Discover the Forest is an outdoor environmental education program conducted in the beautiful 48-acre Yost Park in Edmonds. The park is mostly mixed second-growth forest, with a stream and a network of trails meandering through its riparian valley. Click here to download a trail map brochure. Here students can experience ecological concepts such as interdependence and diversity and learn methods for exploring the natural world.
A free teacher resource booklet, "Close Encounters with the Natural World" is available on our Download Information page.
There are currently three Discover the Forest Programs to choose from:
Traditional Interpretive Program (1.5 hours, Grades K-6)
Students are accompanied by Ranger-Naturalists as they explore Yost and learn about the natural history of the forest ecosystem. A variety of hands-on activities encourage students to uncover to the secrets of the forest and establish their own connections to the natural world.
Next Generation Science Standards addressed: ESS3.A&C (Natural Resources & Human Impacts on Earth Systems), LS2.A (Biodiversity in Humans & Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems).
Everyone Has a Habitat (1.5 hours, Grades 1-4)
Students will discover how plants and animals live in places (habitats) where their basic needs are met. Groups of students will work together to decide what food and shelter their assigned animal will need in order to survive in the forest and present their findings to the rest of the class.
Next Generation Science Standards addressed: LS1.A,C,D (Structure and Fuction, Organization of Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms, Information Processing), LS2.A (Biodiversity in Humans & Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems), LS3.B (Variation of Traits), LS4.B&C (Natural Selection & Adaptation).
Plants and Soil Ecology (1.5 hours, Grades 1-6)
Students will participate in experiments designed to help them answer questions such as “What is soil made of?” “How and where do plants grow?” and “What lives and grows on a rotten log?” The questions and answers are unlimited in this inquiry-driven program!
Next Generation Science Standards addressed: ESS3.A (Natural Resources), LS1.A&D (Structure and Fuction & Organization of Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms), LS2.A&B (Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems & Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems).
Discover the Forest is offered in the spring and the fall to schools in Edmonds and surrounding communities. The target age range for the program is K-6, but program content may be adjusted to accommodate older students. Fall registration begins in late August and spring registration begins in January. When registering for a program, please request a time that is convenient for you, and we will do our best to accomodate your schedule. Download the registration form.
Click here to see a photo and parent comment from Westgate Elementary's October 2014 Discover the Forest program!