Squam Lakes Science Center debuts Virtually Wild programs
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness is introducing new Virtually Wild School Programs to provide distance learning science education to schools. Virtually Wild School Programs bring a Science Center Naturalist and two live animal ambassadors to a teacher’s virtual classroom.
With schools closed for the remainder of the school year and Science Center trails closed until further notice, what would typically be a busy time for field trips will be quiet. Science Center naturalists have been busy developing the most effective ways to bring distance learning education programs to schools. Naturalists understand that keeping students engaged in science and nature while teaching online could be difficult so they have adapted popular programs to meet those needs.
Programs include Fur, Feathers, and Scales; Have to Have a Habitat; Marvelous Mammals; Stories on the Wild Side; and more. Virtually Wild School Programs connect securely with students and teachers and engage with students for a 45-minute program. Interaction between students and the Naturalist encourages the students to discover more about animals in New Hampshire. Post-visit activities are also included and programs correlate to Next Generation Science Standards.
Naturalists have also created Nature Journal Pages. The pages encourage students and children to get outside and start a nature journal. Journal pages include directions so parents can easily help younger children with the activities and older children can do them on their own. The only materials needed are the journal page and something to write with.