LIFE SCIENCE

EXPERIENCE GOD"S CREATION

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Natural science and Environmental Education topics are taught from a stewardship perspective. Subjects included are from the disciplines of biology, geology, astronomy, zoology, botany, ecology, conservation, nature study, and outdoor recreation skills.

Genesis Account curriculum is designed to reinforce science concepts learned at school through experiential education, since studying the natural environment cannot always occur within the classroom setting. Students can increase their knowledge of the Creator and His handiwork through directly observing and exploring the outdoors.

Students are provided with a working manual, which is their tool for learning, to apply the concepts that they have been taught by collecting specimens, conducting experiments and recording observations.  The curriculum is designed for grades five through eight, utilizing observation, classification, investigation and analytical skills, as seen in the overviews below:

SCIENCE PROGRAMS

38 Years

EXPERIENCE

14 Locations

ACROSS 5 STATES

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Taught by college graduates

Discoverers

The Discoverers curriculum focuses on using the senses to observe and

understand the natural community and its various components.

 

Classes

Understanding Animals:
God created many different kinds of animals, each specifically designed its habitat. Through exploring the camp community and observing a variety of consumers, the students can understand and appreciate the connection between structure and function in animals. Students also learn how to classify and explore the remarkable diversity of God’s creatures, along with His purposes and provision His creation.

 

CA Science Standards 2, 6a

Connecting With God's Community:
This class provides an introduction to the outdoor school week by focusing on the natural world God has created. Developing a sense of community among students is the first step in relaying this concept. Various sensory and exploration activities allow the students to become aware of the diversity in the natural community, and recognize their role within it.

CA Science Standards 2, 6

 

Asking The Birds:
Students examine the structural design of birds' feathers, beaks, and feet, and conclude by dissecting an owl pellet. These activities allow students to observe and understand the uniqueness and incredible design of the "birds of the air."

CA Science Standards 2, 6a

Lost and Found:
Using teamwork and problem-solving skills, students serve as members of a search team to find a "missing person." They discuss reasons people become lost, develop skills to prevent a search and rescue situation, and learn ways to increase their chances of being rescued in an emergency.

CA Science Standards 6

Tremendous Trees:
Students develop an understanding of the role of producers in the community by carefully observing some of the local trees. They learn the role of each part and how it helps the plant survive and provide for the rest of the community.

CA Science Standards 2a, 2e, 2f

Nocturnal Games:
This evening class utilizes the nighttime environment to help students develop an appreciation of the darkness. Rather than fearing the night, students are encouraged to enjoy this part of God’s creation. This is accomplished by active games based on nocturnal animals and their behavior and design.

CA Science Standards 6a

Working Together For God:
Using observation games, discussions and stories, students are challenged to apply their knowledge about the natural community to develop a sense of personal responsibility for taking care of God's creation.

CA Science Standards 3

Wet and Wild - the Cycle of Life:
This class uses the water cycle to examine the importance of water for life in the community. Activities include a student performance of the water cycle and a thorough investigation of the diversity of life in a riparian environment.

CA Science Standards 1g, 2a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e

Creepy, Crawly Creatures:
In this class, students are introduced to the largest class of living creatures – insects. Students discover the vital role of insects and their incredible diversity through careful observation and identification. Emphasis is placed on classification of insects and a structural comparison to other arthropods.

CA Science Standards 6a

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Explorers

The Explorers curriculum concentrates on exploring God’s world in order to understand and appreciate the concept of interdependence within the ecosystem.

 

Encountering God’s Ecosystem:
This class provides an introduction to the week of outdoor school, focusing on the concept that all of God’s creation is important. Students use their senses as they explore God’s creation, developing an awareness of the various components of the ecosystem and their interdependence. Students also discover the many natural resources the ecosystem provides.

CA Science standards 5b, 5e, 6b, 6c, 7h

 

Group Initiatives: This class allows students to develop team-building skills such as cooperation, communication, and trust. Students are presented with a series of challenges, which require them to work together as a group. After each challenge, students are led in an assessment of their actions, roles, and use of cooperative skills. Focus is on a better understanding of the body of Christ and an appreciation of its diverse members.

 

Focusing on Foundations:
Students take on the role of scientists, discovering the essential components of soil, and how it is formed from both biotic and abiotic materials. Students investigate the dynamic processes of weathering, erosion, and decomposition, and learn how these natural phenomena shape the earth and allow life to exist.

