Resources for teachers

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Tips and Tools

Letter-writing campaign kit

This resource is designed to help students write a letter about an environmental issue they care about. Includes a contact list for elected officials and an outline for writing a persuasive argument.


Tips for teaching outdoors

Teaching outdoors takes practice, commitment and a degree of flexibility on the part of teachers and students. But the potential payoffs are big. In terms of boosting motivation, learning to face challenges, and offering authentic, hands-on opportunities, outdoor learning can re-ignite curiosity and spark wonder.

These tips, gleaned from Sarah’s decades of experience teaching outdoors, are intended to make the experience exciting and meaningful for both you and your students, and ease the transition for everyone.


Schoolyard nature fun facts

Did you know that spiders have blue blood? Or that there are more than 12,000 species of ants?

Impress your students with some nature trivia on things you would commonly find outside: trees, worms, ants, grass, moss, and more.


Community science opportunities

There are many local, national, and international programs where you can collect data, submit it and learn from the collected information. These can be group or individual endeavors, but can be most interesting as a group or partner activity when participants can compare their data.

We’ve put together a list of many of these programs, organized by subject (i.e. birds, insects, invasive plants, etc.) Pick one that interests you – or pick several!


Funding opportunities

Karl’s Kids

grey squirrel in a tree holding an acorn in its pawsKarl’s Kids is a Lincoln County non-profit that helps families, teachers, and coaches with the cost of sports and other outdoor equipment for students.