Natural Resource Educational Class Descriptions



Each of these one hour classes are hands-on, correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning, and give students the chance to experience Natural Resources in Appomattox Buckingham State Forest. For more information about each class, please see descriptions below.

AQUATIC ECOLOGY
Why are aquatic ecosystems important? What can they tell us about the health of our environment? This course provides students the opportunity to investigate an aquatic ecosystem, collect macro invertebrates and determine the health of Holiday Lake and surround creeks.

ASTRONOMY
Explore the universe and see how the past meets the future. Students will learn to about several constellations and their history, moon phases and about our sky. (Night Class)

ENTOMOLOGY
Students will learn what makes an insect and insect, and how they play an important part in our lives. Using nets, they will also get a chance to catch and identify insects around the 4-H Center.

FOREST ECOLOGY
A forest is a lot more that just trees! Bet you didn’t know that trees are impacting your life every day. Learn how the forest affects us and how we live.

GEOLOGY
Ever wondered where rocks came from? Do all rocks look the same? What makes them different? We’ll look at the exciting life of a rock and ways to classify rocks and minerals.

HERPETOLOGY
How are snakes and frogs different? Explore some common misperceptions about these creatures and discover some amazing facts. Meet some of them up-close!

MAMMOLOGY
Compare and contrast the characteristics of mammals versus other animals.

METEROLOGY
Learn modern weather forecasting concepts and techniques. Participants will learn basic principals and make their own forecast. Participants will participate in experiments to help them understand weather concepts.

NATIVE AMERICAN GAMES
Students will particpate in games played by Native Americans to practice and improve everyday skills such as hunting and gathering. (Night Class)

NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
Students will experience a day (or class period) in the life of a Native American. How did their life differ from ours today? Join us with hands on activities to discover how Native Americans lived.

ORNITHOLOGY (Study of Birds)
What challenges do birds face when migrating? We will participate in fun activities that demonstrate bird behavior, adaptations, and the effect humans have on bird migration.

OWL PELLETS
Students will be engaged in a brief discussion of raptors. They will learn what an owl pellet is and have the chance to dissec an owl pellet to discover what the owl ate. (Additional fee applies)

PIONEER LIFE
Students will experience a day (or class period) in the life of a Pioneer. Students will get to make their own candles and cornbread as well as try out a few daily Pioneer “chores”.

SOIL STUDIES
Explore the world of soil, how it is made, its qualities and importance. Participants will have the opportunity to investigate soil and its components, including decomposers and its inhabitants.

WATER CHEMISTRY
The world revolves around water. We’ll have our test equipment ready to investigate what is in our water and how it affects the entire world.

WILDLIFE ECOLOGY
Have you ever seen the interaction between predator and prey, or possibly noticed any adaptations that they obtain to survive? Let’s experience how animals fight for survival.

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
What would you do if you were lost in the woods? How can you lost proof yourself? What are the basic needs for survival?
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