Wren Watchers (~8+)

 Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

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Introducing the Wren Watchers: Roots of Connections advanced homeschool program! This program is our advanced offering, open only to students who are ready for a more focused learning experience. In the Wren Watchers, participants will enjoy the basic curriculum and style of Roots of Connection, but with additional layers that will provide a variety of challenges and skill building opportunities. See below for advanced curriculum offerings only available in the Wren Watchers program.

Ecological Monitoring: 

Participants will learn several methods used by environmental scientists to monitor the environment. We have a cooperative agreement with Woodland Park that allows us to help plant and protect a restoration site. Students in the Wren Watchers will take a paramount role in this project, both by contributing hands on gardening work, and by monitoring the progress of the restoration site. They will collect phenology data that will be contributed to a national database that tracks annual plant growth. Each season, new techniques will be introduced, including but not limited to: 

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 Leaf litter counts, 

 Spherical densiometer readings

 Phenology notes

 Rainfall monitoring

 Indicator species recognition

Advanced Wilderness Survival Skills:

The Wren Watchers will dive into the advanced art of wilderness survival. Students will gain proficiency in fire building, shelter building, and edible and medicinal plants, while also building awareness of bird behavior, weather conditions, and seasonal change. This interdisciplinary topic yields countless opportunities for learning. Some skills we can guarantee we will work on include:

 Carving and knife safety

 Fire building (with and without matches!)

 Shelter building

 Edible and medicinal plants (as well as poisonous plants!)

 Wilderness First Aid

 Animal Tracking and Bird Behavior

Prerequisites: Must be at least 8 years of age, or have completed one or more full school year programs at Roots of Connection (teacher permission required for students younger than 8).

We will require a minimum of 4 students to run the Wren Watchers. Day of the week TBA - based on input from interested families. Let us know what day(s) of the week would work for your schedule!

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