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Rock Eagle 4-H Center: Environmental Education

Field Study Class Preparations

Please consider what time of year you are visiting our center. Dressing in layers allows you to always be prepared for any type of weather. Remember, most classes are held outside unless during extreme storms (lightening and strong winds).

Class Suggested Dress/Preparation

Canoeing: Officially a dry class, canoers may wear sandals or old shoes which can get wet. There is no swimming in canoeing; however, canoes can tip. Old clothes and shoes are a good idea. No flip-flops since they fall off easily! Do not forget your sunscreen and hat since you will be out on the water most of the time. A change of clothes will be needed for day programs.

Challenge Course: For safety, closed-toed shoes must be worn. No sandals or flip flops. Adults may partake in the program in a non-leader role. Students will be asked to solve challenges as a team and the facilitator will assist the group as needed.

Herpetology: This class is held inside our Wildlife building and it is not limited by weather.

Lake Ecology/Assessment: Students may wade in Rock Eagle Lake up to their knees. The lake can be very muddy, so old clothing and old shoes are necessary. Shoes must be worn for safety. No flip-flops since they fall off easily! A change of clothes will be needed for day programs.

Native American Skills:The majority of this class will be active, so good walking or running shoes are needed.  Do not forget the bug spray since much of the class is taught in wooded areas

Orienteering: Sun screen may be necessary as well as good walking shoes. Students will be using a compass to walk our orienteering course.

Ornithology: Good walking shoes are necessary for a hike along our bird trail. Half of the class time will be sitting outside, so be prepared with proper jackets during colder months.

Pioneer Life/ Tools: A hike in the woods leads students up to our Pioneer Tools site so be prepared with good walking shoes. Mosquitoes and no-see-ums may be more prevalent during spring and early fall.

Rock Eagle Hike: This 2-mile round trip hike is along our forested trails. Be prepared with good walking shoes. Mosquitoes and no-see-ums may be more prevalent during spring and early fall.

Team Initiatives: For safety, closed-toed shoes must be worn. No sandals or flip flops. Adults may partake in the program in a non-leader role. Students will be asked to solve challenges as a team and the facilitator will assist the group as needed.

Watershed Studies: Students will sample out of a Rock Eagle stream and possibly wade to their knees. The streams can be very muddy, so old clothing and old shoes are necessary. Shoes must be worn for safety. No flip-flops since they fall off easily! A change of clothes will be needed for day programs.

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