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5th Grade Conservation Tour | Becker Soil and Water Conservation District

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program
Topics: Bio-Diversity - Conservation - Wetlands - Wildlife


The Becker Soil and Water Conservation District 5th Grade Conservation Tour is a hands on, outdoor learning experience held on the Albert (Ike) Fischer Farm near Frazee, Minnesota. It is offered to all 5th graders attending schools in Becker County and is offered to Ulen-Hitterdal, and Menahga if they choose to attend. It has been held annually since 1967. The event is held over a two day period with different schools attending a morning or afternoon session. The tour includes educational station stops staffed by agency professionals or volunteers with knowledge of the subject matter covered at the station stop. Stations will typically include a Birding Station, Forestry, Water Quality, Historic Logging, Conservation Officer on Hunting and Resource Regulations, Hazardous Waste, Under Water Weeds, Mammal Mysteries and other topics that may be developed. Between stations students are lead on a pre-determined route and learn numerous plant and tree identifications along the way.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
ecosystem
habitat
predation

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5:
B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
B-2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
5.I.C.1 - The student will describe different kinds of work done in science and technology.

5.I.C.2 - The student will identify men and women of various backgrounds and ages who have been involved in science and technology, both past and present.

MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
4-8.II.C.1 - Students will explain why early settlers came to Minnesota and analyze their impact on political, cultural, and physical landscapes.

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Activity Backpacks | Wargo Nature Center

Resource type: Guide - Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour - Learning Kit
Topics: Wildlife - Environmental Sciences - General Ecology - Outdoor Recreation


Looking for a great way to explore the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park and the Wargo Nature Center? Then the Activity Backpacks are just for you! Backpacks filled with family oriented activities are available for use at both the Coon Rapids Dam and the Wargo Nature Center. Simply stop by and ask for them! Each backpack has a theme from general nature to birds to trees and new packs are always being developed. The activities are designed for families or small groups to use as they explore the trails and natural resources found in the parks. Use of the backpacks is FREE! For more information, call Wargo Nature Center at 651-429-8007.

Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/968/Wargo-Nature-Center
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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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Agassiz Audubon Center | Staff

Resource type: EE Site - Organization - Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour
Topics: Wetlands - Eco-systems - Habitat - Prairies


The Agassiz Audubon Center (formerly known as the Wetlands, Pines and Prairie Audubon Sanctuary) is located in the Red River Valley of northwestern Minnesota. The first thing people notice when they visit is the topography. We are "flat-landers." The closest thing to "elevation" out here is the beach ridge that runs along the west side of the Agassiz Audubon Center.

Blame it on the ice sheets during the "Wisconsin Glacial Episode" 10,000 years ago, which covered most of the North American Continent. As the ice sheets retreated (global warming) a huge, but shallow lake -- approximately five times the size of North Dakota - was formed. This lake held more water than all the Great Lakes combined -- and more water than all the lakes in the world today.

Our "beach ridge" location makes every day a "beach day" at the Agassiz Audubon Center - and across the street at the Agassiz Valley Water Resources Project (a 4 sq. mile flood control impoundment).

Come on up and experience the Tallgrass Aspen Parkland and our amazing wildlife: bears and Bobolinks, pelicans and penstemon, orchids and Short-eared Owls. Call to schedule a program - and participate in one of our citizen-science field projects.

For more information visit http://www.agassizaudubon.blogspot.com/

Web Site: http://www.agassizaudubon.blogspot.com/
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Air Quality | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Speaker
Topics: Air - Pollution - Environmental Health - Pollution Prevention


Students will learn about:
- Importance of good air quality on our health and future
- Health and environmental implications of burn barrels
- Description of air quality monitoring and equipment
- How to find the Detroit Lakes air quality status
- Air quality and relation to global warming

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
abiotic factors
cause and effect
cycles
reciprocity

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 6-8, 9-12:
Grades 6 - 8
C-2 The output from a social or natural system can become the input to other parts of social and natural systems.
C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

Grades 9 - 12 (adult)
D-4 It is not always possible to predict accurately the result of changing some part or connection between social and natural systems.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
6.I.A.1 - The student will distinguish between scientific evidence and personal opinion.

6.I.B.1 - The student will identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation and those that cannot.

7.I.A.1 - The student will recognize how scientific knowledge is subject to change as new evidence becomes available, or as new theories cause scientists to look at old observations differently.

8.I.A.1 - The student will explain and give examples of how science can be used to make informed ethical decisions by identifying likely consequences of particular actions.

8.I.B.2 - The student will describe how scientists can conduct investigations in a simple system and make generalizations to more complex systems.

9-12.I.C.4 - The student will know that technological changes and scientific advances are often accompanied by social, political, environmental and economic changes.

MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
9-12.V.D.1: Students will recognize changes over time in nearby landscapes, resulting from human occupation.

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Web Site: http://www.pca.state.mn.us
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Animal Adaptations: Beavers & their habitat | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Speaker - Program
Topics: Habitat - Natural Sciences - Wildlife - Wetlands


This Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge fieldtrip includes a nature walk through active beaver habitat, an educational beaver video, and an interactive program on beaver adaptations. Students will also record measurements of cut trees, this data will be available for later classroom use. The visitor center includes hands-on exhibits of the species and habitat native to the area, including a replica beaver and lodge for close up viewing. For grades 3-5.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Ecosystem
Habitat
Niche
Species

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5:
B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
B- 2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Grade 3 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The Students will recognize that plants and animals have different structures that serve various functions.
Grade 4 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The student will know that living things can be sorted into groups in many ways according to their varied characteristics, structures and behaviors.
Grade 4 - IV Life Science, E. Biological Populations Change Over Time, The student will know that biological populations change over time.

MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Grade 3 - I. US History. C. Many Peoples and Cultures meet in the Making of North America.
Grade 4, 5 - I. US History. A. Pre-history through 1607. The student will understand that large and diverse American Indian Nations were the original inhabitants of North America.
II. Minnesota History. B. Contact and Fur Trade 1600 - 1810. The student will demonstrate knowledge of early explorers and fur traders in Minnesota and the impact of the fur trade on both European and Native societies.

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Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/tamarac
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Aquatic Habitat for the Classroom | Becker Pet & Garden, Detroit Lakes Lon & Sallie Eikren

Resource type: Speaker - Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour
Topics: Water - Eco-systems - Fish - Habitat


Build an aquarium in your classroom. Aquariums are a living example of how an ecosystem works. Students will see how this aquatic system works from the parts of a functional aquatic habitat to oxygen needs and the cycle of how the fish waste feeds plants. Your aquarium ecosystem will have guppies/babies, snails, plants, etc.

When you purchase the equipment - owners of Becker Pet & Garden in Detroit Lakes will explain the entire process as they help you build the ecosystem. The range for a 10 gallon is $50-75 for filters, lights, etc. Your class can also visit the store to pick out the equipment, beware that because of the size of the store they can do a maximum of one class at a time. The more specific the topics/concepts the teacher requests the more helpful it is for staff to plan a meaningful activity. This aquarium activity is geared to grades 2 - 5.

Choose to purchase your aquarium at Becker Pet & Garden and make it an educational experience. Becker Pet & Garden - Phone 218-847-8265.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Habitat
Niche
Ecosystem
Population

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES PreK-2:
A-3 When the parts of social systems and natural systems are put together, they can do things they couldn't do by themselves.
B-2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Grade 2 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The student will recognize that plants and animals have life cycles.
Grade 2 - IV. Life Science, C. Interdependence of Life. The students will understand that organisms live in different environments.
Grade 3 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The Students will recognize that plants and animals have different structures that serve various functions.
4.I.A.1 - The student will explore the uses and effects of science in our interaction with the natural world.
5.IV.F.2- The student will use food webs to describe the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem in Minnesota.
5.IV.F.3- The student will recognize that organisms are growing, dying and decaying, and that their matter is recycled.

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Audubon Center of the North Woods Residential Environmental Learning Center

Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Program - Course/Workshop
Topics: Eco-systems - Energy - Outdoor Recreation - Wildlife


The Audubon Center of the North Woods, located on Grindstone Lake near Sandstone, MN, is a non-profit residential environmental learning center (RELC), conference & retreat center, and wildlife rehabilitation facility.

We are proud leaders in environmental education and renewable energy. Our diverse 535-acre sanctuary includes a variety of habitats, including old-growth red and white pines, hardwood forests, restored wetlands and prairies. We offer a great variety of environmental learning experiences for people of all ages.

Our unique center features geothermal heating/cooling and grid-connected solar and wind power systems. We have facilities that can provide lodging and meals for up to 150 participants and visitors to the Audubon Center of the North Woods have the opportunity to experience a range of dispersed learning environments including our wildlife barn, yurt, log cabin, formal classrooms, lounges, and of course, the great outdoors!

Conveniently located about halfway between Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Web Site: http://www.audubon-center.org
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Bell LIVE! | Katie Burke

Resource type: Video - Field Trip/Tour - Curriculum - Program
Topics: Environmental Sciences


Bell LIVE! electronic field trips explore unique habitats of the Upper Midwest. Each DVD features positive role models and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of science, motivating students to learn more about the environment and to consider science as a career.

Titles include: Great Lakes: A Superior Adventure, On the Prairie, Aquatic Adventure, Fire and the Forest, World of Wolves, and Raptors Live!

Web Site: http://www.bellmuseum.org/teacher_resources.html
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Bell Museum Birthday Parties | Katie Burke

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour
Topics: Education - Science - General Ecology


Celebrate with us on your special day! Choose a birthday party with animal tours, pin the tail on the wolf, party bags, presents for the birthday child, invitations, and/or nature printing.

Various packages available. Call for more information

Web Site: http://www.bellmuseum.org/birthday_parties.html
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Bell Museum Classroom Programs | Katie Burke

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program
Topics: Science - General Ecology - Wildlife


Our classroom programs provide an excellent way to expand your group's museum experience. Spend an hour focusing on a particular aspect of Minnesota ecology. Program topics may include predator/prey relationships, Minnesota ecology, or a specific animal, such as the black bear. Most programs include games, videos, and stories along with natural history objects such as fur, bones, or a taxidermied animal.

Groups of more than 40 students often choose to split their visit, with half the group participating in a discovery tour while the other half participates in a classroom program. The two groups then switch activities for the second hour.

Web Site: http://www.bellmuseum.org/outreach_programs.html
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Bell Museum Overnights | Katie Burke

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program
Topics: Education - Science - General Ecology - Wildlife


Spend the evening with owls, deer, or stars! We offer programs on butterflies, astronomy, and predator/prey relationships, as well as nighttime flashlight tours, nature printing, and scavenger hunts. The evening includes two or three programs and a bedtime snack. In the morning you'll meet our museum critters after a light breakfast.

Web Site: http://www.bellmuseum.org/overnights.html
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Bell Museum Tours | Katie Burke

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour
Topics: Wildlife - Environmental Sciences - Education - General Ecology


Our tours offer an exceptional chance to get close to Minnesota's wildlife and habitats. Museum interpreters work with your group to bring out the fun and fascination of nature through activities and games. In the Touch & See Room, our staff will help your curiosity run wild by exploring soft furs, sharp teeth, rough bark, and smooth snakes.

Tours are available for school groups, scout groups, youth groups, or families and friends. We require reservations for any group of 8 or more.

Web Site: http://bellmuseum.org/tours.html
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Bird Nest Boxes | Friends of Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Speaker - Resource Person - Exhibit/Display
Topics: Conservation - Habitat - Wetlands


Students will explore the nesting needs of various types of birds with a focus on waterfowl and bluebirds. Habitat needs for nesting will be identified. Samples of nest boxes will be shown. Nest box maintenance and survey information will be provided. May negotiate assistance and supplies for a nest box building activity. This program is available as a classroom activity or on-site visit to the Detroit Lakes WMD office as volunteers are available.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Habitat
Migration
Niche
Population

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5.
B-2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
3.IV.C.2- The student will know that changes in a habitat can be beneficial or harmful to an organism.

4.III.A.1- The student will identify and investigate environmental issues and potential solutions.

4.IV.B.2- The student will learn that the characteristics used for grouping depend on the purpose of the grouping.

5.IV.E.2- The student will recognize that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient to allow its survival.

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Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/detroitlakes
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Bird Seed Math | Becker Pet & Garden Lon & Sallie Eikren

Resource type: Speaker - Field Trip/Tour
Topics: Birds - Economics - Mathematics


Owners of Becker Pet & Garden in Detroit Lakes offer an in classroom presentation on backyard bird feeding, a few of the species that prefer sunflower and thistle seeds, how to weigh seeds, and make a bird seed mix. This hands-on activity has the students weighing and measuring seeds. Recycled milk jugs are used for holding the mixed seed. Students label the jugs and they are sold in the store. This activity is geared for 3rd grade and takes about one hour.
When students visit Becker Pet & Garden "Candy Store" it also provides opportunities for teaching math skills including counting coins, how to pay, etc.

Contact Lon or Sallie Eikren at Becker Pet & Garden at 218-847-8265.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Products
Niche
Function
Innovation & Invention

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5:
B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
B- 2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Grade 3 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The Students will recognize that plants and animals have different structures that serve various functions.

MINNESOTA MATH STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
3.1.2.4 Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving multiplication and division, including both "how many in each group" and "how many groups" division problems.
3.3.3.3 Make change up to one dollar in several different ways, including with as few coins as possible.

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Birds: Youth Mentorship Program | Minnesota Ornithologists Union

Resource type: Speaker - Field Trip/Tour - Resource Person - Slides
Topics: Birds - Education - Habitat - Wildlife


The birding society of Minnesota - Minnesota Ornithologist Union (MOU) - offers free bird slide presentations and field trips. A YMP volunteer will come to your school or other organization and give a presentation with slides of birds and take the group on a field trip, all at NO CHARGE. This can be done in either one or two visits. These programs are conducted by our volunteers and their contact information can be found on our Web site at http://moumn.org/mentorship.html

If you have questions, contact the Youth Mentorship Program (YMP) coordinator, Kevin Smith at ksmith9961@gmail.com or 651-437-5304.

Web Site: http://moumn.org/mentorship.html
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Bonanza Educational Center

Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
Topics: Environmental Education - General Ecology - Wildlife


The Bonanza Educational Center (BEC) is a consortium of seven school districts, Beardsley, Bellingham, Big Stone City, S.D., Browns Valley, Chokio/Alberta, Clinton/Graceville, and Ortonville, that have created an alternative hands-on environmental education center for their students and communities.

The BEC site is located at the Bonanza area of Big Stone State Park in the former interpretive center building. This building had been unused by the Department of Natural Resources for many years and was slated for demolition. Surrounding the center are 223 acres of restored prairie, oak/basswood forest and the shores of Big Stone lake, offering a unique outdoor classroom.

A K-12 outcome based, integrated curriculum was developed for the center and is being used by the member schools. Teacher in-services, community programs, 4-H, community education, programs are being conducted.

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Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center | Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center Staff

Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Program - Field Trip/Tour
Topics: - Water - Research


The Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center (BLELC) is a day use center located 17 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota. The BLELC is part of the Boulder Lake Management Area which is a cooperative project among Minnesota Power, St. Louis County Land Department, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry and Natural Resources Research Institute of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The BLELC vision is to be a "window" for various audiences to view full-scale, integrated natural resource management through the use of environmental education programs, facilities and public recreation opportunities.

BLELC offers a variety of middle school through professional level field programs in addition to classroom and schoolground programs, public programs and workshops. BLELC programs focus mainly on ecological research and natural resources. These programs develop decision-making, observation, and critical thinking skills while instilling respect for our natural history and heritage. If you have other ideas for programs, we will gladly work with to you to develop a specialized program.

Web Site: http://www.boulderlake.org
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Character Challenge Course Company (C4)

Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour - EE Site
Topics: Outdoor Recreation - Leadership


The Character Challenge Course Company (C4) is a located 7 miles north of Park Rapids, Minnesota and features a low Team Initiatives Course & high Challenge Course. Both are effective tools that develop positive traits in team-building. The C4 complex is used to shape and mold character, teams, and businesses, and families. It is used to help overcome fears, build communication skills, develop teamwork, and reach one's fullest potential. Talented facilitators will debrief and discuss how these experiences relate to their everyday lives.

At C4, there is something for everybody. It doesn't matter if you are touring northern Minnesota, looking for a great zip line experience in Minnesota, planning a team-building activity for a business, or looking for an educational opportunity for students, the challenges you will find on our high course are exhilarating and will push you past your own expectations. Our low course will cause you to look for new ways to solve problems, communicate effectively, and see things from the perspective of others.

