Missaukee Conservation District staff and volunteers are available for a variety of programming options related to the use and conservation of our community’s natural resources. All requests are reviewed and processed at a first come first served basis. Requests must be made 2 weeks prior to event date. Questions, comments, concerns: please email andrea.gordon@@macd.org.
Four versions of the Bat Education program are offered based on age group or grade level.
● Pre-K to 2nd grade program: includes a story book, facts and myths about bats, actual size and weight examples of several bat species, and an echolocation game.
● Upper elementary students: learn about how they compare to a bat by examining similarities and differences in lifespan, weight, number of fingers, wing flaps, and food consumption.
● Middle school students investigate the ecological and economical value of bats. A disease threatening our bats, called White-Nose Syndrome, is discussed and how it may affect our bat population in the future.
● High school students can act like bat biologists as they move through stations gathering data such as right forearm length, body weight, and behavioral characteristics. Students use a dichotomous key and the data gathered to identify the bat species.
Build a Soil Erosion Model is an activity to compare how water acts when it reaches different areas of cover such as bare soil, mulch, and vegetation. A simulated rain event occurs and students make observations of what is collected in cups, as runoff. This model demonstrates the stability of soil with vegetation. The best way to prevent erosion is to have vegetation along a slope. Grades 3-10.
The Monarch Program is offered in late summer. Staff and volunteers raise Monarch caterpillars each year to participate in The University of Kansas Monarch Watch Tagging event. Participants learn about the threats to Monarchs, how to help protect them, and how and why Monarchs are tagged. All grades.
The Pollinator Program focuses on the importance of insect pollinators in our diets. One out of three bites of food is insect pollinated. The presentation describes pollination and introduces major pollinators and their threats to survival. There is an emphasis on native plants for pollinators. After learning about pollinators, participants will play a trivia game “Pollination Domination”. Grades 5-12.
Composting education teaches the basics of composting as well as introduces vermicomposting or compost by worms! Students learn what should and should not be added to a compost pile, how to maintain it, and finally how to use in the garden. Learn how composting can affect the amount of trash going to landfills. All grades.
The Recycling program brings students to the recycling center to get a behind-the-scenes peek at how the center operates. Learn about landfill diversions and be creative as you “upcycle” seemingly useless junk. There are many arts and crafts ideas to incorporate into recycling education. All grades.
Nature/Discovery Hikes are for all ages. Students are led on a walk as they list as many living things they recognize. This is also known as a Bio-Blitz. Modifications can be made for students to list organisms they see within a particular group. All grades.
Water Quality education comes in two forms. The chemical water quality is investigated in the lake program and aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling for water quality is performed in streams. The presence or absence of certain organisms can tell us about the health of a stream and is especially important for maintaining blue-ribbon trout streams. The stream program takes 2 days; one to sample collect and another to identify the collection. Middle and High School.
The Tree program examines the diversity of products we get from trees. Participants will sort cards of items into categories: wood products, paper products, and food products. We then talk about some of the surprising products that come from trees. A box of tree products is brought along for discussion. Kids can create their own leaf rubbing artwork! Grades Pre K-2.
The Web of Life game involves participants to think of how different organisms are related to each other. Cards with an organism are passed out and students have 15 minutes to research. Information such as what it eats, what eats it, what it is related to, and more is obtained to play the game. A ball of yarn starts at a plant. Then, that student has to pass the yarn to another organism and state their relationship to each other. The activity ends with a thorough discussion about ecology and how stress of one organism can cause changes in other organisms they are connected to. All grades.
Our EnviroScape models teach about groundwater, watersheds, and landfills and how pollutants move in our environment and affect water quality. Discussion includes best practices for conserving water quality.