Programs

Upham Woods is a year-round, residential outdoor learning center serving organized groups including schools, 4-H camps, scout groups, youth and adult conferences and retreats, and adult education workshops.  Throughout the year we are open to the public with a diverse and fun series of public program days.  We also partner with local community organizations to provide after school and community-based programs.  Our experienced staff provide outreach through local library programs, on-site classroom programming, and participation in other local community organization events.  Grab and Go lesson plans are great resources for any person who has come, is planning a trip, or interested in coming to Upham Woods. We also support the integration of technology into our programming. We started with our Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) program which studies technology integration into environmental education. Every group that visits and participates in our educational programming will use technology to collect data and craft scientific stories. Learn more about DOTS at Upham and scientific storytelling.

See our Elementary School , Middle School, and High School classes listed below

Elementary School Lessons

    Theme        Class Grade Level NGSS (Grade 3-5) Time     Season       Notes
Animal Ecology Animal Signs 1-5 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Animal Ecology Radical Raptors 1-5  4-LS1-1 1 hour 🌻☀️🍁⛄️

Indoor only

Night program

Animal Ecology Scales, Scutes and Skins 1-5

3-LS1-1,

3-LS3-1,

3-LS3-2,

3-LS4-2,

3-LS4-3,

3-LS4-4,

4-LS1-1,

4-LS1-2,

4-ESS3-1,

5-LS2-1

1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️ Indoor only
Animal Ecology Discovering Owls 2-5  – 1 hour 🌻☀️🍁⛄️ Indoor only
Animal Ecology Habitat is a Home 2-5 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Animal Ecology Bat Ecology 3-5 1 hour 🌻☀️🍁⛄️

Indoor only

Night program

Animal Ecology Predator/Prey 4-5  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Aquatics Wacky Water Critters 4-5 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Creative Learning Nature Journaling 4-5  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Conservation Conservation Service Project 4-5  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Cultural History Voyageur Canoe 1-5  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Cultural History Life of a Logger 4-5 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️  Night program
Forestry Tree Identification 4-5  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Forestry Value of a Tree (VOAT) 6-5  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Night Program Night Hike 3-5  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁 Night Program
Outdoor Pursuits Black Hawk Island Hike K-5

2-ESS2-1,

3-LS4-33,

LS4-4,

*4-ESS2-1,

*5-LS2-1

3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Fishing K-5 4-LS1-1 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Swimming 1-5 ☀️
Outdoor Pursuits Orienteering 3-5  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Outdoor Survival 4-5 4-PS3-2, 4-LS1-1 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Outdoor Pursuits Archery 4-5 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Canoeing 4-5  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits North Shore Hike 4-5  – 3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Sensory Awareness Make Sense of Nature 1-5  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Team Building Group Initiatives 1-5  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Team Building Peanut Butter Mountain (low ropes course) 4-5  – 3 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Team Building The Amazing Upham Race 4-5  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁 ⛄️
Winter Sports Cross Country Skiing 2-5  – 1 hour+ ⛄️
Winter Sports Snowshoeing 2-5  – 1 hour+ ⛄️
Winter Sports Broomball 3-5  – 1 hour+ ⛄️

Middle School Lessons

     Theme        Class Grade Level         NGSS Time    Season     Notes
Animal Ecology Discovering Owls 6-7  – 1 hour 🌻☀️🍁⛄️

Indoor Only

Night program

Animal Ecology Animal Signs 6-8

LS1-3, LS1-4, LS1-7, LS2-1, LS2-2, LS2-3, LS2-4

1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Animal Ecology Radical Raptors 6-8 1 hour 🌻☀️🍁⛄️

Indoor only

Night program

Animal Ecology Scales, Scutes and Skins 6-8 LS1-4, LS1-5, LS2-3, LS2-4 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️ Indoor only
Animal Ecology Habitat is a Home 6-8  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Animal Ecology Bat Ecology 6-8 1 hour 🌻☀️🍁⛄️

Indoor only

Night program

Animal Ecology Predator/Prey 6-8  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Aquatics Wacky Water Critters 6-8 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Creative Learning Nature Journaling 6-8  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Conservation Conservation Service Project 6-8  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Cultural History Voyageur Canoe 6-8 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Cultural History Life of a Logger 6-8  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️ Night program
Forestry Tree Identification 6-8 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Forestry Value of a Tree (VOAT) 6-8  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Night Program Night Hike 6-8  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁 Night program
Outdoor Pursuits Black Hawk Island Hike 6-8 LS1-5, LS2-1,       LS2-4, LS2-5,    ESS2-1, ESS3-3 3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Fishing 6-8

LS2-1, LS2-4

1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Swimming 6-8  – ☀️
Outdoor Pursuits Orienteering 6-8  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Outdoor Pursuits Outdoor Survival 6-8 PS1-3, PS1-4, PS3-3, PS3-5, PS4-2, LS1-1, LS1-3, LS1-7, LS1-8,ESS2-5, ESS3-3, ETS1-1, ETS1-3 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Outdoor Pursuits Archery 6-8 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Canoeing 6-8 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits North Shore Hike 6-8  – 3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Team Building Group Initiatives 6-8  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Team Building Peanut Butter Mountain (low ropes course) 6-8  – 3 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Team Building The Amazing Upham Race 6-8  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁 ⛄️
Winter Sports Cross Country Skiing 6-8  – 1 hour+ ⛄️
Winter Sports Snowshoeing 6-8  – 1 hour+ ⛄️
Winter Sports Broomball 6-8 1 hour+ ⛄️

High School Lessons

     Theme         Class Grade Level     NGSS     Time    Season      Notes
Animal Ecology Animal Signs 9 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Animal Ecology Radical Raptors 9-12 1 hour 🌻☀️🍁⛄️

Indoor only

Night program

Animal Ecology Scales, Scutes and Skins 9-12 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️ Indoor only
Animal Ecology Bat Ecology 9-12 1 hour 🌻☀️🍁⛄️

Indoor only

Night program

Aquatics Wacky Water Critters 9 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Creative Learning Nature Journaling 9-12 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Conservation Conservation Service Project 9-12  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Cultural History Voyageur Canoe 9-12  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Cultural History Life of a Logger 9-12  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️

Indoor only

Night program

Forestry Tree Identification 9-12  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Forestry Value of a Tree (VOAT) 9-12  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Night Program Night Hike 9-12  – 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁  Night program
Outdoor Pursuits Black Hawk Island Hike 9-12

LS4-5

 

3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Fishing 9-12 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Swimming 9-12  – ☀️
Outdoor Pursuits Outdoor Survival 9-12 ,  1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Outdoor Pursuits Archery 9-12 1.5 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Canoeing 9-12  – 1.5-2 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits North Shore Hike 9-12  – 2-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁
Outdoor Pursuits Orienteering 9-12  – 2-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁️⛄️
Team Building Group Initiatives 9-12  – 1.5-2 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Team Building Peanut Butter Mountain (low ropes course) 9-12  – 3 hours 🌻☀️🍁⛄️
Team Building The Amazing Upham Race 9-12  – 1.5-3 hours 🌻☀️🍁 ⛄️
Winter Sports Cross Country Skiing 9-12  – 1 hour + ⛄️
Winter Sports Snowshoeing 9-12  – 1 hour + ⛄️
Winter Sports Broomball 9-12  – 1 hour + ⛄️

 

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