Fall Fest

HOWL like a wolf! WIGGLE your millipede legs! SQUIRM like a centipede and FLAP your wings like a bat! Come explore and have an up close look at wildlife artifacts and amazing creatures. Visit our creative play area, tree house and observation tower. Enjoy a live animal meet and greet of Heartland’s pet guinea pig, lizard, and snake. Play a game of eye spy along our forest trail.

Check out FALL at Heartland Forest and see what creatures call our forest home! Through games and open explorations, learn how wolves use their five senses to help them survive. Explore the Brown Bats lifecycle and what they do as seasons change. Conduct an experiment to find out why plants are so important to millipedes! Investigate the differences between millipede centipede and insects. Visit our creative play area, tree house and observation tower. Enjoy a live animal meet and greet of Heartland’s pet guinea pig, lizard, and snake.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 1 Needs and Characteristics of Living Things, Daily and Seasonal Changes; Grade 2 Growth and Changes in Animals, Air and Water in the Environment

Meet live millipedes and centipedes and conduct a millipede experiment, learn about some of the amazing relationships between plants and animals through interactive games. Explore bat habitat and learn what Heartland Forest is doing to protect the species of bats found in our forest. Build a wolf food chain and discover how people have come to realize the importance of these animals. Play pumpkin survival to learn how this plant’s adaptations help it survive. Visit our tree house, observation tower, playground and miniput for more fun.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 3 Growth and Changes in Plants (1.1, 1.2, 3.1, 3.4, 3.6); Grade 4 Habitats and Communities

A hands-on, close up look at our forest ecosystems shows what biodiversity really looks like. Through games, activities and experiments explore the relationships between different forest species and see who they can’t live without. Get a chance to explore our tree house and observation tower to discover more about our incredible environment.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 6 Biodiversity

Discover how humans can impact the biotic and abiotic components in an ecosystem and what we can do to stop it. Become a citizen scientist and help Heartland Forest with our Bat monitoring program and analysis. Play Canine trivia to explore why wolves are considered a keystone species and learn about the coyote at Heartland Forest. Conduct an up close investigation of a decaying log revealing the roles and interactions of producers consumers and decomposers. Guided hike included.

Curriculum Connections: Grade 7 Interactions in the Environment; Grade 8 Water Systems

Includes pumpkin and train ride.

$13/student $4/parent staff complimentary

9:30 - 2:00 (4.5 hour program is flexible)