Materials For Loan

To reserve and pick up these education materials, call the education office at (219) 395-1885. All education materials must be picked up and returned to the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.

Biodiversity Institute: Science Teaching Network 2003: Environment-Based Service Learning. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.
This package includes an activity book focusing on what biodiversity is, why it is important, its current status and how we can protect it. Also has a supplemental slide set (40 color slides), and background information on mapping the environment, threats to biodiversity, protection, and service learning.

Biodiversity in Illinois: Activities for Young People. Illinois Natural History Survey.
This is a supplement to grades 5-10 biology and environment textbooks. Activities are aimed to help young people become aware of the vast array of life that inhibits the Earth, especially our neighboring state. You can also indicate the value of biologic diversity and demonstrate how humans interact with other organisms and the environment.

Teacher's Guide to "Tree-Mendous" Plants.
This guide furthers student's scientific and creative thinking by teaching them how to identify tree parts, place trees into classifications, and how humans depend on trees and plants. Students keep a tree diary over the course of the school year, as they record their observations of the tree as it changes. Also included are lesson plans, activities, and an overview of different types of trees. Grades 3-4.

Butternut Educational Packet. Indiana Department of Natural Resources- Division of Forestry. Project Learning Tree. 2000.
This packet includes twelve lesson plans aimed at grades 9-12, covering topics of forestry management, forestry careers, the definition of forestry, and other related themes. Also learn about the historical use of the butternut tree as everything from a dye to a hair product to medicine. Explore and learn the different tree parts, as well as differences from other trees. Find out how the butternut canker lead to the decline of the butternut tree in our country.

Biological Diversity makes for a World of Difference: A curriculum for teachers and interpreters. National Park Service.
This binder includes ten units, each with separate lessons and pre-site, on-site, and post-site activities. The units cover biodiversity, extinction, the role of the National Park Service, habitats, adaptations, and more. Educating the public was identified as the first step in preserving biological diversity by the National Park Service in its service wide initiative to preserve a variety of life in the parks and elsewhere.

Illinois Biodiversity Basics: A biodiversity education program. 2002.
The goal of this booklet is to provide Illinois educators with a method to introduce students to local biodiversity concepts, issues, and conservation. The four major themes include the definition of biodiversity, its status and importance, and ways we can protect it. Numerous activities follow. Grades 5-8.

WOW! Windows on the Wild. A biodiversity primer. World Wildlife Fund.
This 68-page, student-friendly, color magazine is full of incredibly interesting facts and stories from around the world. It covers biodiversity topics from what this word means to natural disasters in the formats of stories, comics, rap-songs, interviews, and photographs.

WOW! Windows on the Wild: Biodiversity Basics. Student Book.
This booklet of ready-to-copy activities is grouped into four chapters which relate to the status of biodiversity, how we can protect it, what it is, and why it's important.The goal of WOW is to educate people of all ages about biodiversity and to stimulate critical thinking, discussion, and informed decision making on the behalf of the environment.

Illinois: A Study in Diversity. Video Study Guide. Illinois Natural History Survey.
This study guide accompanies the video 'Illinois: A Study in Diversity', and provides background information for educators to stimulate discussion, as well as several classroom activities for students to complete which emphasize various issues from the video.

Windows on the Wild: Biodiversity Basics. An educator’s guide to exploring the web of life.
This book helps learners of all ages explore the incredible web of life. Since biodiversity touches nearly every aspect of our lives, the activities included cover a variety of topics, everything from genetics to chewing gum to population growth! Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth, including the array of plants, animals, microbes, and the habitats they live in/depend on! WOW explores the complexity of biodiversity and looks at it within scientific, social, political, cultural, and economic contexts.

Materials For Loan - Energy and Waste Reduction

To reserve and pick up these education materials, call the education office at (219) 395-1885.

All education materials must be picked up and returned to the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education.


Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste. Project Learning Tree: Secondary Environmental Education Program.
This module will help students become more aware of the wastes they generate after they complete activities about potential human health and environmental problems related to burying or burning waste. They will also learn about the natural resources that are lost when materials are discarded. As a result of this learning, students will be able to work out solutions and make more informed choices.

Energy and Society Kit. Project Learning Tree.
This kit includes an activity guide, music CD, multiple posters, and music and dance video geared towards students in kindergarten to grade 8. The kit teaches students about energy sources and uses, and helps them to understand how individual and collective choices concerning energy use affect not only their lives, but also the entire planet. Encourages students to develop critical thinking skills to make decisions about personal energy use. Grades Pre-K- 8.

Going Places, Making Choices: Transportation and the environment curriculum for grades 9-12.
This kit is composed of a resource booklet and five individual units that investigate different environmental and social aspects of transportation. The kit helps student to: make informed transportation choices, use critical thinking to take meaningful action, and grow in personal commitment to the environment. Units cover history of transportation, natural resources and energy use, climate change and air pollution, land use, going places, making choices, and taking action.

Nature's Recyclers: Activity guide. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
This activity book is intended to help you teach about nature recycling, cycles in nature, and the important role people must play in recycling our natural resources. Activities are organized into categories: on-site/take home, games, crafts, songs, plays, and exhibits. It reminds us that while humans are sorting out glass, paper, and aluminum for recycling, nature's recyclers are hard at work turning dead plants and animals back into usable nutrients for new plants and animals.

Materials For Loan - Air and Climate


Where's the Air?
An educational kit about the science of air quality, and the social behavior that affects the air. Kit includes poster, teacher's activity guide, and a CD-ROM, which has games for children near the age of 10 years old. All other resources are suitable for all ages.

Clean Air, Healthy Children: A teacher's guide and activities for young children.
Educational materials t are desihatgned to introduce children to the concepts of respiratory health, air quality, and caring for the environment. Thorough background information is included for the educator.

Materials For Loan - Endangered Species

Saving an Endangered Butterfly: A teachers guide to leading a hike in Miller Woods at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
The careful studies of the endangered Karner Blue Butterflies' life cycle have helped park rangers develop a plan for its survival. This guide contains activities that relate to this theme.

Materials For Loan - Invasive and Exotic Species


Invasive Species Field Course. Inland Seas Education Association.
This folder contains a broad range of information from the 2003 workshop. An excellent overview of invasive species of the Great Lakes, including plants, animals, plankton, and diatoms. Folder provides teacher with articles, handbooks, field guides, and general information on exotics such as the sea lamprey and zebra mussels. Also includes a list of resources, and a curriculum unit with five lessons designed to guide students through an exploration of the nature of the invasive species problem.

Exotic Species Compendium of Activities to Protect the Ecosystem. Sea Grant.
This compendium provides educators with numerous activities for grades K-8 focusing on general exotic species information as well as on specific species, such as zebra mussels, purple loosestrife, and sea lamprey. Also contains a video on zebra mussels, and a CD-ROM with games and songs.

Biologic Control of Purple Loosestrife: a 4-H Leader's Guide and Manual. Sea Grant.
A manual developed to help high school students understand how to control purple loosestrife using a natural predator. Includes learn-by-doing activities and reviews the problems caused by purple loosestrife.

Exotic Aquatics of the Move: 2000 Workshop. Sea Grant.
This packet consists of background information on the geography and social studies standards, distribution of species, control and monitoring of exotics, fact sheets, classroom activities and lesson plans, all with an emphasis on geography.

Purple Loosestrife Workshop Binder. 2003.
A binder that provides educators with educational and outreach tools to teach the impacts of invasive species, specifically purple loosestrife on wetland habitats. Monitoring and biocontrol information is also included, as well as activities and lesson plans that engage students in thinking about how to control the problem, exotics, wetlands, and diversity. Grades 6-12.

