SC Forestry Commission Education Staff have developed virtual field trips of the environmental education programs offered at Harbison State Forest. These live forest hikes are an engaging way for students to learn about forestry and natural resources. All programs are free, typically last 25 minutes, and include a student worksheet to be completed during the hike. It is recommended that these programs are streamed while in the classroom and students are encouraged to ask questions. Webex is the preferred platform for these virtual field trips, but another platform can be requested by the teacher. Programs can be scheduled on consecutive days to allow all students to attend who are in the classroom on alternating days. All programs are aligned with South Carolina 2014 Science Standards.
Please contact Beth Foley (email@example.com or 803-360-0406) the Conservation Education Assistance Coordinator for more details and to book a program.
PROGRAM 1 – EARTH’S NATURAL RESOURCES
Science Standards: 1.E.4A.1, 1.E.4B.1, 1.E.4B.2
Students will investigate the properties of Earth’s natural resources and learn about ways that they can be conserved. Students will study the soil in a forest habitat to learn about its composition and structure. Students will observe a soil shake demonstration to see the components of soil and record data about their inquiries.
PROGRAM 2 – PLANTS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTS
Science Standards: 1.L.5A.1, 1.L.5A.2
Students will learn how plant structures help them survive, grow, and reproduce in a forest. Students will investigate a variety of seeds and learn about dispersal methods for different species and environments. Along with the instructor, they will act out the life cycle of a tree.
PROGRAM 1 – FOREST ECOSYSTEMS
Science Standards: 3.L.5A.1, 3.L.5A.2
Students will explore the piedmont habitat at Harbison State Forest and learn how it supports a variety of organisms. Students will investigate food chains and energy flow through an ecosystem. They will participate in a scavenger hunt to find producers, consumers, and decomposers then create food chains with the discovered organisms.
PROGRAM 2 – EFFECTS OF HABITAT CHANGES
Science Standards: 3.L.5B.1, 3.L.5B.2
Students will examine how plants and animals respond when their habitats change. They will learn how changes are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful and that they can occur naturally or by the organisms that live in them. Students will examine how a longleaf pine has adapted to live in a fire managed ecosystem.
PROGRAM 1 – TERRESTRIAL AND AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS
Science Standards: 5.L.4A.1, 5.L.4A.2
Students will explore two different forest ecosystems - terrestrial and aquatic habitats. They will go on a scavenger hunt to find living and non-living components of the different forest environments and learn how the plants and animals are adapted to those environments. Students will create Venn diagrams to see what is unique and what is common in each habitat.
PROGRAM 2 – ECOSYSTEM INTERACTIONS
Science Standards: 5.L.4B.1, 5.L.4B.2
Students will explore the piedmont habitat at Harbison State Forest and learn how biotic organisms interact within an ecosystem. Students will investigate food webs and the flow of energy through a forest ecosystem. They will participate in a scavenger hunt to find producers, consumers, and decomposers then create a food web with the discovered organisms.