DOGS, BOATS, WATER, NATURE, ROCKS, BIRDS, SNAKES
Would you like a new, unique and exciting way to engage your students in hands-on/minds-on, experiential STEM education?
If so, we think we can help at Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center in Statesville, NC! We have offered programs since 1992 and have been an Environmental Education Center since 1993. Nestled within 1000 acres, we strive to promote education through the use of land and water as an outdoor classroom by using the unique diversity of lakes, streams, hardwood forests, and a variety of both plant and animal life found onsite.
Below is a list of our most sought after programs.
Program description and NC Essential Standards will be supplied upon request. Should you have questions, please reach out to us and one of our staff will assist you.
We offer combination programs to accommodate entire grade blocks as well as single programs for small groups up to 30 students. Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center works with colleges and universities as well as homeschools, private schools, charter schools and public schools to offer a quality, hands-on, field trip experience!
Want a program - but not able to travel to Allison Woods OLC? Don't worry...many can be conducted at your site...just ask!
Please call or email us today to register your students. Because of the diversity of the programs offered, spots fill up quickly!
LAKE PORTAL PROGRAM
Shipboard excursion on the R/V Struana. Ship-based sampling and shore station classroom. Activities include tour through lake habitat, measurement of water quality, observation of resident lake organisms, collection via trawling/dip net, collection and observation of plankton species, discussion of the impacts of human activities on water resources, chemical determination of water quality parameters, graphing of data, use of microscopes to observe collected plankton, classification of riparian zone. (all ages - some variations apply depending on age)
ALLISON WOODS TURTLE DOGS
Turtle dogs you ask..what are Turtle Dogs? A 'one of a kind" nationally recognized program that uses dogs to aid in the research and field studies of the North Carolina State Reptile, the Eastern Box Turtle. Now at Allison Woods we have a group of these dogs to assist as we offer educational programs, in addition to research and field study opportunities! In this program, students will become citizen scientists as they learn about the habits, eating habits, and predators of the Eastern Box Turtle and how they can impact the ecosystem!
Explore the various components of the three geographic regions of North Carolina. A STEM-based systems approach to learning about the environment. We explore various components of the watershed - water, soil, plants, and animals - and their interactions. Programs are tailored to age and curriculum needs, and may include focus of specific components (water quality testing, microscope use, and scientific instruments used to collect data).
EARTH, ROCKS AND FOSSILS
Students will become geologists and investigate, identify, and classify several different types of rocks and soils, and will be able to see rocks and fossils found in North Carolina as well as all over the world! This program is unique to students who like to study the earth's geology and learn in a hands-on environment. Examples will include gemstones, sharks teeth, composite fossils, as well as other fossilized skeletal structures.
In this adventure where nature becomes a playground of discovery, students will become a forest detective to solve clues that nature gives them. They will determine whether they are seeing clues of animals, birds, insects, trees, rocks, etc. Students will also learn they should respect all things found in nature.
SENSES AND PERCEPTION
Challenge your senses and perception in the natural world through the use of visual aids and other learning specific equipment. Also suitable for special needs students.
Learn how to make paper with recycled materials. Participants can take a piece of paper home with them! (all ages)
Please notify us immediately if you need to reschedule or cancel your visit. If you need to cancel, please give 24 hours notice. In the event of a "rained-out" program at Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, groups are encouraged to reschedule!!
All payments are due in full when your group arrives at AWOLC (or when AWOLC staff arrives to deliver a program at your school.) unless prior arrangements have been made for invoicing).
Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center (AWOLC) programs feature grade-specific, hands-on/minds on experiences in natural, physical and earth sciences. All AWOLC programs are designed to further students understanding of the Nature of Science.
(Please note...some programs can be offered to larger groups, please inquire)
Available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday—Friday
Instead of scheduling a field trip to AWOLC, we can bring the same exciting classroom programs to your site. Available between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday—Friday