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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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A Year of Learning: Hartley and Homeschooling Families | Staff

Resource type: Field Trip/Tour - Course/Workshop - Program - EE Site
Topics: Natural Sciences - Conservation - Eco-systems - 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 the entire family. Registration information is mailed in August and classes begin mid-September. Class sizes are limited and fill quickly. Programs are held monthly (Sept. through May) and cost $70 for members and $80 for nonmembers.

Class groups:
Preschool Porcupines: Ages 4 to 6 years
Rambling Raccoons: Ages 6 to 9 years
Nature Scientists: Ages 9 to 12 years
Hartley Stewards: Ages 12 years and older


Web Site: http://www.hartleynature.org
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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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After the Flush: Where does Wastewater go?

Resource type: Program
Topics: Waste Management - Eco-systems - Environmental Sciences - Human Communities


What happens to wastewater after it leaves our homes and businesses? In this hands-on demonstration activity, students can watch water flow from a home to the wastewater treatment plant and learn more about how water is cleaned up. Using an "Enviroscape" model of a city, farm and treatment plant, this presentation also gives students ideas on how they can help keep water clean. It is most suited to groups smaller than 15 students; ideal for a special event learning station.


Web Site: http://www.wlssd.duluth.mn.us/contactus.php
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Air Around Us | Environmental Education Staff

Resource type: Program
Topics: Air - Climatology - Energy - Natural Sciences


Focus on the driving force of weather which is the wind. Learn how the properties of air contribute to the formation of wind. Use experiments to measure how the landscape affects the speed and direction of the wind.



Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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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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Animal Menagerie - A program offered by Headwaters Science Center | John Mathisen

Resource type: Program - Speaker
Topics: Natural Sciences - Wildlife


This program introduces visitors to the live animals on display at the Science Center. Discussion includes the care and feeding of animals as pets, proper handling techniques, and interesting facts. The program is available by prior arrangement anytime during normal hours or off-site. It normally lasts about 1/2 hour, but can be extended. Advance registration is necessary to ensure
staff and facilities are available.



Web Site: http://www.HSCBemidji.org
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Animal Tracks and Signs | Environmental Education Staff

Resource type: Program
Topics: Wildlife - Habitat


Learn to decipher the stories that animals leave behind. We will take a hike in search of animal homes, browse, tracks and scat to learn how they live in Minnesota.


Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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Antarctica Assembly Program | Science Museum of MN

Resource type: Program - Performance/Art
Topics: Conservation - Science - Geology - Wildlife


Our presenter will tell the story of Antarctica's amazing wildlife and distinct physical features through the use of stunning photography and large scale props. Students will discover how humans can harm and protect the global environment.

Web Site: http://www.smm.org/schools/atyourschool/
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Archaeology-Mock Dig Site

Resource type: Program
Topics: Culture


Students learn scientific method and cultural history as they conduct a mock dig to find bones, fire rings, points, pottery, etc. They are digging, sifting, recording, and reconstructing the story of what they find and where they find it. (grades 3-5)

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Archery in the Schools Program and Equipment Grants | Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


  • Annual Grant Deadline is May 1st

    For more information, contact:

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

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/grants/epr/archery/index.html
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    Area II Envirothon | Becker County SWCD

    Resource type: DVD - Resource Person - Program
    Topics: Conservation - Land - Resource Management - Water


    The Envirothon is a nationwide event that began in 1979 and in Minnesota in 1993. It is a unique, hands-on outdoor competition for high school students that challenges their environmental knowledge and problem solving skills. Teams visit five 25 minute learning stations based on key areas of the environment. Teams consist of 5 students working collaboratively to answer 20 questions at each learning station. The stations are staffed by resource professionals in the fields of wetlands, wildlife, forestry, soils and a current environmental issue. Students must be in grades 9-12. Each team has an adult advisor who can serve for up to three teams. The top three teams from an area advance to the state competition.

    Why have a competition like this? To allow high school students to showcase their environmental expertise. To provide an educational opportunity and expose students to Minnesota's ecology. And to encourage academic excellence and recognize students' outstanding accomplishments in environmental literacy.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    cause and effect
    change and constancy
    ecosystem
    innovation and invention

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 9 - 12(adult):
    D-1 The interaction of social and natural systems can create properties that are different from either individual system.
    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.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.II.G.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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    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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    Backyard/Barrel Burning Prevention Classes | CLIMB Theatre

    Resource type: Program - Speaker - Curriculum - Performance/Art
    Topics: Climatology - Bio-Diversity - Earth - Education


    Using interactive role-play, mini drama and theatre in education activities CLIMB Theatre is able to take students on adventure to explore the importance of our environment and consequences of burning trash in burn barrels. The bottom line of the program: Understanding the consequences our actions have upon the natural environment will help us to make decisions about what actions we choose.

    Educational Objectives:
    1. To provide students with an understandable definition of open and barrel burning.
    2. To help students understand a few of the environmental and consequences of burning.
    3. To make students aware of the alternatives their families have to burning their trash.
    4. To motivate students to reduce the waste that they personally create.
    5. To help students to develop a relationship with the natural environment of their area.


    Web Site: http://www.climb.org
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    Be Water Wise | National Environmental Education Foundation

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Water - Education


    A Public-Private Partnership Supporting Water Education

    Early in 2009, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) began a new program aimed at creating a public-private partnership to leverage resources and expertise to bring a meaningful learning experience to a K-12 audience: Be Water Wise. Be Water Wise engages partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to raise awareness of local water challenges and improve water conservation and stormwater management in school buildings and grounds. Student-led Be Water Wise projects can result in significant reductions in costs and improved water management at participating schools, as well as increased engagement of the local community in developing solutions to water challenges.

