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Get Out Minnesota website | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Resource type: Web Site
Topics: Outdoor Recreation - Animals - Wildlife


Get Out Minnesota is a Legacy-funded website that was created by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for kids ages 5 through 11. The site, which uses games and interactive tools to educate children about Minnesota's natural outdoor world, can be found at www.mndnr.gov/gokids. The website will draw children to the Minnesota State Parks and Trails website, but it also encourages them to get away from computers and other electronic devices and to spend time outdoors by visiting Minnesota state parks and trails.

Get Out Minnesota is all about connecting the next generation to the outdoors. Key website features include:
  • Animalize Yourself: Build an animal avatar - an "anatar" that's part kid and part animal - and then email it to a friend.
  • What's for Dinner?: Games and educational information about Minnesota animals.
  • Xtreme Pix: Tips and tricks that introduce kids to nature photography, and a gallery for them to share their own shots with each other.
  • Kids on the Scene: Kid-hosted videos highlighting a few don't-miss features at Fort Snelling State Park and Interstate State Park.
  • Celebrity Naturalist: Trivia and informal interviews with featured naturalists.
  • Links and printable downloads: Resources for parents and educators, with links to both DNR and non-DNR educational materials designed for children in this age group.


  • Kids accrue points by playing games on the site and then visiting select Minnesota state parks, state recreation areas and state trails, where they have to seek out unique "code words" printed on posters. When kids return from their outdoor adventures, they log into the "Get Out Minnesota" website and enter the code words, which are worth 50 points each. When they earn 500 points, a certificate is unlocked that they can print out, bring to a state park and redeem for a prize.


    Funding for the Get Out Minnesota website is from the Parks and Trails Fund, created after voters approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in November 2008. The Parks and Trails Fund receives 14.25 percent of the three-eighths percent sales tax revenue that may only be spent to support parks and trails of regional or statewide significance.

    For more information visit www.mndnr.gov/gokids

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/gokids
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    A Homeowner's Guide to Creating a Healthy Yard | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

    Resource type: Guide - Poster
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Botany


    This guide (11.75" x 8.75" that folds open to 24" x 17" poster on one side) gives an overview of how to transform a traditional yard to one that provides wildlife habitat, environmental benefits, and landscape diversity. Guide/poster is free from the DNR Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us.

    Minnesota's 2012 Arbor Month theme is "Creating a Healthy Community Forest." The idea is to encourage planting a wide variety of native trees to create a diverse community forest that is more resilient to large-scale devastation by tree pests. To help diversify community forests, the DNR created A Homeowner's Guide to Creating a Healthy Yard.

    The reason for this year's theme is that the DNR's 2010 Community Tree Survey showed that more than 50 percent of Minnesota's community trees are ash, maple, and spruce. With the 2009 discovery of emerald ash borer in Minnesota and the potential arrival of other invasive species, we could stand to lose more than half of our community forest.

    Download a copy at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/arbormonth/poster.html. A single guide or packets of 25, 50, or 100 guides can be ordered from the DNR's Information Center at info.dnr@state.mn.us or by phone at (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367.

    For more information visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/arbormonth/index.html

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    Adopt-A-River | Paul Nordell

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Pollution - Water - Stewardship - Health


    The Adopt-A_River program encourages Minnesota volunteers to "adopt" a section of a lake, river, wetland, or ravine to ensure its long-term health through annual cleanups. Volunteers choose their own site from shorelines that have not yet been adopted. The program supplies "how-to" assistance, free rubbish bags, gloves, and recognition after a reporting of cleanup results. Information tracked includes pounds of rubbish collected, volunteer hours, and descriptions of the debris found.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/adoptriver/index.html
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    All About Minnesota's Forests and Trees: A Primer | MN DNR - Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Book/Magazine - Web Site
    Topics: Forests/Trees - History - Biodiversity - Ecosystems


    Packed with photos and other graphics, this award-winning 58-page reference book is intended for educators, natural resources professionals and other citizens who are interested in one of Minnesota's most valuable resources.

    The book is organized as a "Primer," which means every topic and new word builds on a topic or word introduced earlier.
    Chapters cover:
    * Basics about trees and forests
    * Forest ecology
    * Human interactions with forests including logging, historic fires, forest management, invasive species, and more.

    Appendices are provided to give the reader more in-depth information.

    5th-grade reading level

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/education/primer/index.html
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    Aquatic Invasive Speices Trunk | Minnesota DNR and Minneosta Sea Grant

    Resource type: Curriculum - Learning Kit - Video
    Topics: Exotic Species - Mathematics - Food Chain - Geography


    The Minnesota Sea Grant Aquatic Invasive Species traveling trunk (for ages 8 - adult) is an exploration of museum-quality exotic specimens. An award winning video, book, map, and other resources accompanying the nine hands-on lessons. The lessons, experiments, games, and stories in the trunk integrate science, art, math, geography, social studies, and English.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/index.html
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    Aquatic WILD | Council of Environmental Education

    Resource type: Curriculum - Course/Workshop - Guide - Teacher Training
    Topics: - Conservation - Habitat - Wildlife


    The Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat, and the Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide (developed through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) emphasizes aquatic wildlife and ecosystems. Each is organized in topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these materials are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study. Activities in both guides are correlated to the Minnesota Graduation Standards.

    Each Project WILD activity contains all the information needed to conduct the activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms. A glossary is provided, as well as a cross-reference by topics and skills.


    Graduation Standards: Correlations to National Science Standards and MN Standards

    Web Site: http://www.projectwild.org
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    Arbor Month Education Packet | DNR Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Poster - Web Site - Pamphlet
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Outdoor Recreation


    The 2014 Arbor Month packet contains 1 poster and 1 brochure.

    Poster: "Trees- Nature's Playground" 22 x 17 inches

    Brochure:
    * "25 Easy Nature Play Ideas" and can be downloaded at http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/education_safety/education/arbormonth/2014/25EasyNaturePlayIdeas.pdf

    "Trees: Nature's Playground" was selected to encourage families, schools, and parks to let children play in nature safely and effectively. The website contains several colorful tips on:
    * Why play in nature
    * Get started with nature play
    * Supporting nature play
    * Finding nature play areas
    * Resources and activities

    FREE


    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/arbormonth/index.html
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    Archery in the Schools Program and Equipment Grants | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

    Resource type: Program - Grant/Funding - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation


    Archery in the Schools is a partnership to promote the physical education curriculum entitled "On Target for Life." As part of a national effort, Archery in the Schools is a collaborative undertaking between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and local schools to establish two-week archery units in Minnesota schools.

    The Olympic-style target archery program has a core content that covers archery history, safety, technique, equipment, mental concentration, and self-improvement. Before teaching the course, instructors must undergo the National Archery Association Level 1 archery training program and be certified instructors.

    Students shoot bulls-eye targets placed in front of an arrow resistant net in their school gymnasium. Equipment is state of the art, designed for safety, and fits everyone.

    The Minnesota DNR Archery in the Schools program introduces Minnesota students to archery by providing schools with the best equipment, training, and curriculum available at the lowest possible price. It is part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) (http://www.nasparchery.com).

    How it works
    Teachers receive training and their school participates in an archery education program designed by NASP. Schools use either existing archery equipment or purchase new archery equipment packages at a discounted price. Financial assistance for equipment packages may be available from the DNR or other organizations.

    Equipment package
  • 10 Right handed and 2 left handed Genesis Bows
  • 5 Block FITA bulls eye targets (36 inch)
  • 10 Dozen full-length aluminum arrows
  • 1 safety backstop net
  • 1 equipment repair package


  • The equipment's retail value is nearly $5,000, but is available to participating schools and non-profits for $3,100, shipping included. Download an order form at http://www.nasparchery.com/activea.asp?CompID=23&btnSubmit=ByFileCategoryID&cboApplicationID=321&cboFileCategoryID=972.

