Fourth & Fifth Grade

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Journey through the Great Basin

Where: Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden
When: April-May, Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Cost: $3 donation per student, chaperones/teachers free
Please mention if you are a Title 1 school
Contact: To reserve a field trip contact the Arboretum Educator
Danielle @ (775) 785-4153 or DOrnelas@washoecounty.us

Have you ever wondered how plants survive in a high desert environment?  Join us on our Journey through the Great Basin as we explore the world of Native Pants, Conifers, and how water is fundamental to their survival in a high desert environment. We will discover native plant communities in our Native Area, and the mystery of Conifers in David’s Grove.  With our 3D watershed models students will investigate the causes of non-point source pollution, and learn how water moves through the environment with an interactive activity.   At the May Arboretum, we strive to educate students on how plants survive in the Great Basin and what they can do to help.  Contact the Arboretum Educator today to schedule your next outdoor classroom!

Standards & Overview

Wilbur’s Explorer Pack
A Do-It-Yourself Nature Kit 

Wilbur Explorer Pack

Where: Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden
When: April-May Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cost: $1 rental fee per backpack, chaperones/teachers free
Please mention if you are a Title 1 school
Contact: To reserve a field trip contact the Arboretum Educator Danielle @ (775) 785-4153 or DOrnelas@washoecounty.us

Wilbur’s Explorer Pack provides you with the opportunity to craft an outdoor classroom for your students at the Wilbur D. May Arboretum.  Each backpack includes a bird guide, tree guide, magnifying glass, pencil, clip board, and leaf rubbing template.  In addition, we have created an Explorer Guide with activities that meet Next Generation Science Standards.  

Fourth Grade Explorer Guide click here
Fifth Grade Explorer Guide click here

For field trip policies click here

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