Exploring the Bernheim Ecosystem
The Bernheim ecosystem includes many different plants, animals, and places. Students will explore three habitats – forest, pond, and prairie – and consider the organisms unique to each one. Key concepts include organism function, relationships between organisms and their habitats, and organism survival and adaptation.
Life and Land of Rock Run Creek
Rock Run Creek has flowed through Bernheim for centuries, creating a landscape filled with geologic history and ecologic connections. Students will follow a trail along the forested creek banks and explore the bed at dry locations. Key concepts include changes to the earth’s surface and interdependency within ecosystems.
Weaving Art and Science through Nature
Experience Earth Measure, our newest large scale sculpture that merges art and science through concepts of geometric design! Students will explore the sights and sounds of the piece, consider ecological connections between the work and its site, and then use a variety of natural materials to build their own interpretation of the Bernheim landscape.
Wilson Creek Investigation
The Wilson Creek stream restoration site provides students the unique opportunity for hands-on study of stream ecology. In the past, humans straightened the creek to allow for farming; but in 2003, the channel was restored to its natural condition, creating a prime location for research, education, and natural management opportunities.
In addition to exploring the history and ecology of Wilson Creek (catching crawfish included!), students will also determine which factors contribute to stream health and investigate the ecological results of the initial restoration project.
Due to the remote location of Wilson Creek and the unique nature of this program, the following requirements must be considered:
- Time: Two hours
- Cost: $10 per student
- Group maximum: 30 students
- Other considerations: Following your arrival at the Visitor Center, additional transportation is required; school buses must be able to stay with school groups.
Field Trip Planning
To learn more about planning a Bernheim field trip, including how to schedule a visit, please see the Teacher Resources section of our website.