    Curriculum
    Archery standards-based unit of study guides at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/epr/archery/index.html

    Financial assistance
    The DNR will periodically provide financial assistance to schools or non-profit organizations providing equipment to schools through a competitive grant program. Schools will be required to provide $1,600, and the DNR will fund the rest.

    If grant requests exceed available funds, a committee of state archery interests chaired by the DNR Archery in the Schools project coordinator will award grants on a competitive basis. Priorities for the committee will include:

  • Maximizing the number of youth that have access to the equipment and training (i.e., multiple schools in a district share equipment, multiple teachers are certified instructors and provide additional classes, an existing extra-curricular program will utilize the program.)
  • Commitment to after-school programs (i.e., establishment of a school archery club).
  • Innovation in the delivery of archery programs.
  • Increased local financial contribution.
  • Partnerships with local archery retailers and clubs.
  • Geographical distribution and balance of grants


  • Annual Grant Deadline is May 1st

    For more information, contact:

    Kraig Kiger
    Minnesota DNR Shooting Sports Programs
    1201 Hwy 2 East
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    tel. 218-999-7949
    fax. 218-327-4263
    kraig.kiger@state.mn.us
    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/epr/archery/index.html
    http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/fish_wildlife/outreach/nasp/nasp_info.pdf

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/epr/archery/index.html
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    Bat's Incredible | Jan Welsh/Project WILD

    Resource type: Learning Kit
    Topics: Wildlife - Food Chain


    Emphasis on Minnesota's seven species of bats. Kit includes an activity guide, several fiction and non-fiction books, skulls, videos, preserved bat in acrylic, bat skeleton in acrylic, and a bat biologist's field kit.
    Costs and contact information varies depending on location:

    Metro:
    $20/week for kits that travel from school to school. Reserve by calling DNR 651-987-9720 ext. 5

    Northeast:
    $20/week. Call Mary Spoden at DNR-Grand Rapids Office 218-327-4278, or mary.spoden@dnr.state.mn.us
    Drop off/Pick up only

    Northwest:
    Northwest ECSU, Thief River Falls, 218-681-0900, ext. 114, or ksigerud@nw-service.k12.mn.us

    Central:
    CMERDC, St. Cloud, 320-202-0992, Ext. 201 or njohnson@erdc.k12.mn.us

    West-central:
    Lakes country Service Coop, Fergus Falls, 218-739-3273, ext. 124, or rgriffin@lcsc.org

    Southeast:
    Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester, 507-281-6114

    Southwest:
    Montevideo Media Ctr, 320-269-9243, or mweber@swsc.org

    Statewide:
    Same kit, mailable version, Bell Museum of Natural History $50/week plus approx. $18 shipping, 612-626-2299


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    Classroom Birdwatching Kit | Minnesota Ornithological Union

    Resource type: Learning Kit - Speaker - Resource Person
    Topics: Wildlife


    The Minnesota Ornithological Union has a youth membership program (YMP) with many volunteers. A YMP Volunteer will come to your classroom or other organization, give a presentation with slides of birds, and take the group on a field trip, all at no charge. This can be done in one or two visits.

    If interested, contact the YMP volunteer who lives nearest you:

    http://biosci.cbs.umn.edu/~mou/mentorship.html


    Web Site: http://biosci.cbs.umn.edu/~mou/mentorship.html
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    Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) Grant Program | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

    Resource type: Grant/Funding
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Prairies - Water - Stewardship


    $4.6 million dollars is available the 2013 Conservation Partners Legacy Grant program, and the online request for proposals is open and ready for applications. Grants will be awarded to projects that restore, enhance or protect Minnesota's prairies, forests and wetlands.

    The grant process is open to local, state and national non-profit organizations and governmental entities that want to complete conservation work that benefits habitat for fish, game and wildlife on public or permanently protected lands in Minnesota. Three grant funding opportunities are available this year:

  • Projects requesting $25,001 - $400,000 (O25K grant cycle) in grant funds use the standard online application. Deadline for these requests is September 26, 2012.

  • Projects requesting $5,000 - $25,000 (U25K grant cycle) in grant funds use a simplified online application. Deadline for these requests is September 26, 2012.

  • Projects submitted as Expedited Conservation Projects (ECP) may request $5,000-$50,000 for commonly accepted restoration and enhancement activities . These requests will be accepted and awarded continuously through May 15, 2013.


  • Applicants will have the opportunity to choose which grant cycle fits their projects the best. ECP grants, for instance, cannot be used for acquisition or work on private land. The O25K and U25K grant cycles allow projects with both of those criteria. Find specific information within the Request for Proposals and access to applications on the grant cycles' respective webpages or by clicking here for the O25/U25K grant cycle or here for the ECP grant cycle.

    During the first three years of the program, 140 grants totaling $10.3 million have been awarded for conservation projects.

    The Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) program is funded through the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which is part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment passed by Minnesota voters in 2008.

    See the CPL website at www.mndnr.gov/grants/habitat/cpl for more information.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/habitat/cpl/index.html
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    Conserve Water | MN Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Guide - Course/Workshop - Curriculum - Teacher Training
    Topics: Water - Conservation - Stewardship


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    The Conserve Water Educators Guide provides teachers of middle school and high school students with the ins and outs of water conservation. Background information offers a hydrologic primer; past, present, and future water conservation issues; and case studies ranging from a rancher in west Texas to an ice cream factory in Massachusetts. These real-life examples encourage students to use critical thinking skills to examine different sides of each situation.


    #CW-1 307 pages - 8 1⁄2 x 11 - b&w photos -illustrations - charts - glossary - resources

    ISBN 1-888631-04-X


    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Department of Natural Resources Education Programs Catalog and Poster | Dawn Flinn

    Resource type: Pamphlet - Poster - Guide
    Topics: Education - Natural Sciences - Animals - Environmental Studies


    Discover the variety of educational resources and programs offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This catalog and poster summarizes over forty items, many of which are free! Order your copy today or view on-line at www.mndnr.gov/education.

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/education
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    Digging into Minnesota Minerals | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals

    Resource type: Booklet
    Topics: Geology - Mining - Minerals - Earth


    Digging Into Minnesota Minerals is a colorful, user-friendly, and information-packed publication covering all aspects of minerals & mining in Minnesota. It is aimed especially at students in grades 4-6. Included are basic minerals facts, educational activities, maps, and a section on 'Geology Up Close in our State Parks.' A single free copy is available upon request.

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/education/geology/digging/index.html
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    DiscoverWater.org

    Resource type: Web Site - Curriculum
    Topics: Water


    DiscoverWater.org from Project WET is a free online resource for students and teachers about water and water related topics.

    The website offers eight units:
    1. Blue Planet
    2. The Water Cycle
    3. Discover Our Ocean
    4. Investigate Fresh Water
    5. Explore Watersheds
    6. Use Water Wisely
    7. We All Use Water
    8. Healthy Water Healthy People

    Each unit on the Discover Water website provides students and educators with fun, interesting information and activities about water and the role it plays on our planet and in our lives. Included in each unit are the following sections:

    Using this Website: Tips for Parents-A general resource for parents to use the Discover Water website with their children

    Using this Website: Tips for Educators-A general resource for educators to use to create lessons tied to the Discover Water website and get tips for using this resource in the classroom

    Supporting Project WET Materials-Project WET publications and activities correlated to the DiscoverWater.org units

    Educator Resources-Learning objectives, pre- and posttest assessments, answer keys and more

    Standard Correlations-Common Core, National Science Standards (1996 & 2011) and Ocean Literacy Standards

    For more information visit http://www.discoverwater.org/

    Web Site: http://www.discoverwater.org/
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    DNR Nature Snapshots | Kelly Randall

    Resource type: Web Site
    Topics: Fish - General Ecology - Wildlife


    Web based fact sheets that describe the identification, reproduction, food preferences, predators, habitat and range, population, and management for Minnesota birds, mammals, plants, reptiles, amphibians and more. Photos of the species and range maps included.

