Teachers’ Resource Center

The Teachers’ Resource Center is located in the Ford Nature Center and houses a collection of over 300 books, videos, CD-ROMs, and kits designed for classroom use in environmental education.  More Info

Teachers’ Guide to Educational Programs

• Programs are free for Mahoning County schools.
• Non-Mahoning County schools pay $3 per child or $20 minimum.
• We welcome home-schoolers.
• Outreach Programs are held at your school (Mahoning County schools only)

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Ohio Academic Content Standard Abbreviations

English / Language Arts

  • S&L – Speaking and Listening
  • RL – Reading Literature

Math

  • M&D – Measurement and Data

Social Studies

  • HIST – History
  • GEO – Geography
  • GOV – Government
  • ECON – Economics

Science

  • ES – Earth Science
  • PS – Physical Science
  • LS – Life Science

Health – National Health Education Standards

MetroParks Farm

To schedule the following programs, call the Farm at: 330.533.7572

At the Farm:

Farmer for a Day
Experience a working farm from crops to livestock. On this tour students will take
a tractor-wagon ride, visit the animals, and have fun with educational exhibits.

Pre-K: LS: 8 | ECON: 12, 13
Grade K: LS: 5, 6 | GEO: 7
Grade 1: LS: 5, 6 | ECON: 12
Grade 2: LS: 5 | GEO: 7 | ECON: 14, 15
Grade 3: LS: 7 | GEO: 5, 6 | ECON: 17
Grade 4: GEO: 10, 12
Grade 5: GEO: 7 | ECON: 15, 16

Programs at the schools:

Offered November – March

Barnyard Buddies – 45 min.
Preschool
Students will learn to identify all types of farm animals and their purpose or use.
Real animals representing livestock and poultry can come for a visit.
Pre-K: LS: 8 | ECON: 12, 13

Happiness Is a Cow – 45 min.
Grade K
Find out how milk gets from the cow to you. Discuss daily foods and the role the
dairy food group plays in nutrition. Students will have the opportunity to make
butter using a butter churn (changing a liquid to a solid) and taste test their
homemade product.
Grade K: PS: 3 | LS: 5 | HIST: 3 | GEO: 7 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2

Coming to America – 45 min.
Grade K
Available only in November
This Thanksgiving program demonstrates what the Native Americans taught the
Pilgrims about growing the “Sister Seeds”: corn, beans and pumpkins. Students
will plant their own “Sister Seeds.”
Grade K: LS: 5, 6 | HIST: 2, 3 | GEO: 7 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2

Little Red Hen – 45 min.
Grade K-1
Listen to and learn all about the popular children’s story The Little Red Hen. This
story teaches about the process of growing wheat and changing it into a food.
Students will be able to use a grain grinder to change wheat into flour and will
follow directions to make play dough.
Grade K: GEO: 7 | ECON: 11 | M&D: 2 | RL: 1, 3, 6, 7, 10 | S&L: 1a, 2
Grade 1: LS: 5 | ECON: 12 | RL: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 | S&L: 1a, 2

Food Power Tower – 1 hour
Grade 2
Explore nutrition based on the current “MyPlate” guidelines. Students will
discover the food groups and their sources on the farm. To reinforce food group
concepts, students will play a food bingo game.
Grade 2: Health: 1.2.1, 1.2.2, 7.2.1, 7.2.2

ChickQuest – 1 hour
Grade 3
Investigate the life cycle of the chicken and handle real eggs to classify and
weigh. Program is presented in stations and so adequate space is required.
Grade 3: LS: 7, 8, 9 | M&D: 2 | S&L: 1b, 3

Woolly Critters – 1 hour
Grade 3
Identify sheep as farm animals and their use in wool production. Learn about the
process of shearing, spinning, and weaving to get wool into a finished product. A
spinning wheel is brought for the presentation and students will practice carding
and weaving.
Grade 3: HIST: 2 | GEO: 5 | ECON: 17 | S&L: 1, 1b, 3

Captain Cornelius – 1 hour
Grade 4-5
Not all corn is created equal… with the help of Captain Cornelius discover the
many types of corn grown throughout the world and the many uses corn has.
Students will make a biodegradable plastic material from corn.
Grade 4: HIST: 3 | GEO: 10, 11, 12 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1d
Grade 5: HIST: 2

Fellows Riverside Gardens

To schedule the following programs, call Fellows Riverside Gardens at: 330.740.7116

Super Seeds – 2 hours
Grade K-1
January – March
Children will investigate different colors, textures, and sizes of seeds from
coconut to sesame. Explore the life cycle of a plant and back to a seed again.
Hands-on activities include creating a seed necklace, sowing seeds and seed
dissection.
Grade K: LS: 5, 6 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2
Grade 1: LS: 5, 6 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2

Leaf It to Us – 2 hours
Grade 3
September – October & April – May
What is so special about leaves? Students will learn about leaf shapes, sizes,
and its role in making food for plants. Students will make their own embossed
metal leaf.
Grade 3: LS: 7, 8, 9 | S&L: 1b, 3

Botanical Discoveries – 2 hours
Grades PreK – 8
Late April through Mid October
This educational tour through the Gardens highlights various cultivated plants
according to the season. In the fall, students view the seed production of plants
and learn how plants prepare for winter. In the spring, instruction focuses on
plant growth and pollination. This program can be tailored to specific classroom
curricula and ages of students.
Due to the wide variation that this program offers, please call to inquire

