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ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012
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ONSC Parent-Teacher Meeting Presentation_2011-2012

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The presentation for 2011-2012 school-hosted parent-teacher meetings in preparation for the Ozark Natural Science Center field excursion. …

The presentation for 2011-2012 school-hosted parent-teacher meetings in preparation for the Ozark Natural Science Center field excursion.

For questions, please contact ONSC at 479-789-2754 or visit www.onsc.us

Executive Director: Beth Stephens (479-633-7619 or beth@onsc.us)

Program Manager: Rob Seal (rob@onsc.us)

Office Manager: Sonja Rodden (sonja@onsc.us)

School Program Coordinator: Maggie Bailey (maggie@onsc.us)

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  • 1. A Guide For Parents and Families Residential Field Science Programs at the Ozark Natural Science Center
  • 2. The Ozark Natural Science Center School Program Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us ONSC is best known for 5 th grade school excursions: <ul><li>Immersive, hands-on, experiential learning
  • 3. NOT a field trip – aligns with state benchmark exams
  • 4. Overnight – typically 2 days, 1 night (sometimes 3/2)
  • 5. Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam
  • 6. Springs, Berryville, Little Rock, Mounds, Tahlequah </li></ul>
  • 7. Ozark Natural Science Center – Background Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us <ul><li>Private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
  • 8. Field science and environmental education.
  • 9. Founded in 1990 by Ken and RuAnn Ewing.
  • 10. Has served more than 40,000 children overall.
  • 11. Will host more than 4,000 children this year.
  • 12. Overnight programs for school children.
  • 13. Summer camps, adult and family programming.
  • 14. Corporate retreats, family reunions, private groups . </li></ul>
  • 15. ONSC – Location and Facilities Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us <ul><li>Rural Madison County between Huntsville/Eureka Springs, n orthwest Arka nsas
  • 16. Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission – Bear Hollow Natural Area
  • 17. Satellite office at the Ce nter for No nprofits at St. Mary’s in Rogers </li></ul>Campus i ncludes: <ul><li>Three lodges for up to 68 guests, staff housing
  • 18. Indoor and outdoor classrooms
  • 19. Observation deck, eight miles of hiking trails </li></ul>
  • 20. SAFETY Direct adult supervision at all times Wilderness First Aid, CPR Training Member NWA Air Evac LifeTeam On-site helipad Constant field group contact: 2-way radio Wilderness First-Aid kits with each field instructor
  • 21. Ewing Centre Dining, library, administrative offices
  • 22. Ewing Centre Library and Commons Area Dining Hall
  • 23. Education Building Indoor classrooms and lab
  • 24. Lewis Pavilion
  • 25. Other Teaching Facilities Observation Deck Stewart Springfield Memorial Outdoor Classroom
  • 26. Bear Hollow Natural Area
  • 27. Lodges
  • 28. Lodging <ul><li>Lodging by gender
  • 29. Heated/Air-conditioned
  • 30. Handicap accessible
  • 31. Gender-appropriate adult chaperones </li></ul>
  • 32. Kitchen and Dining All meals are prepared in a clean, professionally run kitchen facility and include a balance of freshly prepared hot food and a delicious salad bar. Please communicate food allergies!
  • 33. Approach Hands-on, experiential learning in a natural setting
  • 34. Sample 2-Day Schedule Day 1 10:00am Arrival, lodge move-in 11:00 Field Group Orientation & “Mini-hike” 12:00 Lunch 12:45 Natural History Field Investigation 5:00 Dinner 6:00 1 st Evening Class 7:00 2 nd Evening Class 8:00 Campfire Activities / Night Discoveries 9:30 Return to Lodges Day 2 7:30 Breakfast 8:00 Morning Field Investigation 10:00 Art on the trail, conservation discussion 11:30 Lunch 12:15 Group photo 12:30 Load Bus, Return to Civilization
  • 35. Field Investigations ~1 mile trail hikes Topics include cultural history, mammals, tracks and scat, plants of the Ozarks, hydrology, geology, and trail art. Staffing: 1 ONSC Teacher Naturalist: ~10 campers: 1 extra adult from school
  • 36. Campfire and Night Discoveries Songs, stories, and discussions around a crackling campfire followed by a moonlight forest investigation – the highlight of most campers’ trip!
  • 37. Teacher Naturalists <ul><li>Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences
  • 38. Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified at a minimum </li></ul>Experienced, professional, and passionate <ul><li>Live onsite during programming
  • 39. Undergo full background checks </li></ul>
  • 40. The Ozark Natural Science Center Team Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us <ul><li>24 team members
  • 41. Includes Teacher Naturalists, or field staff
  • 42. Background: aquatic resources to zoology
  • 43. “ Teachers in an outdoor classroom”
  • 44. Training and certifications in first aid, CPR, wilderness first aid, swift water rescue
  • 45. Specialty areas, research and publications
  • 46. Unique teaching styles and approach </li></ul>
  • 47. Preparing for Your Child’s Visit
  • 48. What to Pack <ul><li>Several pencils
  • 49. Reusable water bottle (no bottled water – we can provide a water bottle if you don’t have one)
  • 50. Poncho or rain gear
  • 51. Weather appropriate clothing (Layers!)
  • 52. Long pants (no shorts allowed)
  • 53. Closed toed, closed heeled shoes
  • 54. Hats and gloves ( cheaper than hand warmers! )
  • 55. Sleeping bag & pillow or sheets and blankets
  • 56. Towel and washcloth, toiletries </li></ul>List is included in parent handouts from teachers.
  • 57. Optional Items Cameras ( labeled with camper’s name ) Lip balm / chap stick
  • 58. Please Do Not Pack: <ul><li>Commercial bottled water (Dasani, Aquafina, Sam’s) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We can provide a water bottle if needed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Umbrellas
  • 59. Electronic devices ( of any kind ).
  • 60. Knives of any kind
  • 61. Candy, gum, soft drinks, or snacks
  • 62. Flashlights or headlamps
  • 63. Jewelry, makeup, or aerosols
  • 64. Rolling luggage is discouraged
  • 65. Chemical hand warmers are discouraged </li></ul>List is included in parent handouts from teachers.
  • 66. Forms <ul><li>Medical Information Form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • 67. Please note: allergies and dietary restrictions are different and handled separately </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Responsibility Statement
  • 68. Media Release Statement – please sign so your child can be included in the group photo </li></ul>Please complete and sign all forms in full! Forms must be complete before campers can participate in any ONSC activity.
  • 69. Medications <ul><li>Place all over-the-counter and prescription medications in a zip-lock bag in their original containers. No loose pills please!
  • 70. Carefully write name of medication with detailed dosage instructions on a card and place it in the bag.
  • 71. Please label the bag with the child’s name.
  • 72. Please ensure that your child is familiar with their medications and routine. </li></ul>
  • 73. Support ONSC/Getting Involved Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us <ul><li>Call of the Wild (April 21, 2012)
  • 74. Membership/Gifts ( www.onsc.us )
  • 75. Corporate retreats & partnerships
  • 76. Summer camps a nd family programs
  • 77. Volunteer through O NSC Corps
  • 78. Speaking engagements
  • 79. New schools!
  • 80. Needs list o n website
  • 81. “ Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” (Dr. Seuss – The Lorax) </li></ul>
  • 82. Contact the Ozark Natural Science Center Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us 1905 Madiso n 1305 • Huntsville, AR 72740 479-789-2754 • www.onsc.us Website ( www.onsc.us )and blog Facebook: Ozark Natural Science Center Group: Ozark Natural Science Center @OzarkNatSci

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