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/snapshots/index.html
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    DNR's Educational Resources on Birds | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

    Resource type: Book/Magazine - Poster - Learning Kit - Curriculum
    Topics: Birds


    With over 400 bird species in Minnesota, including those that have migrated back from their winter homes, summer is a great time to get outside and view our feathered neighbors. Want to learn how to attract birds to your yard? The DNR has developed many books that can help you including: Wild About Birds, Landscaping for Wildlife and Woodworking for Wildlife (visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/publications/books/index.html).

    We also have resources for educators, from a loon activity trunk to bird related curriculum, Flying WILD, through Project WILD. Even large business owners can help birds by participating in the Lights Out program. Consider heading out to a free Wildlife Management Area or Scientific and Natural Area and explore some new places. For those who are really into birds, DNR needs your help observing breeding birds and loons.

    Get Kids Outdoors Tip
    Bird watching is a fun and easy thing to do with kids. You can find many birds right outside your front door with little or no equipment needed. Learn more about the basics of bird watching at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/young_naturalists/birding/index.html. Before you head out learn a few bird calls too. Often you hear a bird but never see it! Check out this really cool interactive Minnesota bird sounds poster at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/julaug10/bird_songs_interactive.html.

    Nature Note
    Did you know there is a bird that nests and roosts (sleeps) in brick chimneys? Chimney Swifts have just returned to Minnesota from South America. Watch at dusk for fast darting dark colored birds diving into chimneys, unlike bats that would be flying out. Find out more at http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/chimney_swift/lifehistory

    Happy birding!

    For more information on DNR education programs and resources visit www.mndnr.gov/education or www.seek.state.mn.us

    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/education
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    Emerald Ash Borer poster | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Exotic Species - Forests/Trees - Horticulture


    Full Title: "Be on the lookout for Big Trouble-in a small package. Is emerald ash borer in your neighborhood?"

    Description: This poster focuses on the invasive pest Emerald ash borer (EAB). The back of the poster contains information on where EAB came from, identifying ash tree, identifying EAB, firewood connection and much more.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/terrestrialanimals/eab/poster.html
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    EnviroScape Model | MN Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Learning Kit
    Topics: Water - Pollution - Pollution Prevention - Stewardship


    EnviroScape watershed model is a three-dimensional tabletop landscape that illustrates residential, recreational, agricultural, industrial, and transportation areas---all representing possible sources of water pollution. Children and adults learn by using chemicals (drink mix) and loose soil (cocoa) throughout a typical community to see how their actions and those of others may affect our water quality. EnviroScape actually emphasizes pollution prevention with a follow-up demonstration that shows how to prevent such pollution through the use of best management practices.
    Available for pick up only.


    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Firewise Community Assessment Project | Dave Schuller

    Resource type: Curriculum - Software - Web Site - Learning Kit
    Topics: Communtiy Service - Wildfire


    In this program students will investigate the causes and effects of urban/wildland interface wildfires and use EPIC 2001 (free GIS software to schools) to analyze a community for fire-prone property by conducting GIS and ground assessments and compiling a community report. This program can provide students with a valuable community service project, improve their technology skills, and give them a real-world experience that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/firewise
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    Fisheries Management & Hatchery Tour Primer | MinnAqua Program

    Resource type: Web Site
    Topics: Fish - Habitat - Outdoor Recreation


    This web resource covers the topics of habit and habitats, fish identification, fish management and ethics and regulations. The resources include links to MinnAqua Fishing: Get in the Habitat! lesson plans, YouTube videos that take you from walleye egg taking stations, to hatcheries to stocking and finally to assessment. Additionally, there are links to all of the hatcheries in Minnesota.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/fisheries_management_primer/index.html
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    Fishes of Minnesota Poster | MinnAqua Program

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Fish


    Full color poster featuring 48 species of game fish grouped by families.

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    Fishing Trunk | MinnAqua Program

    Resource type: Learning Kit
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation - Fish


    This learning trunk contains materials to make your own fishing equipment.

    The trunk includes fish identification cards, ethics and regulation activities, regulation books, knot tying, materials and directions to make pop can fishing rigs and a simple tackle box.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/index.html
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    Flying WILD | Project WILD - Council for Environmental Education

    Resource type: Curriculum
    Topics: Wildlife


    The central component of Flying WILD is encouraging students, teachers, and volunteers to implement school bird festivals. The guide contains exciting classroom and festival activities that help students lead hands-on experiments, create educational exhibits, stage performances, and present bird conservation projects. In addition, it offers information on accessing services, resources, and expertise for support at the festival, in structured classroom settings, or with service learning projects.

    Flying WILD Educator Resources on Gulf Oil Spill
    To help bird educators find useful information for their classrooms about the Gulf oil spill and birds, Flying WILD has complied this educator resource page that includes links to key Web sites and databases, educator tools, articles, and how to help.

    http://www.flyingwild.org/resources/gulfoilspillresources.htm

    Web Site: http://www.flyingwild.org
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    Geology of Minnesota - A Guide for Teachers | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Resource type: Guide
    Topics: Geology


    This book was written to provide an up-to-date understanding of the geology of Minnesota for Earth Science teachers and others who have some background in geology.

    Our goal is to summarize what geologists think today about how the rocks in Minnesota formed and their place in geologic history. We believe that if the Earth Science teachers of the state have a better understanding of the processes responsible for the major geologic phenomena, they will stimulate an interest in their students in that history and an appreciation of the varied natural surroundings.

    Teachers can browse through it and decide if they would like a hard copy, or just use the scanned version.

    Web Site: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/geologyhandbook.pdf
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    GreenWorks! Grant Program | Project Learning Tree (PLT)

    Resource type: Grant/Funding
    Topics: Education - Environmental Sciences


    Project Learning Tree is providing GreenWorks! grants to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects. Grants are available two award levels: 1) the traditional GreenWorks! grants up to a maximum of $1,000 and 2) GreenWorks! grants up to $3,000 for registered PLT GreenSchools!

    GreenWorks! is PLT's service-learning program that engages PLT educators and their students with their local community in "learning-by-doing" school and neighborhood improvement projects. Project Learning Tree (PLT) awards GreenWorks! grants to schools and organizations across the country to involve students in community-based environmental projects.

    Since 1992, PLT has helped fund nearly 1,000 GreenWorks! projects across the country. Elementary, middle, high school and college students are planting trees, designing native plant gardens, restoring streams and riparian habitats, constructing hiking trails, starting composting projects, and investigating alternative sources of energy, among other projects.

    Application Deadline: September 30

    About Project Learning Tree
    Project Learning Tree is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. For more information about PLT, see www.mndnr.gov/plt.

    For more information about the GreenWorks! grant, visit www.mndnr.gov/grants/plt.html or www.greenworks.org.

    Web Site: http://www.plt.org/greenworks
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    Groundwater Model | MN Project WET

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Learning Kit
    Topics: Water - Earth - Pollution Prevention - Teaching


    The Ground Water Flow Model is a popular and easy to use teaching tool for formal and nonformal educators of youths or adults. The model is constructed with a clear Plexiglas front which allows observers to watch water and contaminants introduced into the system move through underground rock formations. The model can be adapted to demonstrate how surface sources like rivers or wetlands can be connected to ground water. The model enables students to learn about porosity, permeability, water tables, confined aquifers, contamination, and other important ground water concepts. This educational package includes a model, users guide and video, and everything needed to conduct a ground water education class or workshop.

    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Groundwater Overview & Videos | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

    Resource type: Video - Web Site
    Topics: Groundwater - Water


    Groundwater is the water beneath the land surface that fills the spaces in rock and sediment. It is replenished by precipitation. Under natural conditions much of that recharge returns to the atmosphere by evapotranspiration from plants and trees or discharges to surface waters. Groundwater discharge to surface waters allows streams to flow beyond rain and snowmelt periods and sustains lake levels during dry spells.

