In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will only understand what we are taught.Baba Dioum
The Friends developed Kids for the Earth (KFTE) because we believe that children who learn the value of their environment will become tomorrow's stewards of the earth. Its mission is to provide teachers and youth group leaders with hands-on activities that help children understand the interaction of environmental and human forces in the Pheasant Branch Watershed. KFTE established a unique partnership with the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Each month, KFTE sponsors Conservancy Day Programs at the conservancy.
We offer K - 5 field trips directly linked to curriculum. Topics include trees, soils, plants, water, web of life, and landforms. We also have shapes and color hunts for very young children and guided walks for groups without a specific curriculum. Middle school water quality monitoring trips and high school service learning programs in biology, photography and advanced composition are also going strong each year! Students of any age can come and help remove invasive plants and collect or plant prairie seeds. We'll even custom-make a trip for you if resources allow.
All of these field trip offerings are free and guided by professional and volunteer naturalists. Classes must pay for and arrange their own transportation to site.
During the 2002-2003 school year, KFTE brought together nine area educators to develop a set of lesson plans tied to Pheasant Branch Conservancy resources. The Branch Out! Educator's Guide was created in part by teachers to help other teachers plan classroom and field trip activities. Its topics include glacial geology, Dane County watersheds, water quality, wildlife diversity, prairie and restoration projects, urban development and environmental art. The guide was written with the Pheasant Branch Conservancy in mind, but can be applied to other natural areas as well.
The Branch Out! Educator's Guide lesson kits were created by teachers using the guide. The kits complement the activities in Branch Out! and provide teachers with most of the materials needed to lead those activities. Now it's easier than ever to get out and learn in the Conservancy!
This informative brochure is 32-pages in full color.