Legacy of a Pest. Illinois Natural History Survey. 1988.
This binder provides science teachers with an exceptional resource to use in teaching the relationships between science, technology, and society. It supplements materials on insects or ecology. Lesson plans and activities encourage students to explore a biological problem, the leaf-eating gypsy moth that is responsible for the defoliation of many of America's forests, and its impact on society and the environment.

Purple Loosestrife Project. Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University. 1999.
This project was initiated to help control the spread of purple loosestrife in a novel way. It includes teacher background information and student lesson plans and activities that review the plant, the problem, the solution, and citizen involvement on the project. Overall, the project requires 15-20 classroom hours spread throughout the year, and gets students involved in actually rearing and releasing purple loosestrife's natural enemy, the Galerucella Beetle. Upper elementary.

Materials For Loan - Lakes and Water

The Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book. 1995.
This book is intended to convey an understanding of the Great Lakes' aquatic system, how they have changed, their natural resources, how people effect and are affected by them, today's concerns for them, and their management history.

Always a River: Supplemental environmental education curriculum on the Ohio River and water. EPA.1991.
This curriculum focuses on the environmental aspects of water and the Ohio River. Hands-on activities may be integrated into broad existing curricula for grades K-8. Primary units include: "Human Use," "The River and its Ecosystem", "Physical, Chemical, and Biological Aspects of Water," "Current and Historic Influence" and Impact on the Ohio River."

Our Great Lakes Connection: A curriculum guide for grades K-8. 1985.
This curriculum includes two dozen activities designed to help you share the fascination of the Great Lakes with your students. It includes background for the teacher, questions for discussion, student activities, maps, readings, pictures, game boards, and resource references. Overall, this guide covers a broad array of fun, interesting topics about the lakes.

Paddle-to-the-Sea: Supplemental curriculum activities for use with Holling Clancy Holling's children's book Paddle-to-the-Sea.
This book has activities and lessons relating to a variety of aspects of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River, which connects to the Atlantic Ocean. The activities cover geography, math, animal tracking, energy flow, the food web, natural resources, iron-ore, fishing, industry, history, forest fires, and more. Grades 3-6.

Wetlands are Wonderlands: Leader/Teacher Guide. 4-H Marine Education Series- 1. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. 1991.
This guide contains information about concepts necessary for the understanding of wetlands, answers to question and discussion sections, background information for activities, and resources for teaching aids and further information. After all, wetlands are one of our most needed and least understood resources. Grades 6-8.

Wetlands are Wonderlands: Member/Youth Guide. 4-H Marine Education Series- 1. Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant. 1991.
This special guide is designed for youth interested in learning and doing aquatic science activities that can help the environment. The project provides some basic information about wetlands with one or more activities for each of the six sections. Learn about what a wetland is, the value of wetlands, the types of and products garnered from wetlands, wetland destruction, and wetland regulation. Grades 6-8.

Great Lakes in My World. Alliance for the Great Lakes. 2005.
This exciting K-8 curriculum addresses Great Lakes state learning standards and benchmarks through science, social studies, and language arts activities. Eighty activities are presented through six units focusing on the Lakes, Sand Dunes, Wetlands, Human Activities, History, and Geology & Water Flow. A set of 60 Great Lakes Creature Cards and a CD come with the guide.

Project Wild- Aquatic: K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide.
Project Wild is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. This guide serves as an invitation to explore and understand the fascinating world of water and the aquatic habitats it supports. The goal of Project Wild is to assist learners of all ages in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment resulting in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. There are 48 great activities in the three sections titled: "Ecological Knowledge," "Social and Political Knowledge," and "Sustaining Fish and Wildlife Resources".

Great Lakes Solution Seeker: Environmental data and activities for teaching about the Great Lakes.
The purpose of the Great Lakes Seeker is to provide the learner with a rich resource of the Great Lakes information and ideas for using the information to solve problems related to these waters. The CD is designed for use by both Macintosh and WinTel computer platforms, and contains a vast collection of information gathered from various Internet sites. It contains information, activities, graphics, and data on numerous sites in the Great Lakes areas of concern. This manual is intended to be a brief introduction to the power and potential of Solution Seeker, but feel free to jump right in!