    Groundwater occurs everywhere in Minnesota, but the availability of groundwater for water supplies vary throughout the state. Availability for larger withdrawals may be limited in some areas. Ground water supplies about 75 percent of Minnesota's drinking water and nearly 90 percent of the water used for agricultural irrigation.

    The DNR has created these two videos about the Mount Simon Aquifer which is under the Twin Cities Metro Area to provide a basic overview of groundwater -- explaining what groundwater is, where it comes from, how it moves, and more. The video also explains the results of a study of groundwater usage in a major water supply aquifer that serves the Twin Cities and southeastern Minnesota.

    For more information visit the DNR's main groundwater page -- including resources for teachers and students -- visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/groundwater/index.html

    To watch the videos go to http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/groundwater/videos.html

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/groundwater
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    Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature With Young Children | Council for Environmental Education

    Resource type: Guide
    Topics: Wildlife - Wilderness - Outdoor Recreation


    Growing Up WILD builds on children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.

    The activity guide, Growing Up WILD: Exploring Nature with Young Children:

  • Is written especially for early childhood educators of children ages 3-7.
  • Features 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature based activities in a full-color 11"x17" activity guide.
  • Includes crafts, art projects, music, conservation activities, reading and math connections and much more.
  • Involves social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive domains to help foster learning and development in all areas.
  • Supports developmentally appropriate practice allowing children to learn at levels that are individually, socially, and culturally appropriate.
  • Is correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains.


  • You can receive Growing Up WILD materials by participating in an interactive, hands-on workshop designed to meet the needs of early childhood educators and caregivers.

    For more information, contact Minnesota's Project WILD Coordinator:

    Jan Welsh
    Project WILD Coordinator
    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
    18310 Zodiac St. NE
    Forest Lake, MN 55025
    Tel: (651) 982-9720 ext. 225
    Fax: (651) 215-1221
    E-mail: jan.welsh@state.mn.us
    Website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/projectwild/index.html

    Web Site: http://www.projectwild.org/GrowingUpWILD.htm
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    Gypsy Moth Project | MN DNR - Division of Forestry and University of California - Berkeley

    Resource type: Curriculum - Web Site - EE Site
    Topics: - Exotic Species - Wildlife


    The gypsy moth project uses the WISE online delivery format to give high school students a background in the biology, management options and social issues concerning management of an invasive species. Through an online discussion with classmates, students are challenged to determine and defend a management option for their state.
    The project is a combined effort of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and University of California at Berkeley.

    To view the project go to http://wise.berkeley.edu

    This project is applicable anywhere in the United States!

    What is WISE?
    Harness the power of the Internet...wisely.
    WISE is a simple yet powerful learning environment where students examine real-world evidence and analyze current scientific controversies. Curriculum projects are designed to meet standards and complement your current science curriculum. Your grade 5-12 students will find the projects exciting and engaging. A Web browser is all they need to take notes, discuss theories and organize their arguments. They can even work from home! The Teacher Area lets you explore new projects and grade your students' work on the Web. Best of all, everything in WISE is completely free.

    To learn more about WISE, please visit the WISE Web site. There are several curriculum projects available for classroom use.


    Web Site: http://wise.berkeley.edu
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    Healthy Rivers: A Water Course | Minnesota DNR Division of Ecological Resources

    Resource type: CD - Web Site - Software
    Topics: Rivers - Eco-systems - Environmental Health - Natural Sciences


    "Healthy Rivers: A Water Course" is a dynamic CD-ROM program that explores the ecology and management of river systems. Produced by the Minnesota DNR Division of Ecological Resources, knowledge was synthesized from a team of interdisciplinary scientists, resource managers, and multimedia specialists to present this engaging, instructional guide about our relationship to rivers and streams. Featuring:

    ► 220 screens of information about rivers in an easy-to-navigate format
    ► More than 540 color photos
    ► Over 70 maps, graphic animations and illustrations
    ► More than 100 audio and video clips
    ► 100 links within the program and 100 links to external web sites

    The user-friendly program organizes information around a logical, five-component framework (Flow, Shape, Connections, Quality, & Life) for understanding complicated principles of river and stream ecology. Case studies examine the history of river use and provide a basis for a future vision of water resource management. A section exploring the value of river system goods and services leads to inspiring examples of local leaders and practical, action-oriented ideas for next steps. A complete bibliography complements additional references and resources for further study.

    "Healthy Rivers" is intended for secondary and post secondary educators; adult citizens working with conservation and watershed organizations on river management issues; land management agencies, local governments, environmental consultants, and policy makers working towards sustainable management of our river and stream resources.


    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/healthyrivers
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    Healthy Water, Healthy People | MN Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Guide - Course/Workshop - Curriculum
    Topics: Water - Pollution - Pollution Prevention - Science


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    This 200-page activity guide is for educators of students in grades 6 through university level. The purpose of this Guide is to raise the awareness and understanding of water quality topics and issues and their relationship to personal, public, and environmental health. Healthy Water, Healthy People will help educators address science standards through interactive activities that interpret water quality concepts and promote diverse learning styles, with foundations in the scientific method. This Guide will contain 25 original activities that link priority water quality topics to real-life experiences of educators and students.

    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    How Does Your Watershed Flow? | MN Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Water - Rivers - Geography


    How does your watershed flow? A colorful poster explaining what watersheds are has just been printed by the Minnesota DNR. The two-sided poster shows a topographic relief map of major watersheds across the state on one side and suggestions for protecting and improving the watershed and water resources in your community on the other. This is an excellent tool for schoolteachers, lake associations, service groups, and any one else interested in promoting protection of water resources. The poster is available free of charge from the DNR Information Center or through DNR hydrologists or fisheries staff at local DNR offices throughout the state.

    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Junior Park Naturalist Education Materials | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Resource type: Booklet - Web Site
    Topics: Prairies


    Teachers, group leaders, home schoolers, and parents can now help children become Junior Park Naturalists using three booklets easily downloadable on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Web site at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks_recreation/jpn.html.

    The booklets feature hands-on activities designed to help children learn about the plants and animals found in Minnesota's three main biomes or ecosystems. The activities in the Junior Naturalist booklets can be done in any park, forest, or natural area. After completing all of the activities in the booklet, children earn a Junior Naturalist patch and certificate. If they visit a Minnesota State Park to attend a program or complete a service project, they will receive their free patch and certificate at the park.

    Booklets and downloadable certificates are available at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/parks_recreation/jpn.html.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/jpn.html
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    Kids in Discovery (KIDS) Student Books | Project WET

    Resource type: Curriculum - Booklet - Book/Magazine
    Topics: Water - Environmental Sciences


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    These colorful, 16 page activity booklets are written and illustrated for eight through twelve-year-olds. Creative and hands-on investigations, demonstrations, science experiments, educational games and stories to stimulate understanding of booklet's topic. These informative, inexpensive booklets make excellent handouts to complement school curriculums, the Reference and Activity Guides, or stand alone as a fun introduction to water knowledge. Example topics include water cycle, wetlands, fishing, water conservation, oceans, rivers, ground water, and water quality.

    Web Site: http://store.projectwet.org/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6&zenid=8ae65f0bd869
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    Loon on Loan | Project WILD

    Resource type: Learning Kit
    Topics: - Lake - Conservation


    Consists of ten learning stations in a footlocker and taxidermied loon in its own travel case. Teams if students move from station to station and answer questions on the loon, its Minnesota habitat, and life history.

