Students will read a short informational text about identifying animals by the trace evidence that they leave behind. Students will learn why it is so important for them to remain well hidden to evade predators and to manage their metabolic energy demands.
Students will search for evidence in the form of scat, burrows, tree cavities and nests, animals prints, fur, feathers, skins, molts, shells, skeletons, and vocalizations while out in the field. After identifying each piece of evidence, students will then have to draw their finding, and then do the exercise associated with their find. At the end of the field trip students are required to tally the number of calories they burned in hopes of becoming a nature virtuoso (burning over 400 calories).
It is an exercise activity, math activity, and science activity tied into one.