    Key components of Be Water Wise include:
  • A strong partnership among government agencies, businesses, the public school system, nonprofit organizations and other local groups to provide a meaningful learning experience for students;
  • A curriculum supplement designed around local water challenges and strongly correlated to local K-12 learning standards;
  • Professional development for teachers and school facilities staff, led by experts in water management and technologies, on how to engage students in an investigation of current levels of water consumption and stormwater management in school facilities;
  • Integration of water topics into lesson plans and activities across the K-12 curriculum;
  • Involvement of students in an analysis of water use and stormwater management and in developing projects to improve water conservation or stormwater management at their schools;
  • Grant-funded school projects to improve water conservation or stormwater management;
  • Student presentations of the findings and projects to city officials; and
  • Reporting and storytelling by teachers, students and partners in order to inform the development of a national Be Water Wise program model.

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    Become a Master Water Steward | Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Freshwater Society

    Resource type: Program - Resource Person
    Topics: Water - Pollution Prevention


    The Master Water Stewards program is a partnership between the Freshwater Society and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, with funding provided by the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.

    The Master Water Stewards program will certify and support community leaders to install pollution prevention projects that educate community members, reduce pollutants from urban runoff, and allow more water to soak into the ground before running into storm sewer systems. If you live in the Minnehaha Creek Watershed, you can make a real difference in the health of our waters.

    Stewards are:
  • Community leaders
  • Advocates for clean water
  • Educators who teach about clean water
  • Sources of accurate information on urban water issues
  • Knowledgeable, informed volunteers


  • Stewards do:
  • Help neighbors have a positive impact on water quality
  • Help neighbors understand how water flows across their property
  • Act as liaisons between neighbors or community members and landscape designers, other landscape professionals, and local watershed personnel
  • Conduct education and outreach campaigns
  • Act as education and outreach volunteers for agencies and other organizations
  • Work across cultural, political, economic and other social boundaries to achieve clean water goals


  • Modeled after successful Master Gardener programs, volunteer community leaders will participate in a 50-hour program of courses and projects. Certified Master Water Stewards will volunteer 50 hours of community service in the initial year of certification, up to 25 hours each subsequent year and ongoing education in order to maintain their certification. On this web site you'll find resources to support Stewards, connect Stewards to technical expertise, continuing education opportunities, and other community members.

    In 2013, during the first year of the pilot, the program focused on the Minneapolis neighborhoods surrounding Minnehaha Creek and the Chain of Lakes. In 2014, the program expanded to additional neighborhoods in Minneapolis and first- ring suburbs, including Edina, St. Louis Park, Hopkins and Richfield. In 2015, the program will expand to the rest of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District to include the upper part of the watershed.

    For more information and to apply visit http://masterwaterstewards.org/become-a-master-water-steward/


    Web Site: http://masterwaterstewards.org/become-a-master-water-steward/
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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 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 Learning Kits | Alison Falldin

    Resource type: Learning Kit - Curriculum - Program
    Topics: Science - Environmental Sciences - Eco-systems - General Ecology


    Create a hands-on Bell Museum experience for your students without ever leaving school grounds. Developed in collaboration with teachers, Bell Museum Learning Kits are self-contained units in the subject areas of birds; earth science; frogs and flies; habitat studies; hot topics; and mammals. All kits contain lesson plans and activities, museum objects, relevant content and books, and resource materials for both students and teachers. Several kits combine art, math, reading and science for an interdisciplinary approach to teaching about the natural world, and all are designed to help teachers meet national and Minnesota science education standards.

    Web Site: http://www.bellmuseum.org/learnkits.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 Summer Camps | Katie Burke

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Program
    Topics: Art - Science - Education - General Ecology


    Bell Museum Summer Discovery Day Camps allow kids the opportunity to spend their summer days doing projects and activities that, while created for fun, also explore interesting fields of science, art and technology. Bell camps include field trips, swimming at the University pool and the use of many other University facilities and staff to ensure safe and fun experiences.

    Camps are taught by Bell Museum staff and are designed to fit around the work schedules of parents. Participants are dropped off between 8:30 am and 9:00 am and are picked up between 4:30pm and 5:00pm. Lunch is not provided so participants should always bring a bag lunch.

    Scholarships are available.

    Web Site: http://www.bellmuseum.org
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    Birds in Their Habitats | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Wildlife - Habitat - Diversity


    Prairies, woodlands, pondsall of these are homes to many species of birds found at the Nature Center. Hike and observe birds in the various habitats and learn about the adaptations that help them
    survive.



    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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    Birthday Paries

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Course/Workshop - Web Site - Program
    Topics: Animals - Eco-systems - Curriculum - Green Living


    The Maplewood Nature Center offers fun nature-themed birthday parties! The party includes your choice of live animal theme, indoor activity, outdoor activity and birthday favors. We have an exhibit room and trails to explore. Please call to schedule your child's birthday, 651-249-2170.