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands: An educators guide.
The first part of WOW is filled with background material for any type of educators preparing wetland study units or presentations. The rest of the guide is packed with proven wetland activities that are correlated with the National Science Education Standards developed by the National Academy of Sciences. Taken as a whole, wetland environments are an important factor in maintaining global health, and are powerful places in which to learn.

The Great Lakes: An environmental atlas and resource book. Government of Canada and US Environmental Protection Agency.
This booklet provides educators and students alike with a great wealth of information to gain a strong background knowledge of the Great Lakes. Six chapters cover an Introduction to the Great Lakes, Natural Processes, People, Concerns, Management, and New Directions for the Great Lakes community. Each chapter is full of colorful and informational maps, diagrams, and photographs.

Great Lakes Environmental Issues. ES-EAGLS (Earth Systems- Environmental Activities for Great Lakes Schools). Ohio Sea Grant.
ES-EAGLS are designed to take a concept or idea from the existing school curriculum and develop it in a Great Lakes context, using teaching approaches and materials appropriate for students in middle and high school. Activities fit into four topics: "Resources and Reactions," "Great Lakes Water Quality," "Watershed and Basin Issues," and "Oil and Pollution". Each activity is a question waiting to be explored.

Project WET- Curriculum and activity guide K-12. Water education for teachers.
Project WET, established in 1984, is an ever-growing nonprofit water education program for educators and young people, grades K-12. The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready activities that are hands-on, easy to use, and fun!

Materials For Loan - Video Collection

Children of the River PBS - New Explorers series 30 min., Jr.. High School - Adult (Water cycles, Ecology, Environmental Education, Freshwater Life, Pollution, Social Studies)
This story deals with how school children and their teacher can affect change through studying and understanding local ecosystems. Reports on a Native American community near Detroit whose traditional culture is threatened by industrial pollution in the Great Lakes. By joining Global Rivers Environmental Education Network community members learn to monitor water quality in their river and speak out against polluters. Emphasizes the participation of children who will someday make environmental decisions of their own.
Supplements: Selected activities furnished by Global Environmental Education Network, Izaak Walton League, Chicago Academy of Sciences, list of further resources.

Common Miracles
Sky Schultz - Local Duneland Filmmaker. 29 min., Elementary-Adult (Ecology, Conservation, Indiana Dunes, Great Lakes)
This video depicts wonders of plant and animal life which exist in the highly industrialized regions surrounding southern Lake Michigan, and helps create a greater appreciation for everyday nature in any region. Excellent springboard for discussions.
Supplements: Synopsis, species list, vocabulary words, statements from narration to discuss, brief profile of the poet Carl Sandburg and excerpts from his writings, suggestions for further reading.

Dunes to Forest "The Indiana Dunes" By Dr. William Beecher of Chicago Academy of Sciences. Chicago Academy of Sciences, 32 min., 7th grade - Adult (Geology Indiana Dunes, Plant Succession, Ecology)
A technical coverage of the geological and biological development of the Indiana Dune country from sandy beach to mature forest. Thorough treatment yet lighthearted.

Exploring Science Writing: An Environmental Focus
Recycling: It's Everybody's Job
National Geographic, 20 min., Grades 4-6 (Waste Production, Recycling, Conservation)
This video explains and explores recycling: students bring garbage to school and sort it; items to be recycled arc followed to a separation plant, and then to a recycling plant. Ways to recycle items at home are also covered, as are the conservation and economic benefits of recycling

The Fresh Water Pond
Encyclopedia Britannica, 16 min., Jr. High - High School (Pond Life, Interdependence, Predator/Prey Relationships)
This video depicts pond organisms, from microscopic level to sizable animals such as beaver and herons. Emphasizes interrelationships of organisms, and their various adaptations for breathing, locomotion, predation, and protection.

