Hawthorn Hollow is dedicated to environmental educational programming to serve local schools and community groups. Our programs introduce local students to the natural world through place-based learning in the outdoors. These unique field trips focuses on connecting children to the natural world through hands-on and exploratory learning.
Hawthorn Hollow’s programs are linked with the Next Generation Science Standards and Wisconsin’s Social Studies Standards. Programs include cross-cutting concepts in Math and Reading.
This program focuses on the different ways plants grow through life stages and survive to produce new offspring. Students will make discoveries on seed dispersal strategies and the concept that fruit is a seed container. Visitors will classify seeds collected from a forest and prairie. We revisit Native American traditions and celebration of the fall season while walking a real Indian trail and making a traditional folklore toy to bring home. All students get hands-on learning experience making cider using a traditional apple press.
The Sugar Maple tree and history of maple sugaring is an important part of Wisconsin’s heritage. Through hands-on activities, students experience the arts and traditions of maple tree identification, tapping, collecting sap, and making syrup at the sugar house. Explore the Native American traditions and techniques for making maple sugar. Students will sample 100% pure maple syrup and will make their own sumac spile to take home.
Walk the Old Indian Trail and experience the lives of the Potawatomi who lived in southeastern Wisconsin for centuries and traveled through Hawthorn Hollow’s grounds. Students learn how the Powatomi used the natural resources around them and prepared for the different seasons. Experience the natural cycles of abundance and decline that influenced their daily lives while investigating the cause of these natural processes and more.
The WATERshed program helps students make connections to how their daily activities impact our watershed. Through hands on activities they discover what is going down storm drains and how it travels to rivers and lakes from their neighborhoods.
Participants have a unique opportunity to conduct scientific tests to determine water quality of rivers, streams, and the Great Lakes!
This Program introduces students to solutions on how they can make a positive difference on their watershed.
This program focuses on the Growing Healthy Garden and uses hands-on activities to explore food groups, how food turns into
energy, the role of pollinators and connecting food with family and culture.
Kenosha County Parks and Hawthorn Hollow have partnered to offer summer camp field trips geared for
schools, daycare centers, summer camps, homeschool groups, scout groups and the like. This unique
partnership blends a nature-based field trip to Hawthorn Hollow and the convenience of a pavilion with
picnic areas and playground at Petrifying Springs Park.
Hawthorn Hollow is happy to collaborate with the Kenosha History Center to bring the One-Room School House Program to Kenosha 3rd grade classes during the spring and fall.
Troop Merit Badge Program
We offer a customized two-hour program to help your scouts meet the requirements of their nature-related merit badges. $5 per scout with a $50.00 minimum.