Four Winds Nature Program Curriculum Themes and Sub-Topics

The Four Winds Nature Program at Florence Sawyer and Emerson Schools offers three environmental/natural science workshops each school year. Each year, a different theme is proposed by our Four Winds Nature Institute naturalist/educator, and we choose three units within those.


  • Signs of Leafeaters
  • Life in the Dirt
  • Leaf Litter
  • Snags and Rotting Logs
  • Staying Warm
  • Squirrel Tales
  • White-Tailed Deer
  • Stream Life
  • Forest Birds
  • Pond Life

Patterns in Nature

  • All Sorts of Insects
  • Leaves
  • Conifer Clues
  • Snowflakes
  • Track Detectives
  • Feathering the Nest
  • Animal Disguise and Surprise
  • Frogs and Toads
  • Fiddleheads and Ferns


  • Sunlight and Shadow
  • Erosion
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Blanket of Air
  • Nature of Sound
  • Water Cycle
  • Wind and Clouds Aloft
  • Get Your Bearings

Structure and Function

  • Spiders: Web-Builders and Wanderers
  • Tremendous Trees
  • Grasses and Grains
  • Predators and Prey
  • Skull Sleuthing
  • Birds of a Feather
  • Calling All Owls
  • Daunting Defenses
  • Beavers and Muskrats
  • The Buzz on Bees

Cycles in Nature

  • Insect Life Cycles
  • Traveling Seeds
  • Birds on the Wing
  • Winter Ways
  • Sugar Maples
  • Trees in Winter
  • Galls Galore
  • Songbird Songs
  • Dandelions
  • Flowers to Fruit


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