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The Meadow Garden Backpack

Activities and supplies are created for groups of 15 students. There are two levels of Meadow Garden Backpacks available. The primary level is appropriate for participants ages 6–12, or in grades K–5. The secondary level is appropriate for participants ages 13–18, or in grades 6–12.

The Meadow Garden Backpack can be reserved for $10, in addition to the self-guided rate of $5 per student and $16 per adult. Backpacks are available at the Group Visits Desk in the Visitor Center. A valid credit card and a completed information form will be required. Reservations can be made prior to your arrival.

To reserve your backpack, please contact:
School and Youth Group Reservations
Phone: 610.388.5210

Meadow Garden Backpack K–5 Activities

Find Your Way

Master the art of orienteering while using pedometers and compasses to calculate distance and direction.

Wildflower Adventure

Set out into the Meadow Garden and discover a multitude of wildflowers and trees that call the Meadow Garden home.

Master the Meadow

Embark on a scavenger hunt and test your observation skills to uncover secrets hidden in the Meadow Garden!

Pollination Station

Discover the relationship between pollinators and plants as you learn about pollinators and experience hand pollinating flowers.

Magnificent Monarchs

Learn about one of America’s favorite and most unique butterflies, the monarch. Find out which plants monarch caterpillars like to snack on and what happens to monarchs at the end of summer.

Bird Bingo

Team up with Project Birdsleuth® in the ultimate bingo showdown! Compete against your friends to discover evidence of birds in the Meadow Garden.

Get Tracking!

Search the Meadow Garden for animal tracks and learn which animals call the Meadow Garden home.

Next Generation Science Standards for the Meadow Backpack K-5

  Standards for the Life Science Discipline
K-LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
1-LS1.
1-LS3.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
2-LS2.
2-LS4.
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-LS1.
3-LS2.
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
4-LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
5-LS1. From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  Standards for the Earth and Space Science Discipline
K-ESS3. Earth and Human Activity

Meadow Garden Backpack 6–12 Activities

Theme 1: Mapping

These activities challenge map, directional, and computational skills. Create and follow your own orienteering course and learn how to tell direction with and without a compass.

Theme 2: Birds

Discover and research characteristics of common birds and experience behaviors and adaptations that allow birds to survive in the wild.

Theme 3: History and Perspective

These activities spark imagination and inspire creativity based upon the history and design of the Meadow Garden landscape. Create an environmental cartoon, sketch the landscape, and capture the Meadow Garden from various perspectives.

Theme 4: Adaptations

Brainstorm ways in which organisms adapt to new circumstances, learn about plant adaptations, and identify the distinction between native and invasive plants.

NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS FOR THE MEADOW BACKPACK 6–12

  STANDARDS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCE DISCIPLINE
ms-LS1. FROM MOLECULES TO ORGANISMS: STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES
ms-LS2. ECOSYSTEMS: INTERACTIONS, ENERGY, AND DYNAMICS
ms-LS4. BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION: UNITY AND DIVERSITY
hs-LS2. ECOSYSTEMS: INTERACTIONS, ENERGY, AND DYNAMICS
HS-LS4. Biological evolution: unity and diversity
   
  STANDARDS FOR THE EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE DISCIPLINE
MS-ESS1. EARTH's place in the universe