Welcome to A Walk in the Woods where we inspire children to enjoy the outdoors through fun and educational science programs brought to you. Children can learn about reptiles, insects, coral reefs, Carolina wildlife, bats, sea turtles, snakes and more. Our traveling museum-based science programs include several hands-on artifacts, educational displays, a Power Point presentation and LIVE ANIMALS for touching in EVERY PROGRAM. We make it easy for children of all ages to engage in interactive science activities. In an indoor setting, our mobile museum classroom can be delivered to your doorstep.
Perfect for small or large groups including full grade levels.
3450 Hahn Blvd., Concord, NC 28025
This live animal science program educates students on the benefits of bats. Students will see LIVE ANIMALS that bats help in cave ecosystems (no live bats). There will be a live animal for touching too. Students will also see and touch a variety of bat related items. Mounted fruit bats and insect eating bats are on display. This fun and educational museum-based science program includes a Power Point presentation, hands-on artifacts, interactive educational displays and live animal demonstrations.
Melody Bell Wilkes
A classroom, gym or media center is ideal for the program and 4 tables to display items on. Access to an electrical outlet is required.
We provide outreach programs delivered to your site.
We can accommodate full grade levels! Basic and deluxe programs available. Deluxe programs bring more animals, artifacts and activity sheets for copying. If selecting a deluxe program, please add $75 to the price listed below.
up to 25 students = $230
up to 35 students = $260
up to 45 students = $285
up to 55 students = $310
up to 65 students = $360
up to 75 students = $410
up to 100 students = $485
Please add $3.50 per student over 100
SL2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Our programs focus on a multi-sensory and multi-step approach to learning. All programs have a slide presentation, hands-on artifacts, interactive educational displays and live animal demonstrations. There are live hands-on animals in every program. SL5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations. Programs include colorful images to explain science concepts via slides, posters, charts and diagrams. Also on display are a large variety of hands-on common and uncommon artifacts (some rare and endangered) for students to compare texture, color, shape and form. SL6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. During the presentation, students are provided with new vocabulary pertaining to the science topic. SL3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric. Periodically throughout the presentation, students are encouraged to ask questions.
K.L.1 Compare characteristics of animals that make them alike and different from other animals and nonliving things. K.L.1.1 Compare different types of the same animal (i.e. different types of dogs, different types of cats, etc.) to determine individual differences within a particular type of animal. Students learn that there are over 1,000 different bats worldwide and their face shape determines the type of food they eat. There are bats that eat insects, fruit, pollen, nectar, blood, fish and even other bats. Their facial structure – ears, eyes, nose and teeth – determines the food items they consume. 5.L.2 Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem. 5.L.2.3 Infer the effects that may reslt from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals their ecosystem. EX.5.L.2.2. Identify animals and plants found in common ecosystems. Students learn that bats are crucial animals living in cave ecosystems. Their guano serves as a food source for a myriad of invertebrates living on the cave floor (beetles, roaches, etc.) which are in turn eaten by higher vertebrates along the food chain(rats, mice, etc.). Ultimately, bats are consumed as they enter and exit the cave by constrictor snakes hanging from vines near the cave entrance. Students help create this scenario with a cave diagram and associated animals that they attach to the cave. Live animals that represent animals in a cave ecosystem are demonstrated. 4.L.1 Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors tht enable animals (including humans) to survive in changing habitats. 4.L.1.2 Explain how animals meet their needs by using behaviors in response to information received from the environment. Insectivorous bats are stealthy hunters of night flying insects in temperate zones. Their ultrasonic sonar, called echolocation, can determine in a fraction of a second an insect, its size, direction of movement and its texture. In total darkness, bats with their aerodynamic speed, agility and sonar skills can capture and consume up to 1,200 insects in one hour. On the other hand in tropical climates, fruit bats do not use sonar but rather have keen eyesight and a sense of smell to find ripe fruit hanging from trees. Their facial structure, wingspan, large size and thumbs are much different than an insect-eating bat. Their physical adaptations are designed to fit their food preference. Many plants depend on fruit eating bats for pollination and seed dispersal. Some plants only bloom at night to be pollinated by bats.
Notification is needed as soon as possible and we will reschedule the program as calendar permits. A cancellation fee is due if cancelled within a 2 week period from the program date. The cancellation fee is $75.