Our mission at the Character Challenge Course is to provide clients with first class, team-building experiences that will revolutionize the way they approach their relationships, vocation, and difficult circumstances. When faced with a challenging element on the Aerial Adventure Park, people must make a decision. Will they Take the Next Step, or will they hesitate? No matter their answer, feelings will abound. Talented facilitators will debrief and discuss how these experiences relate to their everyday lives.

For more information visit www.characterchallengecourse.com

Web Site: http://characterchallengecourse.com/
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Chippewa Soil and Water Conservation District

Resource type: Organization - Resource Person - Field Trip/Tour - Program
Topics: Conservation - Resource Management - Wetlands - Forests


We provide educational and informational programs such as



demonstrations, workshops, youth activities, newsletters,



and tours related to the conservation of our natural



resources. Emphasis is placed on conservation of our



soil and water by best management practices such as



buffer strips, waterways, terraces, field windbreaks,



residue management, and farm planning. We also work with



such programs as Reinvest in Minnesota and Wetland



Restorations.

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City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Spring Parks Clean-Up | Staff

Resource type: Organization - Program - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
Topics: Pollution - Hazardous Waste - Pollution Prevention - Recycling


Who: Individuals, families and groups who are enthusiastic about keeping the city of Saint Paul beautiful and environmentally healthy.

What: Since the mid 1980's the city has sponsored the Saint Paul Spring Parks clean-up. Every year, the community comes together to remove literally tons of trash from Saint Paul's parks, parkways, riverfronts, recreation centers and school grounds. The city provides clean-up supplies, trash removal, recycling services and a "thank you" celebration. Volunteers provide the force to make this exciting event happen!

Why: Litter not only detracts from the beauty of our city, it threatens the health of the valuable water, soil and wildlife resources in Saint Paul. Volunteers will receive great personal satisfaction with helping the environment stay clean. Volunteers help keep litter from piling up on this terrific city in the annual Saint Paul Spring Parks Clean-Up!

When: This event takes place every spring during the month of April. Please call our volunteer hotline or check the website for this year's date.

Where: Parks, parkways, riverfronts, and recreation centers in the city of Saint Paul.

How: It's a community event you won't want to miss! To sign up, or for more information, please call Jennifer at (651)266-6458

Site Captains Needed!
Looking to go that extra mile? Every year, Site Captains, play a major role in the success of the Clean-Up by leading clean-up efforts at a particular site.

Site Captain Duties Include:
*picking up clean-up supplies from Park and Recreation and delivering them to your site the day of the event
*providing information on clean-up and recycling procedures to volunteers
*welcoming, signing in and helping volunteers get started cleaning
*inviting volunteers to the Thank You Celebration

Stay for the Party
Immediately following the Clean-Up, the City of Saint Paul says 'thank you' to the volunteers at the Thank You Celebration. Here, volunteers will enjoy a free lunch, family music, and fun and educational information booths.

Web Site: http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us/depts/parks/
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Creative Waste Management: Artstart's Artscraps | Artstart's Artscraps

Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour - Teacher Training - Course/Workshop
Topics: Art - Waste Prevention


Artscraps is a non-profit materials reuse store. Donations of scrap material are sold to teachers, students and artists at a low cost. Environmental and Arts programming use the materials to educate the public about issues of reuse.

ArtStart is an award-winning, non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing quality arts education for children and adults. Since its inception ArtStart has initiated a number of innovative programs and projects that focus on the link between the arts and the environment. These programs include the ArtScraps Creative Materials Reuse Store, Eco-Journeys Art Residency and Summer Programs, and the community-based ScrapMobile program.

Founded in 1988, ArtStart presents a multicultural, interdisciplinary view of the world through art classes and special programs focusing on the connection between humans and their environment.

ArtStart draws on a pool of artists and arts educators who focus on process as well as product. These artist/educators emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, esteem building and citizenship along with learning in and through the arts.


Web Site: http://www.artstart.org/
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Dakota County Historical Society

Resource type: Organization - Research - Field Trip/Tour - Learning Kit
Topics: History - Geography - Anthropology - Multilingual/Multicultural


A comprehensive museum system serving Dakota County as well as the Twin Cities metropolitan area and beyond, the Dakota County Historical Society (DCHS) collects, preserves, promotes and presents the history of Dakota County. For over 72 years DCHS has built a 20,000 piece collection and now operates two museums, regularly publishes new research, and provides more than 70 public programs and exhibits annually at facilities across the County.


The Lawshe Memorial Museum at 130 3rd Avenue North in South St. Paul is the headquarters for DCHS, home to the museum's collections, and the location of a high-quality public research library. The Lawshe museum is also home to a permanent main street exhibit, several semi-permanent and temporary exhibits, and two annual exhibitions by community partners.

DCHS also operates the LeDuc Historic Estate at 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings, MN. The four acre Estate is listed on the national register of historic places, in large part because it is one of the most intact examples of a home built based on the design of renowned landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing. The house itself is in the Gothic Revival style and is matched by a carriage barn and icehouse. In an unusual turn of events, the home was built by William and Mary LeDuc during the Civil War (1861-1865) despite William serving in the Union Army and Mary living in Ohio with her parents during the conflict. The LeDuc family story is told at the Estate and the prominent role William, Mary and their children played in the development of Minnesota is both remarkable and often overlooked.

A record 73 public programs and exhibits are scheduled for 2011. This extraordinarily high level of programming is made possible by 600 members, more than 5,000 hours of work by more than 200 volunteers, and a dedicated staff of 3 full-time and ten part-time staff. These events range from 26 presentations and workshops on a variety of cultural history and natural history topics to interactive events like Over the Brink: Civil War Weekend and the Vermillion River Walking Tour. Exhibits and events are hosted at museums, three government centers, the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, and community libraries. Please see www.dakotahistory.org for more information.


Web Site: http://www.dakotahistory.org
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Day and Overnight Field Trip Experiences | Lake Carlos Environmental Center

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - EE Site - Course/Workshop - Program
Topics: Education - Environmental Studies - Eco-systems - Stewardship


Our program enables people to develop a closer relationship to the earth and gives a better understanding of the principles of ecology, natural history, responsible stewardship and outdoor skills through creative learning activities. The Center is located near a variety of habitats, including lake, pond, marsh, virgin Maple Basswood forest and restored native prairie. A typical day involves hands-on outdoor classes, large group activities, meals and recreation. Through pre-trip planning, lessons are selected to enhance your curriculum goals.


Some of the "favorite" classes we offer throughout the year include: Tree ID, Maple Syruping, Paper Making, Pond Study, Deadly Links, Turtle Hurdles, Wildlife Signs, Tracking, Canoeing, Snowshoeing, X-Country Skiing, Survival , Orienteering, Astronomy, Alpha Wolf and the Challenge Course. We are also willing to come to your school to give presentations on selected topics and/or animal demonstrations.

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Deep Portage Conservation Reserve | Deep Portage Conservation Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation.

Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
Topics: Forests/Trees - Lake - Water - Wildlife


Deep Portage Conservation Reserve (DPCR) is a 6,300-acre forest reserve managed by Cass County for natural resources, research, education and recreation. There are numerous lakes and bogs and several miles of maintained hiking and xc ski trails. Open to the public, DPCR is also home to Deep Portage Learning Center, a full-service residential environmental education center. Reservations must be made to participate in programs at the learning center, but the land of DPCR is open to hunting, hiking, and has several non-motorized lake access points. Check with the staff at the learning center for more info about the reserve and available programs.

Web Site: http://www.deep-portage.org/
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Deep Portage Learning Center | Deep Portage Learning Center

Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour - EE Site - Program
Topics: Natural Sciences - Wildlife - Outdoor Recreation - Energy


Deep Portage Learning Center (DPLC) is an accredited educational institution that provides environmental, conservation, and outdoor recreation programming to groups from Minnesota and beyond. Our school is located in Cass County, MN, about an hour north of the Brainerd area, on the 6,300-acre Deep Portage Conservation Reserve.

Our primary facility is the 54,000-square foot Resource Heritage Center, which houses modern accommodations for up to 200, a full-service commercial kitchen, multiple classrooms and meeting spaces, and a 35-foot tall indoor climbing wall. Outdoor facilities include a 55-foot tall observation tower, northern bog boardwalk, low-ropes challenge course, canoe livery on Bass Pond with an easy portage to Big Deep Lake, archery and rifle ranges, land navigation course, and 12 kilometers of maintained hiking and Nordic ski trails. All trails and non-motorized lake access points are open to the public, but DPLC facilities, equipment and programming are provided for previously scheduled groups in residence only.

We see groups of all kinds, young and old, but specialize in elementary and junior high school programs that last for 1 to 3 days. A visit might include classes in forest and aquatic ecology, teambuilding, orienteering, xc skiing, snowshoeing, alternative energy, wilderness survival, MN cultural history and more.

Please contact us for more information or to schedule a visit at http://www.deep-portage.org/


Graduation Standards: Deep Portage curricula meet many MN graduation standards, and classes can be tailored to meet the educational needs of specific groups.

Web Site: http://www.deep-portage.org/
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Dodge Nature Center | Staff

Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Program
Topics: Conservation - Education - General Ecology - Natural Sciences


The Dodge Nature Center is a non-profit organization operating a 300 acre nature preserve that provides environmental education and outdoor experiences for thousands of people each year. Established in 1967 to insure that elementary school children would have the opportunity to learn about nature in an outdoor setting, the Dodge Nature Center's primary mission is environmental education for children in grades K-6. Over the years, the Center has expanded its programs to include outdoor education and activities for pre-school children, families, and adults. The Dodge Nature Center's land is characterized by a variety of habitats that support diverse plant and animal life. Six miles of trails on three parcels of land wind through rich woodland areas dotted with ponds and streams, past restored prairies, and across a floating boardwalk that provides access to a marshland area. Other facilities include a model farm, apple orchard, apiary, teaching laboratory, maple syruping building, classrooms, and offices.

Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org
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Dragonfly Educator Workshops | Ami Thompson Consulting LLC, Dragonfly Environmental Education

Resource type: Teacher Training - Course/Workshop - Curriculum - Field Trip/Tour
Topics: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) - Wetlands - Education - Curriculum


Dragonflies and Damselflies have been fascinating humans for thousands of years and are a fantastic tool to engage students. They can be found anywhere water is near, are easy to catch, and don't sting or bite (very hard). From historical dragon lore to scientific identification and citizen science reporting, in-depth study of the order Odonata can benefit all classrooms. This workshop includes a bit of background knowledge, a lot of hands-on exploration, and a bunch of classroom activities to bring home.

This four-hour workshop for educators examines dragonflies and damselflies in a new way; exposing their education connections to science, art, English, social studies and more. The workshop beings inside covering dragonfly natural history and doing hands-one curriculum connected activities and is followed by two hours outside catching, holding, and identifying as many dragonflies as we can catch. (In winter, we can auger holes in the ice and scoop out dragonfly nymphs to raise in the classroom.)

This experience is for educators of all types (formal and non). Attending a workshop includes a free electronic copy of the Dragonfly Curriculum Guide (includes 17 curriculum connected activities). The guide was written with middle and elementary students in mind but is adaptable to all grades. Educators can earn 4 CEUs for attending.

The workshops include:
- An intro to dragonfly and damselfly life histories and anatomy
- Techniques for dragon and damselfly ID
- Outdoor hands-on field time capturing and examining as many Odonata (order name for dragonflies and damselflies) as we can catch
- Citizen science connections
- 17 classroom activities with detailed background, instructions, & handouts

Workshops are best hosted at nature centers, schools, or other locations with both indoor education space and outside access to a wetland of any size or type (river, lake, pond, wet rain garden, etc.). Cost for workshops varies based on location and number of participants. Email Ami Thompson (ami@amithompson.com) to learn more about setting up a workshop.


Web Site: http://www.amithompson.com/educator-professional-development/dragonfly-educator-workshop
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Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center | Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center

Resource type: EE Site - Course/Workshop - Field Trip/Tour - Teacher Training
Topics: Education - Outdoor Recreation - Sustainability - Environmental Sciences


Nestled among the limestone bluffs and hardwood forests of southeastern Minnesota, Eagle Bluff RELC promotes a balanced education and environmental perspective that focuses on responsible use, renewal, and appreciation of our natural resources. This goal is accomplished through high-quality educational experiences for learners of all ages presented by highly qualified teachers and naturalists. We offer hands-on and minds-on experiences for school students, families, and other groups interested in environmental education in a natural, outdoor setting. This interdisciplinary experience integrates science, math, social studies, physical education, and creative arts. As a result, each participant is exposed to the multiple options and perspectives required for making informed, responsible decisions about environmental issues.

Web Site: http://www.eagle-bluff.org
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Earth Explore Adventures

Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour - Course/Workshop
Topics: Outdoor Recreation - Education


Since 1995, Earth Explore has provided students and teachers with memorable, life-changing opportunities for global learning and adventure. As a fully accredited travel program, our trips are overseen by the not for profit Earth Explore Foundation. We are fortunate to partner with some of the world's finest on-site educational organizations, and to offer academic credit options to all participating students.

Earth Explore offers young people a way to explore the world that is truly unique, educational and hands-on. And, in the process, provide the skills and inspiration that young adults need to make a positive contribution to protecting Planet Earth.

  • Students can get to know your world and gain valuable skills that will carry you into the future
  • Parents can find out how our fun, hands-on educational adventures can help your child succeed
  • Teachers can discover amazing opportunities to travel and lead your class on planetary discoveries


  • Earth Explore also offers student and teacher focused travel programs that deliver real world learning and adventure opportunities that cannot be found in the classroom.

    For more information, visit http://www.earthexplore.com/students.html.

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    Eastman Nature Center

    Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour - Program - Speaker
    Topics: Bio-Diversity - Environmental Studies - Phenology (seasons) - Wildlife


    Eastman Nature Center is nestled in the sugar maple floodplain forest of Rush Creek in Dayton, MN. In October 2012, we opened our newly reconstructed, 13,000-square-foot building, that features quiet reading and observation rooms, three classrooms, a professional exhibit area with wildlife watching and unique, artistic educational exhibits, free-play puppet Tree, small live animals on display, an open-air deck, a small coffee and snack service, and an after-hours foyer restroom. Stop by and explore the kids outdoor Nature Exploration Area, floating boardwalk, pond observation blind, amphitheater, orienteering courses, and demonstrative plantings for wildlife.

    Eastman is connected to the paved bike and the cross-country ski trails, as well as five miles of hiking/snowshoeing trails - great for photography or bird watching. The building is heated/cooled with a geothermal system and in-floor radiant heating, and solar hot water ; there are many other sustainable features to meet the Minnesota B-3 rating standards.

    Our professional naturalists offer a multitude of outdoor education programs for your school group, scout troop, senior center, home school group or other organized group. Our curriculum supports certain MN K-12 Academic Standards. You can review our Standards Matrix to decide which programs meet your classroom needs. Our naturalists are also able to bring our resources directly into your school, library, local park, church, community center or other meeting site -- for a program either inside or outside.

    For more information visit http://www.threeriversparks.org/parks/elm-creek-park/eastman-nature-center.aspx or call 763/694-7700.


    Web Site: http://www.threeriversparks.org/parks/elm-creek-park/eastman-nature-center.aspx
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    Ecology Bus - "Prairie Schooler" | The Prairie Ecology Bus Center

    Resource type: Program - Field Trip/Tour - EE Site - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Wetlands - Prairies - Wildlife - General Ecology


    The "Prairie Schooler" Ecology Bus is a mobile environmental education center operated by the The Prairie Ecology Bus Center in Lakefield, MN. The Ecology Bus is a 32-passenger state-of-the-art bus equipped with everything you need to explore the natural world: insect nets, rubber boots, chemical test kits, snowshoes, binoculars, hand lenses, microscopes, macroscope, T.V. monitors, and more. The Ecology Bus picks up groups at their school and travels to a nearby natural area (park, wildlife area, wetland) for the education program.

    Prairie Ecology Bus Center staff teaches programs in Prairie Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Stream and Lake Ecology, Forest Wonders, Winter Science, Cell Biology and many more.