Lanterman’s Mill

To schedule the following programs, call Ford Nature Center at: 330.740.7107

Milling Around – 1 hour
Grades K-1
September – October; May – June
Maximum number of students: 30
This hands-on program is especially geared for young children. Learn how
pioneer boys and girls lived and try your hand at grinding grain
Grade K: PS: 3 | HIST: 1 | GEO: 7 | ECON: 12 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2
Grade 1: ES : 1 | PS: 4 | LS: 5 | HIST: 1, 2, 3 | GEO: 5, 6 | ECON: 12
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

Mill Tour and Gorge Walk – 1.5 hours
Grade 2 and up
September – October; May – June
Maximum number of students: 60
Tour a 19th century gristmill and watch as grain is stone ground into meal using
power provided by the water of Mill Creek. Hike a half-mile through the gorge
along the scenic boardwalk trail following Mill Creek and see what inspired
Volney Rogers to establish Mill Creek Park.
Grade 2: PS: 4 | HIST: 2, 3 | GEO: 6, 7 | ECON: 14 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2
Grade 3: ES : 1, 2 | HIST: 2 | GEO: 5, 6 | S&L: 1, 1b, 3
Grade 4: ES : 2, 3 | PS: 5 | GEO: 12 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1d
Grade 5: HIST: 3 | GEO: 7 | ECON: 15 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1c, 1d
Grade 6: ES : 1, 2, 3, 5 | S&L: 1, 1c
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

Mill Tour Only – 1 hour
Grade 2 and up
September – October; May – June
Maximum number of students: 60
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

Ford Nature Center

To schedule the following programs, call Ford Nature Center at: 330.740.7107

Habitat Is Home – 1.5 hours
Grade 2
September – early November; April – June
Take an exciting journey through a variety of habitats. Learn what makes up a
habitat and how these places meet the needs of the creatures within them. This
program includes a fun scavenger hunt, live interaction with animals, as well as
engaging activities.
Grade 2: LS: 5, 6 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

Sensing Nature – 1 hour
Preschool
September – April
Discover nature through sight, touch, smell, and sound. Children will listen to the
story My Five Senses, learn how animals use senses for survival, and explore
with their own senses.
Pre K: PS: 5 | LS: 7, 8
Pre-Visit Material

Seasons Go ’round – 1 hour
Grade K
September – October; May – June
Grow an appreciation for seasonal changes through activities and explorations.
Find out how wildlife traits and behaviors, as well as changes in weather, can be
used to determine seasons.
Grade K: ES : 1 | LS: 5, 6 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

Hi, Honey! – 1 hour
Grade K – 1
March – April
Examine the master architects of the insect world—bees. Learn their importance
in the natural world and explore their lives from hive to honey.
Grade K: LS: 5, 6 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2
Grade 1: LS: 5,6 | S&L: 1a, 2

Forest Friends – 1.5 hours
Grade 1
September – early November; April – June
Meet real live forest friends with this hand-on adventure. Uncover the clues
animals leave behind that tell us where they live and what they have been doing.
Investigate how the surrounding environment helps fulfill wildlife’s basic needs.
Grade 1: LS: 5,6 | S&L: 1a, 2
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

MiniBeasts – 1.5 hours
Grade 3
September – October; May – June
Catch a glimpse at the often overlooked creatures of the forest and field—
insects, spiders, centipedes, and more. Find out about the behavior, growth,
and changes that make these animals unique. Students will participate in a bug
identification activity and watch a short film.
Grade 3: LS: 7, 8, 9 | S&L: 1b, 3
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

“Tree”Mendous – 1.5 hours
Grades 4 – 5
September – October; May – June
Explore the world of trees from acorn to oak. Fun activities will help students
learn about tree structure and function, classification, photosynthesis, and more.
Grade 4: LS: 6 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1d
Grade 5: LS: 6, 7 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1c, 1d
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

Extreme Streams – 2 hours
Grades 4 – 5
September; May – June
Investigate the stream ecosystem. Using scientific methods, dip into the waters
to sample aquatic life and learn how it all ties together. Students will have the
chance to participate in a macro invertebrate study.
Grade 4: LS: 6 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1d
Grade 5: LS: 6,7 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1c, 1d
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

Unearthed! – 1.5 hours
Grade 6
Dig into rocks, soils, and minerals with this fun hands-on adventure.
Coming soon!

Biodiversity Basics – 2 hours
Grades 7 – 8
September – October; April – June
What is biodiversity and what role does it play in our everyday lives? Students
will learn the answers to these questions and more through a slide show,
simulation game, and other activities.
Grade 7: LS: 8, 9
Grade 8: LS: 8, 9, 10
Pre-Visit Material | Post-Visit Material

At Your School…

To schedule the following programs, call Ford Nature Center at: 330.740.7107

Nature in Winter – 1 hour
Grades K – 3
December – January
Using engaging activities and games, learn about hibernation, migration,
and adaptation to winter. Please combine classes.
Grade K: ES : 1 | LS: 5, 6 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2
Grade 1: LS: 5, 6 | S&L: 1a, 2
Grade 2: LS: 5 | S&L: 1, 1a, 2
Grade 3: LS: 8, 9 | S&L: 1b, 3

Wildlife of Ohio – 1 hour
Grades 4 – 5
February – March
Students will learn about wildlife that once lived in our state and how
habitats have changed over the last 200 years. Must have a large
spacious room, such as a gymnasium.
Maximum number of students: 50
Grade 4: LS: 6 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1d
Grade 5: LS: 6 | S&L: 1, 1b, 1c, 1d