 

    Resources are distributed unevenly across the globe. Explore the concept using water distribution in Colorado. 

    Leave No Trace Ethics (SS.6.2.2) 

    How do we protect the outdoors?  What principles help us minimize impacts and how are they determined?

    Coming Soon: A Long Walk to Water 

    Reading Guide and Related Interdisciplinary Lessons

    Coming Soon: Climate Science

    High School: 50 or 90 minute sessions

    Water Quality Assessment – Two-Part In-Class (in-person or virtual) and Field (SC.HS.2.6, SC.HS.2.12, SC.HS.3.6)

    An introduction to water quality and a local field investigation of the chemical, biological, and physical characteristics measured to determine the water quality at one or more sites. 

    Measuring Streamflow (SC.HS.3.6, SC.HS.3.9) Outdoor field investigation

    A field investigation to calculate streamflow and identify river characteristics. 

    Western Water Rights – Prior Appropriation (SS.HS.1.2, SS.HS.2.3, SS.HS.3.1, RW.H2.1.1) Indoor or Outdoor

    Water rights in the west are complex. Examine the different stakeholders and history of water rights in the West. 

    Fighting Fires with Chemistry (Chemistry)

    Chemical fire retardants and extinguishers, exploring their chemical composition and unique properties.

    Fire Weather (SC.HS.3.)

    Introducing how weather influences fire behavior and how fire influences weather. 

    Fire Adaptations (SC.HS.2.)

    Introducing plant species adapted to fire, their physical and behavioral adaptations. 

    The History of Fire Suppression in the West (SS.HS.2.1, SS.HS.1.1)

    Introducing the history of fire suppression in the US and its effect on modern forests. 

    Wildland Fire Models (SC.HS.1.7 and SC.HS.2.6)

    Exploring complex system modeling using the context of wildland fire.

    Forests after Fire – Secondary Succession (SC.HS.2.6)

    The importance of fire in forest ecosystems and examining the succession of different species in the aftermath of wildland fire. 

    Community Resiliency – Drought, Flood, or Fire (SC.HS.3.10)

    Examining natural hazards in the local community and how to be prepared. 

    Nature Journaling (RW.H1.4.1, RW.H1.3.2, RW.H2.3.1, VA.HS.1.1, VA.HS.1.3)

    There are so many different habitats in Colorado. Let’s explore some. 

    Leave No Trace Ethics (SS.HS.4.1, SS.HS.2.3, SS.HS.1.2)

    How do we protect the outdoors?  What principles help us minimize impacts and how are they determined?

    Environmental Literacy Program

    This program is a 3-part, sequential series that supports core curriculum for PreK-5 students and in-depth explorations for Middle and High School students. The themes are aligned with 2020 Colorado State Standards. Environmental Literacy Programs are the future of environmental education. Yampatika has developed a program that reflects movements within ALL education to promote 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and connection with community and the natural environment. Yampatika’s Environmental Literacy Program supports educators in teaching common core curriculum and improving student performance overall. Explore. Reflect. Act.

    • PreK: Exploring Nature
    • Kindergarten: Snow and Weather – Preparing for a Changing Season
    • First Grade: Bird Adaptations: Beaks, Feet, and Wings
    • Second Grade: The Shape of the Land
    • Third Grade: Animal Lives
    • Fourth Grade: Changing Earth
    • Fifth Grade: Water World
    • Middle School: Carbon in Our World
    • High School: Fire in Colorado
    • Middle and High School: Water Quality Assessment
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    Additional Resources, Discovery Boxes, and Lending Library

    Yampatika has a variety of portable resources available for check out for FREE. Discovery boxes are themed resources on specific topics. They include activities, books, posters, specimens, and more. Lending library materials include books, skulls, furs, compasses, maps, binoculars, magnifying glasses We can tailor specimens and materials to suit your needs. Request materials on a topic and grade level of your choice, and we will compile a resource kit for your classroom. ALL are available for use in your classroom free of charge.

    If you prefer to simply borrow from our lending library, use the below request form. As noted above, programs are scheduled here.

    LENDING LIBRARY DISCOVERY BOX REQUESTS:

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