    Web Site: http://www.ecologybus.org
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    Educational Tours of the Hunt Utilities Group Campus

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Education - Energy - Engineering - Sustainable Development


    Happy Dancing Turtle offers tours of the Hunt Utilities Group Campus in Pine River. The campus, home of Happy Dancing Turtle, is a research and development campus, dedicated to sustainable living. Tours can be tailored to your needs, and can include examples of natural building, permaculture, solar and wind power, earthen plaster (cob) construction and artwork, water catchment and recycling, composting, beekeeping, living roof, and Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (solar installations). Visits to campus can also include hands-on activities, such as papermaking, outdoor activities, and environmental games. A visit to our campus is a wonderful introduction to sustainable living, and would be appropriate for any community or school group, individual, or organization.

    Web Site: http://www.happydancingturtle.org
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    Environmental Education Classes

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Education - Environmental Studies - Wildlife - Outdoor Recreation


    Environmental Education Classes for all ages are available to assist educators in meeting graduation standards and environmental education learner outcomes. Classes are designed to provide children with a better understanding of the natural world and of their responsibilities for and relationship to the natural environment. Programs may be held at the Center or at your site.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/875/Environmental-Education-for-Schools
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    FamiliesOutdoors.Org | Jeffers Foundation

    Resource type: Web Site - Guide - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation


    Jeffers Foundation launched a campaign to encourage families to get outside! Minnesota has TONS of fun stuff to do! FamiliesOutdoors.Org will help you find local activities in the Twin Cities that your family can do outside together. The website will help you connect to the right resources to help you plan your best outdoor adventure yet!

    FamiliesOutdoors.Org includes resources and information on the following activities:
    Biking, camping, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, explore nature, gardening, geocaching/orienteering, archery, family adventures, walking/hiking/backpacking, swimming, living history, climbing, volunteering/stewardship, birding, and photography.

    Visit http://www.familiesoutdoors.org/ for more information.

    Web Site: http://www.familiesoutdoors.org
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    Field Trip Funding to Three Rivers Park District Education Centers | Allison Neaton, Three Rivers Park District

    Resource type: Grant/Funding - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Education


    The Three Rivers Park District Foundation received a Yellow Bus Fund grant from the Donald Weesner Foundation to fund field trips for school-aged children from public and private schools and school-age youth serving organizations to Three Rivers Park District.

    Transportation assistance can be used to travel to any Three Rivers Park District location where outdoor education programs are taught. Including:
  • Baker Near Wilderness Settlement in Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain
  • Elm Creek Park Reserve, Osseo
  • Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove
  • French Visitor Center/Regional Park, Plymouth
  • Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
  • Hyland Park Reserve, Bloomington
  • Kroening Interpretive Center in North Mississippi Regional Park, Minneapolis
  • The Landing - MN River Heritage Park, Shakopee
  • Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Minnetrista
  • Lowry Nature Center and Historic Grimm Farmhouse in Carver Park Reserve, Victoria
  • Richardson Nature Center in Hyland Park Reserve, Bloomington
  • Silverwood Park - a center for arts and environment, St Anthony
  • West Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center/Regional Park, Brooklyn Park


  • Each location has a unique focus and several programs available. You can look up information about any Three Rivers Park District location on the web at www.ThreeRiversParkDistrict.org.


    Web Site: http://www.ThreeRiversParks.org
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    Fishing Bait & Tackle | Quality Bait & Tackle John Store

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Resource Person
    Topics: Fish - Outdoor Recreation - Conservation - Lake


    Take your students to a bait shop and inspire them with a life long outdoor recreation activity- fishing. Students will explore the basics of fishing gear and fishing techniques. Quality Bait & Tackle owner John Store will talk about rods, reels, and other fishing gear. Student can classify equipment. He will also show the children different types of bait. Habitats of fish will be discussed as John shares the secrets of using different types of lures and bait for different fish species. Fishing etiquette and conservation will also be addressed. John likes to make the activity fun and is eager to encourage new young anglers.
    There must be adequate supervision for the students when visiting the store and with limited space only one class at a time please.

    Check on availability as the fish tanks are fuller during the appropriate fishing seasons. Contact John Store at Quality Bait & Tackle in Detroit Lakes at 218-844-2488.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    habitat
    niche
    trophic level
    innovation & invention

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES PreK-2:
    A-3 When the parts of social systems and natural systems are put together, they can do things they couldn't do by themselves.
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    3. IV. C. 1The student will know that organisms interact with one another in various ways besides providing food.
    3. IV. C. 2. The student will know that changes in a habitat can be beneficial or harmful to an organism.
    4.I.A.1 - The student will explore the uses and effects of science in our interaction with the natural world.
    4.IA.3. The student will recognize the impact of scientific and technological activities on the natural world.
    5.IV.F.2- The student will use food webs to describe the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem in Minnesota.
    6.I.B.1 -1. The student will identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation and those that cannot.
    6.I.B.2. The student will distinguish among observation, prediction and inference.

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    NI4
    NI5
    NI6

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    Forest Management/ Health of a Forest | Howard Mooney - DNR Forestry

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Poster - Video - Web Site
    Topics: Bio-Diversity - Conservation - Forests


    Class will visit logging site and learn why timber harvest is important to people and to the forest. Students will practice measuring board feet of a tree, explore logging techniques and identify benefits of forest managment to wildlife.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    diversity
    economics
    ecosystem
    species

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 9-12(adult)
    D1: The interaction of social and natural systems can create properties that are different from either individual system.
    D-2 Interaction between social and natural systems is defined by their boundaries, relation to other systems, and expected inputs and outputs.
    D-3 Feedback of output from some parts of a managed social or natural system can be used to bring it closer to desired results.
    D-4 It is not always possible to predict accurately the result of changing some part or connection between social and natural systems.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    9-12.I.D.1- The student will be able to trace the development of a scientific advancement, invention or theory and its impact on society.

    9-12.III.A.1- The student will identify and research an environmental issue and evaluate its impact.

    MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    9-12.V.C.8- Students will explain the variation in economic activity and land use within the state of MN, analyze issues related to land use and reach conclusions about the potential for change in various regions.

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    NI9
    NI10
    NI11
    NI12

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    Gale Woods Farm: An Educational Farm | Farm Educator

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - EE Site - Resource Person - Organization
    Topics: Agriculture - Horticulture - Resource Management - Art


    Gale Woods Farm is an educational farm located in Minnetrista, approximately 30 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. This 410-acre park, located on the forested shores of Whaletail Lake, was donated by the Gale Family to Three Rivers Park District in 2000. Gale Woods Farm seeks to demonstrate the practices and culture of contemporary small-scale farming, and promote land stewardship through agriculture education.

    At Gale Woods Farm, visitors from schools and the general public can work with farm animals; explore the orchard and its management; take a hayride through pastures and forests; spin sheep?s wool and learn to use fiber in knitting and weaving; participate in planting, tending, and harvesting vegetables in our organic gardens; and much more. Opening in August 2003, the farm provides opportunities for children and adults to participate in experiences that enhance their understanding of agriculture, food production, land stewardship and hand crafts. Seasonal farm activities will be the basis for scheduled programs and school group visits.

    There are also many recreation opportunities at Gale Woods. The farm includes hiking areas on several miles of trails that loop around rolling fields, mature oak and maple-basswood forests, and undeveloped lakeshore and wetlands. A beautiful cross-country running course designed by area coaches is available for high school meets. The park provides canoe and rowboat rentals for visitors to explore the secluded bays of the lake. A fishing pier is available for fishing in Whaletail Lake.

    A four-season rental picnic pavilion is available for large groups. This distinctive facility overlooks the lake, pastures, and gardens of the farm and can hold up to 400 people. In conjunction with facility rental, groups may participate in farm experiences such as sleigh rides, barn tours, wool spinning demonstrations, and orchard walks.

    For more information visit http://www.threeriversparks.org/parks/gale-woods-farm.aspx

    Web Site: http://www.threeriversparks.org/parks/gale-woods-farm.aspx
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    Hartley Homeschool: A Year of Learning | Staff

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Course/Workshop - Program - EE Site
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Conservation - Environmental Studies


    Each year Hartley Nature Center offers local homeschooling families educational experiences that are age appropriate with a variety of seasonal nature activities for ages preschool-12 years old. Registration information is posted in August and classes begin mid-September. Class sizes are limited and fill quickly. Programs are held monthly (Sept. through May) and cost $93 for members and $139 for nonmembers. Generous scholarships are also available.

    Class groups:
    Preschool Porcupines: Ages 4 to 5 years
    Rambling Raccoons: Ages 6 to 7 years
    Bushwackers: Ages 8 to 9 years
    Nature Scientists: Ages 10 to 12 years

    Web Site: http://www.hartleynature.org/learn/homeschool.html
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    Hartley Nature Center | Staff

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Education - General Ecology - Outdoor Recreation - Natural Sciences


    Hartley Nature Center's mission is to inspire life-long connections with nature through education, play, and exploration. We offer field experiences that are "hands-on" and "feet-in" learning. These include a nature-based preschool program, school field trip programs, parent-child nature programs, youth and community group programs, volunteer opportunities, sponsorship programs, and occasional adult evening programs.

    Hartley Nature Center programs are at Duluth's Hartley Park. Duluth's Hartley Park features 660 acres of diverse forest, field, pond and wetland habitats. A Duluth city park, Hartley has many kilometers of skiing, mountain biking, and hiking trails which include overlooks of Lake Superior from rocky outcrops. This 'urban wilderness' has a rich human history as well: it was once the site of vegetable and dairy farming, soap box derby races, and ice-skating.


    Web Site: http://www.hartleynature.org/
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    Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory | Janelle Long, Director

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Birds - Conservation - Education - Research


    Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory is a non-profit organization located in Duluth, MN. The primary goals of the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory are to study one of the greatest migrations of birds of prey in North America; to research the distribution, abundance and migratory pathways of birds in the Western Great Lakes; to educate people about bird conservation; and to serve as stewards of the Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve, the first designated Important Bird Area within Minnesota.

    Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve is a 365-acre natural area set aside for bird observation and research. It is perched on a rocky ridge above the eastern part of the city of Duluth and provides some of North America's best autumn hawk watching. A seasonal average of over 94,000 raptors migrate past Hawk Ridge from mid-August through November. During the fall season, naturalists provide daily education programs for the public at the nature reserve. Hawk Ridge also conducts research activities, coordinates citizen science projects, and offers outreach education programs to promote bird conservation.


    Web Site: http://www.hawkridge.org
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    Headwaters Environmental Learning Center

    Resource type: EE Site - Curriculum - Field Trip/Tour - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Education,Environmental S - General Ecology,Global St - Environmental Sciences - Global Studies


    Headwaters Environmental Learning Center (HELC) is a

    cooperative effort between the Headwaters Science Center

    and the Concordia Language Villages (CLV). At HELC students

    in grades 4-12 learn to integrate environmental concepts

    and scientific facts into their lives to help make informed

    decisions about how they live. The residential setting is

    used to develop a sense of community within each group and

    build program continuity. We individualize each program to

    suit the needs of your group. CLV strives to prepare young

    people for responsible citizenship in a global community,

    this mission lends an international context to HELC.

    Web Site: http://www.HSCBemidji.org
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    Joseph E. Wargo Nature Center

    Resource type: Curriculum - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Resource Person
    Topics: Wildlife - Ecosystems - Environmental Education - Outdoor Recreation


    Wargo Nature Center is an Anoka County Parks and Recreation Facility located in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve in Lino Lakes. The interpretive center is nestled on a beautiful peninsula overlooking George Watch Lake, one of seven lakes in the 5,000 acre park reserve. Wargo is an outdoor learning center designed to be used by the community. Interpretive programming is developed to promote positive environmental values and is available for persons of all ages and abilities. Program content changes with the seasons and includes wildlife, maple syruping, pond studies, etc. Snowshoes and Norwegian kicksleds are available to explore the wonders of the winter world, with canoes and kayaks available to discover the lake and shoreline.

    Environmental education classes for all grade levels are available to assist educators in meeting environmental education learner outcomes and graduation standards. Classes are designed to provide children with a better understanding of the natural world and of their relationship to and responsibilities for the natural environment.

    Public programs are offered on weekends at both Wargo Nature Center and the Coon Rapids Dam East Visitor Center; please call for the current seasonal calendar of programs and activities. Meeting rooms and facilities are available to rent for businesses and organizations.

    A partnership with Connexus Energy allows Wargo to present wildlife outreach programs to over 25,000 students each winter and spring as well as 3,000 students who visit our Heritage Lab each fall.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/866/Wargo-Nature-Center
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    Karst Education Trunk | Southeast Minnesota Water Resources Board and the Science Museum of Minnesota

    Resource type: Learning Kit - Poster - Video - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Geology - Water - Pollution Prevention - Pollution


    The trunk includes materials for hands on activities, fossils, sedimentary rock samples, a 3-D karst model, geologic atlas maps for SE MN counties (with classroom activity sheets), Karst Operators Manual, karst slide show, videos, books, posters, fact sheets and other information about karst and water quality, caves, wells, etc., as well as locations in SE MN where karst features can be seen. Activities are geared toward middle school students, but can be used for younger or older audiences.

    To get a trunk, contact:
    Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center (507)467-2437

    Dodge County Environmental Services (507) 635-6273

    Fillmore County SWCD (507)765-3878, ext. 3

    Goodhue County SWCD (612) 923-5285

    Houston County  Root River SWCD (507) 724-5261

    Mower County  Hormel Nature Center (507)437-7519

    Olmsted County  Environmental Services (507) 285-8339

    Rice County  River Bend Nature Center (507)332-7151

    Wabasha County  Environmental Health (651) 565-3068

    Winona County  Winona SWCD (507) 523-2173

    SE MN Water Resources Board (507) 457-5223

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    KSE Children's Forest | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Forests - Stewardship - Wetlands - Teaching


    As the Forest Grows, So Grow the Children. As the Children Grow, So Grows the Forest. KSE Kids from 5 North Minneapolis schools have begun creating a native Minnesota forest along Shingle Creek known as "The Kids for Saving Earth Children's Forest." This new forest is a living, learning laboratory in an urban setting. The kids are not only planting trees and native plants over the coming years, they are also making seasonal field trips to the KSE Children's Forest with on-site educational support from a local naturalist.

    An important goal of the project is to educate and empower young people through a hands on program that teaches the importance of forests, particularly in their own "neck of the woods." This unique forest project is a great new way for urban kids to "dig in" and work together for a healthier, more beautiful environment.

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    Lake Carlos Environmental Center

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Eco-systems - General Ecology - Wildlife - Natural Sciences


    The Lake Carlos Environmental Center began in 1983, offering educational programs to schools and community groups. Located 7.5 miles north of Alexandria on the shore of Lake Carlos, habitats found on the 96 acres include Maple-Basswood Forest, restored prairie, wetland, and lake shore. Programs are available for all ages, using these habitats, as well as offering cross country skiing, snowshoeing, orienteering, canoeing, low ropes course, and camping instruction. With only one school in residence at a time, the program is customized, focusing on specific curriculum and schedule that fits the needs and wishes of the individual school. With housing for up to
    200 people year round, the Center provides a quality residential program for over 30 schools each year. A unique offering for parochial and private schools is a christian emphasis in the program, which may be included upon request. The Center provides instructors, classroom visits, and post trip materials which help people in Learning to Care for the Earth.
    For more information, contact the Environmental Education Director, LCED, 8231 Co. Rd. 11 NE, Alexandria, MN 56308.

    Web Site: http://www.luthercrest.org/CarlosFramePage.htm
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    Lake Superior Zoo Summer Adventures | Leslie Larsen

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - Field Trip/Tour - EE Site
    Topics: Habitat - Wildlife - Zoology - Food Chain


    Explore the zoo and participate in crafts, games, and activities about a variety of topics. We offer camp adventures for ages 3-adult. Call for an updated brochure or go on www.lszoo.org to register online!

    Web Site: http://www.lszoo.org
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    Laurentian Environmental Center (LEC)

    Resource type: Organization - Course/Workshop - Field Trip/Tour - Teacher Training
    Topics: Education - General Ecology - Conservation - Earth


    Laurentian Environmental Center (LEC) is a public residential educational facility that combines science, environmental education, leadership training, and outdoor skills recreation programs. It is accredited by The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation. It is owned and operated by Mounds View Public Schools for use by people from throughout Minnesota and the Midwest.

    Education programs are hands-on, discovery-oriented and aligned with Minnesota state graduation standards. Qualified and caring LEC staff lead instruction through an inquiry method of teaching and learning. Each of the program staff holds a degree in one or more of the following areas: biology, natural resources management, outdoor recreation and education, educational psychology, environmental studies, or education.