    Web Site: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/nc
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    Birthday Parties | Wargo Nature Center

    Resource type: Program - Exhibit/Display
    Topics: Wildlife - Environmental Sciences - General Ecology - Outdoor Recreation


    Nature and the environment are great party themes! A Naturalist will provide a 45-minute nature related program for your enjoyment, and afterward you have use of a classroom for your special birthday activities.
    For more information, call Wargo Nature Center at 651-429-8007.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacountyparks.com/programs/wargo/special-events.htm
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    Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water | Jessica Bromelkamp

    Resource type: Web Site - Speaker - Pamphlet - Program
    Topics: Water


    Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water helps homeowners beautify their yards while improving local water quality. We aim to make it easy for residents to plan, purchase and plant beautiful native gardens, raingardens and shorelines. These cost-effective plantings require little watering and minimal care after established. They also help care for our local waterways by reducing stormwater runoff during rain events.

    The Blue Thumb program was started by the Rice Creek Watershed District as an outreach program to meet District water quality goals as well as the Clean Water Act mandates. Blue Thumb has grown considerably and now includes 70 partner organizations throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area and greater Minnesota.

    Plant Selector
    Blue Thumb offers this tool to help choose the best native plants for your particular situation. Find plants by selecting from seveal criteria (i.e. sun exposure, soil moisture, etc.) and the plants matching your needs will be chosen from the total list.
    http://bluethumb.org/plants/


    Web Site: http://bluethumb.org/
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    Bones! Bones! Bones! | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Food Chain - Wildlife


    Explore the anatomy of mammals, owls and their prey. Compare bone shapes and functions as we dissect sterilized owl pellets and assemble an animal skeleton.
    3rd grade and older only.

    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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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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    Burn Barrels: The Good (or not so good), the Bad, and the Ugly! | Becker County Environmental Services

    Resource type: Program - Pamphlet
    Topics: Air - Water - Environmental Health - Pollution


    The historical practice of burning household garbage in a burn barrel, outdoor wood stove or fire pit creates pollution. The pollution created by open burning contaminates the air, water, and soil and is dangerous to the health of humans. And for most homeowners in Minnesota, it's also against the law.

    We will talk about--waste: past(historical) garbage cans, present garbage cans,the differences between burn barrels and incinerators and different options for waste disposal.
    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:
    Products
    Waste
    Cause and Effect

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR 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.

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

    7.I.C.1- The student will give examples of the development of technology influencing scientific knowledge, and investigation and scientific knowledge influencing the development of technology.

    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.

    9-12.I.C.3- The student will provide an example of how technology facilitates new discoveries and the development of scientific knowledge.

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    Web Site: http://www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/environmental_services
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    Businesses Bringing Energy Home

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Energy - Conservation


    Demonstrate environmental stewardship, save energy at the office and help employees save energy at home.
    The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), will help your employees save energy in the workplace and at home using an educational workshop held over lunch. At the workshop employees will get energy saving tips and have the opportunity to sign up for a special discounted Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit. For more information visit the website at:

    Web Site: http://mncee.org/Find-Programs/Business-Bringing-Energy-Efficiency-Home/
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    Call for stories about EE in Minnesota for the MAEE newsletter | Minnesota Association for Environmental Education

    Resource type: Program - Organization
    Topics: Education - Environmental Sciences - Natural Sciences - Business


    The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE) is looking for articles, news stories and successes that environmental educators in our state have participated in or are participating in.

    Our quarterly newsletter focuses on the four settings for Environmental education in our state, as defined by the GreenPrint: Home, Work, Play, and School. No matter what setting you work in or what audience you work with, your experience is important to share with others!

    We want to hear from YOU! Share with us the successes your community has seen. Whether is be a school organized tree planting or the establishment of a land trust, we want to hear about it!

    Contact: MAEE at maeeinfo@gmail.com and ask to be connected with the newsletter editor.

    Web Site: http://www.minnesotaee.org
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    Campfire Talks

    Resource type: Program - EE Site - Speaker
    Topics: Education - General Ecology - Resource Management - Wildlife


    Join a Naturalist for campfire talks throughout the summer months at Anoka County?s Bunker Hills and Rice Creek Campgrounds. Programs include natural history of Minnesota species, a roaring campfire and interactive activities enjoyable for the whole family. Programs are FREE! Call the Nature Center for dates and topics.

    Web Site: http://www.anokacountyparks.com
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    Capacity building for environmental education in Minnesota | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Environmental Education


    The goal for environmental education (EE) in Minnesota and throughout the United States is to develop an environmentally literate citizenry.

    Environmental literacy is possessing knowledge about the environment and issues related to it; being capable of, and inclined to, further self- directed environmental learning and/or action. (North American Association for Environmental Education)

    From the mid-1990's through 2010 the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance's (OEA) environmental education team focused their work on achieving the state goal of environmental literacy. (Note: The Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (OEA) merged with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) in 2005.) They did this through "capacity building" efforts for environmental education -- developing effective organizations and individual leaders in order to achieve comprehensive EE programs at the state, regional and local level. The four areas of concentration to the EE capacity-building efforts were:

    1. Providing, leveraging and developing resources for educators.
    2. Fostering coordination and partnerships.
    3. Furthering communication among EE providers.
    4. Delivering skill-building opportunities.

    1. Providing resources to educators
    Providing resources and access to resources is vital to delivering fair, current, and accurate environmental education. The resources offered included:

  • OEA's Clearinghouse offered many resources including videos, fact sheets, curricula, and interactive media.
  • The SEEK (Sharing Environmental Education Knowledge) website is Minnesota's online home of EE resources - www.seek.state.mn.us
  • A GreenPrint for Minnesota: State Plan for Environmental Education is a guide for individuals, organizations, and agencies that deliver or support environmental education in Minnesota.
  • Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence is a document that provides a series of EE concepts that support an understanding of our environment through a systems framework. Highlighting the interrelations of the natural and social systems, the scope and sequence is a great tool for formal and non-formal educators.
  • Grants were funded by the OEA/PCA for several excellent environmental education projects and programs.