    Costs and contact information varies depending on location:

    Metro:
    $20/week for kits that travel from school to school. Reserve by calling Jan Welsh,DNR at 651-987-9720 ext. 5

    Northeast:
    $20/week. Call Mary Spoden at DNR-Grand Rapids Office 218-327-4278, or mary.spoden@dnr.state.mn.us
    Drop off/Pick up only

    Northwest:
    Northwest ECSU, Thief River Falls, 218-681-0900, ext. 114, or ksigerud@nw-service.k12.mn.us

    Central:
    CMERDC, St. Cloud, 320-202-0992, Ext. 201 or njohnson@erdc.k12.mn.us

    West-central:
    Lakes country Service Coop, Fergus Falls, 218-739-3273, ext. 124, or rgriffin@lcsc.org

    Southwest:
    Montevideo Media Ctr, 320-269-9243, or mweber@swsc.org

    Statewide:
    Same kit, mailable version, Bell Museum of Natural History $50/week plus approx. $18 shipping, 612-626-2299




    Graduation Standards: Correlated to MN Science Standards

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    Macroinvertabrate Mayhem Poster | Project WET

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Water - Rivers - Pollution


    Project_Wet
    This is the first in a series of Project WET posters designed to visually enhance select activities from the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide. "Macroinvertebrate Mayhem", a popular Project WET activity, is printed on the back for classroom use. Rich foliage illustrates the aquatic habitats of these tiny creatures, while detailed close-ups provide a clear view of each one's unique character. Help your students discover the wonders of the world smaller than their thumb through this beautiful poster and activity!

    Web Site: http://store.projectwet.org/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=20&zenid=35143dc5906
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    MinnAqua Fishing: Get in the Habitat! | MinnAqua Program

    Resource type: Curriculum - Web Site - Teacher Training - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Fish - Habitat - Stewardship - Outdoor Recreation


    Fishing: Get in the Habitat! is the education curriculum developed by the DNR Division of Fisheries MinnAqua Program. The curriculum is designed to cover angling recreation and stewardship as well as ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats. The curriculum consists of six chapters: Aquatic Habitats, Minnesota Fish, and Aquatic Stewardship Managing Our Resources, Fishing Equipment and Techniques.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minaqua/index.html
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    MinnAqua Program | MinnAqua Program

    Resource type: Curriculum - Poster - Teacher Training - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Habitat - Fish - Stewardship - Resource Management


    Teaching people about stewardship by teaching them to fish is the idea behind the MinnAqua program. MinnAqua is a statewide education program designed to teach angling recreation and stewardship as well as the ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats. Since its inception in 1990, MinnAqua has reached thousands of new anglers throughout Minnesota. Whether you are involved with a large community recreation program or you are a smaller group and would like to take some kids fishing, MinnAqua can meet your needs.

    Here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans have a unique opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy aquatic habitats. There are over 5400 game fish lakes in Minnesota and 15,000 miles of fishable streams and rivers. Fishing is a recreational sport that can become a life-long activity connecting participants with their local environment, encouraging stewardship and appreciation of Minnesota's natural resources.
    Any group can schedule a program. They are great for youth groups like scouts and 4-H. Parent/child groups, women, seniors, new immigrants, and people with disabilities can all enjoy the opportunities for fun and connecting with nature that fishing provides. Our goal is to provide a fun, active, "hands-on" experience with fishing to get participants excited about learning about and being involved with their local aquatic ecosystems!


    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/index.html
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    Minnesota Arbor Month poster | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Forests/Trees


    Description: Each year a new Arbor Month Poster is created. The poster represents ways people can celebrate trees. Look for updated Arbor Month information each spring. While each state celebrates Arbor Day, only Minnesota celebrates an entire month: May! (In Minnesota, Arbor Day is usually celebrated on the last Friday in April.)

    Size: Varies

    2008: "Level Up! Take it Outside"
    2009: "My Favorite Tree"
    2010: TBA



    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/education/posters.html
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    Minnesota Big Tree Registry | Minnesota DNR - Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Mathematics


    This DNR sponsored program allows individuals, classrooms, and community groups to nominate a tree in their community as one of Minnesota's biggest trees. Tree categories and instructions on how to measure trees are included.

    Information packet is available on-line or in paper formats.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/trees_shrubs/bigtree/index.html
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    Minnesota Biomes Poster | Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Ecosystems - Forests/Trees - Prairies - Education


    This poster depicts the four picturesque biomes of Minnesota: coniferous forests, deciduous forests, prairie, and the tallgrass aspen parklands. The back side contains 8 photocopy ready 81/2 X 11 panels to teach about Minnesota's biomes. A Web site supports the poster.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/biomes/poster.html
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    Minnesota Biomes website | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

    Resource type: Web Site - Poster
    Topics: Ecosystems - Forests/Trees - Prairies - Education


    Explore Minnesota's biomes and discover our state's four ecosystems.

    What is a biome? Which biome do you live in? What is succession? Minnesota is home to four distinct biomes, all of which host a specific variety of plants and animals that depend on unique ranges of annual precipitation, temperatures, and sunlight, along with soil composition and geologic features.

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a website with numerous resources to learn about the biome in your backyard as well as educational ideas for using Biomes information. In addition to handouts, a free poster focusing on the ecological classification of Minnesota's ecosystems is available to order.

    For more information visit http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/biomes/index.html

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/biomes/index.html
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    Minnesota Black Bear Kit | MN DNR

    Resource type: Learning Kit
    Topics: Wildlife


    Features activities on black bears. Includes a tanned bear hide, skull, tracking collar, lg. Bear puppet, story and non-fiction books, and videos of bear biologists in action.

    Contacts are below, please note it can only be dropped off and picked up.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us
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    Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine | Minnesota DNR

    Resource type: Book/Magazine - Web Site
    Topics: Wildlife - Conservation - Water


    Minnesota Conservation Volunteer presents Minnesotans with some of the state's finest nature writers, photographers, artists, and conservationists. Their work reflects our commitment to sharing and protecting the rich and diverse fabric of the state's wild places. Since publication of the first issue in 1940, our mission has always been to advocate conservation and careful use of Minnesota's natural resources in the hope that they will continue to sustain, delight, and inspire future generations.

    Minnesota Conservation Volunteer goes to more than 150,000 Minnesotans. Supported entirely by readers' contributions, it is truly the people's magazine of Minnesota's woods, waters, and wildlife.

    Every issue of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer features a Young Naturalists story for students. Beautiful color photographs and artwork illustrate stories that cover a variety of topics related to Minnesota's natural world. Downloadable teachers guides for every Young Naturalists story help teachers bring a wide range of educational disciplines to each lesson.

    Bulk classroom sets can be purchased at $9.00 per student for a one-year subscription (six issues). To setup a bulk order, please contact David Lent at 651-259-5347 or david.lent@state.mn.us

    Find free teachers guides at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/young_naturalists
    Teachers, students, and parents can individually subscribe to reader-supported Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer/subscribe_online.html

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/volunteer
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    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Resource type: Organization - Program - Web Site - Curriculum
    Topics: Education - Animals - Water


    Need an expert source on our state's natural resources? Check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

    The DNR's mission is to: 1) work with citizens to conserve and manage Minnesota's natural resources, 2) provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and 3) provide for commercial uses of natural resources sustainably. Education is an integral part of our mission.

    The DNR has a variety of educational resources focused on Minnesota's plants, animals and habitats including: posters, learning kits, books, and our award-winning magazine, the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. Many are free and all are available by calling the DNR's Info Center at 888-646-6367. If you need activities correlated to Minnesota Academic Standards, check out the Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and MinnAqua activity guides.

    The DNR also offers teacher trainings, outdoor classroom development assistance, workshops, safety-education classes, and naturalist-led programs at state parks. Learn more by visiting www.mndnr.gov/education.

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/education
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    Minnesota Fish Watch | MinnAqua Program

    Resource type: Booklet
    Topics: Fish - Habitat - Outdoor Recreation


    This booklet is designed to help you know where to look for different fish species and what curious habits aid them in survival, which foods are on the menu, and what tackle you should use if you choose to angle for them. Each species has a full color illustration and a description to assist you in identification.

    Keep a lifetime record of the fish you observe or catch in Minnesota on the Fish Watch life list.