    For more information visit http://www.laurentiancenter.com

    Web Site: http://www.laurentiancenter.com
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    Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Field Trip/Tour - Program - Teacher Training
    Topics: Environmental Sciences - General Ecology - Natural Sciences


    Lee & Rose Warner Nature Center is a private non-profit nature center dedicated to offering quality environmental education opportunities for school field trips for grades 3-8, as well as weekend public family and adult programs, and week long summer day camp classes for children aged 5-14. Warner also offers teacher training workshops.

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    Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center | Julie Grecian, Assistant Director

    Resource type: Program - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Organization
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Education - Science - Phenology (seasons)


    LRWNC is a private non-profit nature center dedicated to offering quality environmental education opportunities for schoolchildren grades K-6 at no cost to the schools. We also offer weekend and evening family and adult programs, Girl and Boy Scout programs, and summer day camps. Outreach programs are available to schools, scouts and other community groups. Contact LRWNC for information regarding fees for non-school programs.

    Web Site: http://www.warnernaturecenter.org
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    Live Owl Programs | Staff

    Resource type: Program - Speaker - Field Trip/Tour - Research
    Topics: Wildlife - Animals - Birds


    We offer a wide variety of owl programs to meet your needs. We have programs geared toward pre-K, elementary school, high school, adult, mixed audiences, and advanced Road Scholar and Audubon. Program themes include owl adaptations, human/owl interactions, vocalizations, behavior, and identification.

    All indoor programs include a visit from Alice the Great Horned Owl and can be conducted on or off site.

    Please call to discuss details.

    Web Site: http://www.houstonmn.com/Houstonmn/Program_Brochure.html
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    Long Lake Conservation Center | Pam Carlson, Administration Coordinator

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Conservation - General Ecology - Wildlife - Natural Sciences


    Long Lake Conservation Center is located on 760 acres of land once occupied by Glacial Lake Aitkin near Palisade, Minnesota. It is a region surrounded by a rich lake and bog ecosystem, a perfect setting for aquatic, wildlife and forestry studies, resource inventories, outdoor recreation activities and star gazing. While it tailors programs to each school, most visits are three days in length.

    Web Site: http://www.llcc.org
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    Maple-Basswood Forest | Lake Carlos Environmental Center

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Guide - Pamphlet - Booklet
    Topics: Forests - Habitat - Eco-systems - Wildlife


    Maple Basswood Forest is self-guided trail walk of 0.4 miles introducing hikers to a this rare and beautiful forest community. The trail winds through nearly 40 acres of mature forest. As you walk, numbered markers will correspond to the information in the guide, and will introduce you to this unique ecosystem. You will read about the management of the forest, about the natural history and the wildlife that dwells there. Many people find this a peaceful magical place. Along the trail there are circle shelters and benches for taking a moment of rest to enjoy your time in the Maple-Basswood Forest.

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    Maplewood Nature Center | Karen Wachal

    Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour - Exhibit/Display - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Curriculum - Wildlife - Outdoor Recreation - Eco-systems


    The Maplewood Nature Center consists of 40 acres of trails through woods and wetlands which include a boardwalk. The visitor center has exhibits including an energy bike. There are naturalist led programs or self guided activities. The newly renovsated sustainable yard has a new childrens play area with climbing rock and picnic tables. The nature center and trails are free to explore. Some naturalist led programs require a minimal fee. There is snowshoe rental in the winter. Birthday parties are also offered. 651-249-2170

    Web Site: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/nc
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    Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves | Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves

    Resource type: EE Site - Program - Field Trip/Tour - Exhibit/Display
    Topics: Education - Wildlife - Prairies - Wetlands


    Owned and operated by the City of Maplewood - Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves is home to deer, mink, great horned owls, and many other species of wildlife. The Preserves are 13 Open space sites throughout the city managed by the Nature Center staff.

    Self-guiding trails wind through forty acres of oak woods, ponds, and prairie. A floating boardwalk and observation decks offer scenic pond views to visitors, watching for ducks and muskrats. In winter, snowshoes are available to rent for walks along the snowy trails.

    Free trail maps and a self-guiding trail brochure are available at the visitor center. Enjoy our picnic area, water garden, and wildflower gardens. Resplendent with colorful wildflowers and tall grasses, James McKee Prairie is located a few miles north of the Nature Center. Directions to the site are available at the nature center. Professional naturalists lead fun, innovative nature programs for all ages. These programs are designed to increase awareness of relationships between people, organisms and the environment.

    Call (651) 249-2170 for more information, or to schedule a field trip for your group. You can also visit our web site at www.ci.maplewood.mn.us and then click on "Nature Center" on the left column. Location: Southeast Maplewood: One block north of Minnehaha off of Century Avenue.

    Maplewood Nature Center and Neighborhood Preserves
    2659 E. 7th St.
    Maplewood, MN 55119
    (651) 249-2170
    www.ci.maplewood.mn.us

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    Metro Area Envirothon | Carver Soil & Water Conservation District

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Environmental Studies


    What is an Envirothon?
    It's a problem solving natural resources competition for both Junior High (grades 6-8) and Senior High (grades 9-12) students. Students are tested on their knowledge of Minnesota's natural resources - Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a current environmental issue that changes from year to year (selected by the North American Envirothon).

    Both Senior and Junior High students will visit 5 different learning stations, and answer 20 questions at each station. Senior High teams will also visit a sixth station, where they will give a 10-minute oral presentation on a specific scenario, to a panel of judges. The oral presentation scenario is developed before the actual event, so students can prepare visual aids, and other props to assist their presentation. Power point presentations are not allowed, due to lack of electricity.

    Who participates in the Metro Area Envirothon?
    For the Metro Area Envirothon, teams from the following Counties in Minnesota are eligible to participate in the event: Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, Wright.

    Teams of 5 students from the same school or organization (i.e. 4-H group) can participate. You can have either a Junior Envirothon team (grades 6-8), or a Senior Envirothon team (grades 9-12), or BOTH! Schools or organizations are allowed to bring more than one team, if there is space available. Each school must have an adult advisor in attendance at the event.

    The top 3 teams from the Senior Envirothon will advance to the Minnesota State Envirothon, held the third Monday in May. Currently, there is no state competition for the Junior Envirothon teams.

    When & Where is the Metro Area Envirothon?
    The Metro Area Envirothon is held annually in May at the U of M Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.

    Why an Environmental Competition?
    The Envirothon teachers the students about our environment, and how they can become more involved in protecting our natural resources now as students, and later as adults. It also teaches them teamwork. Students representing their school/organization compete as a five-member team. They must cooperate with one another in order to collectively come up with the solution for the correct answers in each of the five tests.

    Schools and teachers across the Country are recognizing the value of the Envirothon as a means of strengthening the environmental awareness of students.

    How can I get my School or Organization involved?
    Contact your local Soil & Water Conservation District to see if they support teams attending the Metro Area Envirothon!

    For more information visit http://www.co.carver.mn.us/departments/LWS/educational_programs.asp

    Web Site: http://www.co.carver.mn.us/departments/LWS/educational_programs.asp
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    Migrate Through the Refuge | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Speaker
    Topics: Birds - Population - Bio-Diversity


    This Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge fieldtrip includes a bird watching hike where binoculars are provided. Students will learn proper binocular use, wildlife watching etiquette, and identification skills for about 12 common species. Through several activity stations student learn the techniques and trials of migration. Student are introduced to target species of the refuge including Eagles, Trumpeter Swan, and Golden-Wing Warbler. Current data and research projects are shared about each of these species. An educational video of birds and birdwatching is available. Designed for 5th grade, could be modified for 6th or 7th grade.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Migration
    Biome
    Habitat
    Species

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3 - 5
    B- 2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected. .
    FOR GRADES 6-8
    C - 3 Social and natural systems are connecte to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    5.IV.E. Biological Populations Change Over Time, The student will know that biological populations change over time.
    1. The student will recognize that individuals of the same species differ in their characteristics and that sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
    2. The student will recognize that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient to allow its survival.
    5.IV.F. Flow of Matter and Energy, The student will know that matter and energy flow into, out of, and within a biological system.
    1. The student will recognize that organisms need energy to stay alive and grow, and that this energy originates from the sun.
    6.I.A. Scientific World View The student will understand that science is a way of knowing about the world that is characterized by empirical criteria, logical argument and skeptical review.
    1. The student will distinguish between scientific evidence and personal opinion.
    2. The student will explain why scientists often repeat investigations to be sure of the results.
    3. The student will recognize that scientists assume that the laws of nature are the same everywhere and that they are understandable and predictable.
    6.I.B. Scientific Inquiry, The student will understand that scientific inquiry is used in systematic ways to investigate the natural world. 1. The student will identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation and those that cannot.
    2. The student will distinguish among observation, prediction and inference.
    3. The student will use appropriate tools and Système International (SI) units for measuring length, time, mass, volume and temperature with suitable precision and accuracy.
    7.I.C. Scientific Enterprise, The student will know that science and technology are human efforts that both influence, and are influenced by, society.
    1. The student will give examples of the development of technology influencing scientific knowledge, and investigation and scientific knowledge influencing the development of technology.

    MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Grade 4-8 II. Minnesota History. G. Post-World War II to the Present, The student will know and understand Minnesota's role in the major social, economic and political changes, both national and international, in the last half of the 20th century through the present, and analyze the impact of those changes.
    2. Students will identify and describe significant demographic changes in Minnesota and issues related to those changes and analyze the significance of their impact.
    4. Students will identify and describe significant land use changes in Minnesota, issues related to land use, and analyze the impact of those changes and issues.

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    Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/tamarac
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    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB)

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Program - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation - Environmental Studies - Natural Sciences


    Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is one of the premier park systems in the United States. Its picturesque lakes, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work. The Minneapolis Park System consists of 182 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Together, these properties total nearly 6,732 acres of land and water. The backbone of the park system is its 47 full-service neighborhood recreation centers.

    The Minneapolis Park Board provides several different kinds of environmental education programs. The cornerstone of these programs is the Neighborhood Naturalist program. Each year this program reaches 15,000 students. The programs primarily take place at the neighborhood recreation centers but also include trips to nearby lakes, streams and natural areas.

    Come Out and Play is a monthly free, no-registration, no-obligation program that encourages families to get out and enjoy nature. Our club leader and her children meet participants in a natural setting for some unstructured play and exploration. Kids of all ages and their adults are welcome.

    The park board is also home to the nation's oldest public wildflower garden. Founded in 1907 the 15 acre Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden receives 60,000 visitors per year and is a home base for several different programs environmental education programs offered from April to October.

    In a picturesque corner of Theodore Wirth Park sits the one-acre JD Rivers' Children's Garden. For a quarter of a century, the garden has provided programs focused on children and teens, horticulture therapy and intergenerational programming with recent immigrants.


    Web Site: http://www.minneapolisparks.org
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    Minnesota Children's Museum | Minnesota Children's Museum

    Resource type: Organization - Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour - Teacher Training
    Topics: Wildlife - Earth - Education - Habitat


    Minnesota Children's Museum is at the heart of where fun meets learning. It's where kids can touch, climb, splash, crawl, push, pull, and press it all. Children ages 6 months through 10 years and their adult guests can explore six galleries packed with extraordinary hands-on adventures. Special environmental exhibits and programs sow the seeds of environmental awareness and sensitivity in children. The Museum is located at Seventh and Wabasha Streets in downtown St. Paul. Convenient parking is connected by skyway. Call 651-225-6000 for 24-hour recorded information on exhibits, programs, and general information.

    Web Site: http://www.mcm.org
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    Minnesota Children's Museum Focus Visits | Minnesota Children's Museum

    Resource type: Curriculum - EE Site - Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Food Chain - Earth - Geography - Geology


    Focus Visits at Minnesota Childrens Museum combine a 45-minute in-depth exploration on a topic of your choice and one hour and 15 minutes of self-guided exploration in the hands-on exhibits. Focus Visits, as well as pre- and post-visit curriculum, support the Minnesota Graduation Standards.
    Register your class for a Focus Visit and receive program materials with Minnesota Graduation Standard connections, classroom activities, and a take-home letter and activity. Focus Visits cost $5.50 per student. Adult chaperones are free. Need-based reduced admission is available for qualifying groups.
    Focus Visit topics include:
    Amazing ANTics - Students investigate the world with an in-depth study of prairie ants through hands-on activities. Grades K - 3
    Forest Food Find - Students explore predator-prey relationships and the energy of food chains and webs as they become animals trying to survive in the forest. Grades 2 - 4
    Get the Dirt on Earth Science - Students become geologists and investigate igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and minerals. Grades 2 - 4
    Suitcase Adventures - Students sharpen map skills through a variety of hands-on geographic activities. Grades 1 - 4
    Community Faces and Places - Students cooperate with each other while building a community as a team. Grades 1 - 3
    Patterns Everywhere - Students explore patters in the world around them and develop building blocks for everyday learning. Grades 1 - 4


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    Minnesota Children's Museum Traveling Exhibits | Minnesota Children's Museum

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Wildlife - Habitat - Exotic Species


    In addition to four permanent galleries, Minnesota Children's Museum hosts delightful traveling exhibits on a rotating schedule in two changing galleries. We offer the environmental-based Snow Ball!, which brings winter's outdoor activities inside for our youngest Minnesotans. This exhibit celebrates the tradition and beauty of Minnesota winters and the heartiness of its inhabitants! Children are encouraged to touch, climb, crawl, slide, and build in a winter wonderland complete with a toy bobsled raceway, an Ice Fishing House, Snow Palace, Snow Fort, Northern Lights display, and a Play Rink filled with playful activities for toddlers.

    Other traveling exhibits include:
  • Go Figure!
  • World Circus
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
  • The Amazing Castle
  • Richard Scarry's BUSYTOWN


  • Web Site: http://www.mcm.org
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    Minnesota Children's Museum's Earth World Gallery | Minnesota Children's Museum

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Earth - Education - Stewardship - Wildlife


    The Earth World gallery focuses on three Minnesota habitats: a maple-basswood forest, a cattail pond, and a prairie (in the form of an anthill). Within this realistic yet simplified environment, visitors are encouraged to explore features of the natural world, discover Minnesota creatures, and investigate animal homes. Here the emphasis is on observation, discovery, and exploration. Children are encouraged to crawl through a dead log, tunnel into the world of prairie ants through a giant anthill, feel bark and twig patterns, search for the diverse animals of our pond, and role-play with animal puppets and costumes. By exploring our giant anthill, plexi-glass pond, and woodchuck den as the animals that inhabit them, we offer an opportunity for our youngest naturalists to investigate the world from a different perspective. To top it off, visitors can climb up to the forest canopy and explore the life in the tops of the trees with a view from our tree house. Here the child becomes the scientist. The newest feature of Earth World is a pond and stream exhibit featuring live turtles and a water play stream table.
    In addition to the permanent exhibits, we present various interpretive activities and programs at various times throughout the week. A variety of interpretive activities keeps children busy as they learn about what spiders eat for dinner, or how different animal furs feel. Animal Tales is a special story time presenting sensational animal stories. Natural Wonders presents the wonders of nature. Animal Interviews allows visitors to meet live animals up close and personally!

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    Minnesota Historical Society

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Guide
    Topics: Rivers - History


    The Minnesota Historical Society offers fun, engaging field trip programs at 15 historic sites and museums around the state. Being in the places where history was made and where it is preserved gives students a better understanding of the past and how it relates to the present. Help your students connect with history!

    Suggested EE Field Trips:

  • Mill City Museum - Power Track: The Waterfall That Boosted A City

    Students become boosters for the blossoming city of Minneapolis in 1880. To do so, they must learn as much as they can about St. Anthony Falls, how the Mississippi provided resources for Minneapolis and how the river was changed to create power. Grades: 4-6.

  • Mill City Museum - Power Track: The River That Powered Minneapolis

    Students discover the power that ran early industries in Minneapolis. Hands-on water activities show students how the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls influenced life in this newly developing city. Grades: K-3.

    For more information about Minnesota Historical Society's field trips, or other educator resources, visit http://education.mnhs.org/educators.

    Web Site: http://www.mnhs.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 Zoological Garden

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Exhibit/Display - EE Site - Web Site
    Topics: Animals - Environmental Education - Wildlife - Conservation


    Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems. Learn more about the Minnesota Zoo-our mission, leadership, and history.

    Looking for a unique educational experience? We offer field trips, on-site programs, off-site,and distance learning programs, Behind the Scenes tours, Foreign Language school event days, Math (STEM)school event days, and educator programs.

