Looking for a nature teacher? Alison Meehan can come to your program for 45 minutes or 1.5 hours to provide instruction on the following topics:
Open children’s eyes to the little-noticed world under our feet! Find dens and trails through any wooded lot.
Did you know you can track animals on any surface? From leaves to moss even to concrete, you can usually follow a trail and figure out which animal passed by. Alison has track casts for nearly every local mammal to share.
Each session includes a book, a hands-on activity, and a nature walk.
Birds are everywhere and remind us to look up even on dreary rainy and snowy days. Just think of the chickadee singing its song through the coldest winter days!
Bird songs are relaxing to people of all ages. Spending time listening to birds will keep children in brighter spirits and calmer for the rest of the day.
Children will learn how to move silently through the wilderness and use “owl eyes” to see birds and find nests. They will learn how to identify 10 local birds by color pattern and song. Each session includes a book, a hands-on activity, and a nature walk.
Tree Identification and Uses
Trees have enabled humans to survive for as long as we have. Children will learn different bark patterns and leaf shapes and be taught how to identify 10 local trees. Each tree also has unique properties! Some trees can be used for water, some make a great shelter, and others are great when you’re camping and want to start a fire. Each session includes a book, a hands-on activity, and a nature walk.
Plant Identification and Uses
This course will only cover edibility if you request it for your group. But it will include using all of your senses other than taste to learn a plant! Some plants smell lemony, some like onions. Some plants feel fuzzy and some smooth. And each plant has its own unique flower. This course will include the basics of plant ID and 10 local plants common in Central VA, including poison ivy and thorny plants to watch out for. Each session includes a book, a hands-on activity, and a nature walk.
Cost: $150 for 45 minutes; $200 per hour and a half of instruction for a group lesson.
Location: Contact Alison Meehan to discuss a meeting location. It can be at your usual program meeting site if there is a natural, grassy, or wooded area. Otherwise, we can pick a nearby park.