Learning Outdoors

Resources from Environmental Education - 8/13/20

The SDW Environmental Education team will be sending bi-weekly newsletters throughout the summer months. Our hope is that some of the activities will inspire your family to spend time outdoors playing, exploring and having fun! Feel free to share your adventures with us on our social media pages!

Art Pages

This week - EE teacher Sally T is exploring Spiders in her art pages! You can see a web glistening with dew drops, design your own spider web, and learn a few neat facts about Spiders. Check out this link to access the full PDF file.

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Green and Healthy Schools Fall Learning Series

The organization Green and Healthy Schools WI is offering a fall learning series designed for students in grades 6-12. Each week will feature a different expert speaking on a variety of topics including fermentation, flooding, energy, tree identification, and more. See below for a full list of presentation topics. Sessions are 30 minutes and alternate Tuesdays and Wednesday each week. To learn more and register, check out this link.
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Garden Discoveries

EE teacher Laureanna R. worked with her daughters to create this fun garden matching activity! Can you match their garden discoveries with the correct species from the field guide? To access the full PDF file, click on this link.
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Cave Tour

The WI Department of Natural Resources and the WI Bat Program have cretaed a virtual tour of Kickapoo Caverns, a large cave system in WI! Here's what they say about the tour:

"Peer inside of one of Wisconsin's longest cave systems with Jennifer Redell, bat biologist and cave specialist with DNR's Natural Heritage Conservation Program.

  • In part 1, learn about general bat ecology, White-nose syndrome, a deadly disease decimating bat populations in eastern North America, and how DNR and partners study bats.
  • In part 2, go underground with Jennifer to learn about the cave's geology, history and importance as a bat hibernaculum."
Kickapoo Caverns: Home to hibernating bats - PART ONE
Kickapoo Caverns: Home to hibernating bats - PART TWO

Moving in Nature

Another great way to get outside and get moving is by creating an obstacle course with chalk! Check out the video below to see the many creative ideas that this group of kids brings to their design. You could also create an obstacle course with items from inside of your home like blocks, shoes, chairs, or anything! Or maybe you could also find items in nature to use, like sticks, rocks, or dried leaves. The possibilities are endless!

Virtual Nature School

There are many great resources online for outdoor learning. One resource that recently caught our attention is Virtual Nature School! This YouTube channel is a collaboration between an organization called Living Classrooms and the Scottish Government. Their aim is to "offer daily inspiration for children to interact with nature - inside, outside and beyond." You can watch one of their many videos below, or learn more by checking out their website.

Finding Feathers (Bones and Big Teeth Session 3 of 5)

Science Joke of the Week

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