Gloucester County Parks and Recreation offers educational programs on various nature topics. The lessons feature slide shows with narrations by Dr. Daniel Duran, Gloucester County Park Naturalist. Presentations last 30 to 60 minutes (flexible) with time for questions and answers. Park educators can present the lesson either indoors or outdoors at the park or in your classroom.
OUTDOOR PROGRAMS 1) GENERAL NATURE WALK: This walk offers a general overview of the Scotland Run Park nature trails. It is open ended and the subject matter is whatever is encountered on the trails. It can be conducted any time of the year and is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and explore a variety of topics.
2) LAKE STUDY: Students will catch small animals living in Wilson Lake using dip nets. Animals will be studied and identified, then returned to the lake.
3) DISCOVERING INSECTS: Students will learn about a variety of insects by catching, studying, and identifying them. All insects will be released at the end of the lesson.
INDOOR PROGRAMS 1) WHAT DO INSECTS DO: In this lesson we explore the countless ways that insects contribute to our everyday lives. We couldn’t live without them.
2) AMAZING SNAKES: This lesson focuses on snakes native to New Jersey.
3) WILDLIFE OF THE DESERTS: Students will learn about the incredible wildlife that live in southwestern U.S. deserts.