  • 2. Fostering coordination and partnerships
    Offering coordination and serving as a catalyst for EE providers is the second component of capacity building. This was done through:

  • The Minnesota Environmental Education Advisory Board (EEAB) and then the Environmental Education Advisory Task Force (EEATF) were advisory groups composed of both citizen members and agency representatives. They advised the leaders of the sitting agencies on environmental education matters and were a great vehicle to foster coordinated EE partnerships throughout Minnesota.
  • SEEK Partners are organizations in Minnesota that provide EE programs and resources to Minnesota's EE community.
  • Grantees and people involved in EE grant projects.
  • Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning (EIC) is an educational approach for schools that combines best practices with the local environment while simultaneously addressing content standards from multiple disciplines. EIC uses the school's natural and socio-cultural settings to engage students in schoolwork that they perceive as relevant to their daily lives, thus increasing their motivation for learning and academic achievement.


  • 3. Furthering communication among EE providers
    With all the organizations, agencies, and individuals working to educate Minnesotans on environmental issues, communication channels and opportunities are imperative to successful EE. These are some of the tools and activities implemented:

  • The SEEK Bulletin is a monthly email newsletter offering new and time-worthy environmental education items pulled from the SEEK website.
  • Environmental Education Workshops and Brown Bags are offered on a variety of topics.
  • The Minnesota Environmental Education Advisory Board gives agencies and citizens, along with the public, a chance to communicate on issues at hand within their organizations and at the state level.
  • Personal communication is considered key in learning what is needed by and what is available to Minnesotans. One-on-one assistance with others working in the environmental field is an important element in delivering effective, relevant environmental education.


  • 4. Developing education skills
    The ability to effectively educate others on environmental issues takes more than technical environmental knowledge. It requires education skills and the ability to communicate. These were the skill-building programs offered.

  • EE Capacity-building Workshops were monthly workshops that provided fundamental educational skills for individuals trained as scientists, technical specialists, and researchers, as well as up-to-date education tools for the trained educators seeking assistance in honing their skills in order to better educate their audiences.
  • Regional EE workshops were developed and offered in partnership with local organizations, according to the needs of the particular audiences.
  • One-on-one skill-building assistance was offered as the situation warrants.


  • For information on national EE Capacity Building, visit the National Environmental Education Advancement Project (NEEAP) at http://www4.uwsp.edu/cnr/neeap/

    To learn more about the state of Minnesota's defined goals for its citizens in regards to environmental literacy, visit https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/statutes/?id=115A.073 115A.073 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GOALS AND PLAN (Minn. Stat. §115A.073)


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    Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center | Staff

    Resource type: EE Site - Organization - Exhibit/Display - Program
    Topics: Wetlands - Energy - Water - Sustainability


    Cascade Meadow is a new environmental education center in Rochester Minnesota that seeks to support a conversation about the health of our communities, which we believe include our built and natural environments, our economy, and our social lives. We support this conversation by serving as a regional resource for education on water, energy, and wetlands, and by partnering with others who support sustainable living. Cascade Meadow serves as a site for water and energy resource education programming and features interactive exhibits and interpreted building and site design features.

    Web Site: http://www.cascademeadow.org
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    Center for Energy and Environment (CEE)

    Resource type: Organization - Program - Web Site
    Topics: Energy



    The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment.

    At the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), our experienced staff works with businesses, utilities, government, nonprofit organizations and communities to design and implement practical, innovative, energy efficiency programs that help to reduce energy waste and save money. The keys to success are our experience in the industry and the dedication of our staff. We have been a leader in the energy field for more then 30 years and use our experience to provide a broad spectrum of services including research, program development, financing and public policy.

    Our outreach and education programs often include site visits and focus on residential energy efficiency education and youth energy efficiency education. They include: The Minnesota Energy Challenge, Businesses Bringing Energy Home, Congregations Saving Energy, and The TOLBY (Turn Off Lights Behind You) Program for students in elementary school.

    For more information on the programs CEE offers visit our website at http://mncee.org/

    Web Site: http://www.mncee.org/
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    Chickens and Eggs | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Agriculture - Diversity



    Learn about the life cycle of a chicken and see several varieties up close as students hold different kinds of chickens. Discuss egg development. Help to feed the free range chickens on the farm. Ideal for K-4th grades.


    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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    Children's Environmental Health Faculty Champions Initiative | National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

    Resource type: Program - Learning Kit - Web Site
    Topics: Environmental Health - Health


    Goal: Build health professional capacity to address children's environmental health issues.

    This initiative creates a network of children's environmental health faculty champions at medical and nursing schools throughout the country, who take a leadership role in integrating children's environmental health into their academic institutions in a sustainable fashion, train their colleagues, teach courses, provide expertise and support in their institutions and surrounding communities, and serve as a model for how to integrate environmental health into health professional education.

    The effectiveness of NEEF's Children's Environmental Health Faculty Champions Initiative was studied. Based on this study, an article titled "Children's Environmetnal Health Faculty Champions Initiative: A Successful Model for Integrating Environmental Health into Pediatric Healthcare" was accepted for publication by Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), the peer-reviewed journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The authors concluded that the initiative was highly effective and it demonstrated that the Faculty Champions model is a successful method which can be replicated in other arenas. A variety of environmental health tools and resources utilized by the Faculty Champions as they trained other health professionals and integrated pediatric environmental health into medical, nursing and physician assistant curricula and practice can be downloaded at NEEF's tools and resources - http://neefusa.org/health/champions/cehresources.htm.

