Four Winds at Hiawatha

  • Hiawatha students are enriched by learning about the natural world in monthly, hands-on workshops in their classrooms, and led by volunteers from the school community - parents, grandparents, caregivers, and community members. 

    Learn about Four Winds Nature Institute on their website (link opens a new window.)

    Mission: "Advancing the understanding and appreciation of natural science through community-based environmental education and research."

    Hiawatha Coordinator 

    Becky Black will email Four Winds volunteers the link to view all training videos.  If you have not received the monthly link, email rblack@ewsd.org, to make this request.

    Help Four Winds!

    If you are interested in contributing to the Four Winds effort at Hiawatha, here are three things you could do: 

    • Find out if your classroom needs a Four Winds volunteer, or backup help.
    • Consider volunteering. Each classroom needs two volunteer-teachers to help with the lesson.
      • Time committment: two mornings per month; an 8-10 a.m. training, and your in-classroom time (expect 2 hours, but may involve preparation as well.) 
    • Contribute to the PTO! Our PTO funds half the cost of Four Winds. If you wish your donation to be used exclusively for Four Winds, please write that on the check. For general donations and to learn about Hiawatha PTO, visit the page. [Note: Four Winds also accepts donations to the program, see their website, linked above.] 

    Training Dates & Topics for the 2019-2020 School Year:

    Structure and Function:

    Date                    Topic

    Sept. 12               Spiders
    Oct. 10                 Trees
    Nov. 14                 Predator Prey
    Jan. 9                    Skulls
    Feb. 13                  Birds
    Mar. 12                  Owls
    April 9                    Honeybees