Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nature Net News Blast Spring 2011

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Swing into Spring with Nature Net!

The buds are just staring to sprout and children are ready to go outside and explore, and that's why it's the best time of year for nature education!

Check out Tricks of the Trail for tips on taking kids outside. Refresh yourself with our teacher workshops and set up informative outdoor fieldtrips quickly and easily with the resources below. Once you have some ideas, visit the Natural Teacher's Network and pledge to become a Natural Teacher this spring!

Dear Teachers,

Happy Earth Day! The Earth Day season is a great time to find the finest and newest environmental education resources - read on for more ideas and information.

Earth Day (April 22) is this week. Earthday.org has a great curricular resource on the history of the environmental movement. Visit this site for K-12 lesson plans, photos, visuals, vocabulary, books, bios on environmentalists and more!

You can also celebrate Earth Day by taking action! Your class, school and entire community can participate in Earth Day Network's Billion Acts of Green by organizing events and activities and pledging to green acts, large and small.

EARTH: the Operators' Manual also has a great site for educators. View segments of the PBS special everyone is talking about, including activity ideas, a glossary, and correlated standards, all geared specifically for use in your classroom!

National Environmental Education Week just wrapped up and you can still access their resources year-round. Find lessons and resources on a range of topics, from oceans to energy.

Teacher Workshops

Be sure to visit Nature Net's listing of local workshops for educators and others! From invasive species identification and watershed education to storytelling and nature writing, learn about a variety great opportunities in southern Wisconsin this spring and summer - check back often for updates!

Fieldtrip Resources

With the spring fieldtrip season quickly approaching, check out Nature Net's fieldtrip resources. Use Smart Tours to plan your day, and don't forget about Nature Express — a transportation reimbursement program that provides funds for nature fieldtrip buses to qualifying teachers. Bring a fellow teacher to a new Nature Net site, or visit them all with Nature Express!

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