    About the Health & Environment Program
    The goal of the Health & Environment Program is to advance environmental knowledge among health professionals in order to improve public health. Through a variety of initiatives, we facilitate the integration of environmental health into healthcare provider education and practice, with a special emphasis on children and other populations disproportionately impacted by environmental pollutants
    .

    Web Site: http://www.neefusa.org/health/champions/index.htm
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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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    City Tree Project | Staff

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Bio-Diversity - Sustainable Development - Horticulture - Environmental Sciences


    The City Tree Project uses contaminated/tax-defaulted land
    throughout the metropolitan area to research, select, and
    develop trees and shrubs that will endure harsher urban
    conditions. The project uses abandoned parcels to test and
    grow a number of species of trees and shrubs and test their
    tolerances to soil and air borne pollutants, severe
    temperatures, dry and wet conditions, and varying soil pH
    and compaction. The trees are left to remain on site for
    further evaluation and for the addition of green canopy,
    with maintenance and additional plants provided by
    neighborhood associations and garden clubs. The Project is
    membership based with fees of $25 for individuals and small
    businesses, and $45 for larger corporations. Contact us for
    a brochure and membership form.

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    Climate Ambassador Program | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Resource type: Program - Web Site
    Topics: Climatology - Sustainability


    If you are a middle or high school student who wants to motivate others to engage in activities to address climate change and reduce its effects on children's health, here's how you can become a Climate Ambassador.

    The Requirements
    To become a Climate Ambassador, you must do at least one of the following:

  • Motivate at least 5 other students to give climate change and children's health presentations to other students, youth organizations, at school, or in the community.
  • Get 10 people to Change the World and Take the ENERGY STAR Pledge. The pledge encourages changes throughout the home. If every American home replaced just one light bulb with an ENERGY STAR qualified bulb, we would prevent the same amount of greenhouse gases as removing more than 800,000 cars from the road.
  • Get 10 people to Take a Pledge to Fix a Leak around the home. The pledge encourages changes throughout the home. You'll save a precious resource, but that's not all. Fixing easily corrected household water leads can save homeowners more than 10 percent on their water bills. On average, a U.S. household can leak 11,000 gallons of water per year - enough to fill a backyard swimming pool!
  • Motivate your school or school district to take the ENERGY STAR Challenge to improve energy efficiency by 10 percent or more.
  • Recruit at least one leader from your community, school, or other organization to issue a climate change and children's health proclamation, encouraging young people to take actions to address climate change and its effects on children's health.
  • Lead an effort to reduce energy consumption in your school or community and calculate your results. Examples include getting more students to walk, bike, carpool, or take a bus to school or reducing the amount of waste produced at your school or in your community.


  • Share your success stories with others:
  • Tell us what you've done to become a leader in motivating others to address climate change and children's health and download a Climate Ambassador certificate.
  • Post your stories to the Students for Climate Action blog.
  • Make every effort to participate in ENERGY STAR webinars.
  • Commit to spreading the word about "Creating a New Climate for Action."
  • Add this image to your website including your social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook!


  • For more information visit the US Environmental Protection Agency website at http://www.epa.gov/climateforaction/lead/become.htm

    Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/climateforaction/lead/become.htm
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    Coalition for a Clean Minnesota River (CCMR)

    Resource type: Organization - Performance/Art - Program - Speaker
    Topics: Rivers


    The CCMR serves as a unifying advocacy and action oriented organization open to all citizens groups, businesses, faith communities, youth organizations, families and individuals who are interested in improving surface water quality in the Minnesota River Watershed.

    CCMR serves as a catalyst, advocate, coordinator and supporter of the following activities/programs and actions:
  • Storm sewer runoff education and awareness programs
  • River bank and curb side organic debris clean up
  • School educational river presentations
  • Water quality monitoring program access
  • River and water quality related legislative initiatives
  • Riverblast, along with river related special events and banquets
  • River basin media coverage
  • I Love the Minnesota River musical educational program for all ages and schools
  • Link to Minnesota River Basin Data Center
  • Various restoration projects
  • On the water river experiences
  • Minnesota River Watershed wide communications network access and interaction opportunities
  • Monitor and work with numerous agencies on government initiatives which are water quality related
  • Operation of the Regional River History and Information Center in New Ulm at Riverside Park.

    Two Primary Programs Offered by CCMR:
  • I Love the Minnesota River - is an environmental education program that teaches individuals about the river through the use of music. This program is offered by Scott Sparlin once per year.
  • River Rangers - This is a local program that teaches students (age 8-16) about the natural world. The program is led by Ron Bolduan. Geographical limitations apply.

    Contact:
    Ron Bolduan for River Rangers Program - 507-766-5770

    Scott Sparlin for I Love the Minnesota River Program and all other CCMR inquiries - 507-276-2280, yasure@lycos.com

    Web Site: http://www.ccmnriver.org/
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    College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Mentor Program

    Resource type: Program - Resource Person
    Topics: Leadership - Environmental Sciences


    The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Mentor Program aims to connect CFANS students with alumni and professionals in order to facilitate career exploration and provide students with an opportunity to network and enhance their professional skills. The program began in 1993 with 5 mentor matches and has grown to have approximately 100 matches per year. We have received tremendous support from alumni and friends, many having mentored our students for several years.

