Stubnitz Environmental Education Programs

2020 Family Fall Harvest Celebration Scheduled for October 24 Canceled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and the corresponding safety measures in place this fall, the LISD has made the decision to cancel the Family Fall Harvest Celebration at this time.

Every fall the LISD Stubnitz Environmental Education Program (SEEP) coordinates a free community event called the Family Fall Celebration held at the Stubnitz Environmental Education Center located in Heritage Park. This celebration marks the end of the SEEP fundraising drive and allows LISD to give back to the community by providing several environmental learning opportunities and activities for all ages.

Admission is FREE with no registration required, thanks to program support by the Maurice and Dorothy Stubnitz Foundation and Wacker Chemical Corporation.


Stubnitz Environmental Education Program Options for 2020-21

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Stubnitz on the Go

Stubnitz staff will bring the programming to you and your students.  These programs will be conducted outdoors in your own school yard and will last approximately 45-60 minutes.  These programs can be scheduled starting March 30, 2021 and are available Tuesday-Thursday.

Program Options:

Needs of Plants and Animals: Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten

Students will actively learn through inquiry and observation what plants and animals need to survive.

Lifecycle of Plants and Animals: 1st and 2nd Grade

Students will explore the growth stages that various plants and animals go through.

Classification and Adaptation: 3rd and 4th Grade

Students will investigate how animals are classified and explore the adaptations in some specialized animals.

Water, Water Everywhere: 5th and 6th Grade

Students will explore how water is distributed on Earth and the water cycle.

Ecosystem Health: 7th and 8th Grade

Students will actively learn about different ecosystems within their school yard and how different factors can affect populations in an ecosystem.

Biodiversity in Your School Yard: 9th-12th Grade

Students will investigate biodiversity and collect data to allow them to calculate the bio index of their school yard.

Registration form for Stubnitz on the Go

Online Environmental Modules

Each module includes online learning activities, an outdoor investigation, and a connection challenge.  These modules are designed to be self-guided and can be used in the classroom or assigned to remote learners.  Contact either Linda Knape at linda.knape@lisd.us or Kerry Nieman at kerry.nieman@lisd.us to gain access to the modules available for all grade levels.

Remote Interactive Sessions

These sessions will be live with Stubnitz staff connecting virtually with your classroom and/or your remote students.  These live sessions will cover a variety of environmental topics, allow for students questions, and include an outdoor challenge to be completed after the session.  Each session will be approximately 20-30 minutes and will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  These live sessions will be available starting March 31, 2021.  Stay tuned for additional sessions to be added.

Session Options:

Investigating Nature's Treasures (elementary)

Beavers, Adaptations, and More (elementary)

How Seeds Travel (elementary)

What's for Dinner?  Adaptation of Skulls (upper elementary, middle school)

Leaves Around Us (adaptable for all levels)

Busy Bees (middle school)

Signs of Life (middle and high school)

Water Quality and Macroinvertebrates (high school)

Registration form for Remote Interactive Sessions

 

Program Overview

Currently our standard field trip experiences at the Stubnitz Environmental Education Center are unavailable.

Lenawee Intermediate School District Stubnitz Environmental Education Program (LISD SEEP) offers field experiences for Lenawee County students. Designed in accordance with the Michigan Science Standards, these programs use a variety of inquiry activities, simulations, and hands-on experiences with the natural environment for grades pre-K-12. Environmental education is presented in an interdisciplinary format of age-appropriate programs. 

Stubnitz Environmental Education programs run in the fall from Monday, September 24 through Friday, November 9, 2018 and in the spring from Monday, March 25 through Friday, May 31, 2019. Programs will be scheduled, one per day, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (The exceptions to this schedule are Life Cycle of Plants at Hidden Lake Gardens, which will be 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Kindergarten in the spring, which will be 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)  Adjustments may be made to accommodate school/bus schedules. Students will eat lunch during the program, so please plan to have everyone bring sack lunches and drinks.

Program fees are $3.00 per student.  The four-hour Life Cycle of Plants program at Hidden Lake Gardens will cost $4.00 per student.  Teachers and 1 adult leader per group are admitted free.