CA Science standards 2a, 2b, 2d, 7b

 

Exploring the World of Animals:
This class focuses on the relationships between animals and their habitats. Students explore the local area to develop an understanding of food relationships and energy flow in food webs. Population simulations, observations, and the graphing and interpreting of data help illustrate carrying capacities and resource dependency within an ecosystem.

CA Science standards 5, 5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 7c

 

 

Growing, Growing, Gone:

Plants are an essential part of God’s creation and play an essential role in the web of life as producers, converting sunlight into energy that other organisms can use. Through various games and an exploration of the camp’s indigenous plants, students learn the importance of plants in our daily lives, and what plants need to survive and grow.

 

CA Science standards 5, 5a, 6c

 

 

It Only Takes A Spark:
Understanding the reasons and circumstances in which a fire should be built is an underlying objective of this class. Students use the available natural resources to provide heat energy in the wilderness, working together to start and maintain a fire, with consideration of safety and wise use of resources.

 

CA Science standards 3a, 3b, 3d, 6b

 

 

Rocks That Roll:
This class leads students to an appreciation of the importance of rocks and minerals to the ecosystem, and as a natural resource. Students perform basic tests to identify various minerals, and classify rocks based on how they were formed.

 

CA Science standards1a, 1d, 1e, 1f, 6c

 

Developing Night Awareness:

The night hike introduces students to the world of nocturnal animals, focusing on how God has designed their senses to allow them to live in the darkness. By leaving the lights of camp, students discover more about their own senses, and listen for the sounds of the night.

 

CA Science standards 5b, 5c

 

Finding the Way:

Students gain knowledge to help them avoid getting lost and find their way in the wilderness. This class teaches the skill of basic orienteering. Students learn to read and take bearings to complete a compass course, and utilize a topographic map to plan a wilderness trip.

 

CA Science standards 7b, 7f

 

 

Wilderness Manners:
This session wraps up the outdoor school week through a variety of activities that challenge the students to analyze their role in taking care of God’s creation.

 

CA Science standards 6a, 6b, 6c

 

 

"For Since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

Romans 1:20

Investigators

The Investigators curriculum is centered on collecting and analyzing data

about the natural world, and considering the students' role in being stewards of God's Creation.

 

Interdependence/Land Use Study:
Students become part of a research team and begin the week by learning characteristics that are important for teamwork. By using a variety of problem-solving games, the students work together to find solutions. These activities emphasize interdependence, both in the Christian community and in natural ecosystems. Student groups are introduced to a land use study, developing ideas for how to best utilize the natural community.

CA Science Standards 7a, 7c, 7d

Water You Know:
This class involves an in-depth study of water as an essential component of the ecosystem. Students measure the quality of the available water supply by using various chemical tests and examining the diversity of life in and around the water. Students discuss how humans can influence the quality and availability of the water supply.

CA Science Standard 7c

 

Investigating the Night Sky:
The amazing view of the heavens introduces the students to astronomy. Students learn characteristics of some of the basic components of the universe God has made. Students are able to identify some constellations as they extensively observe the stars and other visible heavenly bodies (weather permitting).

CA Science Standard 6f

 

 

Probing Producers:
Focusing on plants as a vital member of the natural community, students examine the life cycles of plants with an emphasis on pollination and seed development. Observing the structural diversity among plants, students classify some of the indigenous plants using appropriate field guides.

CA Science Standards 3d, 5a, 5f

Investigation Foundations:
Students conduct a detailed analysis of soil, measuring characteristics such as texture, structure, and compaction. Activities include a series of physical and chemical tests, and use of models to evaluate the quality and use of the soil.

CA Science Standard 7a

 

Analyzing Animals:
This class focuses on the needs of animals, and how human and environmental factors affect their survival, individually and as a species. Students observe animals in their habitats and use a simulated ecosystem to learn how human activity can affect the survival of a species.

CA Science Standards 3d, 3e, 5a

 

 

Surviving in the Wilderness:
This class focuses on how God provides our basic needs for survival through His Creation. Students learn the importance of maintaining body heat and how to use the natural resources in the area to build a shelter. They also learn how to secure water and food, specifically wild edibles.

 

 

 

Land Use Proposal/Stewardship:
In the final class, students analyze the data they have collected during the classes throughout their week to develop an appropriate plan of land use that demonstrates good stewardship. Students are challenged to examine their impact on God's creation, their role as stewards, and their specific responsibilities to preserve what God has given to us.

 

CA Science Standards 7a, 7c, 7d, 7e

 

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