Fresh Water: Resource at Risk
National Geographic, 28 min., Middle School - High School (Water Pollution, Service Learning)
This video examines threats to North America's water supply and actions taken to protect this resource. Begins in the Great Lakes region, where students test for pollution in rivers, and covers water supply issues in the Great Plains, the Southwest, and South Florida.

Great Lakes Alive! -The Great Experiment
Films for the Humanities and Sciences - 60 min. High School - Adult (Great Lakes, Water Pollution, Bioaccumulation)
This film examines the introduced chemicals and their effects on the waters of the Great Lakes basin. Wildlife of the lakes and their consumers, other wildlife and humans, are defined as populations at risk. Up-to-date research is revealing shocking consequences.

Great Lakes Alive! -To the Last Drop
Films for the Humanities and Sciences - 60 min. High School - Adult (Great Lakes, Global Warming, Natural Resources)
This film considers strategies for coping with a warming climate. The U.S. and Canada are sharing the largest freshwater body in the world. Therefore, they are cooperatively devising a plan to protect its quality and to provide security for the future population.

Great Lakes Alive!- Restoring The Balance Films for the Humanities and Sciences - 60 min. High School - Adult (Great Lakes, Exotic Species)
The film shows how the U.S. and Canada share one of the world's largest freshwater fisheries and how they must now balance their needs with the needs of the latest invader species. Once a unique ecosystem, the Great Lakes are now home to many exotic species such as the Zebra Mussel and the European Ruffe.

The Geology of the Indiana Sand Dunes
Instructional Video, 23 min., Middle School - Adult (Geology, Sand Dune Development, Plant Life)
A video that should be used before a dunes field trip to better understand the development of dunes and their underlying geology. Can be a replacement for the field trip, but we suggest the "getting sand in your shoes" technique. Good introduction to succession, although the "Dunes to Forest" video does a more thorough treatment to that concept.
Supplements: Teacher's guide

A Home for Pearl
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and Colorado Division of Wildlife - Four episodes, totaling approx. 70 min., Elementary - Jr. High. (Habitat, Wildlife , Conservation)
This video highlights the adventures of three children rescuing a baby robin, attracting rabbits to good habitat, visiting a national wildlife refuge, and helping release an eagle to the wild. Teaches about wildlife habitat and heightens awareness of what wildlife needs to survive. Young viewers also learn about the difference between wild and domestic animals, urban wildlife, predators, endangered species, and the effects of habitat loss. In four parts that can be integrated into elementary curriculum: The Robin (20 min.); Habitat Diversity (15 min.); Predators (15 min.); The Right Home for Pearl (20 min.)
Supplements: A study guide from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service includes projects, games and exercises.

The Inland Pond
Wm J. Jahoda, PhD., Professor of Biology -14 min., Elementary- Middle School (Ecology, Pond Life, Food Chains)
This video teaches about inter-relationships and interactions of organisms in an inland pond. Touches upon basic ecology, natural history and wildlife identification.
Supplements: Synopsis, list of organisms shown in film with comments and suggestions for further study. Leaflet about frogs and toads included.

It's All Connected (The Adults' Version)
Lake Michigan Federation - 11 min., Middle School - Adult (Water Cycle, Household Pollution Prevention)
A comic presentation of a serious problem: how toxic household chemicals make their way from the drain back into our drinking water supplies because "it's all connected." Includes constructive suggestions for making and using less harmful household products. Focus is on water use in Lake Michigan, but message is universal.
Supplements: Guide to Non-toxic Cleaners, includes information on how to obtain other teaching materials from The Alliance for the Great Lakes.

It's All Connected (The Kids' Version)
Same as previous, but geared to elementary to middle school students.

