2017 Program

Summer 2017 kicked off with a great program focused on habitats. Throughtout the day participants were encouraged to observations and inferences based off of different habitats around the Manlius Library. They then were able to observe different organisms found in those habitats.

See below for the lesson plan and other resources
Young Naturalist Program  July 11, 2017
Izaak Walton League and Manlius Public Library 


Big Idea - Biodiversity - the more different species within a habitat/ ecosystem, the more healthy, stable.

Part I - Introduced Key ideas - What is Biodiversity , Why is it important

Key Vocabulary:    reviewed - food web, diversity, biology, ecology, ecosystems, habitat, populations, communities, food chain, predator, consumer, What is Naturalist? What does a Naturalist do?

We used the big mural in the Library Room - to make observations about what ecosystems were evident, what animals did they see, where their any non-native species such as Dragon - (see video below) .

Documents used   -  Ecosystems 1 

Part II - Visited three types - Baseball Field (Grassland), Pond, and Stream.

Student completed an Ecosystem Inventory - for Grassland,  Pond, Stream

Part III - Lab Observations - small critters

After inspecting each of the locations, and recording observations,  participants returned to the library, and then conducted observations at stations, where different animals, small critters were in their habitats

1) Mosquito Larvae,  2) Toad Tadpoles  3) Small toads, just emerged from tadpole stage, 4) Different water samples containing macro invertebrates - 5) Water Sample from stream   6) Water Sample from Stream.

Part IV - Review of Concepts from the day

 Ecosystem document 2 -

Food Chains 

Total Participants 15 out of 21 who preregistered, ages 7 -12.

Video from Event



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