Animal Adaptations


Animal Adaptations

Animals have behavioral and physical adaptations that allow them to survive in a specific habitat. Use observation and inference to compare two sets of animal biofacts (wings/pelts, feet, and skulls) and understand how the animals are adapted to survive. *Option: Do an in-depth investigation into bird beaks. Learn how bird beaks are adapted to a specific diet and way of eating. Use human tools (tweezers, straws, etc.) to mimic these bird beaks and try to get as much "food" as possible in a given amount of time.

Animal Options:

  • Mammals (Deer, Moose, Coyote, Bobcat, Bat, Bear, Beaver)
  • Birds (Owls, Hawks, Falcons, Great Blue Heron, Songbirds)
  • Reptiles and Amphibians (Turtles, Snakes, Frogs)
  • Insects (Decomposers, Pollinators, Backyard Bugs)

Schedule a conference with a VINS Educator (typically via phone or Zoom) to personalize your lesson, target specific learning goals, and meet the needs of your group. This could involve reviewing specific merit badge requirements, requesting certain animal biofacts, informing of necessary accomodations, putting a face to a name before the visit, etc.

  • Brownies - Bugs
  • Tigers - My Tiger Jungle (birds)
  • Wolves - Running with the Pack (mammals)
  • Wolves - Paws on the Path
  • Boy Scouts - Bird Study, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Reptile and Amphibian Study

Your field trip includes a 60 minute guided program including an introduction to the topic, an outdoor activity, an in-depth investigation and a chance for students to reflect upon what they learned. In addition to your guided lesson you will have the opportunity to experience a live bird presentation, visit our trails and exhibits, and enjoy lunch on our grounds.

All VINS educators have extensive experience in environmental education, the natural sciences and science instruction. As certified teachers in NH and VT, the instructors align their content and methods with the Next Generation Science Standards as well as BSA and GSGWM guidelines. All instructors utilize best practices for outdoor education and are First Aid and CPR certified.

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