Get your child away from the computer this fall to learn in the great outdoors at PVAS’s Outdoor School!
September: (4 sessions) $165 members, $175 non-members
Tuesday Sessions: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29
Thursday Sessions: Sept 10, 17, 24, & Oct 1
Friday Sessions: Sept 11, 18, 25, & Oct 2
October: (4 sessions) $165 members, $175 non-members
Tuesday Sessions: Oct 6, 13, 20, 27
Thursday Sessions: Oct 8, 15, 22, 29
Friday Sessions: Oct 9, 16, 23, 30
November: ( 3 sessions) $125 members, $135 non-members
Tuesday Sessions: Nov 3, 10, 17
Thursday Sessions: Nov 5, 12, 19
Friday Sessions: Nov 6, 13, 20
December Sessions: ( 3 sessions – Cool Spring location only)
$125 members, $135 non-members
Tuesday Sessions: Dec 1, 8, 15
Thursday Sessions: Dec 3, 10, 17
Friday Sessions: Dec 4, 11, 18
Cool Spring Location: This month, students will help create a fall vegetable garden and conduct plant science experiments. Additionally, we will explore life in the marsh, and stream; and study the life cycles of many different insects such as the Monarch Butterfly and aquatic macroinvertebrates.
Yankauer Location: This month, students will help create a fall vegetable garden and conduct plant science experiments. They will also study the forest ecology of Yankauer Preserve to compare the different plant communities such as our Cedar Groves and our Paw Paw patch. If ripe, we’ll also harvest Paw Paw fruit! Finally, we’ll study the life cycles of many different insects such as the Monarch butterfly and Zebra Swallowtail butterfly.
Students will learn about our watershed and how we are connected to it. We’ll learn how water travels by studying maps, and conduct experiments to observe erosion and runoff; and how pollution enters our waterways. Additionally, we will study the water cycle, and river and stream ecology. For the final two weeks, students will study bird and butterfly migration as well as trees, plants and seeds and how plants change in the fall.
This month, we will create nature art and learn about the Native Americans who lived in our area and how they used natural resources from the land to survive. We will relate “Leave No Trace” outdoor ethics to how humans can use natural resources in a sustainable way. Additionally, we’ll explore primitive skills as we practice fire building, knot tying and whittling Finally, we’ll study maps, and geography and learn to use a map and compass on our orienteering course.
December (Cool Spring location only)
This month is all about sustainability. Students will learn about what it takes to care for PVAS’s preserves. Students will learn about invasive species and become “Junior Weed Warriors” to help us snip and clip the prevalent invasive plants that crowd out native ones. We’ll discuss different forms of sustainable energy by conducting experiments to study solar and wind power, and explore how humans can sustainably deal with waste through composting and recycling.