Family Nature Night at Thunder Valley
February 16th, 2017
Thunder Valley families and SOLE partners joined together for a night of fun, fishing, and other fantastic activities!
After a batty afternoon, Thunder Valley students came back for more nature themed fun at their second annual Family Nature Night!
The evening was filled with an array of exciting, educational activities. Students shouted with delight during Backyard Bass fishing practice and gasped with excitement at the opportunity to view live cockroaches. Bird photos graced the hallway- binoculars were the only way to identify them! Across from our avian friends, families explored the world of amphibians and reptiles. They also created customized bird crafts, tested their wildlife trivia skills, tried their hands at archery, and played Colorado History Bingo.
The night culminated with pizza and prizes. Many families won Cabela’s outdoor gear, History Colorado tickets, and even a State Parks pass.
The only thing better than getting kids outdoors is including the entire family. Thank you to Thunder Valley staff, History Colorado, Barr Lake State Park, Majestic View Nature Center, the Butterfly Pavilion, Cabela’s, and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for making this happen.
Thunder Valley Echolocates Their Day Away
February 16th, 2017
Close your eyes. Let the night sky encompass you as the breeze flows across your face. With heightened senses, listen closely for signs of life. Fly gracefully through the air, call out to your friends, and…. eat bugs!?
Thunder Valley students delved into the wondrous world of bats with a SOLE in-class program. Not only did they learn about these magnificent creatures; they stepped into a bat’s shoes… err, wings.
Did you know? Even among millions of bats, a mother can locate her very own baby? She uses her incredible senses of smell and hearing- coupled with impressive diligence- to find her offspring in a busy roost. Our students attempted to do the same. Blindfolded mothers searched for their babies, who each had an individualized call and a unique smell canister.
In another blindfold game, students explored the process of echolocation. Bats hunted down moths in a Marco Polo-esque activity, screaming in delight when they finally caught their meal.
In addition to being downright amazing, bats are essential to our ecosystem. One bat can eat up to its own body weight in insects each night. A single population of bats will eat tons of insects in an evening, including those pesky mosquitoes and crop pests. Bats also serve as food for other important predators, such as owls. Thunder Valley students learned this food web’s importance with a hands-on game involving poker chip “mosquitoes” and a race to survive.
We hope that Thunder Valley students enjoyed this bat program as much as we did! Thank you to all of the teachers who helped make it happen.
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