Learning Outdoors

Resources from Environmental Education - 5/21/20

The SDW Environmental Education team will be sending weekly updates (on Thursdays) with resources and ideas for you to share with students and families. Content may come in the form of videos, lessons, read-aloud stories, or project ideas. Feel free to utilize as much or as little as you would like. If there are specific content areas that you are interested in us exploring, or if there are specific tools that we can create to best support you and your students, feel free to reach out with suggestions!

Week 8 Resources

Art Pages - Turtles in Science and Culture

This week's art pages by EE teacher Sally T. take a new twist! Jump into this PDF to read about turtles in science and culture, hear two traditional Native American stories about turtles, and then cut out and color a turtle shell of your own!
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Painted Lady Butterflies

Last week you learned about raising monarchs at home, and this week you can learn about another species of butterfly called Painted Lady Butterflies! EE teacher Lynn P. has created a wonderful video tutorial that will teach you how to raise and release these butterflies in your own neighborhood!
Raising Painted Lady Butterflies

I Spy...

Another "I Spy" challenge from EE teacher Lynn P!


I spy…… something brown….


Here’s a clue: a resting place for birds and their eggs…..

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I spy a bird nest among the cattails. Do you? But who does it belong to? The Red-winged Blackbird! The Red-winged blackbird one of the most abundant birds across North America, and a sure sign that spring is here! These birds are a familiar sight atop cattails, along soggy roadsides, and on telephone wires. Where there’s standing water and vegetation, Red-winged Blackbirds are likely to be one of the most common birds you see and hear. Red-winged Blackbirds build their nests low nestled among marsh vegetation, shrubs, or trees, like this nest pictured here at the edge of our neighborhood pond.
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Did You Know?

Check out this fascinating video about Roly Polies that EE teacher Sandi N. discovered! Turns out Roly Polies are actually related to ocean creatures!
Roly Polies Came From the Sea to Conquer the Earth | Deep Look

Franklin's Corner

If you have been to the EB Shurts Center, you've probably met Franklin, our Desert Box Turtle. The students that visit us have a hard time not loving Franklin because of his outgoing and friendly personality. Well, Franklin said he would love to be in the newsletter, so we started a new weekly segment called "Franklin's Corner".


This week Franklin wanted to tell you about FOOD! Franklin loves all different types of foods including strawberries, bananas, spinach, cucumber, melon, worms and more! He does not have any teeth, but he has a very strong beak for grabbing and biting his food. Since he doesn't have teeth, he bites a piece of food and then swallows it without chewing much. Franklin says that in the wild, most turtles hibernate for about 5 months each year, and that they survive without eating any food that whole time! Do you like any of the same foods that Franklin does?

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WAEE Fall Conference Call for Proposals

The Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education is accepting proposals for their fall 2020 conference. The call for proposals is open until June 12, 2020. The conference is open to all interested community members and educators so check out the PDF to learn more!


PDF FLYER with registration links

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Science Joke of the Week

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