These puzzle pieces are later presented to the keepers of the circle to solve the mystery and find the treasure. During this morning session, the staff helps the students relate to the prairie habitat and understand the history of prairie destruction. Later, students are given the chance to save a prairie threatened by development.
Through this process, students learn and use skills including map and compass reading, field guide use, tracking and deductive reasoning.
After the morning programs, children are introduced to the Producer, Consumer, and Decomposer. These three costumed staff members perform a short skit and provide the students with The program concludes with the presentation of “Keeper of the Circle” coins to each student. These coins represent the student’s responsibility to pass the secrets of the treasure to future generations to preserve our natural resources.