Reservations may be made for one, two, or three classes, totaling a maximum of 60 students. For more information or to register, please call Linda Knape at 517-265-1624 or email linda.knape@lisd.us. Please give the following information:

  • Date range preference
  • School name and district
  • Grade level and program
  • Contact info: Phone number, email address
  • Number of students and classes

Thank you to the Maurice and Dorothy Stubnitz Foundation for providing grant funding to support LISD Stubnitz Environmental Education Programs and Lenawee students since 1995.

Designed in accordance with Michigan Science Standards for grades K-5, these programs use a variety of inquiry activities, simulations, and hands-on experiences with the natural environment. Environmental education is presented in an interdisciplinary format of age-appropriate programs.

Using our Senses in Nature – Kindergarten

Nature Explorers offered for Pre-K in Spring

Students will actively learn through inquiry and observation what plants and animals need to survive. They will explore the sights and sounds of nature using their senses. A nature hike will allow students to use their senses to observe the plants and animal habitats that are a part of Heritage Park.

(3 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Life Cycles of Animals – First or Second Grade

Students will investigate animal babies and how they change in the process of becoming adults. The life cycles of mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and insects will be explored. A hike through Heritage Park will provide an opportunity for students to observe animal homes and make connections with plants and animals in their natural habitats.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

The Life Cycle of Plants – Second or First Grade

Students will examine various methods of seed dispersal, participate in a simulation about the life requirements of plants, and investigate plant life cycles. A pond study and Conservatory tour will provide a look at the diversity of life in different habitats. A walk around the Hidden Lake will allow students to observe seed dispersal in action and to discover plants in their natural environment at various life cycle stages.

Through a partnership this program will be held at Hidden Lake Gardens from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Fall dates are Oct.16-18 and Oct.22-26. Spring dates are April 29-May 3 and May 6-9.

Investigations in Zoology – Third Grade

An investigation into the unique and diverse lifestyles of organisms will be explored along with their commonalities, birth, growth, reproduction, and death. The organisms and their habitats make up a system in which the parts depend on each other. Through participation in an outdoor simulation, a group activity, a rotten log investigation, and a nature walk, students will gain increased knowledge of Zoology.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Adaptation and Survival in a Changing World – Fourth Grade

Animals’ adaptations help them to live in a world where each species is part of a food web. Through participation in a predator-prey simulation, an investigation of structural adaptations in skulls to look for clues as to their function, and an exploration of adaptations in some very specialized animals, students will experience the challenge of survival in the natural world. On a trail hike through Heritage Park, students will look for signs of animals, discovering their secrets to survival.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Exploring Wetlands and Watersheds – Fifth Grade

Students will participate in activities and an active simulation to collect data, investigate wetland ecosystems, and see connections and interactions among wetland plants and animals. On a trail hike, students will discover the beauty of a local wetland and learn how it contributes to the Raisin River Watershed.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Additional Information

Stubnitz Environmental Education programs will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in the fall from Tuesday, September 25 through Thursday, November 9, 2018 and in the spring from Tuesday, March 26 through Thursday, May 30, 2019. Please note there may be flexibility in scheduling if a Friday works better for you. Programs will be scheduled, one per day, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (The exceptions are Life Cycle of Plants at Hidden Lake Gardens, which will be 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Pre-K/Kindergarten, 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.) Adjustments may be made to accommodate school or bus schedules. Students will eat lunch during the program, so please plan to have everyone bring sack lunches and drinks. Heritage Park Stubnitz program fees are $3.00 per student; $4.00 per student fee for Life Cycle of Plants at Hidden Lake Gardens, (due to site costs.) School staff and 1 adult leader per group are admitted free. Reservations may be made for 1 or 2 classes, totaling a maximum of about 60 students. Due to our reliance on staffing volunteers, it is challenging to accommodate larger numbers of students.

After the initial reservation has been made, and at least one month before your LISD Stubnitz Environmental Education program, you will receive a Confirmation Form to sign and mail back to Linda Knape at the LISD. You will also receive a letter explaining more about your program, a parent information letter, and a pre-trip lesson plan, along with blank name cards, to prepare your students for their field trip session. We look forward to your class field trip to the LISD Stubnitz Environmental Education Center in Heritage Park or Hidden Lake Gardens for the Life Cycle of Plants Stubnitz Environmental program.

Designed in accordance with Michigan Science Standards for grades 6-8, these programs use a variety of inquiry activities, simulations, and hands-on experiences with the natural environment. Environmental education is presented in an interdisciplinary format of age-appropriate programs.

