Learning Outdoors

Resources from Environmental Education - 5/14/20

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 7 Resources

Activity - Do You Hear What I Hear?

Join EE teacher Laureanna R. on a journey outside to listen closely to the sounds of nature. Students are encouraged to use all of their senses, but especially hearing, to observe and experience nature in a new way.
Do You Hear What I Hear

Bird Nests

Art Pages - Nests

This week EE teacher Sally T. has created a series of art pages about bird nests. Follow this link for the PDF of the art pages. Since most birds are actively building nests and laying eggs in the spring, it is a great time to watch and observe birds in your neighborhood!


If the art pages aren't amazing enough, you can check out the video below to learn even more about different types of nests. For some hands-on nest-building, check out this link for a great STEM challenge!

Big picture
10 Amazing Facts About Birds' Nests

Monarch Butterflies

Raising Monarchs

EE teacher Lynn P. loves to raise butterflies and release them! Doing this helps support the natural population of different butterfly species and is a really fun way to interact with nature! She has created a thorough and engaging guide to help you raise monarchs in your own home. Check out this link for the full guide.
Big picture

Did you know?

Did you know that the monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration like birds do? Starting every Fall, Monarchs from Wisconsin make the trek to the same area of Mexico to roost in fir forests for the winter. See the amazing sight here!


Monarchs are on their way back up to Wisconsin for the summer. Watch for them to arrive early June!

Watch a Breathtaking Monarch Butterfly Swarm

I Spy...

Another I Spy challenge from EE teacher Lynn!


I spy a monarch chrysalis....do you?


To protect itself during the last stage of metamorphosis, a monarch caterpillar attaches itself to the underside of leaves or bushes. In this picture, the light green color of the chrysalis allows it to blend in - or camouflage itself - with this milkweed until it emerges as an adult butterfly.


(Photo taken in my enclosure last year)

Big picture

A few more monarch resources!

EE teacher Sandi N. found a couple more great resources about monarch butterflies. Check out this guide for creating butterfly friendly spaces at your home or school and this PDF for some fun facts about Monarchs!

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 share some information about his shell!


He says: "Did you know that my shell has two sides, a top and a bottom? The top of my shell is called the carapace and the bottom of my shell is called the plastron. On the top of my shell I have scales that are sometimes called scutes."


Trivia question! Do you know how many scutes are on a turtle's back (with a few exceptions)? E-mail your answers to enviroed@waukesha.k12.wi.us for a chance to be featured in the next newsletter!

Big picture

Other Resources

Big picture

Science Joke of the Week

Big picture