Being adjacent to the San Bernardino National Forest and plenty of open space, Pathfinder Ranch has neighbors of all sorts. The wildlife we see in our local environment varies from gray squirrels to woodpeckers. Every kingdom is represented and well accounted for. The Animal Ecology and Forest Ecology concepts assess relationships between animals and their environments. Students will also learn about some adaptations that these animals use to survive in the local environment. Herpetology takes a closer look at the reptiles and amphibians that live in the chaparral environment around Pathfinder Ranch. In the Nature Center/Farm concept, students get a lot of quality time exploring and learning about our live animals, preserved specimens, and interactive displays in both locations. The Wildlife theme allows students an opportunity to explore our local environment for animals, the differences between wild and domestic animals, and their physical and behavioral adaptations.
Based on the teacher’s concept selections, each class will include the following…
- Animal- Interdependence between animals and their environment, including the roles of producer and consumer.
- Animal or Herpetology- Visit the Nature Center and discuss animal adaptations.
- Herpetology- Characteristics of reptiles and amphibians, and their differences.
- Forest- Systems and cycles in our local pine forest, the interconnectedness of everything in the forest, and how living things survive in a forest.
- Nature Center/Farm- Interact with our animals in the Nature Center and at the Farm, learn about their adaptations, and assist with their daily care.