In-Classroom Visits

These programs are developed to reflect the resources found at Ludington State Park. These resources--both historical and natural--tie in with other resources found throughout the Great Lakes Region.

Objectives are to inspire, illuminate, develop observation skills and imagination, and be enjoyable. We strive to inspire students to be interested in what is happening in nature around them, whether it is in the schoolyard, in a park setting, or just in the backyard at home, and have fun with the adventures of discovery!

The following in-classroom programs are offered to school groups from October through April. Call 231-843-9261 to schedule a date and time for a Park Interpreter to visit your classroom. In-classroom programs last approximately 45 minutes.

Handful of rocks Michigan Rocks (4th grade - adult)
Michigan Rocks is a fun program that gets students to think about what a stone or rock means to them when they are outdoors. That rock they pick up or look at in their schoolyard or anywhere else holds a wealth of information. It is a science lesson and history lesson wrapped in this hard natural form.

Rocks tell us stories just like science and history books tell stories. Students will learn how to unlock these stories by observing and feeling rocks. They'll discover that our Great Lakes State has not always looked as it does today. This program can be done either in the park or as an outreach program in the classroom.

Trees with colorful autumn leaves Michigan Trees: Sweet and Healthy! (1st - 12th grades)
Students put on their coats and hats and head outdoors to hear from the trees themselves to find out who they are and why there are growing here. They discover: how hard it is to grow into a mature tree, common tree names, the most common trees around them, how to identify trees, what trees need to survive, why trees change throughout the year, why trees change as they get older, what they offer to us and other animals in nature, and what hurts trees.

Science, history and math all join together to help make students better understand the trees that grow around them. It is a science of how a tree grows, combined with the history of where a tree comes from, and the mathematics of calculating how fast a tree grows. Students discover the soil, weather, and location of all factors in a tree's existence. Students need an understanding of all of these to put the tree puzzle together.