2023-2024 Class Descriptions

To better improve our program, changes have been made from the 2023-24 school year to the 2024-2025 school year. The information provided on this page reflects the current Forest Friday programming being offered to our 2023-24 students.  This page does not pertain to future school years and will be deleted at the end of the school year.

Junior Rangers

Plants, Animals & Me!

Science comes alive as students study the foundations of life. We’ll explore what plants and animals need to survive. As they examine, classify, and observe local plants and animals, they’ll also discover their place as living things in the natural world.  

The Sky's Not the Limit

With our heads in the clouds, we’ll record weather patterns, learn about the movement of celestial bodies, and observe shadows and light.  

Movement & Matter

Coming in with a bang, students will explore sound and waves. We’ll mimic movements in nature, and experiment with properties of matter.  

The Earth Rocks!

In this unit, we’ll get grounded with what’s beneath our feet, as we observe landforms, experiment with erosion, classify rocks, and dissect the layers of the Earth.  


The Circle of Life

Experiment with the world around us. We will explore the stages of growth and what plants and animals need to survive. We will examine local plants and animals and their place in the circle of life.  

The Winds of Change

Wind, rain, snow, clouds, and sun, every weather pattern has an effect on the world around us. We will observe and record the movement of weather patterns and how we as humans can interact with weather patterns.  

Let's Do the Wave

We will be getting forceful in this unit! Let's explore how different forces influence the world around us. Students will investigate light and sound waves and experiment with how we can use them in our lives. Finally, some shape shifting! How does water evaporate and other matter change form?  

Rock Out!

We often take the earth below us for 'granite', but let's dig deep to get a better appreciation for the power of our planet. Below us is an entire world of fascinating facts, patterns, plates, and phenomena. In this unit we will experiment with landforms, erosion, fossils, and how they are all connected.  


Mountain Adventures

Cache Valley is home to ecologically diverse and beautiful alpine and forest environments.  During the Mountain Adventures unit students will examine climate, geology, and plant & wildlife in our local forests while hiking and exploring.  Students will study how temperature, elevation, and precipitation play an important role in plants, animals and their interactions with each other.  We will also explore Cache Valley’s rich local history and how it pertains to our environment and the importance of stewardship. 

Storm Chasers

Throw caution to the wind-- literally!  In this unit students will explore the science of meteorology.  Students will study atmospheric science, the interaction between earth’s systems, physics, chemistry and even some history! (Did you know that a tornado saved Washington and that the first storm chasers were created amidst world wars?) Whether you are a scientist or an adrenaline junkie, we will learn that storm chasing isn’t just based on guesses and gut instincts, but real science.  

Science of Survival

Students will uncover the secrets of physics in this exciting adventure!  Faced with the challenge of surviving a harsh winter environment in Cache Valley, students will explore concepts like energy conservation, heat transfer, and the use and development of simple machines.  Students will hike and explore on their search for food, water, and shelter. They will nurture an understanding of the science that governs the natural world and they will learn the skills needed to thrive within it. 

Watershed Wisdom

Cache Valley has a great diversity of aquatic systems that interact with each other through watersheds.  Working as ecologists, students will use the scientific process to determine the health and well-being of a local watershed. Students will plan and conduct fieldwork such as taking samples from the local environment and testing them for specific aspects of watershed health. Students will explore how to evaluate watershed ecosystem health through water chemistry and aquatic insects!  Students will then analyze the data, looking for patterns and trends across groups.