National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of environmental education programs
for all ages of students! Download a copy of the Educator's Guide or see below for more information.
Point Environmental Learning Center
3010 Maple Street Saginaw, MI 48602
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Green Point ELC sits on 76-acres and includes bottomland hardwood
forest, wetland, field and riverine habitats plus a lot more!
experience the outdoors just by walking up to the building from the parking lot!
Once inside, they will find displays, aquariums, working bee hive, wildlife
observation area, classroom space for up to 60 people, and accessible
Environmental Education Programs:
staff at Green Point work with school and other organized groups throughout the
year providing quality environmental education programs. Each program lasts
about 1.5 hours and includes both indoor and outdoor activities. Call Green
Point at (989) 759-1669 to schedule a program. Staff prefers working with one
classroom or about 25 students at a time, but other arrangements can be made if
W=Winter, Sp=Spring, Su=Summer)
Home is Where the Habitat
Is! - Compare and contrast Green Point's habitats and the wildlife
that live in each. Describe basic life requirements of all living things. PreK-3
(F, W, Sp, Su)
Tracks and Traces –
Classify animals by the traces they leave behind. Discover animal
adaptations that allow for survival. Practice different animal gaits. PreK-3 (F,
W, Sp, Su)
Sensing the Seasons –
Compare the seasons at Green Point. See what the plants and animals do to
survive. PreK-3 (F, W, Sp, Su)
Bird Eye-Q – How do
biologists identify one bird from the next? Practice using bird field guides and
binoculars to identify local species. Gr. 1-6 (F, W, Sp, Su)
Water Wonderland – Learn
the steps of the water cycle and properties of water. Examine how humans
interact with the cycle. Gr. 3-6 (F, W, Sp, Su)
Pond Safari – Classify the
layers of a pond and the organisms found in each. Use pond nets, hand lenses,
microscopes and field guides to study aquatic life. Gr. 3-6 (F, Sp,
Migration Mapping – Become
biologists and study bird migration in North America. Students practice their
geography as they use a large, floor map to study bird ranges, flyways and
various impacts on bird habitat. Socks required! Gr. 3-6 (F, W, Sp,
Insect Safari – What is a
bug? Identify insect anatomy and function. Collect and classify grassland
insects using nets and field guides. Gr 1-6 (F, Sp, Su)
of Life – Students learn about interrelationships of living organisms
by becoming a wetland-based food web, including the transfer of energy. Discuss
human impacts and other factors that can affect it. Gr. 3-6 (F, W, Sp,
What’s a Tree? – Learn
what's under the bark and how it functions. Classify and identify local trees.
Become a functioning human "tree." Gr. 3-6 (F, W, Sp, Su)
TREKKING PACKSA self-guided program for the more
adventurous educators. These binders include an Activity Guide with classroom
and on-site activities and reproducible data sheets. You pick it up at Green
Point two weeks before your visit.
Animals Tracks Trekking Pack -
Grades 4 – 7*
Bird Migration Trekking Pack -
Grades 4 – 7*
Pond Life Trekking Pack -
Grades 4 – 7*
programs can be adapted to other grade levels.
has about 2.5 miles of trails that wind through the forest, grassland and by
wetlands and the Tittabawassee River. A great way to study different habitats!
Trails surfaces range from woodchips to mowed grass to rustic.
Classroom Programs :
our activities to you! These programs are 1 – 2 hours in length. Call Green
Point at (989) 759-1669 to schedule a visit.
Careers in the Fish and Wildlife
Service – Through an open discussion with a Refuge staff person, your
students will learn what it takes to be a part of the Fish and Wildlife team.
Grades 6 – 12.
"Virtual" Refuge Tour -
Your students will travel to Shiawassee NWR to see and feel the wildlife and
habitats found there via a Power Point program and a variety of wildlife items.
Good for all grades.
Endangered Species –
Students will see a variety of endangered species and illegal wildlife trade
items. Good for all grades.
Birds of Prey – Discover
the world of hawks, eagles and owls. “Soar” with a life-size pair of Bald Eagle
wings. Good for all grades.
Let’s Build a Refuge! –
Students will learn what it takes to build a National Wildlife Refuge. Grades 4
CLASSROOM TRUNKSEverything you need to enhance your
in-school curriculum. You can borrow the following trunks for two weeks to use
in your classroom. Call Green Point to schedule a pick up and drop off date and
time. The trunks can be used for any grade level.
Experience the Great Lakes
– This trunk covers Great Lakes food webs, aquatic invasive
species, water, and fish. Specific benchmarks and standards that are
explicitly coverd by each lesson are documented for two age leves: elementary
(4-6 grade) and middle (6-8 grade) and the state and national
standards/benchmarks. Posters, DVD's, specimens, and additional information
about non-aquatic invasive species are also included.
Cargo for Conservation –
Learn about species affected by illegal trade. The trunk includes informational
materials for the teacher and advanced students, activity ideas, reproducible
coloring pages with student information, lesson plans, pamphlets, posters and
wildlife parts and products actually confiscated at and within U.S. borders. A
good kick-off for studying endangered species!
Michigan Natural Resources
– This trunk is a collection of materials covering forest, soil and
wildlife. It includes informational materials, activity ideas, posters, track
casting materials, forestry measuring devices and much more.
Prairie Discovery – This
trunk was designed with subject-oriented learning materials and educational
tools to be used by groups of any age. The Activity Guide contains nine units
that concentrate on specific aspects of the prairie ecosystem. A variety of
educational videos, books, posters and even a buffalo costume are
Shorebirds – Learn about
the natural history of shorebirds. This integrated teaching unit contains an
activity guide, posters, maps, puppets, binoculars, and a variety of
Songbirds – Learn about the
natural history of migratory songbirds, their other life in Latin America and
the increasing problems birds face in their homes. This integrated teaching unit
contains an activity guide, posters, maps, puppets, and a variety of
Wetlands Discovery – This
trunk helps your students learn about wetlands. It includes background
information, videos, posters, books, curricula, activity guide, artifacts, audio
cassettes, puppets, props and more!
Wolf Wonders – Explore the
world of one of America’s endangered species, the wolf. The trunk includes
activity ideas, books, a video, a wolf skull and a wolf skin.
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge:
itself makes a wonderful outdoor classroom! Visit the trails with your group
during daylight hours, any day of the week (Note that trails are closed
periodically during hunting season). Refuge staff MAY be able to provide your
group with a guided tour of the refuge. Please call (989) 759-1669 to arrange
Michigan Junior Duck Stamp Program:
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design
Program uses art and science to teach students in grades K through 12 the value
of wetlands and the waterfowl that use them. Through educational curriculum,
students are exposed to a variety of topics covering waterfowl, habitat and ways
to conserve both. By entering the Junior Duck Stamp art contest, students can
show off what they've learned visually. Learn More.
information about educational programs contact:Green Point Environmental
Learning Center 3010 Maple Street Saginaw, MI 48602
Phone: 989-759-1669 or e-mail us at Shiawassee@fws.gov
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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is a critical migration stopover site for waterfowl.