The Intersessions Program
In the Fall of 2014, PRLC started the Intersessions program. Each teacher (and many guest speakers!) present different topic choices to the students, ranging from constructing pinewood derby cars to origami and learning about the "Behind the Scenes" of Wildlife Prairie Park. Our Intersession groups meet for an hour every other Friday during our normally scheduled P.E. time. If you are interested in being a guest speaker for one of our Intersession topics, please get in touch with us!
Mike the Bison
The environmental education classes at PRLC have an amazing class pet for the winter! Mike the Bison is currently residing just outside our doors. The students have the privilege and responsibility of feeding Mike once a day and monitoring his health and water twice a day. Students also enjoy giving him treats of alfafa squares on occasion. Mike will be with us until spring, at which time he will return to his home on the Adventure Trek route.
The students enrolled in our Publications class are responsible for the PRLC Yearbook, PRLC Newsletter, Graduation Video and Slideshow presentations and our creative arts journal, Trace the Tracks, published yearly in the Spring.
PRLC Science Classes
Our science classes are greatly enhanced by the park environment. Mr. Friedrich uses the park to enhance his project based science curriculum.
In the fall of 2015, our physical science class built and tested underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). The materials for the ROVs were supplied through a grant through the Office of Naval Research and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. The students spent several weeks assembling the robots. This included assembling the frame, soldering the circuit board, and adjusting the buoyancy of the vehicle. The whole school was present for the official testing that took place in one of the ponds here at WPP. The students enjoyed being able to maneuver their ROVs and watching video footage from onboard cameras.
PRLC & Wildlife Prairie Park's Aviary Project
In the spring of 2014 Wildlife Prairie Park was looking to redesign their aviary. The Park staff worked with the students at Peoria Regional Learning Center to design the cages and landscape of the new aviary as well as choose new birds birds of prey to display at the park.