    Visit www.mnzoo.org/education/schools-teachers/ for more information.

    Graduation Standards: We align our programs to assist educators in meeting the education graduation standards.

    Web Site: http://www.mnzoo.org
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    National Eagle Center

    Resource type: Program - Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Conservation - Birds - Wildlife


    The National Eagle Center is open year round. This 15,000 square foot interpretive center on the banks of the Mississippi River in Wabasha, MN is home to five rescued eagles. Engaging and educational programs that each feature a live eagle are offered daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. Views of wild eagles are available from the observation deck over the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Interactive exhibits and cultural displays offer insight into the ecology, biology, the conservation history of eagles and the Native American relationship with eagles. The National Eagle Center also offers off site educational programs including a live eagle.

    For more information, call 651-565 4989 or contact us at info@nationaleaglecenter.org.

    Web Site: http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org
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    National Park Foundation Electronic Field Trips | National Park Foundation

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Curriculum
    Topics: Wildlife - Wilderness


    Electronic Field Trips (EFT) give students the opportunity to learn about a particular topic through national parks they may never get a chance to visit. Each EFT consists of two components: 1) a televised broadcast from a national park featuring National Park Service Rangers and youth hosts and 2) a website featuring downloadable lesson plans for teachers and interactive games for students.

    Since 2005, youth have taken EFTs to over twelve national parks. All of our past EFTs are ready to be used at any time with your students. Note that you can now watch our newest EFT in shorter segments by subtopic.

    What is an Electronic Field Trip (EFT)?
    Electronic Field Trips connect 4th through 8th grade students with national parks through a rich, virtual learning experience. This free program inspires young people while simultaneously using national parks to teach subject matter applicable to required national and state standards of learning. These programs intertwine the park and the subject matter. The program does not simply explore the park. The program explores the subject matter through the park.

    The program does this using three different learning modalities that are delivered in 1) an hour-long broadcast from a national park featuring National Park Service Rangers and youth hosts-often from a local school-and 2) a companion website launched a month in advance of the show that offers interactive tools for students and downloadable lesson plans for teachers.

    Each EFT broadcast is premiered for teachers and students during the school year and is then available year round in perpetuity. Many teachers choose to take advantage of the program's premiere event and the live question and answer session associated and others choose to view the program as their schedule permits. The premiere runs for a full hour and is broadcast on select educational television channels across the country and as a webcast teachers can project in classrooms.

    The companion website to each show is launched a month in advance of the broadcast to enable students and teachers to utilize it to understand and take full advantage of the material presented in the broadcast. The website houses both interactive games for students and lesson plans for teachers. They are presented separately but we encourage teachers to use them to complement each other.

    After the broadcast premieres, each of the program's modal components-the broadcast, interactives, and lesson plans-are packaged and available on an ongoing basis so that students and teachers can participate at their own rate.

    For more information and to go on an electronic field trip, visit http://www.nationalparks.org/eft

    The National Park Foundation is the national charitable partner of the National Park Service.

    Web Site: http://www.nationalparks.org/eft
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    Nature Find | National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Be Out There Campaign

    Resource type: Web Site - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation


    Nature Find helps families connect to local nature sites. Enter your zip code or City and State to find nature near you - including parks, nature centers, gardens, aquariums, zoos, and much more!

    There are currently over 350 nature sites and more than 550 events listed in MN - and over 12,000 nature sites listed and 34,000 events listed on this website in the United States! You an click an icon to zoom in, or use the search tools to find sites in your area.

    http://www.nwf.org/naturefind/

    About the Be Out There Campaign
    Be Out There's mission is to return to the nation's children what they don't even know they've lost: their connection to the natural world. Kids today spend twice as much time indoors as their parents did, missing out on the simple pleasures and lasting mental and physical health benefits of daily outdoor time.

    Be Out There's practical tools for families, schools and communities will make being outdoors a fun, healthy and automatic part of everyday life. By raising awareness, inspiring behavior change and taking action, Be Out There will help get American children and families back outside - where they belong!

    Web Site: http://www.nwf.org/naturefind/
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    Olmsted County Public Works Department

    Resource type: Resource Person - Organization - Pamphlet - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Source Reduction - Hazardous Waste - Recycling - Compost


    The Olmsted County Public Works Department has an integrated solid waste management system. We have facilities, staff and programs for: Waste Reduction, Pollution Prevention, Materials Exchange, Composting, Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Hazardous Waste Collection for businesses in Southeast Minnesota that qualify for the Very Small Quantity Generator status, Waste-to-Energy Facility, Recycling Center and Environmental Monitoring.

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    Outdoor Learning | Three Rivers Park District

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Wildlife - Education - Outdoor Recreation


    Education is key at Three Rivers Park District. We strive to create awareness and appreciation of the environment through fun and engaging group opportunities. We reinforce classroom concepts by involving the child in a total learning environment to enhance their ability to think critically and to develop a better understanding of the natural world. Choose from a variety of programs, or speak to our program staff about other options for your group.

    Education opportunities at Three Rivers Park District:

    Education To Go
    Explore the mysteries of nature and history - any topic, anywhere, anytime, any group. Many programs are tied to seasonal happenings and delivered in classrooms, school nature areas, or other locations. In addition to small-group or classroom-sized programs, we offer assembly programs designed specifically for larger venues. Choose from a variety of programs (including live animals), or let us customize one to suit the specific needs of your group. Call Call 763.559.6700 for more information.

    Outdoor Recreation Outreach
    Get your group involved with skills-based activities right at your site. Three Rivers provides everything! Sign up for one activity or mix and match for either a half or full day of fun. Call 763.694.7720 for more information.

    Academic Standards
    The curriculum at our educational facilities supports certain MN K-12 Academic Standards.

  • Baker Near-Wilderness Settlement
  • Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center
  • Eastman Nature Center
  • Gale Woods Farm
  • Kroening Interpretive Center
  • Lowry Nature Center
  • Outdoor Recreation School
  • Richardson Nature Center
  • Silverwood Park
  • The Landing

    Three Rivers Park District also has a number of nature centers.

    For more information, visit http://www.threeriversparks.org/group-experiences/outdoor-learning.aspx.

    Web Site: http://www.threeriversparks.org/group-experiences/outdoor-learning.aspx
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    Plants and their importance for fisheries habitat | Mandy Erickson - DNR - Detroit Lakes Fisheries Office

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Speaker
    Topics: Botany - Conservation - Fish - Habitat


    In this lesson, students will learn some basic aquatic and upland plant identification, as well as the importance of plants for fisheries habitat, water quality, and shoreline protection. Rules and regulations of aquatic plant control will also be discussed.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    cause and effect
    ecosystem
    habitat
    species

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 9-12(adult):
    D-2 Interaction between social and natural systems is defined by their boundaries, relation to other systems, and expected inputs and outputs.
    D-3 Feedback of output from some parts of a managed social or natural system can be used to bring it closer to desired results.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    9-12.III.A.1 - The student will identify and research an environmental issue and evaluate its impact.

    9-12.IV.B.2 - The student will recognize that organisms have both innate and learned behavioral responses to internal and external stimuli, including the tropic responses in plants.

    9-12.IV.C.2 - The student will explain how adaptations of species and co-evolution with other species are related to success in an ecosystem.

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    Prairie Ecology Bus Center

    Resource type: Organization - Program - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics:


    Based in Lakefield, the Prairie Ecology Bus Center (PEBC) is a nonprofit, environmental education classroom-on-wheels that connects youth across the region to the outdoors.

    Since it's beginnings in 1994, the PEBC has been connecting youth across the region to the outdoors through innovative, hands-on problem-based outdoor EE programs at prairies, wetlands, parks, and streams nearby schools in our twelve-county service area. We also offer in-school assembly programs, teacher workshops, and public programs.

    As our world changes and becomes more technology-focused, now more than ever - today's youth need opportunities to make a connection to the outside, natural world that sustains them. While technology can help us to understand our environment, nothing can replace the inherent benefits that come with exploring a prairie, investigating a wetland, discovering the richness of soils while engaging all our senses to understand the essence of nature -- and its importance in our lives.

    The PEBC's mission is to be a vehicle for understanding and appreciating the natural wonders in our own backyards.

    In 2014, the PEBC celebrates 20 years of program delivery to learners of all ages, preschool through adults and continues to build its presence throughout the region.

    Web Site: http://www.ecologybus.org
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    Prairie Wetlands Learning Center, US Fish and Wildlife Service | Staff

    Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Organization - Resource Person
    Topics: Prairies - Wetlands - Environmental Education - Outdoor Education


    The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is dedicated to providing environmental education opportunities for students, private landowners, and the general public, and to fostering stewardship by demonstrating methods for protection, enhancement and restoration of the prairie pothole ecosystem. Located less than 1 mile from Interstate highway 94 (exit 57) in Fergus Falls, MN, the Center lies at the gate to the Prairie Pothole Region.

    The Center includes 330 acres of native and restored prairie, 28 wetlands and nearly 4 miles of trails. The Visitor Center features classrooms, a 2500 square foot exhibit area, dining hall and kitchen, as well as a deck that provides views of the surrounding prairies. The dormitory and residential environmental education program can accommodate up to 65 students and teachers. The Friends of the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center operate the Bluestem Store, a nature and gift shop located in the Visitor Center, with proceeds benefiting the educational programs.

    The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center conducted programs for over 55,000 students in 2013 and had over 73,000 total contacts. The Visitor Center is open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. The grounds are open dawn to dusk, year round.

    Graduation Standards: Environmental education program curriculum is graduation standards based.

    Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/fergus_falls_wmd
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    Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center | Staff

    Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour - EE Site - Program
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Outdoor Recreation - Conservation - Eco-systems


    Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center is a regional center for environmental education and outdoor recreation serving primarily west central and southwestern Minnesota. Prairie Woods is located on 500 acres in a beautiful prairie woods transition zone in Kandiyohi County approximately 100 miles west of Mpls./St.Paul. The site features rolling glacial terrain, prairie, wetlands, ponds and hardwood forest.

    Prairie Woods offers primarily day use programs but multi-day programs are available in collaboration with two local camps within a 10 minute drive. Popular outreach programs include the Youth Energy Summit (YES!) offered in cooperation with Southwest Initiative Foundation and the Prairie Ecology Bus Center; and Project Eco-Voyageur.

    Prairie Woods is ideally located in an area rich in agricultural and renewable energy resources and offers a broad range of programs designed to help people live well with self, others and the environment. The site features 10k of groomed xc ski trails, beautiful classroom and meeting facilities, an extensive challenge course, a sporting clays and educational shooting sports facility, a pioneer log cabin, an indoor climbing wall and a variety of wind, solar and biomass technologies.

    Prairie Woods is nearing a goal of 100 percent renewable energy use by the close of 2010.

    Web Site: http://www.prairiewoodselc.org
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    Project GreenStart | Minnesota Children's Museum

    Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Program - Resource Person
    Topics: Education - Natural Sciences - Stewardship


    Project GreenStart is the early childhood environmental education initiative at Minnesota Childrens Museum. It sows the seeds of environmental awareness and sensitivity in young children. Project GreenStarts mission is to provide quality early childhood environmental education experiences for children ages 2 through 8 and their caregivers and educators.
    Centered in the Earth World gallery, Project GreenStart introduces young children to the natural environment through four Minnesota habitats. Through role play, large motor activity, exploration, and games, children become ants, crawl into a muskrat lodge, create a thunderstorm, and search for a goshawks lunch. These experiences, especially when guided by a caregiver, teacher, or trained guide, lay the foundation for understanding how the natural environment works.
    In addition to the Earth World gallery experience, Project GreenStart offers unique programs for preschools, daycares, and early elementary students, as well as families. A school/Museum/nature center partnership includes an introductory program in the classroom, a focused trip to the Museum, and a culminating trip to a local nature center to experience the real thing. Earth World Tuesdays provide specialized environmental programming to preschool and kindergarten groups one day per month. In addition, a Museum Institute provides teacher training in environmental education for early childhood educators and elementary teachers.
    Project GreenStarts outreach programs bring children and parents together as nature explorers. Local urban and suburban parks provide a familiar and comfortable setting for discovering nature in a four-part series of programs called Sprouts! These programs are offered to Museum members and local community groups that promote age-appropriate learning activities for young children.


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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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    Quality Bike Products Environmental Tours | Quality Bike Products (QBP)

    Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Business - Sustainability - Outdoor Recreation


    Tour the Green Side of Quality Bike Products (QBP)
    Did you know QBP gets a big chunk of its energy straight from the sun? Or that our water-stingy technologies save 45,000 gallons of water a year? Or that our sustainable landscaping actually destroys pollutants before they get into the eco-system? Learn about these and other environmental features of our business by taking an eco-tour of QBP's LEED Gold Certified distribution center and office complex in Bloomington, Minnesota.

    Eco-tours take place the first Wednesday of every month and are free and open to the public. To schedule a tour for your group, please contact green@qbp.com or call 952-941-9778.

    About Quality Bicycle Products (QBP)
    Located in Bloomington, MN, QBP is the largest parts and accessories distributer in the bicycle industry and we currently employ over 400 Minnesotans. We are the shop behind America's bicycle shops. Serving more than 5,000 independent retailers across the country, we are the industry's go-to source for bicycle parts, accessories and apparel.

    Committed to growing the industry through advocacy and environmental engagement, QBP helps secure federal funds for bike and pedestrian-related projects that benefit every state in the union. Our employees regularly devote time, money and sweat to local trail-building organizations. And QBP's modern distribution center uses state-of-the-art design and materials to save energy and significantly reduce our impact on the environment.

    In 2008, Quality Bicycle Products won a Governor's Award for Environment. The Governor's Awards honor superior environmental achievement by Minnesota's businesses, nonprofits, government, and institutions.

    Because of our commitment to sustainable business practices and environmental stewardship, we started offering free environmental tours to the public.

    Web Site: http://www.qbp.com
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    Quarry Hill Nature Center and Park | Staff

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Organization - Field Trip/Tour - Learning Kit
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Education - Environmental Studies - Outdoor Recreation


    The Nature Center offers classes for grades K - 12 during the school year, week-long summer nature day camp sessions, and special winter and spring vacation nature classes for grades K-8. For the general public, a wide variety of programs are offered year-round. Birthday parties, full moon hikes, parent/child preschool classes, adventure trips for teens, and family programs are just a few of the opportunities offered by Nature Center staff. Fall and spring are highlighted annually with the 'Fall Harvest Festival' in September, 'Creatures of the Night' in October and 'Earth Day Celebration' in April. Specially arranged programs for service clubs, scouts, and other public groups are available. The nature center has an exhibit hall with touch tables, live and mounted animals, a 1,700 gallon MN native fish aquarium, bird observation room, indoor observation bee hive and a life-size T-Rex skull model. During the winter months the Center also offers cross-country ski and snowshoe rental. The nature center is located in a 320 acre park with 6 miles of ski and hiking trails. Other park features include: 3 acre fishing pond, excellent fossil bed in historic limestone quarry, historic sandstone caves, baseball diamond, tennis courts, playground and picnic facilities.

    Web Site: http://www.qhnc.org
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    Ramsey County Environmental Health Section | Ramsey County, Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health, Environmental Health Section

    Resource type: Curriculum - Field Trip/Tour - Learning Kit - Video
    Topics: Compost - Hazardous Waste - Recycling - Green Living


    The mission of the Public Health is to improve, protect, and promote the health, environment and the well-being of people in our community. Our vision is a healthy, safe environment for all people to live, work and play. We understand the synergy that results from working with others. With partners, we find creative and effective solutions to public health issues in our community. Our partnerships are based on mutual respect and involve public, private and non-profit organizations and interests.

    The Environmental Health Section of the Public Health Department offers a variety of educational opportunities and resources available to residents, businesses, and other partners. Resources include toolkits, printed publications, tours, and more.

    Hazardous waste, composting and yard waste, green cleaners, recycling, and waste reduction are just a few of the topic areas. For more information, go to the website below.


    Web Site: http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/ph/index.htm
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    Raptor Programs-Live | The Raptor Center Staff and Volunteers

    Resource type: Program - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Wildlife - Natural Sciences - Zoology - Conservation


    The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota offers various programs at your facility. We present programs about eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and vultures found in Minnesota as well as other parts of the world.

