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Oliver Nature Park provides a location for students to connect with nature.  In this outdoor classroom setting, students will explore scientific concepts in a hands-on, inquiry-based experience.  A naturalist will guide the students along the trails and will point out and discuss the various living inhabitants of the park.

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Current programs and TEKS objectives:

Different Kinds of Animals and Plants

Oliver Nature Park has many different species of animals and plants.  In this program, the students will learn some of the differences between animals and plants.  Students will be guided along the trails and shown the different organisms along the way.  The class will look for the differences between living and nonliving things and record these differences in a journal. This program also introduces the students to environmental stewardship, conservation, and preservation. 

Grade and TEKS objectives (Chapter 112): 

  • K – 1AB, 2A, 4AB, 9AB, 10ABCD
  • 1st – 1AB, 2A, 4AB, 9AB, 10ABCD
  • 2nd – 1A, 2A, 4AB, 9ABC, 10ABC
  • 3rd – 1A, 2A, 4AB, 9ABC, 10ABC 

Animal and Plant Adaptations

How do animals and plants survive the sometimes harsh conditions?  In this program, students will be introduced to the different ways that animals and plants eat and avoid being eaten!  The naturalist will discuss what an adaptation is and point out some of the various adaptations that plants and animals have.  The students will discuss which adaptations are best for various conditions.

Grade and TEKS objectives (Chapter 112): 

  • 2nd – 1A, 2A, 4AB, 9ABC, 10ABC
  • 3rd – 1A, 2A, 4AB, 9ABC, 10ABC
  • 4th – 1A, 2A, 4AB, 9AB, 10ABC
  • 5th – 1A, 4A, 9ABCD, 10ABC
  • 6th – 1A, 2A, 4A, 12DEF
  • 7th – 1A, 2A, 4A, 10ABC, 11B, 12ACDF, 13AB, 14AB 
  • 8th – 1A, 2A, 4A, 11ABCD

Ecology and Ecosystems of Oliver Nature Park

Oliver Nature Park contains prairie, forest, and riparian habitats.  In this program, the class will visit each of these ecosystems, discuss the differences and similarities, and compare the different organisms that occupy each habitat.    The class will also document the different food chains and food webs and determine which species are most vital for the survival of the others.  This program also details some of the environmental threats to each ecosystem.

Grade and TEKS objectives (Chapter 112):

  • 2nd – 1A, 2A, 4AB, 9ABC, 10ABC
  • 3rd – 1A, 2A, 4AB, 9ABC, 10ABC
  • 4th – 1A, 2A, 4AB, 9AB, 10ABC
  • 5th – 1A, 4A, 9ABCD, 10ABC
  • 6th – 1A, 2A, 4A, 12DEF
  • 7th – 1A, 2A, 4A, 10ABC, 11B, 12ACDF, 13AB, 14AB 
  • 8th – 1A, 2A, 4A, 11ABCD

Teachers must register and pay in full 2 weeks in advance.  Students should wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, closed-toe shoes.  For questions and concerns, contact Tiffany Gorrell at tiffany.gorrell@mansfieldtexas.gov.

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