Beginning January 11, Osprey Wilds is offering virtual after-school programs for students of all ages. Our staff will be leading programs that range from theater, crafts, exploring nature, and more. Learn more about each program, age recommendations, needed materials, and more, below!
Course Description: What does it mean to really see an object in nature? Train your eye to notice things differently as you recreate the natural world on your pages. Participants will learn how to make observations, set goals, look closer, record information for later use, and how to make their nature journal their own.
Materials: Journal, pencil/pen, colored pencils, place to go outside, magnifying glass (optional), camera (optional)
Suggested age: 8 years old - 18 years old recommended
Course Description: Participants will get a chance to explore nature by learning how to write creatively. Every week they will create short stories, poems, fictional blurbs, and more to get the creative juices flowing.
Needed Materials: Journal, pen/pencil, camera (optional), your imagination
Recommended age: 11 years old and up
Course Description: Are you looking to get out of the house? But not entirely comfortable with the prep? Let's talk about what you need to be comfortable in the wilderness, maybe with a little history thrown in. We might as well do some fun things while we're at it!
Needed Materials: None
Recommended Age: 11 years old and up
Course Description: Students will get the opportunity to think creatively and to make projects with different guest teachers each week. These projects may require additional materials to actively participate, but all are welcome to watch and practice on their own time. At the end of the class, we will have a virtual show and tell where students can show off their projects! No previous experience necessary; we invite people of all skill levels to participate, learn, and grow!
Recommended Age: 8 years old and up
Course Description: Learn different forms of story-based writing through investigation and observation, a range of content about the world around us, and learner-led creativity. Topics include astronomy and mythology, history and journalism, animal signs, folklore, and analysis of arguments.
Recommended age: 10 years old ad up
Course Description: Embark on an epic adventure with other kids in an easy to learn role-playing game. As a team, they will work together to overcome countless challenges as they uncover the secrets of the Lost King's Tomb. Success depends on their cooperation, creative thinking, and the ability to overcome obstacles in the face of unknown dangers. This is a great opportunity for kids to practice working in group settings, developing your voice as a leader and as a team member, and to challenge yourself in a low-risk high-fun environment. No experience necessary, just two six-sided dice, some paper, and a writing utensil!
Materials Needed: Six-sided dice, paper, writing utensil
Recommended age: 8-12 years old
Course Description: Ever wonder about the animals in your neighborhood that you see or hear all the time? Would you like to know more about how to determine the animals that have been wondering around their house and what they are doing? Learn about Minnesota wildlife, biomes, animal tracking, and more. Meet different Osprey Wilds Animal Ambassadors throughout the course.
Needed Materials: Journal (optional)
Recommended age: 8 years old and up
Course Description: Each week will be spent creating and rehearsing, with the final week being a live performance. Participants will gain skills in public speaking and self-expression, be able to create and share original content, and participate in a cumulative group production of a short play.
Needed Materials: None
Recommended age: any!