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Milkweed and Monarch Butterfly Mania

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Information/Statistics
Lesson Plans
Online Tool
Description: On this Web site, explore the life found in a milkweed stand and the life cycle of monarch butterflies. It features many educational activities that develop science, mathematics, and reading and writing skills.
Cost: No
Time: Ongoing
State: Pennsylvania
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)

Facing the Future

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Information/Statistics
Lesson Plans
Online Tool
Service Learning Projects
Description: This nonprofit organization is dedicated to educating young people to think critically about global issues, sustainability, and positive solutions. The organization develops standards-based, hands-on lessons, units, and student textbooks and also provides professional development for educators. Facing the Future curriculum is in use in all fifty U.S. states and in forty-two countries by teachers and students in grades K-12, in undergraduate and graduate classes, and across multiple subject areas.
Cost: No
Time: 1-3 Classes
State: Arkansas
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Eco Expressions

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Curriculum
Field Trip
Lesson Plans
Service Learning Projects
Speaker
Description: This site represents a nationwide environmental-education program focused on nature writing for children in grades 3-12. Students engage in outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing as part of the curriculum, which also includes scientific and creative writing. On-site professional-development training is offered to educators and youth leaders to utilize the standards-based, multidisciplinary curriculum in language arts, science, physical education, history and art.
Cost: Yes
Time: Ongoing
State:
Topic:
Air/Climate
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Water
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Cincinnati Nature Center

Resource Type:
Field Trip
Information/Statistics
Online Tool
Speaker
Description: This site introduces a nature-education organization that offers a wide variety of school programs designed to enhance the school's curriculum by providing hands-on, outdoor experiences. All lessons address state proficiencies, and casses are divided into groups of about eight students per instructor for a high-quality experience on the trails.
Cost: Yes
Time: Ongoing
State: Ohio
Topic:
Energy Conservation
Habitat/Ecosystems
Sustainability
Waste/Recycling
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)
High (9-12)

Backyard Bugs

Resource Type:
Curriculum
Lesson Plans
Description: This site offers information about insects and other creepy-crawly critters, close-up pictures and videos, interactive software for kids, and other items for all ages. Products and gifts featuring monarch butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantises, tarantulas, stick insects, honeybees, luna moths, and many more. It also features thirty-six lesson plans on biodiverse arthropods.
Cost: Yes
Time: Ongoing
State:
Topic:
Habitat/Ecosystems
Wildlife
Grade:
Elementary (K-5)
Middle (6-8)