New Grasslands Curriculum Available
Montana is full of wild places where kids can cultivate their natural sense of curiosity and urge to explore. This summer, Montana Natural History Center in Missoula teamed up with University of MT’s Dr. John Maron to help get kids outside and develop their skills as budding scientists. Maron, who studies the biology of exotic plant species and foodweb ecology, conducts research in the Blackfoot River valley on the relationships between predators, prey and plant communities. This research also includes an outreach component designed to connect the real-world science taking place with education programs in the community. The curriculum developed through this partnership gets kids outside exploring predator-prey interactions, building mini-naturalist museums, practicing scientific journaling, performing seedling experiments and participating in service learning activities. Lessons are geared toward grades K-5, and include outdoor- and classroom-based activities perfect for summer camps, after school programs and environmental education classes. (Here’s a link…)
The Tamarisk Coalition is a non-profit alliance working to restore riparian lands. Its resource website, www.riparianrestorationconnection.com helps connect the riparian restoration community in the West to funding opportunities, trainings, conferences, events and other education opportunities specifically relevant to invasive species management and riparian restoration efforts in the region.
New EPA Region 8 Student's Blog: The Eco Student
The new Eco Student Blog is intended for students middle school age and up with new postings about every other day. That is where you come in! Please spread the word amongst your contacts about this new resource. The goal is to feature all the great work you and your students are doing. If you have local events, students, contests, etc. that you want to share send your information by email to Wendy Dew, the Region 8 Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator and she’ll post for you!
Bear Trust International seeks motivated high school teachers to receive FREE education materials!
Bear Trust Intnl. is conducting a pilot study to test their newly developed Curriculum Guide to The Bear Book, an innovative education resource targeted for high school students. Their goal is to use wild bear research as a vehicle to inspire and teach skills in conservation, science, math, critical thinking, problem solving, and communications. The Curriculum Guide includes 10 innovative lessons, each lesson meets National Science Standards.
are charismatic animals so they make an ideal vehicle for engaging
students. The Curriculum Guide introduces students to real, wildlife
scientific research and uses “deeper learning” techniques to empower
students and help them explore their potential for achievement. As part
of their education program, they seek to open doors to wildlife research and
demonstrate the exciting process of science, which may otherwise be
undiscovered or unavailable to some students.
Montana Educational Trunk List
A comprehensive list of educational trunks available in Montana. Compiled in 2007 (currently being updated and revised).
Best of Clearing CD-ROM Now Available!
Clearing Magazine has published many original and unique articles on environmental education over the years. Distinguished writers and educators have offered their thoughts and perspectives on a myriad of topics relating to environmental education. Those articles were original to Clearing are not found anywhere else.In addition to those articles, many other individuals throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond shared their best ideas, activities and EE success stories in quarterly issues of Clearing. Such as the unique lesson plan on human and natural systems interactions by Barbara Jackson of Anacortes Middle School.
Now you can have those articles, and many more, for your resource library through the newly published CD-ROM, "The Best of CLEARING," which has just been published and is available for purchase. Now everyone can have a copy of The Best of Clearing so that a historic record of the many great ideas that defined environmental education over the years can be retained. To purchase the CD or learn more click here.
i-Tree Lite Learning Lab (curriculum by US Forest Service)
In this activity, students will discover the benefits of the urban forest around them.
They will take an inventory of trees growing on their school-grounds and calculate
the environmental benefits provided by those the trees. Learn more.
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has teamed up with the newly released film Where the Wild Things Are, to launch Be Out There™, a national campaign to get families and kids to spend daily time outdoors to connect with the natural world. Explore ideas for wild outdoor fun, download the Where The Wild Things Are poster and activity guides, learn ways to find amazing wild creatures, build a fort, and more. Learn More
For over two decades Acorn Naturalists has provided educational resources for science teachers, outdoor educators, naturalists and interpreters. Connecting students with their environment through relevant, thought-provoking, inquiry-oriented activities provides a multitude of benefits. Research has shown that increased contact with the natural world also encourages inquisitive behavior, thus nurturing the next generation of innovators and scientists.