Journey of the Blob
Bullfrog Films, 10 min., Elementary (Water Pollution, Water Cycle)
A short nonverbal depiction for young viewers of how water dumped into a nearby stream travels through the water cycle to re-emerge at the tap. One of several short segments on the same tape.

Leave No Trace
National Park Service, 10 minutes, all ages (Outdoor Recreation, Low-Impact)
This video and DVD introduces the ideas and principle behind the "Leave No Trace" philosophy for enjoying the outdoors. It builds awareness, appreciation, and respect for the great outdoors and encourages people to take a personal role in preserving the outdoor experience for future generations.

The Life of the Lakes: The Great Lakes Fishery
Presented by Dr. Sylvia Earle (a marine biologist and former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), Michigan Sea Grant, Michigan State University, 58 minutes (Great Lakes, Fisheries)
This video presents information about the history of the Great Lakes fishery, and speculates where it is headed in the future.

National Film Board of Canada - 28 min., Elementary-Middle school (Great Lakes, Geography History, Environment, Water Cycles)
A classic video of a classic story. This is an adaptation of Holling C. Holling's prize-winning children's book. Narrated live footage follows Paddle-to-the-Sea (a small wooden carving of an Indian in a canoe), as he drifts from the shores of Lake Superior to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, through a variety of environments and adventures.
Supplements: Extensive curriculum activities for Paddle-To-The-Sea for grades 3-6.

The Rise and Fall of the Great Lakes
National Film Board of Canada, 17 min., 1972, K- Adult (Geology, Geography, History, Environmental Concerns)
This video explains the formation of the Great Lakes in simple terms through the eyes of a canoe paddler. This fun and musical trip through time and space remains a classic!

Respect the Power DVD - * 7 Different Water Safety Videos * Interactive Games * Water Safety Quiz * Separate menus for young children and for teens through adults - Learn how and why RIP CURRENTS form and what to do if caught in one.

Silent Spring Rachel Carson's PBS - American Experience series - 60 min., Jr. High - Adult (Ecology, Environment, Affecting Change, Women in Science)
This video tells the story of how one scientist's courage changed the way we think about our world. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1963, her message about the environment as an interrelated organic system struck a popular nerve. Silent Springsparked a revolution in government environmental policy and became instrumental in creating a new ecological consciousness. Supplements: PBS study guide including synopsis, objectives, discussion, suggested activities and readings.

Succession: From Sand Dunes to Forest
Encyclopedia Britannica -13 min., Middle School - High School (Ecology, Plant Succession, Ecological Communities, Indiana Dunes)
This is a video on the succession of plant and animal communities as exemplified in the Indiana Dunes when proceeding from the open beach to older or more protected sites. Physical factors such as light, moisture, wind, and soil type are shown to influence biological communities, while at the same time biological communities modify the physical factors.
Supplements: Encyclopedia Britannica leaflet with suggested classroom activities.

So Little Time
Dept. of Interior, Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, featuring the late Roger Tory Peterson. 28 min., Middle school- Adult (Conservation, Habitat, Waterfowl Hunting, Migration)
An environmental film showing waterfowl and other wildlife sharing marsh and field. Covers migratory routes and factors contributing to declines in bird populations. Offers suggestions for actions by all of us.
Supplements: Synopsis, species list, vocabulary words, statements from narration to discuss, brief profile of the conservationist Aldo Leopold, and excerpts from his writings, suggestions for further activities.

A Study in Diversity
Illinois Department of Natural Resources, 15 minutes

The Story of Ecosystems
Hawkill Films, 18 min., 5th - 8th grade(Ecology, Food Chains, Chemical Cycles, Energy Flow)
A live-action color film exploring the basic concepts that make up an ecosystem. Answers the question "What is Ecology?" - and why it is important to know the answer. Use to teach basics or to review.
Supplements: Teacher's supplement and reproducible student game.

