Curriculum Materials

We understand that sometimes it can be hard to make it out to the park even though there's an interest in it, so we've provided links that can teach some of the basics about science and nature. We've provided materials that educators can use for at-home programs or when adapting a lesson.

Science for Beginners is an introduction to variables, random chance, measuring, and rules used in science. This program was written for the fourth grade, but a college professor can use it for non-science major college students as an introduction.

Watersheds can be studied at school or at home with this assessment guide. A watershed is assigned points toward good health as students investigate their home surroundings.

Bats and wave physics introduces light and sound waves, comparing our vision with a bat's hearing. Bats are fun to learn about and the physics is simple. The students can use a simple oscilloscope to feel the vibrations their voices make. This program was developed at the request of an early learner teacher and has been a hit ever since. The older mentors that field-tested it with the kindergarten students got as much from it as the target audience.

Soil Assessment is for younger learners up to grade 6. What's in the dirt?

Global Watersheds proves that money changes everything. We think we would, as a society, make ecofriendly decisions, but play money introduces a whole new dimension to decision making. These programs models what happens when municipalities and rural areas vie with each other for water and over pollution.

Wild about Numbers is instruction for setting up spreadsheets and real-life equations that express the relationship between habitat and wildlife to get kids using math. For a sample spreadsheet click here. In Excel, the functions are loaded on the line below the heading Turkey and another function is loaded below the heading Parasites. Water is set and students manipulate numbers in other columns to see the results they get.

Last updated: October 4, 2020

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