    The guidance of a mentor is essential in helping students become more focused in their career goals and to develop professional skills they will need as they begin internships and move into the workplace. Students who participate in this program are sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are interested in exploring their field of career interest and learning how to apply their academic interests to 'the real world'. The students who are selected for the Mentor Program demonstrate the ability to take full advantage of the professional development opportunities that the Mentor Program offers.

    Mentors in the program are professionals - alums and non-alums - who are interested in impacting a student in their field of interest. Mentors range in age; everyone who has professional experience can influence and impact a current student! For the most part, mentors live and work in the metro area; however we welcome mentors living in other areas of the state, outside of Minnesota, or overseas.

    The goals of the CFANS Mentor Program are to:
  • Match experienced and knowledgeable role models with current students interested in exploring related career paths.
  • Increase student awareness of the variety and scope of opportunities in similar career areas
  • Provide informal advice and counsel for students seeking to clarify their career directions.


  • We start each year's Mentor Program in the fall with a Kick-Off event to facilitate the mentors' and students' initial contact and to provide them with tools to get the mentorship off to a great start. The mentoring activity occurs during fall and spring semesters concluding in mid-April. During the course of the program, mentors and students will receive information on events and activities especially appropriate for Mentor Program participants.

    Mentors can apply year-round; however, matching for the current school year takes place based on applications and profile updates submitted by September.

    For more information visit http://www.cfans.umn.edu/AlumniFriends/GetInvolved/Mentor/index.htm

    Web Site: http://www.cfans.umn.edu/AlumniFriends/GetInvolved/Mentor/index.htm
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    Combustion - A program offered by Headwaters Science Center | John Mathisen

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Physics - Science


    Fire! It has fascinated human-kind for all of history. Whether seen as a life-giving tool or death-dealing
    disaster, its power is a force we can all relate to. In this demonstration clouds of fire flash into the air, metals burn and balloons explode. All of these phenomena and more are woven into a discussion of the basic nature of a chemical reaction using combustion as an example. The program is available by prior arrangement
    anytime during normal hours or off-site. It normally lasts about 1/2 hour, but can be extended. Advance registration is necessary to ensure staff and facilities are available.

    Web Site: http://www.HSCBemidji.org
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    Community revitalization project facilitation (tree-plantings, community gardens, invasive species removal) | Tree Trust

    Resource type: Program - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Horticulture - Forests - Stewardship


    Tree Trust has been bringing people together to transform the landscape of the Twin Cities for 32 years. We welcome requests to assist in the facilitation of community revitalization projects in shared outdoor areas.

    Examples of Tree Trust's Community Forestry projects include:

    " Planting trees and shrubs

    " Removing invasive species and debris

    " Developing community gardens

    " Installing benches and picnic tables

    The primary focus of Tree Trust's Community Forestry work is to plant trees throughout the Twin Cities. The majority of projects are done on public lands (e.g., parks and recreation areas). However, some projects can be done on land that is privately owned when the use of the outdoor space is shared by an entire community.

    To request that we facilitate your community revitalization project, please complete and submit Tree Trust's Community Project Request Form, which you can download here: http://www.treetrust.org/our-programs/community-forestry/index.html#projects.



    Web Site: http://www.treetrust.org
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    Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Summer Camps | Como Park Zoo and Conservatory Education

    Resource type: Program - Pamphlet
    Topics: Wildlife - Art - Botany - Zoology


    Discover Como Park Zoo and Conservatory through plants, animals and fun at our Summer Camps! Prepare breakfast for the primates, build a garden to take home, see polar bear training or learn a new art form. These half-day camps expand each child's appreciation for the natural world while meeting zookeepers and gardeners, having "behind the scenes" experiences and seeing what it takes to run a zoo and conservatory.

    Web Site: http://www.comozooconservatory.org/edu/index.shtml
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    Composting | Becker County Environmental Services

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Compost - Waste Management


    Composting presentation will include instruction and discussion on yard waste & worm composting. We will discuss: identification of proper organics, bin types, composting process and benefits of compost. Worm composting discussion can also include hands on bin activity with real worms! This is a great opportunity to do an experiment- organic vs. manmade decomposition.
    Contact Sandy Gunderson, Becker County Environmental Services, 218-846-7200 ,
    slgunde@co.becker.mn.us

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Waste
    Function
    Trophic Level
    Cause and Effect

    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
    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:
    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.2- The student will participate in a scientific investigation using appropriate tools.

    4.I.A.1- The student will explore the uses and effects of science inour interaction with the natural world.

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

    4.I.B.2- The student will collect, organize, analyze, and present data from a controlled experiment.

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

    5.1.A.1- The student will know that current scientific knowledge and understanding guide scientific investigation.

    5.I.B.1- The student will performa controlled experiment using a specific step-by-step procedure and present conclusions supported by the evidence.

    5.IV.F.2- The student will use food webs to desribe 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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    NI3
    NI4
    NI5

    Posted by Natural Innovations

    Web Site: http://www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/environmental_services
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    Congregations Saving Energy

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Energy - Conservation


    Congregation Energy Savings is a program developed to educate members on how they can be environmental stewards.

    As a part of this program CEE will come to your congregation and give a presentation about energy efficiency, including tips the whole family can use to save energy at home. In addition to the presentation congregants will have the opportunity to sign up for a special discounted Home Energy Squad Enhanced visit . Outside of this program, the home visit is only available partnering cities residents, but for your congregation, we will provide a visit to any Xcel/CenterPoint customer regardless of their location.

