Let’s Explore the Outdoors!

Hello 4th Grade Families!

Thank you for volunteering to come with us to Hoyt Arboretum this Thursday. The class is so excited to visit and see the nature they’ve been researching.

Here’s an outline of our time there (times are approximated):

  • 9:30am: Please plan to meet us at the Visitor Center around 9:00am. You may meet us at the school first but you will need to drive on your own and meet us there. We will be listening to a Nature Educator tell us a little about the trail we’re going on as well as the safety protocols before hiking.
  • 10:00am: We will begin our hike, which starts near the Stevens Pavilion. We will be dropping off students’ bags — make sure they take water bottles — before starting the fir trail (marked with triangles on the map). This will take about 45 minutes to an hour as the Nature Educator will be pointing out things along the way. Students will have a worksheet to take notes with — please make sure those around you are filling them out, and assist with any spelling/repeat questions when you can.
  • 11:00am: We will be finishing the hike back at the Stevens Pavilion. Students will be asked to share some of their thoughts about the hike as well as some of the notes they took. Afterward, we will be eating lunch at the pavilion.
  • 12:00pm: We will be returning to the Visitor Center after lunch to do a little recap with the Nature Educator.
  • 12:30pm: We will plan to leave the Hoyt Arboretum around this time, 1:00pm at the latest. All students must return back to school to do another recap in the classroom and finish part two of their worksheets before turning them in. We welcome you to join us in the room if you’d like. Students will then be excused at the usual time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. We cannot wait to see you on Thursday — thank you again for volunteering!


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One Reply to “Let’s Explore the Outdoors!”

  1. Ashley, great idea for a map lesson. Very clear instructions, expectations and necessities to bring.

    The Arboretum is a beautiful place. I bike up there a few times a week. My peaceful place

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