From creative, hands-on kits to field observation equipment, animal skull, scat and track replicas, optical supplies, activity guides, innovative curricula and DVDs, Acorn Naturalists offers an exemplary collection of New Resources for the Trail and Classroom®.
New NAAEE Publication to Help You Evaluate Your EE Programs
By Julie A. Ernst, Martha C. Monroe, and Bora Simmons.
Want to evaluate your EE program, but unsure where to begin? NAAEE has a new resource to help you. Evaluating Your Environmental Education Programs: A Workbook for Practitioners walks you through how to design and conduct an evaluation. Throughout the workbook, 23 exercises ask you to check your understanding (the answers are included). In addition, 47 application exercises point you to tasks that will help you develop your own evaluation. A liberal use of case studies and examples illustrate the concepts in each chapter, and over 45 figures and tables provide graphic representations for visual learners. A case study of one program demonstrates how to use each chapter to conduct an evaluation. NAAEE members can purchase this publication at the discounted rate of $20! Learn More
EETAP Releases New Study: Issues Associated with Nonformal Environmental Education Certification
This study gauged the interest among nonformal environmental educators, their employers, and college/university trainers in certification, the various dimensions of value which they ascribe to certification, and their thoughts about how it might best be implemented. Questions regarding the likelihood of seeking certification, the level of support for developing certification programs, and degree of influence certification might have on hiring practices guided the study. Four populations of respondents were surveyed: nonformal EE practitioners, NAAEE affiliate liaisons, employers of nonformal environmental educators, and college/university faculty. Findings suggest that support for certification varies among these populations. The report identifies six recommendations and details suggested steps to help stakeholders advance development and implementation of state environmental educator certification programs. The study also suggests that certification programs should be considered in the larger and more strategic context of state capacity building. The study was conducted by the Environmental Education Association of Oregon. To read or download the study visit: http://eetap.org/html/new_reports.php
Writing Successful Appeals: A 12-Step Program
Written for The Brainerd Foundation by Ellis M.M. Robinson
Author of The Nonprofit Membership Toolkit published by Jossey-Bass
US Fish & Wildlife News: A Special Issue on children and nature. Editor’s note: Connecting
children with nature is a
theme that clearly resonates
with Service employees.
We received about 100
submissions for this special
issue from all regions and
nearly every Service program.
To accommodate the high
volume of stories, we have
added a regular section
called Around the Service that
highlights events, programs and activities in all Service regions. Stories that did not make it into the print edition eventually will be included in an online version of Fish & Wildlife News, which is
currently under development.
Nature Rocks: This site will help you find all sorts of nature activities, plus tools to help guide and plan your adventures. You’ll also find useful tips and information to help you get into nature without getting over your head. It's fast and easy so you can shut your computer down quickly, open up that door and be on your way in as little as 5 minutes. Nature is closer than you think!
The new book from Wilderness Awareness School "Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature: For Kids of All Ages and their Mentors", is the product of 25 years of experience with thousands of students in nature. Coyote's Guide shares a teaching model that guides parents, teachers and outdoor leaders to share the wonder of nature with kids and adults. It helps address the rapidly shrinking amount of time that today's kids spend outdoors, and provides an opportunity for kids to rediscover nature play as a source of exercise, creativity and joy. For more information, visit Wilderness Awareness School.
Easy-to-Use Climate Change Action Projects for K-12 Students
Facing the Future has released a comprehensive service-learning resource for climate change. The Climate Change Action Project Database includes more than 25 ready-to-use action projects that will prepare students to understand and take action on climate change. The online database provides:
Meaningful projects to fulfill graduation requirements
Ideas for transforming classroom learning on into action
Project details and contact information needed to get started
Options for projects that take place both on and off school grounds
Thanks to funding from the McKibben Merner Family Foundation, these service-learning projects are accessible free. Click Here