    All we ask of your congregation is that you help promote the presentation and that you provide a space to host the presentation. CEE will provide the rest! For more information visit our site at http://mncee.org/Find-Programs/Congregation-Energy-Savings/


    Web Site: http://mncee.org/Find-Programs/Congregation-Energy-Savings/
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    Creek Freaks | The Izaak Walton League of America

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - Learning Kit
    Topics: Rivers - Pollution - Pollution Prevention


    Have you always wanted to start an outdoor education program but don't know where to start? Are you looking for exciting hands-on activities for your classroom or an existing youth program? Have you been looking for a way to share your love of the outdoors with kids in your community? We have the answer - Creek Freaks!

    Creek Freaks are middle school students making a splash to help the environment. Each session takes students outside to explore local streams and learn how healthy trees, shrubs, and grasses protect clean water and wildlife. Students are then empowered as local stream experts and are encouraged to continue advocating for and working to improve water quality.

    The Izaak Walton League offers several ways to get started:
  • Visit http://www.creekfreaks.net/ for curriculum and extension activities. On this website, you and your students can also post data, videos, photos and stories about streams in your community.
  • The Izaak Walton League offers two-day trainings on hands-on stream monitoring activities. Attendees will receive a basic overview of stream ecology, guidance on how to manage the logistics of conducting on-going youth programs, and hands-on training in conducting activities from the Creek Freaks curriculum. Contact leah@iwla.org for upcoming training opportunities.
  • In Gaithersburg, MD, monitoring equipment is available for loan, along with activity materials and boots. Contact leah@iwla.org for availability.

    Please Note: geographic limitations do apply.

    This program is a partnership of the Izaak Walton League of America, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and U.S. Forest Service.

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    Cryogenics - A program offered by Headwaters Science Center | John Mathisen

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Physics - Science


    This is a study of conditions, substances, and processes at extremely low temperatures. Using liquid nitrogen, the presenter shows how substances change from solid to liquid gas, describes the nature and importance of thermal energy in matter, illustrates the behavior of heat, demonstrates how substances change when their temperature is varied by hundreds of degrees. The program is available by prior arrangement anytime during normal hours or off-site. It normally lasts about 1/2 hour,
    but can be extended. Advance registration is necessary to ensure staff and facilities are available.


    Web Site: http://www.HSCBemidji.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 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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    Digital Photography Bridge to Nature Project | Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum
    Topics: Wildlife - Art


    Minnesota's statewide Digital Photography Bridge to Nature project uses technology to get kids outside and connect them to nature. Through workshops, educators were trained in the use of digital cameras and assisted in developing nature photo lessons that will meet education standards while enhancing and complementing a part of their existing classroom curriculum in a variety of subject areas. Lesson plans and activities are available at http://digitalbridge.wikispaces.com/Lesson Plans and Activities.

    Learn more about the project at http://digitalbridge.wikispaces.com/ or contact Carrol Henderson (carrol.henderson@state.mn.us) Minnesota DNR non-game supervisor.

    This project is funded through a grant from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

    Please note: You may have to create an account to access all materials.

    Web Site: http://digitalbridge.wikispaces.com
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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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    E3 Speaker Series

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Energy - Sustainable Development - Agriculture - Green Living


    Annual Energy Symposium Speaker Series

    Everyone is invited to attend FREE seminars on a variety of topics including energy conservation, renewable energy options, sustainability practices and a variety of gardening topics. These free educational seminars happen in February every Thursday evening from 5:30pm-7pm. Free drinks and snacks also provided.

    These seminars provide an opportunity for community members to network and hear about community projects, energy tax incentives, grant or loan programs, sustainable agriculture practices and provide techniques on how to weatherize your home or business to not only conserve energy but save money. The Energy Symposium Speaker Series list of topics and speakers is posted mid-January on the E3 website home page and Ely Chamber of Commerce event calendar. Please join us when you can, its free!


    Web Site: http://www.eeely.org
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    Eagle Bluff ELC Summer Youth Programs | Eagle Bluff ELC

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Program
    Topics: Conservation - Wildlife - Habitat - Fish


    The mission of Eagle Bluff's summer youth programs is to provide safe, responsible and ethical learning experiences focused on hunting, fishing, trapping, shooting sports and other related outdoor recreational opportunities. A major emphasis is on fish and wildlife management as it relates to the ecology, sociology and economy of our renewable natural resources. The programs consist of seven days of hands-on educational learning experiences for both boys and girls age 12-15 years old at time of camp. Scholarships are available. To find out more information on program themes and dates consult the SEEK calendar.

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    Earth Adventure (Earth Balloon) - Interactive K-12 standards-based programs | Earth Adventure

    Resource type: Speaker - Program - Learning Kit
    Topics: Geography - Science - Earth - Education


    Earth Adventure is a nonprofit organization with the mission to is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve K-12 science, geography, and standards-based aptitudes and competencies through supplemental learning activities and programs which enhance classroom curriculum.

    Earth Adventure utilizes our unique tools the Earth BalloonŽ Portable Classroom and the Earth Walk® Floor Map to create enthusiasm and promote a sense of discovery among students. All programs are standards-based and grade level appropriate.

    The Earth Balloon is a highly detailed twenty foot model of the earth using state of the art, high resolution satellite imagery. Students explore and learn geography and science concepts as they travel around our planet on a mission of discovery. The most exciting part of the Earth Balloon experience is when students go inside the Earth Balloon to learn geography concepts in a new and exciting way. The Earth Balloon requires an indoor area with a 17 foot ceiling.

