The Regional Science Center's Why Not Winter program begins during the third week of January and ends the last week of February.
Opportunities are available for Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, map/compass and winter ecology.
If you have any questions or are interested in registering for this program, please contact Tony Bormann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The secret to staying warm and comfortable is layering. Like fluffed up fur or feathers on animals, layers of clothing trap air to prevent heat loss. Layers also allow you more freedom of movement. You can shed outer garments when you're more active and generating extra heat. Remember, sweating can be like falling into a lake. Heat loss is rapid when your skin becomes wet. To be really warm when it's cold outside you should wear:
Hypothermia and Frostbite are preventable by dressing appropriately for outdoor activities and recognizing the initial warning signs. See the weather cancellation policy for details on what weather conditions will necessitate cancellation.
Hypothermia is the lowering of the body core temperature that can result in the following physical effects:
Warning signs include: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. Medical care should be sought if person's temperature is below 95 degrees F.
Frostbite is the formation of actual ice crystal under the skin. Usually effects exposed areas and extremities first. It appears as grayish or yellow-white spots on the skin.
The Animal Adaptation lesson delves into how animals adapt to the winter time conditions of our region. The objective of the lesson is to identify what makes winter winter and search for evidence of resident animals that have adapted to our winter conditions. First, we will define winter and the conditions that create the sometimes harsh environment that necessitates adaptation for survival. During our hike on the day of your visit, we will search for signs of active winter animals.
It is a myth that nature
sleeps in the winter. Not only are many animals quite active, but the
lack of leaves and presence of snow helps us see many signs the animals
have left behind. These signs tell a story of how wildlife can adapt and
survive the winter.
When ground animals move across the snow, they leave behind tracks or foot prints that can help us identify what they are.
The Orienteering lesson objective it to teach students the basic skills of using an orienteering compass and a simple map.
The folks at the River Bend Nature Center in Faribault, MN have put together an outstanding webpage on compass use. Rather than try to re-invent the wheel, I encourage you to visit their site at this link.
After learning the compass parts and terminology on-line, use the following lesson along with the compasses we send you to help prepare your students for your visit to the Regional Science Center.In-class compass activity