NEW! Story Day Camp - August 12 - August 15


Northwoods Mammals

Class Details

3 Hours

4th Grade to Adult


How could we use a mindset and the tools of science to find out what mammals live in the northwoods?

Students will relate concepts and processes of science to adventure as they unpack key parts of science like exploration and observation. During Northwoods Mammals, students engage in wildlife tracking field surveys–scent post survey in Spring, Summer, and Fall, and transects in Winter. The focus is on building the story of mammals in the Northwoods at Wolf Ridge and asking questions rather than identification. Thank you to BEETLES for developing the lesson sequence “What do scientists do?” as much of the class is based on that.

Lesson Plan


  1. Science relates to all of us and is not limited to laboratories.
  2. Challenges provide opportunities for learning and growth.
  3. All living and nonliving components of an environment interact with one another to form an ecosystem.
  4. Scientific inquiry uses multiple interrelated processes to investigate questions and propose explanations about the natural world.


  • Learn about a variety of core practices of science.
  • Relate concepts and processes of science to adventure.
  • Reflect on science practices they engaged in after conducting a field survey.
  • Build a story of animal activity by asking questions and making observations.