The Forest in Winter

Kindergarten – 5th Grade | Winter Only

2 Hours

Winter is a time for unexpected discovery at Tryon Creek. In this program, students will learn about the change of the seasons by modeling the earth’s rotation around the sun, thinking about what this means in terms of energy availability. On the trail, groups will look at how this cycle affects the plants and animals living in our dynamic region by exploring different strategies for energy conservation through fun trail games and activities.

4 Hours


Students work through two activity rotations during a fun afternoon in the park. One rotation looks at how different plants adapt to cold and dry winter conditions by making observations and comparisons between different types of leaves that have been frozen for 24 hours. The second rotations allows students to build small shelters, using natural materials, that would keep an animal warm and dry through Oregon’s cold, wet winters.