Nature Center News

Science Standards Instruction at the Johnson Nature Center

The BHS Johnson Nature Center is known for maple syrup, the walking trails and pond, and the hawks and deer that reside there. However, you might not know that it is also a key partner in teaching the Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) to Bloomfield Hills Schools students. All K-7th grade students take two field trips each year to the 35-acre preserve.

"Our main function is to augment the classroom instruction," Dan Badgley, Nature Center Manager says. "We run programs that are topical by grade.  For instance, fifth graders learn to explore ecosystems and second graders learn about plants and habitats.  We start by explaining science concepts and we follow up with engaging questions to bring more depth to the topic. We incorporate literacy and reading, too. Then, we break the students into small groups for hands-on experiences."

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The grounds are crisscrossed with more than two miles of pleasant trails.  Trails are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until dusk and Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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