Turtle Point Environmental
Science Center Curriculum
All classes include a tour of
the building, gardens, boardwalk, butterfly house and a close
encounter of the animal kind.
Tales & Scavenger Hunt
Who's hiding at Turtle Point? Students will listen to fun animal
stories before exploring Turtle Point and meeting the animals.
Students will compare and contrast several species of
crabs. Instruction will focus on claws
and their uses, exoskeletons, and shells. An art activity
includes creating a hermit crab and
selecting the perfect shell for its home.
What do creepy crawlies and flitting fliers have in
common? Students will identify body
parts of insects and arachnids and will take home an art project
that reinforces the
concept of metamorphosis.
The basic characteristics of each animal group found at Turtle
Point will be
discussed. Students will understand the basic needs of these
animals and how to
group them based on body characteristics.
Come join us on a discovery of who creeps around Turtle
Point. Students will get to
know some of the animals that share their backyard by
investigating animal tracks and
making plaster tracks.
Students will do a field study of animal habitats.
Classifying, graphing, and data
collection are involved.
Get up close and personal with your skeleton! This class
includes discussion of form
and function of the human skeleton as well as an art project
that reinforces the names
and positions of bones in the human body.
What's on the
What would you feed a grasshopper? Or how about
an owl? Join us for an investigation
in food chains that includes a take-home project and other
Students will learn about animal adaptations while studying
fish. Your students
will get to show their creativity by designing their own
Join us for a journey through the water cycle. Students
will become a droplet of
water and will discover many paths that water can take on the
Have you ever tried to eat with a beak? Discover the unique
abilities of a bird's beak
while learning the basics of bird anatomy. This class
involves fun activities including
bird watching, eating like a bird, and bird
Come garden with us and find out how food gets to your
plate. Students will learn about seed
germination, gardening and other agricultural basics. This
class includes a fun project that
students will take home.
Learn to love bats, a common but misunderstood animal of
Alabama. This class
includes an art project and a game that will help students
understand how bats use
their senses on a daily basis.
& 4th grades:
Students will distinguish between different kinds of sand
using grain size, color
and particle mixture. Students will have to group
themselves with like sands to form a 'beach'.
The groups will then be challenged to find the actual beach that
their sand came from on a map
by using latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates.
the Moon and Back!
Come join us for an astronomical adventure!! The lesson
includes fun activities and
a study of the moon.
Join us for a herp adventure! Students will compare and
contrast reptiles and amphibians while discussing the concepts of
metamorphosis, endothermic, and ectothermic. Students
will take home a project relating to reptiles of this region.
Discover historical uses of our natural resources while
exploring the conservation
practices of Native Americans.
5th Grade and
Hunt for clues, answers and treasures using a handheld GPS
unit. Students will also
learn to use a compass and map.
Class limited to 25 participants. Challenge
your students to a day of
activities designed to build leadership and cooperation skills.
This class is also great
Birds of prey have amazing skills and senses. Take a
journey through the night and
learn about the biology of raptors through the dissection of owl
Great Clean Up
Teams of students will be given the challenge of completing a
hazardous waste clean-up on the
beach. Teams must devise a plan that stays within budget
and uses available tools and
resources. The waste must be disposes of properly with as
little environmental impact as