    Web Site: http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu
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    Recreation Equipment Rentals: Canoes, Kayaks, Snowshoes, & GPS units

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - EE Site
    Topics: Wildlife - Habitat - Stewardship


    Paddling through calm waters is an excellent family, group or individual activities. Canoes and kayaks are available at Wargo Nature Center and include personal flotation devices. Water craft must remain within the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park. On busy summer weekends, calling ahead is recommended. Lessons and clinics are also offered throughout the season. Call for more information and fees.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/874/Recreational-Rental-Equipment
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    Residential Environmental Learning Centers

    Resource type: EE Site - Program - Web Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Education - Air


    A residential environmental learning center has been defined as being a professionally staffed, full-time, year-round facility which offers hands-on, outdoor-based environmental education (EE) over an extended visit.

    According to EEC 2000: A Study of Environmental Education Centers, an RELC is a facility with:

  • a formal environmental education mission statement with a strategic, long range goal;
  • established public or non-profit status;
  • qualified staff including administration, instructors, food service and maintenance;
  • an ongoing environmental education instructional program (minimum 9 months) consistent with A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State Plan for Environmental Education;
  • a significant level of land and building resources;
  • accommodations for eating, sleeping, and learning;
  • a program that devotes 80 percent of the budget to environmental education;
  • a program that devotes 80 percent of the school year to K-post secondary;
  • a program that devotes 80 percent of the summer program to environmental education, and
  • accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

    Many RELCs also provide day use environmental education components, but the option of staying the night is available.

    For a current list of RELCs in Minnesota, go to SEEK's Regional Pages and in the All Minnesota section at http://www.seek.state.mn.us/region_detail.cfm?region=All Minnesota, and scroll down to Residential Environmental Learning Centers.

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    River Bend Nature Center | Staff

    Resource type: Organization - Program - Web Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Education - Stewardship - Environmental Studies - Prairies


    River Bend Nature Center is a private non-profit nature center located on 743 acres in Faribault in southeastern Minnesota. Home to active wetlands, maple basswood forests and restored prairies, River Bend's mission is to "help people discover, enjoy, understand and preserve the incredible natural world that surrounds us." The Center has a strong & growing family of 1000 members and an expanding relationship with communities in the region. In the typical year the Center hosts approximately 15,000 student visits, leads public programs & youth camps for 9,000 visitors, and involves more than 700 adults and youth as volunteers.

    Web Site: http://www.rbnc.org
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    Saint John's Outdoor University | Saint John's Outdoor University

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Web Site
    Topics: Teaching - Education - Conservation - Wilderness


    Saint John's Outdoor University (the program) provides outdoor and environmental education through classes, events, and initiatives with the Abbey Arboretum, Saint John's University, and the College of Saint Benedict. Saint John's Abbey Arboretum (the place) is more than 2,500 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savanna, and forest owned by Saint John's Abbey and surrounding Saint John's University. The shared vision of Saint John's Outdoor University and the Abbey Arboretum is to celebrate the unique beauty and richness of God's creation in central Minnesota and foster the Benedictine tradition of land stewardship, education, and environmental respect.

    The Program
    Saint John's Outdoor University is a private, non-profit, and member-supported organization that provides a wide array of environmental education and outdoor recreation experiences for people of all ages. Outdoor environmental education classes are available for public, private and home schools grades preK-12, families, community groups, adults, service groups, and other interested individuals. Opportunities for community members during the year include Maple Syrup Festivals, summer prairie wildflower walks, moonlight snowshoes, plant sale, and groomed cross country ski trails. Students, staff, and faculty at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are able to take advantage of leadership training, wilderness trips, environmental education, and outdoor recreational events.

    Saint John's Outdoor University Mission

    Saint John's Outdoor University provides environmental and outdoor education in pursuit of:
  • Environmental literacy and connections to the natural world that motivate responsible environmental decisions;
  • Leadership development and personal growth through experiential learning;
  • Sustainable land use and conservation
  • Learning, recreation, and spiritual renewal in the Abbey Arboretum and other great outdoor spaces.


  • The Place
    Saint John's Abbey Arboretum is a natural arboretum, dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Central Minnesota's native and increasingly rare habitats. Uniquely located on the terminal moraines of the last glacial age, Saint John's 2500 acres abounds with a diversity of ecosystems. These include prairie, oak savanna, wetlands, and hardwood forest. Over the last few decades, the Abbey Arboretum has undertaken the extensive Habitat Restoration Project (HRP) working to restore 60 acres of wetlands, 50 acres of prairie, and 40 acres of oak savanna.

    Over 20 miles of trails await exploration, including a beautiful 1.5 mile loop trail that winds through 6 foot tall prairie grasses, across the wetlands on a 900 foot floating boardwalk, the dappled shade of the oak savanna and northern hardwoods. With such diverse conditions, the variety of plants and wildlife make this area a treat to visit through all the seasons.

    For more information contact:
    Saint John's Outdoor University
    Saint John's University
    New Science 104
    2346 Science Drive
    Collegeville, Minnesota 56321-3000
    Phone: 320-363-3163
    Fax: 320-363-3202
    Web: www.csbsju.edu/OutdoorU
    Email: OutdoorU@csbsju.edu


    Web Site: http://www.csbsju.edu/OutdoorU
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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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    School Programs at Warner Nature Center | Julie Grecian, Assistant Director

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program - EE Site
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Wildlife - Science - Bio-Diversity


    The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center offers free school field trips to schools with students in grades K to 6. Class topics include Winter Adaptations, Wilderness Skills, Aquatic Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Reptiles and Amphibians, Birds, Forests, Beginning Compass, and many others.

    Graduation Standards: All school programs are correlated with State and National education standards. Call for details

    Web Site: http://www.warnernaturecenter.org
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    Schoolyard Geology | US Geological Survey

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Web Site - Curriculum
    Topics: Geology


    Teachers can take field trips exploring their own schoolyards which include many geologic features. The US Geological Survey Schoolyard Geology website suggests several ways to explore schoolyard geology, including mapping the schoolyard. This website is filled with activities and examples to turn a schoolyard into a rich geologic experience.

    The main purpose of this web site is to introduce teachers to the geologic features on their own schoolyard. We hope to open their eyes to the possibilities for teaching geology to students in a familiar, easily accessible, and personally relevant setting.

    The site includes three individual lessons:
    Lesson 1 Mapping your Schoolyard
    Practical experience in creating and using a map of your schoolyard. Also introduces an amazing resource of high resolution aerial photography available free on the web.

    Lesson 2 Rock Stories: Describing Sedimentary Rocks
    Learning how to describe rocks and use those descriptions to discover the geologic history of the rock.

    Lesson 3 GeoSleuth Murder Mystery
    Relates being a geologist to being a detective. Once trained, students explore their schoolyard searching for evidence of sequences of events just like geologists in the field. The site has images and explanations of features to look for on your schoolyard to introduce various topics in geology. Side-by-side comparisons of schoolyard and natural geologic features, along with activities for further exploration.

    The lessons are completely independent but can work together as an effective sequence.

    For more information visit http://education.usgs.gov/schoolyard/

    Web Site: http://education.usgs.gov/schoolyard/
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    Scout Groups, 4-H Clubs and other Youth Groups | Wargo Nature Center

    Resource type: EE Site - Program - Field Trip/Tour - Exhibit/Display
    Topics: Wildlife - Environmental Sciences - General Ecology - Outdoor Recreation


    Wargo Nature Center staff can arrange programs to fulfill a badge, 4-H project requirement, Eagle Scout project, etc. We can cover a wide variety of topics including: wildlife, forestry, nature study, pond study, and much more. Call Wargo 651-429-8007 for more information and to discuss you group's needs.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/878/4H-Scouts-Other-Small-Groups
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    Scouting Overnights at the Bell | Katie Burke

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Education - General Ecology - Wildlife - Astronomy


    Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Bub Scout-- bring your troop! We offer specialized programs for scouting groups to work on badge requirements.

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    SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium

    Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour - EE Site - Exhibit/Display
    Topics: Water - Fish - Wildlife


    SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium (formerly Underwater Adventures Aquarium) offers fascinating displays, cool hands-on activities for kids, more sea creatures than ever before and an ocean full of fun! This is the Largest Underground Aquarium in the World and provides close encounters with a vast array of creatures. With an amazing 300 foot ocean tunnel, 30 display tanks and more than 10,000 sea creatures, the aquarium is the perfect stop for family fun! To get any closer you would have to get wet!

    SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium offers an interactive, hands-on visit for schools, groups and birthday parties. With an array of amazing creatures along with our helpful and knowledgeable staff to answer your questions and provide unique facts about the creatures that you'll see, this is an inspiring visit for all. A day at SEA LIFE Minnesota will leave you with fantastic memories and feeling empowered to make a difference to the underwater world.

    Things to Do:
  • Interact with creatures at the touchpools - hold a crab or touch a starfish!
  • Enjoy our fun talks and feed shows throughout the day
  • Follow an interactive quiz trail
  • Read fun facts throughout the aquarium
  • Learn how you can make a difference and make the oceans a better place!
  • Learn how our Giant Pacific Octopus may be smarter than you!
  • Be in awe of Dwarf Seahorses, the smallest and possibly cutest seahorses in the world
  • Witness an intimate Stingray display with special up-close viewing from below and above the tank
  • See the bright white teeth of our 9 foot Sandtiger Sharks as they swim overhead!


  • For more information visit http://www.visitsealife.com/minnesota//

    Web Site: http://www.visitsealife.com/minnesota//
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    Seasons of the Forest | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Speaker
    Topics: Phenology (seasons) - Animals - Wildlife - Habitat


    This Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge fieldtrip can be conducted at any season. It includes a nature hike where students discover how plants have changed for the season. Students document one element for each letter of the alphabet. A photo is taken of each of these elements for use in the classroom later (create booklet or display board). A puppet show characterizing how wildlife insulate, migrate or hibernate for the winter, prepare for the spring, etc. is presented. In order to incorporate the senses, mammals' furs can be touched and a smelling activity is available. For pre-K and Kindergarten.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    abiotic factors
    habitat
    family and kinship
    migration

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES pre-K-2:
    A-1 Social systems and natural systems are made of parts.

    A-3 Social systems and natural systems may not continue to function if some of their parts are missing.

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    Kindergarten-I. History and Nature of Sceince B. The student will raise questions about the natural world. 1. The student will observe and describe common objects using simple tools.

    Kindergarten-III. Earth and Space Science. B. The student will observe weather changes. 1. The student will describe daily and seasonal changes in weather.

    Kindergarten-IV. Life Science. G. Human organisms 1. The student will observe and describe the environment using the five senses.
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    Web Site: http://www.tamaracfriends.org
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    Self-Guided Interpretive Trail at Sugarloaf Cove | Andrew Slade, Executive Director

    Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Geology - Culture - General Ecology - Forests


    The Sugarloaf Interpretive Center offers a self-guided interpretive trail which is approximately one mile long, and rated as easy. Interpretation covers the cultural history of the site, and the geological and ecological significance of Sugarloaf Cove. Sugarloaf Cove is located 73 miles north of Duluth on Hwy 61, on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior. Trail guides are located in the mail box at the site; the trail is always open and free to use by the public. Guided hikes are available by contacting the SICA office.

    Web Site: http://www.sugarloafnorthshore.org
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    Silverwood Park | Tom Moffatt

    Resource type: Performance/Art - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Art - Environmental Studies - Natural Sciences - Sustainability


    Silverwood Park is a part of the Three Rivers Park District and operates as a center for nature inspired art. Silverwood's staff of professional Arts Educators and Naturalists teach about the natural world through fine art activities. Classes, programs, and events occur throughout the year. The park features a visitor center that incorporates many green technologies. The visitor center also hosts a small art gallery space, a coffee shop, as well as classroom and banquet hall facilities.

    Web Site: http://threeriversparks.org/parks/silverwood-park.aspx
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    Snowshoe and Kicksled Rental | Wargo Nature Center

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: Transportation - Health - Conservation - Outdoor Recreation


    Snowshoeing and kicksledding are great ways to get out and explore in winter. Snowshoe rental is available at Coon Rapids Dam and Wargo Nature Center for a minimal fee. Kicksledding is available at Wargo Nature Center. For more details on rental please call Wargo at 651-429-8007.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/874/Recreational-Rental-Equipment
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    Solar Heating & Solar Electric Tours & Workshops | Innovative Power Systems (IPS)

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Energy


    Innovative Power Systems (IPS: http://www.ips-solar.com/), a St. Paul-based company, works with homes and businesses to determine the best renewable energy solution for their location, design the most cost-effective system that meets the objectives, and then install the highest quality system that will deliver years of clean, renewable energy.

    Depending on your needs and interest, IPS is able to provide tours and workshops for groups of individuals interested in solar heating and solar electric. These tours and workshops are free of charge and are on a case-by-case basis. Email Jamie Borell, Sales Manager, at jamieb@ips-solar.com, or call IPS at 651-789-5305.

    Web Site: http://www.ips-solar.com
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    Springbrook Nature Center | City of Fridley

    Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Curriculum - Exhibit/Display
    Topics: Wetlands - Forests - Prairies - Wildlife


    Springbrook Nature Center offers a variety of year round opportunities to bring you closer to nature. Enjoy three miles of hiking trails through oak and aspen forests, past prairies and through wetlands with floating boardwalks. These trails provide an excellent opportunity for viewing native plants and animals. Cross-country skiers are welcome during the winter months.

    Inside our Interpretive Center, get a close-up look at live snakes, frogs, fish and more, all of which are native to Minnesota. A variety of hands-on exhibits can also be found here.

    In addition, we feature special events and birthday parties throughout the year. During the school year we are a vital component of Fridley Public School's environmental education for grades K-8. Environmental education programs are available for other school groups and community groups of all ages and abilities. Programs specifically designed for scout groups are offered regularly. Summer day-camp is offered June-August. Winter day-camp is offered during school winter break.

    Call 763-572-3588 for more information on programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events, or visit our web page. No admission fees. Parking is free. There are minimal fees for some programs. We also offer memberships (at various levels) and rental of our interpretive center or picnic area. Please call for pricing.

    Web Site: http://springbrooknaturecenter.org
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    Sucker Creek Preserve Tour | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Guide - Resource Person
    Topics: Bio-Diversity - Geology - Stewardship - Water


    Preservation
    After completing this activity, students will be able to have a better understanding about:
    -Water processes, geology, archeology, biodiversity, native plants and their communities, bird identification and environmental preservation and its benefits.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    cycles
    ecosystems
    knowledge
    migration

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8:
    Grades PreK-2
    A-1 Social systems and natural systems are made of parts.
    Grades 3 - 5
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
    Grades 6 - 8
    C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

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    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    K.IV.G.1 - The student will observe and describe the environment using the five senses.

    1.IV.B.1 - The student will observe and describe how plants and animals grow and change.

    2.IV.C.1 - The student will observe and describe some features of plants and animals that allow them to live in specific environments.

    3.IV.C.2 - The student will know that changes in a habitat can be beneficial or harmful to an organism.

    4.IV.B.1 - The student will classify plants and animals according to their physical characteristics.

    4.III.A.1 - The student will identify and investigate environmental issues and potential solutions.

    5.IV.E.1 - The student will recognize that individuals of the same species differ in their characteristics and that sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

    6.I.B.2 - The student will distinguish among observation, prediction and inference.

    7.IV.C.1 - The student will provide examples of the potentially irreversibile effects of human activity on ecosystems.

    7.IV.C.2 - The student will define a population as all individuals of a species that exist together at a give place and time.

    8.III.A.1 - The student will identify and research an environmental issue and evaluate its impact.

    8.III.A.2 - The student will describe how features on the Earth's surface are created and constantly changing through a combination of slow and rapid processes of weathering, erosion, sediment deposition, landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

    9-12.I.C.4 - The student will know that technological changes and scientific advances are often accompanied by social, political, environmental and economic changes.

    9-12.I.D.3 - The student will compare and contrast the differences between scientific theories from other bodies of knowledge, and the importance of each in a science discussion.

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    Sucker Creek Preserve Tour- Middle School | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Guide - Resource Person
    Topics: Bio-Diversity - Geology - Minerals - Water


    After completing this activity, students will be able to have a better understanding about:
    -Water in earth systems globally and what it has to do with MN
    -Geological process of our area and how water affects it
    -Rocks and minerals in MN and identification
    -Geological history of our state or area
    -Water process effects in MN-good or bad

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    change and constancy
    ecosystems
    geomorphism
    knowledge

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 6-8:
    Grades 6 - 8
    C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    7.IV.C.3 - The student will define an ecosystem as all populations living together and the physical factors with which they interact.

    7.IV.C.4 - The student will explain the factors that affect the number and types of organisms an ecosystem can support, including available resources, abiotic and biotic factors and disease.