Wild about Weather

Students will become junior meteorologists and identify factors that affect weather. They will engineer instruments used to measure weather conditions and use those instruments to record data about the current weather. Students will compare their data to the data collected by our onsite weather station to make conclusions and predictions about our local weather patterns. This hands-on program is aligned with the Michigan Science Standards. Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Winter Ecology

Aligned with the Michigan Science Standards, “Winter Ecology” allows students to develop their skills as field ecologists as they explore how plants and animals cope with the winter season. Students will explore the habitats around Heritage Park and learn to recognize animals and the signs they leave behind. We will discuss the adaptations that allow our local animals to survive the cold winters. Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. during January and February)

Connecting Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Aligned with the Michigan Science Standards, this program explores the interdependence of the variety of populations, communities, and ecosystems of the Great Lakes region. Students will participate in lessons using inquiry activities, simulations, and hands-on, minds-on activities in the outdoors to investigate the rich diversity of life in our region. A lesson on the interrelationships of species in food webs will lead to a food chain simulation. During the Trail Hike, students will discover ecosystems, food webs, and biodiversity in Heritage Park. Limited to 60 students.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Exploring Wildlife Biodiversity with Trail Cameras

Aligned with the Michigan Science Standards, “Exploring Wildlife Biodiversity” allows students to develop their skills as field biologists as they create questions to research in the field. Students will explore the habitats around Heritage Park and learn to recognize animals and the signs they leave behind. They will plan and carry out investigations using trail cameras to document wildlife interactions, biodiversity, and resource availability in our region. Classes may return to collect trail camera data and analyze on-site or data can be delivered back to the classroom. Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Urbanization on the Water Cycle

The “Urbanization on the Water Cycle” program will combine hands-on experiences and engineering to investigate the effects of humans on the water cycle. Students will review the water cycle, but the main focus will be on infiltration and runoff. This program will have students observe how humans have created more run-off helping to add to the pollution of our waterways, but will also investigate ways in which humans are engineering solutions to help lessen the amount of run-off and pollution. Using real-world issues aligned to the Michigan Science Standards, students will calculate the amount of runoff at Heritage Park and engineer and evaluate which green roof design is most effective at preventing run-off. Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Additional Information

Stubnitz Environmental Education middle school and high school programs run on Mondays and Fridays starting September 24-November 10, 2018 and March 25-May 31, 2019. Please note there is some flexibility in scheduling and adjustments may be made to accommodate school or bus schedules. Students will eat lunch during the Stubnitz EE program, so please plan to have everyone bring sack lunches and drinks. Program fees are $3.00 per student. Teachers and 1 adult leader per designated group are admitted free.

After the initial reservation has been made, and at least one month before your program at LISD SEEC, you will receive a Confirmation Form to sign and mail back to Kerry Nieman at the LISD. You will also receive a packet explaining more about your LISD Stubnitz Environmental Education program to help prepare your students for their field trip session. We look forward to having your class visit us at Stubnitz Environmental Education Center!

Designed in accordance with Michigan Science Standards for grades 9-12, these programs use a variety of inquiry activities, simulations, and hands-on experiences within the natural environment. Environmental education is presented in an interdisciplinary format of age-appropriate programs.

New! Exploring Ecosystems within Vernal Pools

Students will learn the identifying factors of vernal pools, which are wetlands that only contain water for about 3/4 of the year but have incredibly diverse and productive ecosystems.  During this Michigan Science Standard aligned program, students will be documenting the features of an actual vernal pool in Heritage Park.  Working as field ecologists, students will be collecting data as part of a citizen science project called Vernal Pool Patrol that was developed through a partnership between MSU and Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI).  Students' data will become part of a growing database mapping Michigan's vernal pools.  Students will monitor the physical habitat and search for indicator species along with other species found within this unique ecosystem.  Along the way, students will learn about the special adaptations that many of the vernal pool species have developed in order to survive in a highly variable and temporary wetland.  Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program.

(4 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Where Are You Now? Radio-Tracking and Triangulating

Aligned with the Michigan Science Standards, “Where Are You Now” allows students to experience how scientists tag and track animals in the wild. Students will learn how to use radio telemetry equipment and the triangulation method to locate animals in nature, then they will put this new knowledge to work as they act as zoologists to locate a tagged turtle in the Heritage Park pond. Students will explore the data collected to try and analyze the turtle’s habitat use, home range, and patterns of behavior. Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program.

