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Curriculum Resources

Spring 2014 - Become an Outdoor Explorer!

Exploring the Great Outdoors

Spending time outside exploring the natural world is fun, and lots of interesting things can be discovered out there. There has been a big push recently to get kids away from their televisions and computers and to encourage them to spend more time recreating outdoors. Many studies have shown that spending time outdoors helps kids to be healthier, reduces childhood obesity, and leads to more active lives. More information about this topic can be found on the Children & Nature Network website.

Exploring the outdoors can take many different formats, ranging from classes held outdoors to hiking and camping, to planting a garden. This issue of Conservationist for Kids looks at some ways that you and your students can explore the outdoors, incorporate it into your classroom lessons, and get kids and their families to become outdoor explorers. Classroom discussions on this topic can include citizen science, journaling, enhancing observational skills, and even lessons on first aid and safety.

Teacher Workshops

For teachers who have participated in a Project WILD or Project Learning Tree workshop, the activities listed below complement the spring 2014 issue of Conservationist for Kids. Visit DEC's Workshops for Educators webpage for information about workshops and how to obtain curriculum and activity guides.

Project WILD:

Playing Lightly on the Earth
Urban Nature Search
Microtrek Treasure Hunt

Project Learning Tree:

Are Vacant Lots Vacant?
People, Places, Things
Schoolyard Safari