A variety of activities on a number of topics are both online (click titles) & downloadable in pdf below. These activities were created by teachers, volunteers and outdoor education experts for complimentary use by schools, non-profit organizations, parents and anyone who wants to help create a more sustainable future. Don't forget to explore some of the career research sites!
PLANTS AND ANIMALS
Students will discover how to tell the age and life events of a tree, estimate tree height, and take an environmental inventory of a specific piece of land. Tree rings teach students the importance of observing nature to understand local environments and discover how major natural events and human activity can affect our natural resources.
Students will compare human skin and sea otter fur and observe finer details of the sea otter fur. They will discover the fur’s function and how it helps sea otters survive their environment, then apply this information to create a diagrammatic representation of the sea otters’ habitat.
This will provide students with extended opportunities to become familiar with different endangered species and to further investigate the impacts of animal extinction. In addition, students will develop critical thinking and persuasive writing skills through a thoughtful analysis of animal endangerment.
ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY
In this activity, students must write a news release or opinion column about their research and a possible school/class survey, then send it to their local media outlet. Ensure a spokesperson(s) has been identified. This activity is a chance for students to voice their opinions on major issues affecting our forests.
The goals of this activity are to encourage students to be more responsible for the production and control of waste in their own lives. Students will analyze their home environments and establish recycling, composting, and energy-saving systems that will lessen their family’s impact on the environment.