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*NEW!* Northwest Wildlife Investigators

from Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

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Our Wildlife Investigations Lab needs your help! Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is located deep in the forest of Washington state, near Mount Rainier, and some of our silliest experts have been collecting clues about who has been living in the forests of Trek's property.

During this 30 to 40 minute program, students will have the chance to look at clues left behind by animals in a habitat, and try to figure out what this mystery animal looks like. They will be led by a "Chief Scientist" within Trek's fictional Wildlife Investigations Lab.

Students will get an up-close look at one of Trek's ambassador animals to see if they can find out what tools this creature has to survive in the wild. Depending on time available, students may have a chance to talk to one of our animal keepers and learn what it takes to care for all the different animals at Northwest Trek.

By the end of this program, students will be able to identify what adaptations or characteristics animals in the Pacific Northwest have in order to survive in their home, and brainstorm ideas on how people can help animals in their own natural neighborhood.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $75.00
Point to Point Premium: $75.00


This is a 30 to 40 minute program that can be extended up to 1 hour as needed

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

5 recommended

Maximum participants:

30 reccommended

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Booking Information

This program is available by request Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Pacific Time

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

There is no charge to cancel or reschedule the virtual field trip more than 48 hours prior to the confirmed date and time. If the program is cancelled within 48 hours of the confirmed date of the virtual field trip session, the full price of the program will be charged. If a school encounters technical problems on the scheduled date of a program, there will be a 15-minute grace period after the scheduled start time to determine if the problem can be resolved. If not, the program will be canceled for that date. The school then has the option to reschedule the program. If the school chooses not to reschedule, or if the technical issues cannot be resolved on another program date, the full program fee will still be charged. Inclement weather, technological problems on our end, and any other uncontrollable factors will be taken into account. In the event of weather related park or school closings, every reasonable attempt will be made to reschedule the program. If the program cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be issued.

About This Provider

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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Eatonville, WA
United States

Since 1975, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park has been the best place to see wildlife native to the Pacific Northwest. We are dedicated to conservation, education, and recreation by displaying, interpreting and researching native northwest wildlife and their natural habitats, We've been recognized for over 25 years of high standards by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. And, as stewards of a 725-acre forested park, we protect wild habitats with earth-friendly practices. 

We love sharing our park with our guests, near and far, and we love being able to use technology to connect students to nature!

MacKenzie Schaefer

Program Details


1. Program begins with "scientist" introducing herself and introducing Northwest Trek, and how the program is going to run
2. Students brainstorm and discuss what a physical adaptation is, and examples (younger classes will act out physical adaptations and what they are used for)
3. Scientist presents clues found in a habitat and class works together to draw the mystery animal
4. Participants are then shown one of the animals who makes their home at Trek
5. Time allowed for questions and answers
6. Discussion on how people can help wild animals in their habitats


Through this virtual field trip your students will be able to:
• Define the word adaptation.
• List several animals native to the Pacific Northwest.
• List some characteristics that these animals have to help them survive.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

The following National Academic Standards will be addressed through this program.
Science as inquiry
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understanding about scientific inquiry
Life science
• The characteristics of organisms
• Life cycles of organisms
• Organisms and environments

The following New Generation Science Standards will be addressed through this program (by grade)

• K-2-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. (LS1.C)
• K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live. (ESS3.A)

1st Grade:
• 1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow and meet their needs. (LS1.A, LS1.D)

2nd Grade:
• 1-LS4.1 Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. (LS4.D)

3rd Grade:
• 3-LS3-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. (LS3.B)
• 3-LS3-2 Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. (LS3.A, LS3.B)
• 3-LS4-2 Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. (LS4.B)
• 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. (LS4.C)
• 3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change. (LS2.C, LS4.D)

4th Grade:
• 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior and reproduction. (LS1.A)
• 4-LS1-2 Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. (LS1.D)

5th Grade:
• 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment. (ESS3.C)