EE / CE Supports and WILD Resources from Iowa Conservation Education Coalition
Iowa Learning Farms: Iowa Learning Farms is building a culture of conservation, calling attention to the importance of improved water and soil quality through conservation farming practices, from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Iowa Young Birders
Teacher resources from the Iowa DNR: Iowa Department of Natural Resources environmental education resources for teachers and youth leaders.
Water Rocks! - A site creating a new public awareness toward the many issues surrounding water.
15 Minute Field Trips
Animal Diversity: Searchable online database and research for teachers sponsored in part by the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.
Connecting Kids and Nature, Mind Body Spirit fact sheet (PDF), Be Out There, full report (PDF), and Ranger Rick's magazines and apps from the National Wildlife Federation
Conservation Connect: This web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), aims to connect youth, ages 9-13 (although any age is encouraged to enjoy), with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers. Each 5-7 minute episode of Conservation Connect will feature a specialist and include footage of a species. Viewers are encouraged to spend time outdoors, observe wildlife in their own communities, and learn more about natural resource conservation. On the third Wednesday of every month at 2:00pm ET, students have the opportunity to view a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Connect episode. Click here for past episodes and information!
Educator Resources - National Wildlife Federation
Feathered Friends Activities - Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdSleuth K-12, Engaging science activities using your local birds!
Field investigations create an essential link between classroom activities and what students see and experience outside the school settings. These investigations can provide students with examples of how the science concepts they learn in class are used in everyday life and encourage students to ask questions, explore, observe, and investigate their local environment. Direct observation can provide a stimulating and rewarding experience for you and your students. Outdoor experiences in nature increase students’ problem solving abilities and motivation to learn in social studies, science, language arts, and math. Conducting classroom field investigations help students become systems thinkers, learn the skills of scientific inquiry, and understand that science doesn’t only happen in a laboratory or classroom. Learn more about field investigations and scientific inquiry with these great resources:
Manual of Instructional Materials for Teachers and Naturalists Teaching about Fungi: Grades K-12 - North American Mycological Association
Nature Works Everywhere: Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe alongside Nature Conservancy scientists. Interactive lesson plans align to standards and can be customized for each classroom.
North American Conservation Education Strategy: The toolkit contains resources developed by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies to support conservation educators.
Project Bluestem Curriculum - Friends of Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Resources for Investigating Evidence - BirdSleuth - The Cornell Lab
Beetles - Resources for Outdoor Science Programs
Schoolyard Habitats - National Wildlife Federation
Science Experiments with Water - While we don't endorse any particular water filter company, we are tickled that they link to many cool activities with water!
Seeing Nature - You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished, you’ll know absolutely nothing whatsoever about the bird... so let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing That’s what counts! I learned very early on the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something. ~Richard Feynman, physicist
The Leopold Education Project - The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the essays in A Sand County Almanac.
US Geological Survey (USGS) Education Resources
USGS Kids - Science Explorer
Virtual owl pellet dissection from KidWings!