Waste Water: An Environmental Resource
East Chicago Sanitary District and Aquatic Research Center, 1996, 10 min., Elementary - Adult
(Ecology, Great Lakes species, Water Quality)
This video tells the amazing story of the ecosystem that developed as a result of high quality effluent outflow from East Chicago's Wastewater Treatment Facility. Freshwater sponges, Chinook salmon and a rich, diverse aquatic habitat are explored, as well as the unique features of this tertiary wastewater treatment facility.
Supplements: Lively simulation game of the life history of salmon in Lake Michigan.

What is Ecology
Encyclopedia Britannica, 19 min., High School (Ecology, Ecosystems)
This video covers essential concepts of ecology for students at the high school level. Deciduous forest ecosystem emphasized as example; pond, desert, and rocky shore systems are also portrayed.

Materials For Loan - Miscellaneous


Our backyard Biosphere Reserve: Education Modules on Great Smoky Mountains National Park Biosphere Reserve and the Southern Appalachian Region. 1988.
The primary objective of this binder is to provide children within the South Appalachian region with relevant biosphere education materials to incorporate into existing curricula. Also to provide other biosphere reserve educators throughout the world with a model and procedure for developing materials for their own region. The Man and the Biosphere Program (MAB) began in 1970 to demonstrate how people can live in harmony with each other and the natural world. Aimed at students in grades K-8.

Hooked on Fishing- Not on Drugs: A teacher/fishing instructor's guide. 1995.
This guide focuses on preventing drug use through sport fishing and aquatic resources education. It can be integrated into health/physical education, guidance, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, or music courses. The binder also includes ‘The Aquatic Resources Education Curriculum’, which is designed to be used in a beginning sport fishing class. The goals of this booklet are even broader in as it also teaches fish biology, aquatic communities and food chains, water management and conservation, and personal commitment to the outdoors. Grades K-12.

Go Fish IN: Crew captains program manual.
An innovative curriculum designed to help educators teach their students about Indiana's aquatic resources. Provides educators with a framework and the educational tools to teach students about aquatic ecology, angling skills, and outdoor ethics. Designed for pre-event, event, and post-event activities, where the event ranges from a fishing trip to a 15-minute outdoor activity. Middle School.

Project Wild: Correlation's of the Project Wild and Project Wild Aquatic K-12 curriculum and activity guides to the National Science Education Standards.
The standards provide a set of criteria that you can measure the quality of science education. The correlation's document allows educators to identify which of the standards are addressed by each Wild activity, in either the Project Wild or Project Wild Aquatic K-12 curriculum and activity guide. This document is separated into three sections based on grade level k-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

Materials For Loan - Wildlife

Discover Butterflies! An activity book for families, students, and teachers.
This activity book is divided into six chapters which focus on important aspects of butterflies and their fascinating lives. Each chapter begins with a section of background information, followed by activities which relate to and reinforce the chapter’s theme. Chapters focus on butterfly basics, metamorphosis, behavior, conservation, monarch butterfly watching, crafts, and resources.

The Changing Forest: Forest Ecology. Project Learning Tree: Secondary Environmental Education Program.
The activities in this module are designed to encourage students to explore and learn about forest ecosystems through hands-on discovery and experimentation. Their investigations will help them appreciate the diversity of life in forests, understand interrelationships in forest ecosystems, and develop an awareness of the importance of forests in our daily lives, how they can play a role in management decisions about forests, and what factors shape the development of forests.

Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on Forests. Project Learning Tree: Secondary Environmental Education Program.
This program uses forest issues as the focus. Students will learn how to investigate and define an environmental issue, identify key players and points of view, generate alternative solutions, recognize and weigh trade-offs, listen to their peers, and make personal and group decisions. Students should also be able to present arguments clearly and minimize bias, explain how governments and private citizens are involved in managing forests, define personal attitudes and values about forests, explain why it is important to have scientific information when making decisions about forests issues, and describe who they can play a role in management decisions about forests.

