Aurora Wildlife, Life Cycles and Adaptations
Discover the wildlife that lives in Aurora and the adaptations they use to help them survive. Students explore animal pelts and skulls, participate in food chain and life cycle activities, and enjoy naturalist-guided discovery time on the trail.
Insects and Other Arthropods
Though small, insects and their cousins are some of the most important creatures in Aurora. Students learn about the different kinds of arthropods, then head outside to catch them and explore.
Aurora Habitats and Ecosystems
Aurora is home to five diverse ecosystems, and many more types of habitats. Students take a “tour” of Aurora ecosystems and habitats, learn about wildlife and plant life in each, and who the key “players” are and why they are important.
Aurora Water and Water Quality
Using water quality test, aquatic invertebrate exploration and other interactive activities, students learn where our water comes from, who relies on it and our role in keeping it clean and conserving it for future generations.
Without plants, nothing in Aurora would survive, yet they have some of the toughest lives in nature. Students learn the parts of a plant, adaptations for plant survival and build a plant necklace that actually grows!
Aurora’s ancient past is as diverse and interesting as its present. Students study the rock cycle, build a timeline of Earth’s history according to the fossil record, and journey through Aurora’s ancient ecosystems to discover our earliest residents.
Wildlife Awareness and Safety
Is it possible to coexist with wildlife? We believe it is, and that coexistence is important for humans and wildlife. Students learn about the animals that live in the city, why they are here, and how we can safely coexist with them.