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A Walk in the Woods, Environmental Education Company

A Walk in the Woods, Environmental Education Company

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

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Coral Reefs and Sharks "Underwater Gardens of Life"


Program Description

This live animal science program educates students about the importance of coral reefs.  Students will see LIVE sea creatures such as a Caribbean sea snail, a brittle sea star and a Pacific clownfish with a selected animal for touching.  Students will also touch a variety of marine artifacts such as hard and soft corals, sponges, barnacles, shark eggs, shark pup, porcupine pufferfish and


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance, Workshop
Artistic Discipline: Media, Multi-discipline, Multi-media
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: Science
Population Served Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Bilingual: No
Space / technical requirements:

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 science programs delivered to your site.

Fees / Ticketing:

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

Over 100 students, please add $3.50 per student


NC Standard Course of Study:

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.

NC Essential Standards:

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 about different types of hard and soft corals and what makes them similar yet different in structure. Hands-on examples are provided including sea fans, gorgonians, brain coral and boulder coral. Molluscs come in a diverse range of shapes and sizes. Hands-on representatives are provided. Bony fish also show a huge range of diversity. Hands-on examples include 4 puffer fish and a trigger fish /comparison made to the cartilagenous shark. 4.L.1 Understand the effects of environmental changes, adaptations and behaviors that 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. Corals do not have eyes but they can detect light, dark and lunar changes. During daylight hours, corals retract their polyps so the zooxanthellae (algae in their tissues) can feed. At night, coral polyps extend their tentacles to feed on plankton. At certain times of the year signaled by moon phases, corals will reproduce. 5.L.2 Understand the interdependence of plants and animals with their ecosystem. 5.L.2.3 infer the effects that may result from the interconnected relationship of plants and animals to their ecosystem. There is a delicate balance of animals and plant life living on a coral reef. In particular, corals are extremely dependent on the algae living in their tissues to help feed them (called zooxanthellae). Sea grasses and algae living in and around a coral reef attract dozens of herbivores which are then preyed upon by carnivores. If too much algae growth forms on a coral reef, then many invertebrates including corals, will die. Herbivores are needed to help “weed” the garden and keep plant life from overtaking prime space on the reefs. Even corals are preyed on by some animals. Live animals represented are sea stars (carnivores), sea snails (herbivores), coral banded shrimp (a cleaner shrimp that has a symbiotic relationship with higher vertebrates) and a clownfish (bony fish with a symbiotic relationship with sea anemones).


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Cancellation Policy

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.