    8.III.A.3 - The student will describe the various processes and interactions of the rock cycle.

    8.III.A.5 - The student will recogize that constructive and destructive Earth processes can affect the evidence of Earth's history.

    9-12.III.A.3 - The student will illustrate how biological processes have played significant roles in determining the character of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere over time.

    9-12.III.A.6 - The student will describe the rock cycle and compare and contrast the processes responsible for the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

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    Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association | staff

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Speaker
    Topics: Conservation - Geology - Education - Stewardship


    Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association, is a grassroots non-profit organization that formed in 1992 as Sugarloaf Interpretive Center Asssociation (SICA) to protect, preserve, and restore the natural and cultural resources of Sugarloaf Cove and to establish a public forum for the interpretation of the diverse aspects of the North Shore of Lake Superior. Sugarloaf Cove is located 73 miles north of Duluth.
    In 2007, Sugarloaf opened a Duluth office in the historic Limno lab next to the Lester River on London Road. Sugarloaf opened the North Shore Interpretive Center at this site during the summer of 2007.

    Web Site: http://www.sugarloafnorthshore.org
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    Summer Field Trips and Tours | Field Trip Director

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Guide - EE Site - Teacher Training
    Topics: Geology - Earth - Minerals - Mining


    During the months of May through October, the Geological Society of Minnesota (GSM) conducts a series of professionally-guided, statewide and regional field trips. These are one-to-three day excursions made to points of geologic interest not usually experienced by the casual traveler. They afford a very memorable and satisfying learning experience as there are always plenty of hands-on and question-answering opportunities. Frequently, the nature of the site allows the collecting of field samples. A comradery with enthusiastic learners and people curious about their natural environment is always a reward in itself. There is a small charge for any shared expense, and a liability waiver must be signed for each participant.

    Lately, on alternate years, there has been an extended two-week national field trip to a fascinating and scenic region of great geologic interest. These trips are thoroughly prepared, professionally guided, and extremely inexpensive, so that many members have come to plan their summer vacations around them. Again, a liability waiver must be signed for each participant.

    Participation in GSM field trips and tours is usually limited and advanced registration is required. Scheduled excursions are listed on the GSM web site: http://www.gsmn.org (and click on FIELD TRIPS).



    Web Site: http://gsmmn.mngeology.net/content/gsm-field-trips
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    Summer Nature Camps

    Resource type: Program - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: General Ecology - Outdoor Recreation - Green Living


    The Wargo Summer Nature Camp experience: Children will explore the natural world of the Anoka County Parks. They will hike, play, and learn their way through hands-on activities with an important environmental ethic. Camp activities include games, crafts, exploration, and much more! Summer Nature Camps are staffed by experienced, professional naturalists. Small group sizes provide a high quality, individualized experience. Snacks will be provided. Early bird registration discounts are available.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/870/Summer-Camps
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    Sustainable Communities: Maple Syruping | White Earth Land Recovery Project

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Guide - Resource Person
    Topics: Agriculture - Culture - Forests - Mathematics


    After completing this activity, students should be able to:
    -Use thermometer and hydrometer during syrup making
    -Study traditional native methods and compare to modern methods
    -Incorporate math skills in terms of ratios and $$
    Skills:
    -ID Maple trees for tapping
    -Tap a tree, set up a collection bucket
    -Collect and process sap

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    community
    innovation and invention
    knowledge
    resources

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 6-8:
    C-1 Social and natural systems can include processes as well as things.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    7.I.D.2. The student will cite examples of how culture influences scientific and technological advances.

    7.IV.F.1. The student will know that plants use the energy in light to make sugars out of carbon dioxide and water.

    8.I.D.1 - The student will relate personal experiences in scientific investigation to the experiences of scientists throughout history.

    8.I.D.2- The student will cite examples of how science and technology contributed to changes in agriculture, manufacturing, sanitation, medicine, warfare, transportation, information processing or communication.

    9-12.I.C.4- The student will know that technological changes and scientific advances are often accompanied by social, political, environmental and economic changes.

    9-12.I.C.5- The student will recognize that science and technology are influenced by cultural backgrounds and beliefs and by social needs, attitudes, values and limitations.

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    NI8
    NI9

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    Sustainable Communities: Wild Rice, Three Sisters Garden, Natural Medicines/Healing | White Earth Land Recovery Project

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Guide - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Agriculture - Culture - Health - Medicine


    After completing this activity, students will be able to:
    -Understand adaptation to their environment
    -Honor/introduce Ojibwe history
    -Identify native foods, living in harmony with the land
    -Understand how early cultures harvested/conserved natural/native foods and crop
    -Identify edible plants in nature
    Skills:
    -Identify
    -Harvest, prepare, cook (rice, 3 sisters)
    -Plant native plants (interdiscipl. with soil unit)
    Vocabulary:
    Winow, chaff, Native/Ojibwe Language

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    community
    ecosystems
    mutation
    resources

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5, 6-8:
    Grades 3-5
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
    Grades 6-8
    C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    7.I.D.2- The student will cite examples of how culture influences scientific and technological advances.

    7.IV.E.3- The student will explain how biological adaptations in structure, function and behavior enhance the reproductive success and survival of a species in a particular environment.

    7.IV.E.4- The student will recognize that scientific evidence can be used to infer common ancestry among some organisms.

    7.IV.E.5- The student will explain how diversity of species develops through gradual processes over generations.

    8.I.D.2. The student will cite examples of how science and technology contributed to changes in agriculture, manufacturing, sanitation, medicine, warfare, transportation, information processing or communication.

    9-12.I.C.4- The student will know that technological changes and scientific advances are often accompanied by social, political, environmental and economic changes.

    9-12.I.C.5- The student will recognize that science and technology are influenced by cultural backgrounds and beliefs and by social needs, attitudes, values and limitations.

    MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    K-3.I.A.1- Students will compare family life in his or her community from earlier times and today.

    K-3.I.A.3- Students will compare technologies from earlier times and today, and identify the impact of invention on historical change.

    K-3.VI.A.3- Students will understand and explain that the concept of scarcity means that one cannot have all the goods and services that one wants.

    K-3.VI.A.4- Students will give examples of tradeoffs (opportunity costs).

    K-3.VI.A.5- Students will understand and explain that as producers they can earn money (income) that can be spent or saved as they choose.

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    NI9

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    Tall Grass Prairie | Lake Carlos Environmental Center

    Resource type: Guide - Pamphlet - Booklet - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Prairies - Bio-Diversity - Eco-systems - Conservation


    The Tall Grass Prairie is a self guided tour of the Lake Carlos Environmental Center's on-going 4 acre prairie restoration project. Once the largest plant community in North America (18 million acres), today there are only a few small remnants remaining (150,000 acres). The Center invites you to visit our restored prairie as we try to create and manage the land as nature did. The guide will explain the project, introduce you to the prairie ecosystem, identify native prairie species and lead you on a walk through the fascinating world of the tall grass prairie.

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    Tamarack Nature Center

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - EE Site - Exhibit/Display - Organization
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation - Conservation - Curriculum - Education


    Tamarack Nature Center is a 320-acre park preserve located within Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park. Woodchipped paths, paved trails and boardwalks provide year-round access. In this diverse, natural community you will find red fox, deer, woodcock and other wildlife, as well as ever-changing seasonal foliage. The floating dock serves as a scenic overlook onto Tamarack Lake, habitat for heron, turtle, mink and muskrat. The half-mile paved trail circling the restored prairie provides access to an observation deck overlooking Teal Pond.

    Tamarack Nature Center offers a wide range of environmental education and outdoor recreation programs for preschool through grade 12. All classes are developed to meet the State of Minnesota Goals for Environmental Education and Graduation Standards. Reservations for organized programs should be made at least 6 weeks in advance.

    In addition to school programs, Tamarack Nature Center offers outreach, day camp, birthday party, youth organization and general public programs. Volunteer opportunities are available year round for ages 11 to adult. For more information, e-mail us at tamarack@co.ramsey.mn.us, visit our website at www.co.ramsey.mn.us/parks/tamarack or call us at 651/407-5350

    Web Site: http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/parks/tamarack/index.htm
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    Teachers at Sea Program | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Resource type: Grant/Funding - Field Trip/Tour - Research
    Topics: Water - Education - Research


    Are you an educator interested in gaining first-hand research experience on an ocean research ship? Explore the opportunities offered by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program.

    The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase the environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience.

    The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college-level teachers to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew at sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships. Then, armed with new understanding and experience, teachers bring this knowledge back to their classrooms. Participants can expect to be at sea anywhere from one week to one month, with the average cruise lasting 12-14 days.

    All necessary travel costs are paid for by the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program. While airfare is paid for up front by the government, all other costs are reimbursed, including transportation costs, hotel costs, and per diem allowance.

    For more information, to view the most recent call for applications, or to apply, visit http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov/.

    Web Site: http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov
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    The Landing

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program
    Topics: History


    Experience life in Minnesota from the 1840s through 1890 with a visit to Historic Murphy's Landing, a recreated living history museum nestled along the beautiful Minnesota River Valley in Shakopee.

    More than 40 historic buildings, spanning 50 of Minnesota's most groundbreaking years, are arranged to show how settlers established their lives on the early frontier and farmstead on through the rapid settlement of towns and villages.
    Tours, special events and a wide variety of educational programs are available throughout the year.

    Special programs are designed for on-site visits by kindergarten through sixth grade school groups. If you can't come to us, we'll bring our costumed interpreters to you through special Outreach Programs for K-6 grade and Large Group Presentations for 4th grade through adult. Call 763/694-7784 for more details.

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    Three Rivers Park District Outreach Program

    Resource type: Program - Speaker - Course/Workshop - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Environmental Studies - Outdoor Recreation - Wildlife


    In addition to offering premier outdoor education and recreation programs within our parks and nature centers, Three Rivers Park District Outreach Program can deliver a naturalist or recreation specialist to YOUR site! Weve designed programs for many different age groups that can be presented in a variety of settings. Indoors or outside, days, evenings, or weekends, cities or suburbs  you can have one of our professional Outreach staff add a fascinating and fun twist to your plans at a very affordable price.

    Our staff is available to program at scout meetings, schools, senior centers, libraries, company picnics, and church or family get-togethers. Choose from a menu of our most popular programs or inquire about your specific programs needs. Many of our programs include live animals (including several birds of prey, snakes, turtles, amphibians, and insects) and we provide any specialized equipment needed for your topic of choice.

    For K- 6 teachers, you can choose from many other different hands on classes designed for groups of 35 or fewer students OR choose from a variety of assembly-type programs for larger groups. You can use our programs to augment your district classroom curriculum, save on field trip transportation costs, or provide student achievement incentives.


    MINNESOTA RAPTORS
    Real Raptors, Real Life. An in depth look at how valuable this group of animals is to the health of our planet. A live animal program that will really grasp you.

    SLITHER AND SLIME
    Snakes, frogs, turtles, toads and more. Learn about reptiles and amphibians up close.

    FEED ME
    An in depth look at the predator/prey relationships necessary to keep our environment healthy. A variety of live predators and prey to wet the appetite.

    WHOOOOOOS THERE?
    Meet an owl and find out what cool tools they use to help them survive.

    BONES, FURS AND FEATHERS
    A look at the animal world from the inside out. Touch and see animal artifacts to learn about their habits and adaptations.

    CREEPY CRAWLYS
    There are a lot more of them than there are of us! What makes insects such a successful group of animals? Well learn what sets insects apart from other animals and how different insects are classified.

    BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS
    What makes a bird a bird? Explore the structure of our feathered friends and learn how scientists are trying to unravel some of the mysteries of their behavior.

    BEAVER FEVER
    Sharpen your gnaw-ledge about the rodent responsible for putting Minnesota on the map. Touch, see, and even smell beaver artifacts and perhaps get dressed in a beaver costume!

    WAYS OF THE WHITETAIL
    Learn about the natural history of this modern day wildlife wonder.

    Seasonal programs such as snowshoeing, maple syruping, owl pellet dissection, Native American games, Monarch butterfly tagging, etc. are available by special arrangement. Call for more details.

    OTHER NEEDS?
    Call Three Rivers Park Districts Outreach Program at 763/559-6700. We have a Naturalist staff who can provide quality and fun filled nature programs about any topic, anywhere, any time for any group.

    Schools and groups in financial need may be eligible for a scholarship discount.

    Web Site: http://www.ThreeRiversParkDistrict.org
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    Tours of The Raptor Center Facility | The Raptor Center Staff

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Speaker
    Topics: Wildlife - Zoology - Natural Sciences - Environmental Sciences


    A 15-minute tour of The Raptor Center's public areas (clinic not included). View live eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons while learning about their species and the environment we share.

    Web Site: http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu
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    Transfer Station Tour | Becker County Environmental Services

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Resource Person
    Topics: Waste Management - Recycling


    Tours are available upon request for groups who would like to see how waste is managed in Becker County. You can see sites for management of : Demolition debris, yard waste, appliances/scrap iron, concrete recycling, fluorescent bulbs, batteries , hazardous waste and garbage! Find out where your waste goes!!
    Contact Becker County Environmental Services, Sandy Gunderson, 218-846-7200, slgunde@co.becker.mn.us

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Waste
    Products
    Chaos
    Cause and Effect

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5, 6-8:
    Grades 3-5
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
    Grades 6-8
    C-2 The output from a social or natural system can become the input to other parts of social and natural systems.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    2.I.B.2- The student will recognize and describe patterns in data.

    2.II.A.1- The student will sort and classify objects in terms of color, size, shape, weight, texture, flexibility, and attraction to magnets.

    3.I.A.1- The student will explore the use of science as a tool that can help investigate and answer questions about the environment.

    4.I.A.3- The student will recognize the impact of scientific and technological activities on the natural world.

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    Web Site: http://www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/environmental_services
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    Trees at Tamarac: Planting, Growth & Wildlife Uses | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Forests - Service Learning - Habitat - Natural Sciences


    This Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge fieldtrip includes the planting of seedling trees to reforest wildlife habitat. Students will take a guided nature walk through a forest with active signs of wildlife, view an educational video on a big theater screen, and participate in an activity demonstrating tree growth and abiotic factors. The visitor center includes hands-on exhibits of the species and habitat native to the area, including a replica eagle nest and beaver lodge for close up viewing. For grades 1-2.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    abiotic factors
    habitat
    function
    niche

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES PreK-2:
    A-1 Social systems and natural systems are made of parts.
    A-2 Social systems and natural systems may not continue to function if some of their parts are missing.
    A-3 When the parts of social systems and natural systems are put together, they can do things they couldn't do by themselves.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Grade 1 - IV. Life Science, B. Organisms. The Students will observe and describe how plants and animals grow and change.
    Grade 1 - IV. Life Science, D. Heredity. The student will understand that there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.

    Grade 2 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The student will recognize that plants and animals have life cycles.
    Grade 2 - IV. Life Science, C. Interdependence of Life. The students will understand that organisms live in different environments.

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    Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/tamarac
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    Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge - Winona

    Resource type: Resource Person - Program - Field Trip/Tour - Speaker
    Topics: Rivers - Wildlife - Habitat


    The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is a major flyway for migrating birds in North America. The District Office, located at 51 East 4th Street, Winona, MN offers educational programs for students of all ages.

    Ed Lagace, the Refuge Ranger, develops, organizes and presents programs that educate students on a variety of topics, such as:
  • Climate resources
  • Migrating birds
  • Safety on the river
  • Canoe and kayak trips on the river

    New programs can be developed, while existing programs can be altered depending on interest or need. Programs are free of charge (donations accepted) and are all year-round, however, please note that programs are geared toward the season. Programs are conducted within the Winona district.

    Contact Ed Lagace to set up your program:
    Ed Lagace
    Environmental Outreach Educator
    51 East 4th Street
    Winona, MN

    Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Upper_Mississippi_River/
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    Vermilion Environmental Studies Program | Vermilion Community College

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Higher Education - Program - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Wilderness - Outdoor Recreation - Natural Sciences - Eco-systems


    The Environmental Studies Program (http://www.vcc.mnscu.edu/html/environmental_studies_outdoor.html) offers credit and non-credit programs in ecology, wildlife, northern ecosystems and outdoor recreation. A long standing leader in natural resources programming, environmental studies provides non-traditional classroom and field experiences which draw from the surrounding wilderness. An experiential approach actively engages students and participants in an investigation of the diverse plant and animal communities, the geology, natural history, and recreational opportunities of the iron range and the border lakes region. Programs through environmental studies include: Wolf ecology, beaver ecology, birds of the north woods, moose ecology, black bear ecology, mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, and sea kayaking.

