For grades: 1 | 2 | 3

Aquatic Adaptations

What is an adaptation, and how are aquatic animals and plants adapted for life in the pond?  These questions will be explored through a fun, interactive and hands-on exploration of pond life.  Your program begins with an educator-lead discussion of the concept of adaptation.  As students gain understanding, we’ll head to the wetlands to observe first-hand how the small creatures of the pond, the invertebrates, amphibians and fish, are each adapted in fascinating ways.  In teams of 3 or 4, students will investigate, observe and identify creatures in samples of pond water.  The program concludes with a group discussion and sharing of discoveries.

Concepts presented in this program include:

  • Adaptation
  • Camouflage
  • Carnivore, herbivore and predator-prey
  • Food chain
  • Insect life cycles, including larvae and nymph stages
  • Amphibian life cycles

field trip only (no in-school option)

Program Length:  60-90 minutes, depending age and group size

  • 10-20 minute presentation
  • 10 minute walk to ponds
  • 20-30 minute pond exploration
  • 10 minute return walk and clean-up
  • 15 minutes gift shopping, optional
  • Picnic area available, weather permitting

Program Cost: $150 for up to 24 students. Staff is free. Additional students and adult chaperones $7 each.

Location: Outdoor Discovery Center