(4 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Connecting the Carbon Cycle, Climate Change, and our Environment

The “Connecting the Carbon Cycle, Climate Change, and our Environment” program allows students to model the carbon cycle and carbon’s flow among the Earth’s systems while focusing on its role in our environment. The program is aligned to the Michigan Science Standards and helps students visualize and understand the carbon cycle and how humans and other factors are impacting the carbon cycle. Students will investigate how changes in carbon levels affect Earth’s systems and inhabitants. Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program. 

(4 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Winter Ecology

Aligned with the Michigan Science Standards, “Winter Ecology” allows students to develop their skills as field ecologists as they explore how plants and animals cope with the winter season. Students will explore the habitats around Heritage Park and learn to recognize animals and the signs they leave behind. We will discuss the adaptations that allow our local animals to survive the cold winters. Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program.

(3.5 hours – 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. during January and February)

Human Impact on Water Quality

The “Human Impact on Water Quality” high school science program gives students a hands-on opportunity to explore water quality in our local watershed. Students will go to the river to collect macroinvertebrates and water samples to assess the river’s water quality. Students will evaluate the data collected and propose solutions to help reduce the negative impacts of humans on water quality. Using STEM and engineering design, students will also understand how water is filtered and cleaned and the limitations of that process. Students will get a chance to assess the property surrounding the river as they take a trail hike from the river back to the Stubnitz Center. The Michigan Science Standards LS2: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems, ESS3: Human Sustainability, and ETS1: Engineering Design will be addressed in this program. Limited to 35 students due to the hands-on nature of the program.

(4.5 hours - 9:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m.)

Additional Information

Stubnitz Environmental Education middle school and high school programs run Mondays and Fridays starting September 24-November 10, 2018 and March 25-May 31, 2019. Please note there is some flexibility in scheduling and adjustments may be made to accommodate school or bus schedules. Students will eat lunch during the Stubnitz EE program, so please plan to have everyone bring sack lunches and drinks. Program fees are $3.00 per student, Teachers and 1 adult leader per designated group are admitted free. Due to the hands-on nature of this program class sizes are limited to 35 students.

Approximately one month before your program at LISD SEEC, you will receive a teacher packet with a confirmation form to sign and mail back to Kerry Nieman. Please contact Kerry Nieman with any questions concerning the program or needs to customize for your classroom. We look forward to having your class visit us at Stubnitz Environmental Education Center!

Fundraising is an important role in sustaining our quality environmental education programs for our local youth. The Stubnitz staff partners with the Lenawee County Education Foundation to run an annual fundraising and sponsorship drive.

Support from business and community is vitally important to the LISD Stubnitz Environmental Education Program (LISD SEEP) and K-12 students of Lenawee County. We wish to express appreciation to these 2019-2020 Donors and Sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor $3000+

Maurice and Dorothy Stubnitz Foundation

Platinum Sponsor $2000+

Anderson Development Company

Silver Sponsor $1000+

Wacker Chemical Corporation
Frank and Shirley Dick
In memory of Donald L. Bush
The Daily Telegram

Bronze Sponsor $750+

Tetra Tech, Inc.

Crystal Sponsor $500+

Gleaner Life Insurance Society
Glycon Corporation
Groeb Family
In memory of William J. Ross by Barbara Ross
David Pray

Program Sponsor $250+

Clift Buick GMC
John and Sue Wanke
Citizens Gas Fuel Company
Herb and Rhea Mills
Environmental Management Services
Hudson & Medina Dairies
Mark and Lisa Haag

Student Sponsor $100+

John and Linda Knape
Dick and Karla Holmes
James and Suann Hammersmith
Norman and Sally Glasser
Martin and Nancy Thompson
Larry Clayton
If-N-When Charters/Jay Nieman
Karol "KZ" Bolton
Barrett's Flower and Gardens
First Federal Bank
International Diamond & Gold
ProMedica
Rick and Pam Bunch
Stan and Karen Caine

Supporting Members under $100

Dr. Kyle Griffith and Family
Ann Hinsdale-Knisel
Kelly Cichy and Lorenzo Cristaudo
Dean and Kristy Suiter
Spencer and Maureen Bennett
John Georgal