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:
    • 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
  • 7. Ozark Natural Science Center – Background Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us
    • 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 .
  • 15. ONSC – Location and Facilities Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us
    • 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
    Campus i ncludes:
    • Three lodges for up to 68 guests, staff housing
    • 18. Indoor and outdoor classrooms
    • 19. Observation deck, eight miles of hiking trails
  • 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
    • Lodging by gender
    • 29. Heated/Air-conditioned
    • 30. Handicap accessible
    • 31. Gender-appropriate adult chaperones
  • 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
    • Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences
    • 38. Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified at a minimum
    Experienced, professional, and passionate
    • Live onsite during programming
    • 39. Undergo full background checks
  • 40. The Ozark Natural Science Center Team Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us
    • 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
  • 47. Preparing for Your Child’s Visit
  • 48. What to Pack
    • 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
    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:
    • Commercial bottled water (Dasani, Aquafina, Sam’s)
        • We can provide a water bottle if needed
    • 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
    List is included in parent handouts from teachers.
  • 66. Forms
    • Medical Information Form
      • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
      • 67. Please note: allergies and dietary restrictions are different and handled separately
    • Responsibility Statement
    • 68. Media Release Statement – please sign so your child can be included in the group photo
    Please complete and sign all forms in full! Forms must be complete before campers can participate in any ONSC activity.
  • 69. Medications
    • 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.
  • 73. Support ONSC/Getting Involved Ozark Natural Science Center 479.789.2754 • www.o nsc.us
    • 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)
  • 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