E-Learning

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, many schools have shifted their learning to digital environments. As a means of supporting local teachers and parents in our community during this challenging time, we have created this page to hold resources for environmental education at home.  
 
Please check back frequently, as we will continue to updated and add resources over time.

Virtual Field Studies
Spring is one of our favorite times for class field studies (field trips). With the extra precautions being taken, these field studies have had to  be cancelled or postponed. We wanted to give students the opportunity to still experience our sites while at home, so we're creating Virtual Field Studies. The first is below. 

Festival of the Sugar Maples


Education
Resources
Our Education Staff is hard at work assembling resources, and these will be posted shortly. 

Additional Video Series
Wonders of the Wild 
Join Education Program Coordinator Kim as she explores different species of plants an animals in our region. These are perfect for children and adults! 

Behind the Scenic Views
Looking for something for older children in middle school or high school? In our Behind the Scenic Views series, experts at the Conservation District discuss recent projects including things like wetland restoration and mussel surveys. 

Trail Tips
Spring is a great time to learn about baby wildlife and what we should do if we come across them. Our Trail Tips series with Wildlife Resource Specialist Beth teaches viewers about the stages of local wildlife young, and the way their parents care for and protect them. 

External Resources
Activities, Learning Resources, and Lesson Plans
IDNR Education Resources and Activity Books
National Park Services Junior Rangers
National Wildlife Federation's Ranger Rick
National Environmental Learning Foundation Activites
Shedd Aquarium "Lesson 5: Citizen Science" (Secondary to MS-LS2-5)
Audubon for Kids

Audio and Video
NPR Wow in the World
Explore Wildlife Live Cams
NOVA (offers a variety of videos accompanied by lesson plans on topics such as migration, monarchs, and more)

Field Guides

Field Museum Field Guides
AAA State of Play 50 Bird Sounds

Games
All About Birds Academy Learning Games
Audubon's "Whose Beak Whose Feet"

Museum Resources
Peggy Notebaerte Nature Museum "The Nature Museum Comes to You"
The Field Museum's "Experience At Home" Page

Courses and Webinars
Morton Arboretum Online Courses