    Web Site: http://www.vcc.mnscu.edu
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    Vermilion Outdoor Learning Center | Vermilion Community College

    Resource type: Higher Education - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Wilderness - Outdoor Recreation - Natural Sciences - Eco-systems


    Located on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Outdoor Learning Center is only 4 ½ miles from the Vermilion Community College Campus. The center, formerly "Johnson's Fall Lake Resort", operates under a special use permit from the United States Forest Service. We are located on approximately 40 acres of land with over ½ mile of shoreline on Fall Lake. Wolves, moose, whitetail deer, otters, and many other animals are regular visitors to the site. Walleye, northern pike, perch, and bass are found in abundance in Fall Lake.

    The center operates as a residential facility, providing food and lodging for programs from mid- May through mid-October. Most programs are offered through the Elderhostel Program (http://www.vcc.mnscu.edu/html/elderhostel.html) as well as the Environmental Studies Program (http://www.vcc.mnscu.edu/html/environmental_studies_outdoor.html). Classroom and meeting facilities are available year round. For more information contact, the center at the address listed below or at volc@mail.vcc.mnscu.com.

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    Voyageur Environmental Center (VEC)

    Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Organization
    Topics: Stewardship - Environmental Studies


    Voyageur Environmental Center (VEC) is a full service environmental education center located in Minnetrista, near Mound, Minnesota offering over 45 different environmental curriculum choices. Our mission is to help students of all ages develop a sense of environmental awareness, appreciation and stewardship. VEC is situated on 110 acres of forested, rolling hills overlooking Little Long Lake, only 25 miles west of the Twin Cities.

    The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities owns and operates Voyageur. Voyageur runs a residential summer camp for Club members. Camp Voyageur runs June through August. Club members also visit Voyageur on weekends as well as school release days.

    Voyageur is also available as a resource for schools as well as a retreat and conference center. Both residential and day programming is available.

    For more information, visit http://www.campvec.org/Home_Page.html.

    Web Site: http://www.campvec.org/
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    Wahoo! Adventures

    Resource type: Organization - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation


    Wahoo! Adventures offers a variety of active travel and events to get you outside. We bring families, friends, couples, and coworkers together with a common interest in recreational activities, healthy lifestyles, camaraderie, and appreciation for good food.

    We ensure the experience will be fun, relaxing, and educational while promoting outdoor adventure for all fitness levels. Our events include EVERYTHING you need. Best of all, you have all the fun and we do all the work.

    Wahoo! Adventures also partners with your local community education and recreation to host events at nature centers, parks, and lakes in the Twin Cities for snowshoeing, hiking, geocaching, camping, kayaking, biking, and other adventures.

    Learn more about how we can get you out of the office and on a day or weekend adventure. Reconnect with your wife, husband, kids, or grand-kids. Celebrate your next special event with a customized, hassle-free day on a scavenger hunt hike, bicycling, or trying a kayak challenge.

    How can we get you outside? For more information visit http://www.mywahooadventures.com or contact:

    Wahoo! Adventures
    651.280.7299
    info@mywahooadventures.com
    http://www.mywahooadventures.com/

    Web Site: http://www.mywahooadventures.com/
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    Walleye Hatchery and Spawn-Take Site | MN DNR Fisheries

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Field Trip/Tour - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Fish - Habitat - Lake - Natural Sciences


    The MN DNR - Detroit Lakes Area Fisheries Staff operate a walleye spawn-take site and hatchery near Lake Sallie. This site is in operation from mid-April to early-May. Visitors to the site can see the spawn-take operation, and also view the hatchery. This is a guided tour if arrangements are made several days in advance, but is also open the public. For teachers and classes, a packet of information must be reviewed with the class prior to the tour. The packet includes background information and slides. A speaker may be able to come into the classroom prior to the tour to review the packet with the students, depending on time availability.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    ecosystem
    habitat
    population

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12(adult):
    Grades preK - 2
    A-1 Social systems and natural systems are made of parts.

    Grades 3-5
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.

    Grades 6 - 8
    C-1 Social and natural systems can include processes as well as things.

    Grades 9 - 12 (adult)
    D-2 Interaction between social and natural systems is defined by their boundaries, relation to other systems, and expected inputs and outputs.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    K.IV.B.2 - The student will know simple ways that living things can be grouped.

    1.IV.D.1 - The student will describe ways in which many plants and animals closely resemble but are not identical to their parents.

    1.IV.D.2 - The student will match adult plants and animals to their offspring.

    2.IV.B.1 - The student will describe life cycles of plants and animals.

    3.I.B.1 - The student will ask questions about the natural world that can be investigated scientifically.

    4.IV.B.1 - The student will classify plants and animals according to their physical characteristics.

    5.IV.E.1- The student will recognize that individuals of the same species differ in their characteristics and that sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

    6.I.B.1 - the student will identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigation and those that cannot.

    7.IV.B.5 - The student will use the characteristics of an organism to identify the kingdom to which it belongs.

    8.I.B.2 - The student will use sufficient trials and adequate sample size to ensure reliable data.

    9-12.I.C.2 - The student will provide an example of a need or problem identified by science and solved by engineering or technology.

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    Water Quality Elementary | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Pamphlet - Program - Speaker
    Topics: Conservation - Lake - Pollution - Water


    After completing this activity, students will be able to:
    -Describe (define) a watershed and its function in the environment
    -Identify how human action impacts the environment - Stewardship
    -Identify shoreline erosion and methods used to prevent and control erosion
    -Take a water sample, secchi readings, gage readings
    -Understand the results of the tests and their significance

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    cause and effect
    knowledge
    resources

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES preK-2, 3-5:
    Grades preK-2
    A-1 Social systems and natural systems are made of parts.
    A-2 Social systems and natural systems may not continue to function if some of their parts are missing.

    Grades 3-5
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
    B-2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    K.IV.G.1 - The student will observe and describe the environment using the five senses.

    1.IV.B.1 - The student will observe and describe how plants and animals grow and change.

    2.III.A.1 - The student will observe and describe rocks, soils, water, and air.

    3.IV.C.2 - The student will know that changes in a habitat can be beneficial or harmful to an organism.

    4.III.A.1 - The student will investigate environmental issues and potential solutions.

    5.III.A.1 - The student will recognize the natural processes that cause rocks to break down into smaller pieces and eventually into soil.

    5.III.A.2 - The student will investigate the formation, composition and properties of soil.

    6.I.A.1- The student will distinguish between scientific evidence and personal opinion.

    6.I.C.1 - The student will describe the types of questions asked, the products, and methods of investigation used to distinguish science from technology.

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    Web Site: http://www.prwd.org
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    Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) Full-Facility Tour

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Audio
    Topics: Waste Management - Pollution Prevention - Compost - Water


    WLSSD offers free walking tours of District facilities for school and community groups of 7 or more people (limit of 60.) Learn how "waste" is reclaimed, recycled and disposed of properly and how WLSSD works to protect the local environment. The two-hour FULL-FACILITY indoor/outdoor walking tour includes the WLSSD wastewater treatment plant (13 years of age), Household Hazardous Waste facility (13 years of age), and the Organics Composting site (7 years; under 13 years accompanied by an adult) all located at the District's Courtland Street site. Shorter, in-depth tours of one or more of these areas of operation are also available. Comparable video/audio tour presentations are also available by appointment.

    Web Site: http://www.wlssd.duluth.mn.us/about_tour.php
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    Wildlife Habitat Through the Seasons | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Program - Speaker
    Topics: Habitat - Phenology (seasons) - Animals - Wildlife


    This Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge fieldtrip includes a nature walk through the forest to identify signs of active wildlife and signs of seasonal change. Photographs are encouraged, a digital camera may be available for loan. An activity on animal adaptations will explore trumpeter swans, beaver, wolf, and frogs. An educational video in large screen theater may be available. The visitor center includes hands-on exhibits of the species and habitat native to the area, including a replica beaver and lodge for close up viewing. For grade 3.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Habitat
    Niche
    Migration
    Climate

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADESGrades 3 - 5
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
    B- 2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected. .

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    3. I. A. 1. The student will explore the use of science as a tool that can help investigate and answer questions about the environment.

    3.I.B.1. The student will ask questions about the natural world that can be investigated scientifically.

    3.I.B.2. The student will participate in a scientific investigation using appropriate tools.

    3. IV. B. 1.The Students will recognize that plants and animals have different structures that serve various functions.

    3.IV.C. 1. The student will know that organisms interact with one another in various ways besides providing food.

    3.IV.C.2. The student will know that changes in a habitat can be beneficial or harmful to an organism

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    Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/tamarac
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    Wildlife Outreach and Heritage Lab

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Education - Environmental Studies - Wildlife - History


    Thanks to funding provided by Connexus Energy, Wargo Nature Center is able to offer the Wildlife Outreach and Heritage Lab Programs. Wildlife Outreach brings a Naturalist to your classroom during the winter months. Heritage Lab is an interactive program with interpreters that covers a different period of Minnesota's past each fall.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/968/Wargo-Nature-Center
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    Wildlife Science Center | Staff

    Resource type: EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Program - Organization
    Topics: Education - Animals - Wildlife - Conservation


    The Wildlife Science Center is a nationally recognized education and research facility that is home to 8 birds of prey, endangered gray, red, and Mexican gray wolves, mountain lions, bears, bobcats, and foxes. The Wildlife Science Center is an independent nonprofit organization that is located on the grounds of the Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area in Columbus, Minnesota, an expansive natural habitat just 20 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.

    Programs available include educational tours to see and learn about our resident animals, bonfire programs, and overnight Wolf Howl programs. We are also available for a variety of off-site programs tailor made to suit your audiences needs including live raptor programs. A more detailed description of the Center and the programs available is on our website (www.wildlifesciencecenter.org).

    Please contact us to schedule a visit or to find out about the cost of individual programs.

    Graduation Standards: All Wildlife Science Center programs are aligned with state and national education standards.

    Web Site: http://www.wildlifesciencecenter.org
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    Winter Seminars and Labs | Seminar Program Director

    Resource type: Program - Resource Person - Field Trip/Tour - Teacher Training
    Topics: Geology - Earth - Minerals - Astronomy


    During the months of October through May, the Geological Society of Minnesota (GSM) sponsors a series of seminars by leading professionals in the fields of geology and Earth science. These exciting seminars are free and open to the public, and are especially valuable for enthusiastic learners, from secondary-school students to professionals. A question and answer opportunity is always included. (Where else can you enjoy an intriguing exchange with a leading scientist or educator, for free?) The seminars are sometimes theme-related within the season, and are generally presented on alternating Monday evenings at 7:30 P.M. on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota.

    Several laboratory sessions that are designed to demonstrate the ideas and principles of geology and other Earth sciences are regularly offered on some remaining Monday evenings during this season. These labs are also free and open to the public, and allow a valuable HANDS-ON learning experience for beginners or a helpful refresher for the seasoned enthusiast. Question and answer opportunities are always abundant and group discussion is common. (Where else can you actively practice science, under expert guidance, for free?) Advanced registration may be required for some labs as space or equipment may be limited. The labs are held either on local college campuses, or at area industrial or government facilities.

    The specific building and room number of seminars and labs are noted on the SEEK calendar, the GSM web site: http://www.gsmn.org (and click on WINTER LECTURES), or may be obtained by calling GSM at (612) 724-2101.

    Seminars and labs may provide CEUs for teachers.


    Web Site: http://www.gsmn.org
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    Winter Survival | Linda Larson and Louise Neff Rossman Elementary, Detoit Lakes, MN

    Resource type: Curriculum - Field Trip/Tour - Resource Person
    Topics: Conservation - Health - Outdoor Recreation - Physical Education


    Objectives:
    -Preparation for winter survival-basics of survival-what's needed
    -Building a shelter in nature
    -Packing and cooking a winter survival meal (the meal is made over an open fire)
    -Snow shoeing
    -Orienteering
    -Compass Skills
    -Kindling
    (4th grade priority)

    Vocabulary: kindling, combustion, temperature, energy, survival, hypothermia, adaptations, weight distribution

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Climate
    Cycles
    Patterns
    Resources

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    4.1.A.1- The student will explore the uses and effects of science in our interaction with the natural world

    4.11.A.1- The student will observe that heating and cooling can cause changes in state.

    4.II.A.2- The student will describe the changes in the properties of a substance when it is heated or cooled.

    4.II.A.3- The student will compare and contrast the mass, shape, and volume of solids, liquids, and gases.

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    Wolves: A Pack of Investigations | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

    Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Wildlife - Population - Food Chain - Habitat


    This Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge fieldtrip includes a hike along a trail that is known for grey wolf sightings and signs. Student will learn how the wolf population has changed over time in Minnesota. Through several activity stations student learn the unique characteristics of wolves and feeding habitats. An educational video of wolves and wolf behavior is available. The visitor center includes hands-on exhibits of the species and habitat native to the area, including a wolf for close up viewing. Designed for 5th grade, could be modified for 4th or 6th grade. Conducted in Fall only.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Trophic Level
    Habitat
    Population
    Family and Kinship

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3 - 5
    B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
    B- 2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:

    5.IV.E. Biological Populations Change Over Time, The student will know that biological populations change over time.
    1. The student will recognize that individuals of the same species differ in their characteristics and that sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
    2. The student will recognize that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient to allow its survival.
    5.IV.F. Flow of Matter and Energy, The student will know that matter and energy flow into, out of, and within a biological system.
    1. The student will recognize that organisms need energy to stay alive and grow, and that this energy originates from the sun.
    2. The student will use food webs to describe the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem in Minnesota.
    5.I.C.The student will recognize that science and technology involve different kinds of work and engages men and women of all backgrounds.
    1. The student will describe different kinds of work done in science and technology.
    2. The student will identify men and women of various backgrounds and ages who have been involved in science and technology, both past and present.

    MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Grade 4, 5 -II. Minnesota History. B. Contact and Fur Trade 1600 - 1810. The student will demonstrate knowledge of early explorers and fur traders in Minnesota and the impact of the fur trade on both European and Native societies.

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    Web Site: http://www.tamaracfriends.org
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    Wood Lake Nature Center | Staff

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Field Trip/Tour - Exhibit/Display
    Topics: - Habitat - General Ecology


    Most of Wood Lake Nature Center is a freshwater marsh. The water is very shallow and the bottom is mostly organic mud. Cattails, dogwood and willow ring the shoreline, while cottonwood, silver maple and box elder trees populate the higher grounds. There are also 10 acres of renovated prairie. Over 200 different kinds of birds and 30 different mammals can be seen at the Center. There are 3 miles of hiking trails throughout the Center, including a .8 mile inner loop and a 1.8 mile outer loop. The trials are surfaced with crushed limestone, making them wheelchair accessible.

    We offer a wide range of programming. Weekdays, naturalists conduct activities with school and community groups. On the weekends, there are family oriented programs ranging from maple syruping and wild foods to animal tracking and snow house building. The interpretive building houses a variety of exhibits, including live animal displays and taxidermy. These exhibits feature the plants and animals found at Wood Lake. A touch and see room provides an opportunity to handle furs, antlers, fossils, and other natural history artifacts. Classes, public programs and meetings are held in the 80-seat auditorium.

    Web Site: http://www.woodlakenaturecenter.org
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    YMCA Camp St. Croix- Environmental Education/ Adventure Learning/ Conference Facilities

    Resource type: Organization - EE Site - Teacher Training - Field Trip/Tour
    Topics: Stewardship - Service Learning - Human Communities - Natural Sciences


    Camp St. Croix is a 400 acre YMCA facility located
    along the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway in Hudson, WI.
    Camp St. Croix offers summer resident and day camping experiences
    for youth ages 6-15; conference and retreat facilities for up to
    200 people; residential environmental education programs for
    school grades K-12 through the St. Croix Environmental Center;
    and team building, leadership and adventure based training
    and development programs through the St. Croix Adventure
    Learning Center.


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    Young Explorers Preschool Programs

    Resource type: Program - Field Trip/Tour - EE Site
    Topics: Education - General Ecology - Phenology (seasons) - Wildlife


    Young Explorers are pre-school children ages 4 & 5 years old. The group meets the first Thursday of the month, November - May. Join us for Naturalist-led activities, crafts and outdoor fun! Pre-registration is required.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacounty.us/2033/Preschool
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