    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/index.html
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    Minnesota Master Naturalist Program | Dawn Flinn

    Resource type: Program - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Natural Sciences


    This adult volunteer program is for those who are interested in learning more about Minnesota's natural resources and providing conservation education or service within their communities.

    A Master Naturalist completes a 40-hour, hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners, studying natural history, environmental interpretation and conservation stewardship.

    Participants receive detailed course manuals and certificates of accomplishment. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service. Each course costs $200. Scholarships are available.

    Web Site: http://www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org
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    Minnesota Minerals Education Workshop

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Geology - Mining - Minerals


    The MMEW is a three-day annual workshop for K-12 earth science educators, which offers short courses and field trips focused on the geology and mineral resources of Minnesota. Participants may choose among short course topics taught by professional geologists, mining engineers, academics, government scientists, and K-12 educators. Many of the courses introduce curriculum ideas for various grade levels. Field trips are designed to familiarize participants with the geology and mineral resources of southeastern Minnesota. The two days of field trips provide ample opportunity to collect samples and photographs of classic geological exposures.

    Participants will receive a variety of resource materials including rock and mineral samples, lesson plan ideas, posters, maps, videos, and other useful information. Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be provided with a certificate of participation listing contact hours.

    For more information visit http://www.d.umn.edu/prc/MMEW/2012 MMEW/2012 home page.html

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/geology/workshop/index.html
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    Minnesota Project WILD Early Childhood Activity Guide | Minnesota Project WILD

    Resource type: Course/Workshop
    Topics: Wildlife


    Designed for those that work with children age 3-8, Project WILD Early Childhood Guide provides the educator with a variety of lessons, crafts, ideas and adventures for incorporating animals into your student's curriculum. Training with the K-12 Project WILD Activity Guide is also included in the workshop.

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    Minnesota's Forest Treasures Poster | Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Botany - Diversity - Education


    This poster illustrates 38 of Minnesota's 52 native tree species. The back side is divided into the eight photo copy ready 8-1/2" X 11" panels to teach about the following tree topics: What is a tree?; Parts of the tree; Sizing up a Minnesota tree; Read the rings; Planting a tree; Cycles of life; Factors that affect tree growth; Tree layers.

    Free

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/education/foresttreasures/index.html
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    Minnesota's State Symbols Poster | Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Natural Sciences - Animals - Education


    This beautiful 18" x 24" poster depicts all of Minnesota's natural resource-related state symbols: loon, red pine, morel mushroom, walleye, agate, wild rice, and more.

    The back side of the poster tells the story of each symbol's rich history and how it came to be a symbol.

    Free

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/education/mnsymbols/index.html
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    Native Orchids of Minnesota | Welby R. Smith

    Resource type: Book/Magazine - Guide
    Topics: Botany - Natural Sciences


    Native Orchids of Minnesota is both a guide and a resource for the serious naturalist, the weekend botanist, and the connoisseur of natural beauty.

    Though often considered exotic and rare, orchids actually can be found across climates and continents - and Minnesota is no exception. The state is home to forty-nine wild orchids, occurring in every county. With a little patience, a modicum of outdoor experience, and this handy book, any Minnesotan can discover the common species of orchids in the wild.

    Native Orchids of Minnesota features detailed drawings and color photographs that make reliable identification practical even for beginners. In-depth discussions of habitats and natural history for each species reveal intricate ecological relationships and seldom-seen aspects of orchid biology. The book includes distribution maps for each species of wild orchid found in Minnesota as well as maps showing generalized distribution throughout North America. It also contains a phenology chart depicting the range of flowering dates and a comprehensive glossary of terms.

    Publication Date: April 23, 2012
    Paperback: 400 pages
    Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (April 23, 2012)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0816678235
    ISBN-13: 978-0816678235
    Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches

    About the Author
    Welby R. Smith is the state botanist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul. He is the author of Trees and Shrubs of Minnesota and a contributor to Minnesota's Endangered Flora and Fauna, both published by Minnesota.


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    One Bird Two Worlds | Jan Welsh

    Resource type: Curriculum - Course/Workshop - Guide - Teacher Training
    Topics: Wildlife - Geography - Curriculum - Phenology (seasons)


    One Bird Two Worlds, a new Minnesota-based science curriculum*, is designed for use with the 5th grade to 8th grade as a yearlong science theme or tailored to an 8 week concentrated unit.
    Your students study of neotropical migratory birds and the two worlds they inhabit will give flight to an understanding of how our local actions and decisions have a global impact.
    The curriculum focus of birds, forest, and people is woven together with a travel scheme, by our ambassador bird the Baltimore Oriole, by our sister state Costa Rica, and by our common ecosystem, forests.
    Students use their travel passport to fly with Minnesota's neotropical migratory birds to Costa Rica and back. Along the route students journal their flight path through migration challenges and mysteries, forest habitats, scientific inquiry, a research project of their own, and apply what they have learned to solve global needs of people and wildlife in real-life situations.
    *Adapted with permission from Wisconsin DNR's One Bird Two Habitats


    Web Site: www.flyingwild.org
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    Pelican Poster | Jan Welsh

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Wildlife


    Poster produced by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Nongame Wildlife Program.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us
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    Practical Tips for Bringing Nature Into Your Classroom: www.mndnr.gov/education/ee/classroom.html | Minnesota Project Learning Tree

    Resource type: Web Site - EE Site
    Topics: Animals - Forests/Trees - General Ecology


    This Web page contains practical, easy suggestions for bringing nature into the classroom. If you experience barriers to taking students outside but still want your students to experience "the real thing" indoors, visit this site for some quick, easy ways to bring the outdoors--IN!

    Suggestions were written by teachers, for teachers, and compiled by Minnesota Project Learning Tree (mndnr.gov/plt)

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/education/ee/classroom.html
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    Project Learning Tree | Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - Teacher Training - Guide
    Topics: Curriculum - Resource Management - Forests/Trees - Teaching


    PLT is a national environmental education program sponsored in Minnesota by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. PLT consists of a suite of curricula, teacher education workshops, and a web site.

    All activities in the curriculum guides are interdisciplinary, hands-on, and correlated to Minnesota Academic Standards.

    Activity guides include:
    * PreK-8 Activity guide (96 activities),
    * Minnesota Early Childhood Supplement to PLT (11 activities)

    Activity Guides for Grades 9-12
    * Places We Live
    * Focus on Forests
    * Forest Ecology
    * Municipal Solid Waste
    * Places We Live
    * Focus on Risk
    * Biodiversity
    * Forests of the World

    Descriptions of the curricula are listed on www.mndnr.gov/plt.

    The national PLT web site (www.plt.org) contains additional resources for specific activities such as connections to "Earth and Sky" radio shows, literature lists, powerpoints, and other items.

    To get a curriculum guide, one must attend an educator workshop. Educator workshops are offered throughout the state. Participants receive continuing education units and/or graduate credit (by request only).

    A current workshop calendar is listed on SEEK calendar: http://www.seek.state.mn.us/calendar.cfm and also on www.mndnr.gov/plt


    Graduation Standards: Most PLT activities are correlated to the Minnesota Academic Standards in science, social studies, language arts, and mathematics. Correlations are listed on http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/plt and http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/teachers/edstandards_intro.html

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/plt
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    Project WET | MN Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Guide - Course/Workshop - Curriculum - Teacher Training
    Topics: Education - Environmental Sciences - Water - Teaching


    Project_WetProject WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an international, interdisciplinary, water science and education program for formal and non-formal educators of K-12 students. Educators can obtain the basic K-12 activity guide focused on all aspects of water or other guides focused on wetlands (Wonders of Wetlands,) water conservation (Conserve Water,) water quality (Healthy Water Healthy People,) and cultural attitudes toward water (Native Waters.) The guides are available through workshops that are offered throughout the state.

