Predator vs. Prey
The predator and prey relationship encompasses concepts such as survival of the fittest, adaptations and the fundamental differences between animals. Through discussion and games, we’ll learn first-hand about the different reactions of prey as they are being hunted, the variables that can change the outcome of a hunt, and the challenges of survival.
Aquatic Plant and Animal Life
Ever wonder what kinds of plant and animals live in the murky waters of our ponds and lakes? Because of their aquatic habitat, those little creatures have a unique way of life and survival. Students who participate in this program will learn basic ecology skills by exploring the boundaries of our lake and studying lake animals such as macro invertebrates, fish and amphibians with nets and viewing containers. Older students may elect to do part of this study from canoes.
Ever notice the expression on a student’s face when an animal’s footprint is pointed out in the dirt? We do! That look of wonderment inspired our Amazing Animals program where we teach students how to identify various animal visitors. Students get the opportunity to go out and see what kind of tracks they can find and identify them.
An adventure in the woods at VEC! Students will work in teams to plan and build their own shelters. Students will discover edible plants, learn fire building, and orienteering. Groups are challenged throughout the experience about survival situations. This program can be tailored to fit your curriculum goals and learning levels.
Draw, aim, fire! Participants will discover the joy behind this long established sport. Understanding the history, following the safety rules, and learning the skill is just the beginning. Through hands-on target practice and friendly competition, participants will learn about self-discipline and improve shooting skills.
Cross Country Skiing
Traversing on two skis is not only great exercise, but also an excellent way to observe the beauty of the winter landscape. Participants will learn the origin of cross-country skiing, the correct fitting and usage of equipment, and a few skill techniques before gliding across the glistening snow. Skis,poles, and boots provide.