Visit | Field Kits
Our free Field Kits will make your self-guided visit even more meaningful. These pre-designed, 20-minute lessons enhance our exhibits in Explore the Wild. Each Field Kit comes complete with directions and materials for six students. They're easy to tote and easy to implement!
Pick up your Field Kit at the Admissions Desk. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Multiple copies of each kit are available.
Appropriate grade levels in parentheses
| Bear Habitat I Spy (K-1)
Use binoculars to observe the bears and their habitats, and look for some of the things bears need in order to survive.
| Dances with Wolves (K-1)
Learn about the food chain while acting and moving like plants and animals.
| Follow that Lemur (K-1)
How do lemurs stay together as a group? Become a group of ring-tailed lemurs to see what they use those striped tails for.
| Soil Observations (K-1)
Take a closer look at some of the components of soil and compare soil samples from a wetland and a dry area.
| What Do Your Wolf Ears Hear? (2)
Play a game to determine how good your hearing is. Then discover how wolves' ears are able to pick up more sounds than our own.
| How Old Is That Bear? (2-3)
How are bear teeth like trees? They both have growth rings. Look at slides of bear teeth to find these rings and figure out the bear's age.
| The Circle of Life (2-3)
Assemble the life cycles of several wetland organisms.
| A Lemur in the Sun (2-4)
Conduct an experiment to determine if the fur color of a lemur makes a difference when they're trying to warm themselves.
| Running With Wolves (3-5)
Discover how some animals run on their tiptoes and how this helps them increase their speed. Measure your stride length and determine how you can increase it.
| Bear Girth (4-5)
Estimate the weight of our bears by using a graph that relates chest girth to weight. Then measure your own chest girth and compare your weight to that of bears the same size.
| Wetland Food Chain(4-5)
Determine the organisms that are producers and consumers in the wetland and discover how humans can alter the food chain.
| Have You Seen This Lemur? (5)
Compare the seven ecosystems of Madagascar. Try to determine which ecosystem our three species of lemurs call home by looking at their behaviors and adaptations.