    Graduation Standards: Correlated to MN's science, math, language arts and social studies academic standards. Searchable database available at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/teachers/edstandards_intro.html

    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Project WET Riverboat Workshop for K-8 Educators | Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Field Trip/Tour - Teacher Training - Curriculum
    Topics: Water - Curriculum - Teaching


    Workshop Details
    **Registrants must participate in entire workshop to receive curriculum.**

    Join us for a Project WET K-8 workshop on board a research boat on the Mississippi River in Winona! You'll learn how you can use water as a backdrop to teach your students math, reading, science and social studies. The workshop is designed to familiarize you with the Project WET Curriculum and show you ways to incorporate activities into your classroom. You will have the opportunity to take a short (optional) canoe trip during the workshop as well! National Wildlife Refuge Scientists will also be participating and presenting about the river during the workshop.

    When: Monday, June 9 (8:00 am-5:00 pm)

    Where: Winona Levee on Levee Drive
    (between Walnut & Johnson Streets)

    Credit: 8 CEUs available to all participants.

    Cost includes:
    *Project WET K-12 Activity Guide
    *Training from Project WET Staff
    *Supplementary teaching resources
    *Lunch
    *Optional canoeing

    ***Please come prepared to be outside****


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    Project WILD | Council of Environmental Education

    Resource type: Curriculum - Teacher Training - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Wildlife - Conservation - Habitat


    The Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide focuses on wildlife and habitat, and the Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide (developed through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) emphasizes aquatic wildlife and ecosystems. Each is organized in topic units and is based on the Project WILD conceptual framework. Because these materials are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course of study. Activities in both guides are correlated to the Minnesota Graduation Standards.

    Each Project WILD activity contains all the information needed to conduct the activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms. A glossary is provided, as well as a cross-reference by topics and skills.


    Graduation Standards: Correlated to National Science Standards

    Web Site: http://www.projectwild.org
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    Public Land and Mineral Ownership: A Guide for Teachers | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals, Transactions Section

    Resource type: Guide
    Topics: Land - Minerals - History - Geography


    This guide is recommended as a resource to supplement discussions on Minnesota's history, government and geography. It is intended for high school teachers and other people interested in public land history and management. The subject areas covered by the publication are:
    Origins of Federal Ownership
    Public Land Survey
    Federal Land Grants
    Federal and State Acquisitions of Land, and
    Mineral Rights.

    There is also a section titled "Suggested Discussion or Research Topic," which identifies stories or topics for discussion in the classroom or for further research by students.

    A single free copy is available upon request. This document is now available in pdf format. Teachers can browse through it and decide if they would like a hard copy, or just use the online copy.


    Web Site: http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/PLteachersguide.pdf
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    Rare Species Guide | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Resource type: Guide - Web Site
    Topics: Conservation - Bio-Diversity - Wildlife - Resource Management


    The Rare Species Guide (www.mndnr.gov/rsg) is an online reference tool, which was published in January 2009 by the Minnesota DNR's Division of Ecological Resources.

    The Rare Species Guide is the state's authoritative source of information about Minnesota's endangered, threatened, and special concern plant and animal species, and includes:

  • Taxonomic information
  • State and federal status designations
  • Minnesota and North American range maps
  • Color photographs and/or illustrations
  • Why the species is listed
  • Descriptive, habitat, and life history information
  • Conservation/management issues and recommendations
  • Conservation efforts in Minnesota
  • Bibliographic references
  • Life form, longevity, leaf duration, water regime, soil and light requirements, and phenology for all vascular plants


  • The interactive guide allows users to search for species profiles based on common or scientific name; state and federal endangerment status; broad taxonomic group (such as mammals or birds); habitat; location (including counties, watersheds, and ecological classification system subsections); and/or keyword. In addition to the species profiles, the Rare Species Guide also includes information on Minnesota's endangered species law and permits, why species become rare, and much more.

    This Guide replaces and expands upon the 1988 DNR book, "Minnesota's Endangered Flora and Fauna."

    The Rare Species Guide is available at no cost online at www.mndnr.gov/rsg.

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/rsg
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    Reclaiming Minnesota's Minelands | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Lands and Minerals

    Resource type: Booklet
    Topics: Mining - Sustainable Development - Minerals


    Reclaiming Minnesota's Minelands covers all aspects of "recycling" lands that have been mined in Minnesota in a colorful, user-friendly, and information-packed publication.

    Included are basic mining and reclamation facts, taconite/metallic mineral/sand and gravel/peat mining reclamation, information on the importance of planning, careers and research, two experiments ("Acid, Base or Neutral--Can You Tell Just by Looking" and "Does Your Soil Hold Water"), other activities, and a glossary.

    It is presented in a 12 page, tabloid format most suitable for students in grades 4-6. A single free copy is available upon request. Educators can obtain classroom sets.


    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/pubs.html
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    School Forest Program | MN DNR - Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Program - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Culture - Landscape


    The School Forest Program is Minnesota's Outdoor Classroom Program!

    - There are more than 120 DNR school forests in Minnesota. Schools can designate property of school land or elsewhere to use as an outdoor classroom for students and teachers. School Forests get DNR benefits such as assistance from foresters and other natural resources staff, on-site teacher trainings on how to tech outdoors, access to free tree seedlings from State Forest nurseries, and more. The program is free.



    www.mndnr.gov/schoolforest

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/schoolforest/index.html
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    Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife | Project WILD - Council for Environmental Education

    Resource type: Curriculum
    Topics: Wildlife


    Project WILD's new high school curriculum, Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife, is designed to serve as a guide for involving students in environmental action projects aimed at benefiting the local wildlife found in a community. It involves young people in decisions affecting people, wildlife, and their shared habitat in the community.

    The program consists of four major components: 1) Awareness: alerts students to the impact of human and individual activities on habitat quality and quantity; 2) Participatory Democracy: develops principles related to government structures and is appropriate for government and civics units of social studies courses; 3) Habitat Exploration: studies biotic and abiotic parameters of a site and is appropriate for ecology and environmental science units of science courses; and 4) Taking Action: guides both science and social studies students in designing, implementing, and communicating projects to enhance a particular site.

    Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife taps into students' desire to be part of a team and into their natural urge to understand, debate, and resolve real-life issues. Working methodically to achieve a positive result, students develop a sense of control and success.
    Examples of student action projects conducted during pilot testing of the curriculum include: the planning and construction of school and community wildlife habitats, cross-cultural water festivals along the Rio Grande River between Texas and Mexico, and impact studies of airport expansion on wildlife. A common ingredient in all projects is that they depended on local action to succeed. The end result was that students could see the impact of their actions and gain confidence that they had made a difference.


    Web Site: http://www.projectwild.org
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    Smokey Bear Posters | U.S. Forest Service

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Animals - Fish - Birds


    Description: A series of 15 color posters from the U.S. Forest Service Smokey Bear program help students with basic plant and animal identification while building an appreciation for the natural world.

    Size: 30" x 20"


    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/wildfire/smokeyposters.html
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    Spring Waters, Gathering Places | Project WET

    Resource type: Book/Magazine
    Topics: Human Communities - Water


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    Five short, beautifully illustrated stories chronicle the use of spring waters by the animal world, native culture, civil war, Oklahoma pioneers, and Teddy Roosevelt. Three sections follow with lessons about the water cycle, the creation of springs, and our bodies' dependence on healthy water.

    #KIDS-CB-2 paper - 80 pages -illustrations - glossary - references

    ISBN 1-888631-05

    Web Site: http://store.projectwet.org/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=7
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    Stop Invasive Plants poster | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Exotic Species


    This poster focuses on some of the non-native plants that are invading Minnesota's forests and fields. The back of the poster contains information on definitions, how to control invasive plants, and a calendar of "Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management."

