Teachers take notice, if you can’t get your students out into nature now you can bring nature to your classroom. The Nature Conservancy and Discovery Education have joined forces to launch a new website aimed at middle school students, Nature Works Everywhere.
"Children today are spending less and less time outdoors, which has negative implications for their well-being and for the future of conservation," said M. Sanjayan, lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy. "By bringing Nature Works Everywhere into classrooms around the country, we're hoping to inspire a lifelong connection to and appreciation for nature in the next generation." Source: Discovery Education
The site includes video tours, interactive lesson plans, a Conservation Connection game and a Meet the Scientists section. Destinations featured on the new website span a variety of ecosystems including forests, coral reefs and watersheds. Students can also learn about the process of pollination and how one fish, the salmon, plays an important role in keeping the forests of Washington State healthy and productive.
The Nature Conservancy scientists participating in the program include Stephanie Wear (director of Coral Reef Conservation), Jonathan Hoekstra (senior scientist and Director of Conservation Scientist) and Bill Patterson (director of Forest Conservation).
Teachers interested in learning more about the free tools and resources available can visit the Nature Works Everywhere site for more information.