FIELD TRIPS TO THE PORT EXPLOREUM
LAKE MICHIGAN LEARNING LAB AT THE PORT EXPLOREUM
FOLLOW THE DROP - A WATERSHED ODYSSEY
The Lake Michigan Learning Lab allows 4th through 8th grade students to study Lake Michigan ecology the way a scientist would, by making predictions, gathering data, analyzing results, drawing conclusions and identifying relationships.
1) How do natural factors and human actions affect how water travels through our environment?
2) Where do the different types of water pollution come from and why are they a source of concern for our community?
3) What can we do to improve and preserve our freshwater so it is a resource for future generations?
WHY THE WATERSHED ODYSSEY?
We designed and developed the Watershed Odyssey program in conjunction with many of the top experts in water management in Wisconsin. We wanted to:
Facilitate student understanding of science concepts
Create a "macro" level awareness of watershed issues
Connect with local organizations where students can learn more and take action to improve water quality
Lake Michigan Table
As part of the Learning Lab, there are 18 pre- and post-lessons provided in our Teacher Lesson Handbook.
The handbook will be provided to instructors upon registering to visit the Port Exploreum.
THINGS TO KNOW FOR YOUR VISIT...
Our education staff will assist you in planning for your visit to the Port Exploreum. If you have any specific requests or needs, please contact us so that we can try and accommodate you.
We want you and your class to have a great learning experience while you are visiting. For that reason, we ask that you have one teacher, support staff or chaperone for every 10 – 12 students. Please know that we will split larger classes into smaller groups, and therefore we would like adult supervision with each smaller group.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Please have your bus pull up in front of the Port Exploreum to load and unload students. There are parking lots around town where your bus can park while students are visiting.
For class visits actual busing costs may be reimbursed up to $160 per visit. Please inquire about reimbursement.
For class visits, the standard $2.00 fee will be waived.
Teachers and Support Staff: Free
If you will be more than 15 minutes later than your planned arrival time, please call the Port Exploreum at 262-284-2406