Math in Nature


Math in Nature

Math is present in all aspects of our lives, including in nature. Predict and measure the size of natural objects and shadows, explore natural symmetry, learn how nature marks the passage of time, and design art and craft projects using natural materials. Older scouts will have opportunities to learn about and find fractals in nature and to measure the height of trees using shadows.

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.

  • Daisies/Brownies/Juniors - Shapes in Nature, Numbers in Nature, Design in Nature
  • Wolves - Code of the Wolf
  • Webelos - Into the Woods

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.

Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.