Natural Heritage Program
The Natural Heritage Program for 4th-5th graders provides students with an understanding of natural systems and explores all aspects of the natural history of the Blue Ridge's forests, fields, rivers, and mountains. Through classroom sessions and field trips, students study plants and animals in their environments. Through observation and discovery, they will deepen their connection to this region we call home.
- Insects- Monarch Butterflies
- Dendrology - Leaf ID/Dichotomous Keys
- Owl Pellets/Bird Feeders and Citizen Science
- Geology - Plate Tectonics/Cranberry Gneiss
- Mammals - Opossums
- Animal Tracks and Signs - Casting prints
- Herpetology - Hellbenders/salamanders/frogs
- Geography - The Blue Ridge Mountains
This program will enhance the following SOL’s for fourth grade:
- 4.1 a,b,e Scientific Investigation, Reasoning and Logic
- 4.4 a,b,d Life Processes
- 4.5 a,b,c,d,e,f Living Systems
- 4.9 a,b,c,d Earth Resources
- VS 1i Skills
- VS 2a,b,c The Physical Geography and Native Peoples
This program will enhance the following SOL’s for fifth grade:
- 5.1 a,g Scientific Investigation, Reasoning and Logic
- 5.5 a,c Living Systems
- 5.7 a,b,c,d,e,f Earth Pattern, Cycles and Change
- USI.2 b,d Geography
In this program, students identify an owl pellet's contents and practice recording and analyzing the data.
BRDC has been busy with education programs, working with Galax Middle School, Fries School, Fairview Elementary, Grayson Highlands, Independence Elementary.
Grayson County's fourth grade students participated in the Natural Heritage Program with an emphasis on salamanders, toads, and frogs. Students learned about salamanders commonly found in the Blue Ridge.
This month, Grayson County students learned all about Animal Tracks and Signs.
BRDC Program Director, Lisa Benish, showed fourth grade students examples of tracks made by animals found here in the Blue Ridge. Students were asked to reenact the walking patterns of species such as white-tail deer, black bear, and eastern cottontails.
All of Grayson County's first, fourth and fifth graders became superheroes last week. BRDC guide and wildlife rehabilitator, Darin Handy presented a wonderful program about mammals; marsupials in particular, of the Blue Ridge.
BRDC's Natural Heritage Program offered geology programs to the students of Grayson County Public Schools during December.
Blue Ridge Discovery Center's Natural Heritage Program brings bird feeders and citizen science to Grayson County Public Schools for the month of November.
Fries School joins Blue Ridge Discovery Center's staff for a day of Aquatic Adventure.
During the first week of November, Grayson County 4-H and BRDC teamed up to bring all of the 4th graders across Grayson County our famous owl pellet program.
It always begins with ew, yuck and gross, because the idea of dissecting something that was once inside a living bird, summons visions of poop or puke. We explain that an owl pellet is similar to a fur ball your house cat occasionally coughs up.