    Size: 24" X 24" octagon

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/education/stopinvasive_poster.html
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    Teacher's Guide to Arbor Month: Activities on Trees and the Natural World for Grades K-8 | Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Guide - Curriculum - Guide
    Topics: Botany - Curriculum


    This guide makes it easier than ever to integrate knowledge about trees, shrubs, and plants, and the natural world into your regular school curriculum. This cross-curricular thematic guide offers dozens of student-appealing lessons to supplement your daily lessons in: language arts, people and cultures, science and environment, math, the arts, games, and physical activities. It is an ideal enhancement to your environmental education program.

    Keep your Teachers Guide to Arbor Month handy throughout the school year. It's a great reference for tree information any time, and offers a treasury of learning opportunities that integrate into your curriculum any time of the year.

    FREE

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/arbormonth/teachersguide.html
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    The Rainstick, A Fable | Project WET

    Resource type: Book/Magazine
    Topics: Water - Diversity - Anthropology - Human Communities


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    A young boy's journey from savanna to rain forest begins with the riddle, "A slender staff touches earth and sky at the same time." Stunning illustrations accompany the boy as he fulfills a quest to bring back the sound of rain to his West African village.

    The National Theatre for Children performs The Rainstick, a Fable at schools across the country. Contact 612-341-0882 x 202 or visit www.nationaltheatre.com.


    #KIDS-CB-1 paper - 40 pages - illustrations - bibliography

    ISBN 1-56044-284-0

    Web Site: http://store.projectwet.org/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=7
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    Track Pack | Minnesota Project WILD

    Resource type: Learning Kit
    Topics: Wildlife


    Includes rubber tracks and molds from several animal species, along with track field guide and activities for pre-school - adult. Includes instructions for making plaster animal tracks.

    Cost: $20/week fee plus return shipping.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us
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    Trees for All Seasons poster | Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Poster
    Topics: Phenology (seasons) - Forests/Trees - Botany - General Ecology


    Description: This poster highlights trees through all seasons in Minnesota. The front depicts a forest in all four seasons. The back is divided into photocopy-ready panels with information about tree growth and changes in each of the seasons, along with information on native trees and tree care.

    Size: 20" x 30"

    FREE


    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/education/treeforallseasons/index.html
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    Trees of Minnesota | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Booklet
    Topics: - Botany


    This 59-page field guide gives a quick overview of each of Minnesota's 52 native tree species. An introductory section includes descriptions of "Minnesota's Forest Regions" and "A Quick Guide to Leaf Types." Each tree page includes categories describing the tree's form, bark, leaf, fruit, range, and wood. A drawing of each tree and a handy, flip-out ruler is included. Pages are glossy for outdoor use.

    Web Site: http://www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/bookstore.asp
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    Water Celebration | Project WET

    Resource type: Booklet - Course/Workshop - Pamphlet
    Topics: Water - Environmental Sciences


    This booklet shows you how to plan one to three-day celebrations that entertain and educate a community, school, or single class about the importance of water. Sample schedules, funding suggestions, flyers, and press releases are included, along with successful games, exhibits, and presentations.

    #WC-1 paper - 32 pages - 9 x 7 1/2 -illustrations - appendix

    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Water in your Hands | MN Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Pamphlet - Booklet - Book/Magazine
    Topics: Water - Pollution Prevention - Pollution - Climatology


    A comic book story about water resources. Topics addressed by Water in your Hands include water properties, hydrologic cycle, surface water, ground water, water quantity, quality, point and non-point water pollution, water conservation and citizen involvement.

    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Water Ways: A Minnesota Water Primer and Project WET Companion | A publication produced by the Division of Ecological and Water Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

    Resource type: Book/Magazine - Curriculum - Web Site
    Topics: Water - Education - Environmental Studies


    Water Ways is a 150 page book with content on water science basics, Minnesota's rivers, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, life in water, human use of water, challenges to water resources, and water policy. Each chapter includes suggested Project WET Activities, career profiles, classroom activities, field-trip suggestions and resources.


    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/projectwet/waterways/index.html
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    Water, A Gift of Nature: The Story Behind the Scenery | Project WET

    Resource type: Book/Magazine
    Topics: Eco-systems - Water


    Spectacular, full-color photographs fill every page. Science, education, and art combine to make readers familiar with the many faces of water: clouds, rain, hail, snow, icebergs, geysers, rainbows, and waterfalls. Interpretive text details the animals and plants that depend on water from wetland beavers to the desert chuckwalla, and from a coral reef to a saguaro cactus.

    #WC-3 paper - 48 pages - 8 1⁄2 x 11 - photos

    ISBN 0-88714-077-7

    Web Site: http://store.projectwet.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_i
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    Wetlands Trunk | MN Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Learning Kit
    Topics: Wetlands - Wildlife - Water - Stewardship


    The Wetlands Learning Kit is a trunk full of hands-on educational materials. The kit consists of 10 learning stations that teach children the functions and values of wetlands. Aimed at grades 4-5, but parts of the kit may be used for other grade levels.

    Available for pick-up only.


    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Wild & Rare Activity Guide

    Resource type: Booklet - Pamphlet
    Topics: Animals


    A fun activity guide to help you learn about some wild and rare creatures of Minnesota. Order or visit http://www.mndnr.gov/wildandrare/index.html

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/wildandrare/index.html
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    Wildfire Prevention School Program | Larry Himanga

    Resource type: Curriculum
    Topics: - Natural Sciences


    Grade level specific booklets for teachers to use as a guide to giving fire prevention programs in schools. Each grade level booklet contains atleast three lessons that include background information, and activity and resources. Grade levels pre-K, kindergarten, 1st and 3rd need a flannel story board & cutouts as part of an activity.
    Booklets are only available via a website download. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/wildfire/index.html
    No longer in print - 7/2005.

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/wildfire/index.html
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    Wolf Learning Kit | MN DNR

    Resource type: Learning Kit
    Topics: Wildlife


    Twelve learning stations plus three class projects featuring the gray wolf. Teams of students move from station to station and answer questions. Kit contains a variety of items including animal skulls, rubber tracks, and pelt pieces.

    Metro:
    $20/week for kits that travel from school to school. Reserve by emailing jan.welsh@state.mn.us. Pickup/drop-off only from Carlos Avery Game Farm, Forest Lake.

    Northwest:
    Northwest ECSU, Thief River Falls, 218-681-0900, ext. 114, or ksigerud@nw-service.k12.mn.us

    West-central:
    Lakes country Service Coop, Fergus Falls, 218-739-3273, ext. 124, or rgriffin@lcsc.org

    Southeast:
    Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester, 507-281-6114






    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us
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    WOW! Wonders of Wetlands | MN Project WET Coordinator

    Resource type: Guide - Course/Workshop - Curriculum - Teacher Training
    Topics: Wetlands - Education - Water - Teaching


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    K-12 teachers will enjoy using this guide; it features 70 pages of background material followed by more than 40 cross-referenced activities. Every page is thoughtfully laid out with core text, great photographs, side bars, maps, and illustrations to make information clear and quick to use. Activities are organized into five sections: wetlands definitions, wetlands plants and animals, water quality and supply issues, soils, and people. The appendix offers instructions for planning and developing a schoolyard wetland habitat.

    #WOW-1 330 pages - 8 1⁄2 x 11 - b&w photos - illustrations -charts - glossary - resources

    Web Site: http://mndnr.gov/projectwet
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    Young Naturalists Study Guides | Dawn Flinn

    Resource type: Guide - Web Site - Curriculum
    Topics: Wildlife - Humanities - Science


    Young Naturalists stories introduce young readers to Minnesota's natural treasures-from agates to zooplankton. Stories explore the universe underfoot, the northern lights, and everything in between. Teachers guides are available for stories marked with an apple.

    Free language-arts activities and student guides for selected Minnesota Conservation Volunteer stories are available online. They are designed for teachers and environmental educators working with elementary and middle school students.

    Look for teaching materials by following this link and clicking on the big red apple http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/young_naturalists/index.html

    Young Naturalists is a kid friendly feature found in every issue of selected Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, a bi-monthly conservation magazine published by the DNR.



    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/young_naturalists/index.html
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