Capitalizing on children's inherent curiosity about insects and other residents of the micro-world, the Insect Adventure is designed to teach about insects while enabling students to look at their environment with a holistic view. Important concepts such as habitat, interdependence and adaptation are reinforced throughout the program and students have the opportunity to employ several steps in the scientific method as they become junior entomologists.
Students, led by Audubon naturalists and trained 2nd grade Partner Educators, walk a specially constructed trail through a pine upland area that includes learning stations spaced along the walk where they perform experiments designed to coincide with subjects studied in the classroom. Participants also travel a portion of the boardwalk where they apply classroom and activity station knowledge to the larger Corkscrew ecosystem.
Participating teachers must attend on-site workshops to be eligible to receive Sponsor funding. At the training, teachers receive Educator manuals, materials for their students, discuss strategies to implement the unit, identify how they will prepare students for the field trip, review all field trip activities and are provided examples of how to continue the trip with post visit activities in the classroom.