Materials For Loan - The World / Environment

Advancing Education through Environmental Literacy. The Harbinger Institute.
This packet includes the CD-ROM ‘Meeting Standards Naturally’- A compendium of free activities to promote academic excellence and environmental literacy. It also teaches students how to use the environment as a focal point for top-quality education and as a means for developing essential skills.

Journey to Planet Earth: Action Kit. 2002.
An interdisciplinary environmental education and action curriculum designed to compliment the "Journey to Planet Earth" PBS television series. This series explores the fragile relationship between people and the natural world we inhabit. Global issues such as how long term health and well being are related to nature are covered in the kit. The kit includes engaging activities on four main topics- soil, water, air, and health. A 28-minute video entitled "Introducing Journey to Planet Earth" takes us to eight different locations around the world to explore some of these issues and the relationship of man and nature.

Exploring Environmental Issues: Focus on risk. Project Learning Tree: Secondary Environmental Education Program.
This module focuses on teaching students how to think about complex environmental issues. Students will learn how risk is defined by risk assessors, how it is evaluated, communicated and perceived, and begin to identify risks, costs, and benefits associated with environmental issues. Once they learn the basics of risk, they will be able to apply their knowledge and skills to environmental issues, public policy issues, and personal decisions.

Introductory Handbook for the Secondary Modules. Project Learning Tree.
PLT's secondary environmental education program offers a series of learning modules that deal with current environmental topics and issues. The handbook serves as a companion piece to the modules and is intended to be used as a resource with them. This handbook provides background information on PLT's history, revision process, mission, goals and methods, conceptual framework and themes, module components, and teaching goals.

Project Wild: K-12 Curriculum and Activities Guide.
This guide serves as an invitation to explore and understand the fascinating world of water and the aquatic habitats it supports. There are 122 activities inside this guidebook, which focus on wildlife living on land, but also provides aquatic extensions for most activities. Project Wild is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing wildlife. The goal of Project Wild is to assist learners of all ages in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment resulting in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.

Project Learning Tree: Education activity guide.
Project Learning Tree's guide activities are 'classroom friendly' and easily fit into busy classroom schedules and curriculums. Since the early 1970's, Project Learning Tree has been recognized as one of the primer environmental education programs in the world. It is not just about trees; it's about the total environment: land, air, and water, and it's local, national, and global in scope. Pre K-8.

Advanced Project Learning Tree. Fire Workshop. 1995.
This guide's activities are designed to offer intellectually stimulating, sometimes physically active, education in basic concepts of wildfire ecology and fire fighting. Includes educational coloring pages, a Guide to Prescribed Fire in Southern Forests, A Teachers Guide to Fire Ecology in the Southeast United States, informational brochures and newsletters on fire safety, and several beautiful colored pages of different plants and animals that fires negatively affect. As more people settle into forested areas, wildfires become increasingly more difficult to control. Prevention is the most inexpensive management tool and education is the key to prevention.

Exploring Science Writing: An environmental focus. Sea Grant.
The purpose of this binder is to introduce students to writing to the lay public about a few of the many public issues that affect the ecosystems in which we live. Contains excerpts and information on common issues and assignments for students.

Materials For Loan - Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

A Day at the Dunes: A curriculum for teachers to lead a self-guided hike to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Pre-site activities in this curriculum increase student’s knowledge of adaptations, habitats, communities, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.The West Beach Succession Trail is the suggested trail for the hike. Post-site activities review critical resource issues and problems facing the park today.

Educators Guide to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. 1991.
This is a guide designed to help you benefit from the environmental education resources available at the national lakeshore. Includes outlines of ranger guided activities to assist you in visiting the park with your students on your own.

Service-Learning in the National Park Service: Advice for teachers. Parks as Classrooms.
The booklet reviews frequently asked questions about service-learning, describes how you can become involved, and gives an example of what you can do with your classroom in the national lakeshore. This describes a method of teaching and learning that combines academic work with service to the community.

Last updated: January 25, 2018

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Porter, IN 46304


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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center phone number.

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