Online Learning Resources

 

As we hunker in our homes in response to the COVID-19 progression, we as Walking Mountains Science Center,
do not want our community to stop learning and exploring.

Below find activities, online learning resources and lessons for all ages!

Do you want to do something outside that involves nature and learning? Join our family Backyard Nature Challenge! Make the world your backyard (safely) and learn along with us.

Check out the challenge: HERE

Find at-home activities for toddlers and preschool students, updated weekly.

Find fun: HERE

Going stir crazy at home? Starting to feel like a mad scientist? Join us weekly on Fridays for our Walking Mountains’ staff favorite STEM activities. Pick out activities that you can do at home with your elementary and middle school aged students either all at once or pace yourself throughout the week.

Check out the STEM activities: HERE

Through hands-on activities and investigations, students will have an opportunity to transform into meteorologists and explore the different wonders of weather!

Throughout the program, students will investigate the sun’s role in our changing weather, use a variety of instruments to study the weather, and explore ways that plants and animals can prepare for the weather.

Video: How does the sun affect the earth? – Join Cameron the Cloud and Walking Mountains educators to learn about how the earth’s position around the sun is the ultimate source for our weather and seasonal patterns.

Video : What’s up with clouds? – Create your own cloud dough to model the types of clouds while learning about how clouds are formed!

Video: Become a Meteorologist! – Learn how to use different tools to measure and even predict the weather in your area. As the weather changes with the seasons, we experience many different types of weather. Understanding and predicting what the weather might be like can allow us to be more prepared to play and enjoy the outdoors as much as possible!

Through hands-on exploration and dissections, students will have the opportunity to transform into botanists and discover the exciting world of plants! Students will delve into what plants need to survive, identify plant parts, and investigate the important relationship between plants and animals.


Video: What is a Plant? – What makes a plant different from other living organisms? Help us sort out what makes a plant unique from other living things! We will also learn about the different parts of a plant.

Video: Growing Happy Plants! – Do you want to grow your very own plant? First, you need to make sure you know what plants need to survive. Discover the 5 needs of a plant while learning a fun song to help you remember.
Video: Seeds on the Move –  How do seeds move to places where new plants can grow? Let’s go on a seed hunt and then experiment with the different ways that seeds can move.
Video: Flip, Float, Fly –  How do seeds get the space that they need to grow. Learn more about how plants can grow with one of our favorite stories – Flip, Float, Fly!

Learn what makes living things unique and how their adaptations help them thrive and survive in their environment! Throughout the program, students will engage in hands-on exploration of animal skulls, fur, scat, and tracks.

Video: Awesome Adaptations – What exactly is an adaptation? Let’s explore different adaptations that animals have to survive in their environment.

Video: Hiding in Plain Sight – One adaptation animals have is camouflage. Explore different reasons animals may be adapted to blend in to their surroundings. Expand your knowledge with a fun outdoor game!

Video: Snack Stasher – In a game of predator versus snacks, who will win? Animals change their behavior in response to their predators in order to protect important things, such as their snacks.

Video: Everybody Has to Eat – Learn about different adaptations that help animals get their food! If you want to take the experiment further, check out the following lesson plan.

Video: What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? – Follow along with a Walking Mountains educator as they read you their favorite book on animal adaptations. Can you guess which animal these body parts belong to? How do they help the animals survive?

Students will experiment with light and sound waves, while investigating their impact on the natural world. Explore light waves that we can see in nature, while learning about how animals can use sound waves to communicate.

Video: What are Light Waves? – How does light get from the sun to Earth? In waves of course! Join educators and experiment with light!

Video: Experimenting with Sound Waves – What is sound? Join our educators to learn about how sound waves can travel. Learn about how sound is used in nature and why it’s so important!

Video: See the Rainbow! – There are lots of colors in nature. How do our eyes see them? Learn about how we see color and challenge yourself to nature eye-spy!

Please check back soon for additional virtual field trip videos!

Please check back soon for additional virtual field trip videos!

Students will get hands-on with geologic processes through a variety of experiments. Students will also investigate the rock cycle and learn about the three types of rocks.

Video: Earth’s Processes and Changing Landscapes – Join educators as they conduct experiments to look at a few important geologic processes. Learn how weathering, erosion, and deposition change the Earth’s surface.

Video: How Do We Classify Rocks? – Join Walking Mountains’ educators for a behind the scenes field trip to Walking Mountains to learn about the different types of rocks, why there are three main types of rocks, and how rocks can tell us about the ways they formed.

Through a variety of experiments and observations students will examine the relationships and interactions between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere as they take a critical look at how each of these factors impact our mountain weather. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about how mountain weather can affect our water sources here in the valley, as well as go on an exploration to see where their water comes from.

Video: Making a Cloud in a Bottle – Follow along in this experiment and we will discover the ingredients needed to make a cloud.

Video: Using Citizen Science to Study Weather – As students, how can we help meteorologists study weather? This video explores how animals can help us learn more about weather and climate.

Video: A Virtual Tour of the Eagle River Watershed – The Eagle River is what connects all of us in our valley. In this video, take a virtual tour of our watershed and find out where our water comes from.

Learn how living and nonliving components interact and depend on one another to maintain a healthy community. While exploring a variety of ecosystems, students will investigate the relationships and energy flow within an ecosystem!

Video: Ecosystem Exploration– Take a virtual hike with our educators through different ecosystems at the Walking Mountains Science Center Tang Campus. What do you see? Use your observation skills to find and discuss the different biotic and abiotic factors found across the different ecosystems.
Video: The Ultimate Source of Energy – As producers, plants harness the energy of the sun to produce sugars that they use to grow in a process called photosynthesis!  Learn about all of the abiotic factors required for this process!
Video: Studying Energy Transfer Through Exploration – Join our educator for an exploration of producers and consumers.  How can we use the natural environment around us to better understand how energy transfers through different levels of consumers?

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