City Nature Explorers - Frogs & Salamanders (Gr K-4)
Apr 20 (Monday)
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Ages 5-11 · Co-Ed
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Make a Portland Park your outdoor classroom! Children (Kindergarten-6th grade) can join the Environmental Education team to learn local ecology through sensory activities, science investigations, games, and exploration. Our trained outdoor educators will immerse your child in experiential learning with lessons that line up with common science units and Next Generation Science Standards. Classes are active, social, engaging, and fun!
A perfect option for homeschoolers! Classes are 100% outdoors at a local park or natural area and take place rain or shine!
City Nature Explorers is designed as a drop-off class. (Parents - if you need to attend with your child, please call 503-823-3601 for information.)
Class must have at least 8 participants three days prior to avoid cancellation.
ECOLOGY TOPIC: Frogs & Salamanders
Once an active floodplain, Oaks Bottom was home to a myriad of bird and animal species. But a desire for growth and development filled in the wetland and forced many of the species to scuttle off and find new resources. But thanks to many years of active restoration and protection, the wildlife refuge is again home to a variety of interesting and rare species of reptiles and amphibians. Through careful observation and guided exploration, students will have a chance to meet these frogs, salamanders and snakes up close and discover what makes them so special.
Learning Outcomes - After the class, students should know:
1) Most Amphibians go through a complete metamorphosis, but some give birth to young that are small versions of the adult.
2) Most amphibians spend part of their life cycle in water, and part of their life cycle on land.
3) Amphibians' skin is smooth and moist, while reptiles are dry and have scales for skin.
4) Amphibians can breathe through their skin, and are sensitive to toxins in the environment. They must be handled in a way that protects them from harm.
MEETING SPOT: Meet at the trailhead at the North Parking lot (SE Milwaukie & Mitchell St)
WHAT TO BRING: A backpack containing an extra layer, a portable snack, and a water bottle.
WHAT TO WEAR: Rain boots! We'll be wading as far as boots allow! Warm layers, hats & mittens, warm socks, and a rain coat.
WITHDRAWAL POLICY: For a full refund, withdrawals must be made at least 7 days before the first day of class.
4. Youth (6yrs - 14yrs)
Kindergarten - 4th
Meet at the trailhead at the North Parking lot (SE Milwaukie @ Hwy 99E)
Portland Parks & Recreation