Mount Rainier Institute programs provide a mix between interdisciplinary content with science process skills such as observation, inquiry, analysis, and supporting claims with evidence. Mount Rainier Institute educators will work with teachers to better integrate the Mount Rainier Institute experience into their classroom curriculum. Possible focus areas include:
EcoSel–Students explore what they value about nature through this fun and exciting activity. Student will need to make hard choices about how they would manage natural resources in an auction of resource management plans.
Night Hikes – Students challenge themselves to explore nature at night. In field groups students learn about nocturnal adaptations, how humans adapt to the darkness, and astronomy.
Predator Prey Games–These active games put students in the roles of herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores. They search through their habitat for the food and water they need, while hunting and being hunted by each other. Students learn about food webs and predator-prey relationships and how challenging it can be to survive in nature.
Values of the Past – Students will be introduced to the human history of the Mount Rainier region by going to a “time warp” party where they meet historical figures and learn how people valued nature in the past.
Opening & Closing Campfire – Sing songs, tell stories and reflect around a campfire. Campfires are a fantastic way to end the day and build community, and are a great way to begin to close the program on the last evening.
10:15 Welcome & Orientation
12:45 Introductory Lesson-Introduction to different land uses
4:30-5:30 Free time
12pm Field Lunch
5:00-6:00 Free time