3-6 Classroom Programs

Classroom programs generally take place indoors, but just ask if you’d like to schedule an activity for an outdoor site. Contact WILD Jersey to schedule a classroom program at your school, library, camp, or scout meeting.

Hands-On Programs

Hands-on programs offer kids an activity to reinforce the lessons learned during our nature talk. Each child gets something to take home to remember the program.

Making Tracks
Learn to recognize common animal tracks, and make a plaster cast of a track to take home.

Recycle junk mail and make your own paper. Add seeds to the mix and you can plant your paper in spring!

Flower Power
Find out how flowers send messages to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Make a flower press to take home.

Find a Fossil
Be a paleontologist for a day as we excavate real fossils from a mock rock. You’ll get to identify and label your fossil, then take it home to keep.

A girl builds a birdhouse during a WILD Jersey program.

A girl builds a birdhouse during a WILD Jersey program.

Build a Potato-Powered Light
Learn how batteries work, and then make a potato battery to power an LED light. Kids will take home a kit and the know how to make their own potato-powered light at home.

Seed Ball Making
Plant a garden you can throw! We’ll roll our own seed balls from clay and compost. Take them home and toss them to plant wildflowers for birds and butterflies.

Lenape Coil Pots
Learn about NJ’s native people, the Lenape tribe, and how they lived. Then we’ll make a traditional coil pot out of clay.Ink from Acorns Okay, not really acorns – we’ll use tannin-rich tea leaves instead. Learn why the Pine Barrens are the perfect place for making natural ink, and make a vial of ink to bring home.

Learn the art of Japanese fish printing. We’ll start with a lesson in fish anatomy, and learn how a fish’s body can tell us about it’s behavior. Then make your own colorful fish prints to keep.

Build a Bird Feeder
Grab a hammer and put on your safety goggles! We’re going to build a wooden bird feeder that will attract everything from cardinals to woodpeckers.

Build a Birdhouse
Make a home for chickadees or wrens. We’ll assemble a nest box, using hammers and nails.

Ice Cream in a Bag
Find out why we use salt on icy roads. Make your own serving of homemade ice cream to eat.

Grow Crystals
Design your own snowflake or other shape, then soak it in a special crystal growing solution.