    Earth Walk is a 16' X 20' foot floor map of the continental United States featuring high-resolution satellite imagery. Students explore and learn geography and science concepts while traveling throughout the various regions of our Country.

    A certified Earth Adventure teacher will travel to your school and facilitate 6-12 programs per day.

    To name a few of the EA programs:

  • Hello - Meet the Earth: Geography and earth science overview (Earth Balloon)
  • The Fractured Earth: Earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics (Earth Balloon)
  • It's a Jungle Out There: Rainforests and ecosystems (Earth Balloon)
  • All About Water!: Water resources around the world (Earth Balloon)
  • Geography on the Go!: Natural resources (lakes, rivers, mountains), states, capitols and regions (EarthWalk)
  • Walk Your Watershed: All about water (EarthWalk)

    Pricing information can be found online at www.earthadventure.org.

    Web Site: http://www.earthadventure.org
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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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    Eco-Schools USA | National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - Web Site
    Topics: Environmental Studies - Environmental Sciences - Green Living - Sustainability


    Eco-Schools is an internationally acclaimed program that provides a framework to help educators integrate sustainable principles throughout their schools and curriculum.

    The Eco-Schools program was started in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) with support by the European Commission. It was identified by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a model initiative for Education for Sustainable Development in 2003. The Eco-Schools program strives to model environmentally sound practices, provide support for greening the curriculum and enhance science and academic achievement. Additionally, it works to foster a greater sense of environmental stewardship among youth.

    NWF to Lead U.S. Eco-Schools Program
    In December 2008, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) was granted Eco-School host status for K-12 schools in the United States. Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers, Eco-Schools USA combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, the facilities and the curriculum.

    Benefits of the Eco-Schools Program

    The Eco-Schools program is designed in a way that:
  • Improves academic performance, especially in science and math
  • Leads to financial savings for schools
  • Decreases the school's carbon footprint through practical solutions that reduce energy and water consumption
  • Reduces school waste and conserves natural resources
  • Encourages student environmental awareness and stewardship
  • Increases parental involvement
  • Helps students and teachers develop stronger relationships with their communities
  • Develops national and international links


  • Seven Steps:
    Eco-Schools USA uses a program of Seven Steps that involves a wide diversity of individuals from the school community - with students playing a primary role in the process. The steps are:

    1. Establish an Eco-Action Team
    2. Perform an Environmental Review / Audit
    3. Develop an Eco-Action Plan
    4. Monitor and Evaluate Progress
    5. Link to Educational Curriculum
    6. Involve the Entire School and Larger Community
    7. Create an "Eco-Code," or a Mission Statement

    For more information about Eco-Schools, email eco-schoolsusa@nwf.org or visit http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA.aspx

    Web Site: http://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA.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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    Electricity Assembly Program | Science Museum of MN

    Resource type: Program - Performance/Art
    Topics: Science - Conservation


    Sparks fly, hair stands on end, and students are "shocked" as our presenter demonstrates the science and technology of electricity

    Web Site: http://www.smm.org/schools/atyourschool
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    Enviro-Show with Tricia & The Toonies | Tricia Haynes

    Resource type: Performance/Art - Program - Speaker
    Topics: Pollution Prevention - Stewardship - Conservation - Recycling


    This interactive presentation with music and puppets gives the young ones an up-close forum where they become clear of the difference EVERYONE can make. The well-known phrase, "You're either part of the solution or your part of the problem", is delivered in an entertaining yet direct fashion.

    Some of the puppet characters are excellent role models as they demonstrate a variety of environmental practices. Other puppets throw litter on the ground, put recyclables in the trash rather than the recycle bin or know nothing about reusing and reducing trash. The students are always anxious to guide these characters and share what they know. Together with Tricia, they teach these puppets, reinforcing the power of taking action and teamwork.

    The Toonies can also tailor any presentation around your particular message.

    Perhaps you'd like to sponsor this educational and fun-filled musical in your community and/or school district. In doing so, you are certain to be recognized once again as an environmental leader. Together we make the difference.

    Grant funding is available for this program. For more information, visit http://www.thetoonies.com/grant_info.html.

    Web Site: http://www.TheToonies.com
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    Environmental and Environmental Advocacy Speakers | Sierra Club North Star Chapter - Minnesota

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Speaker - Program - Slides
    Topics: Conservation - Bio-Diversity - Environmental Health - Energy


    The Sierra Club North Star Chapter has speakers on a variety of environmental issues: forestry, forest fires, wildlife, wolves, clean air, environmental health, clean water, urban sprawl/natural spaces, transportation, Mississippi River, antibiotics in agriculture, pollution, activism, politics and the environment, organizing techniques and theory, etc.


    Web Site: http://www.northstar.sierraclub.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.anokacountyparks.com/programs/wargo/envir_education.htm
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    EPA's School Flag Program | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Air - Health


    EPA's School Flag Program is easy and inexpensive and has an environmental focus that impacts students, teachers and the community with protective health benefits.

    The School Flag Program helps children, parents, school personnel and the community be aware of daily air quality conditions using brightly colored flags. Each day, a flag is raised in front of participating schools that signals the level of air pollution for that day. By comparing the colored flags to the Air Quality Index (AQI), members of the school and the surrounding community can tell what the daily air quality is, and adjust their activities to reduce their exposure to air pollution. Green indicates good air quality, yellow is moderate, orange means unhealthy for sensitive groups (like children and those with asthma), and red signals unhealthy air for everyone. A purple flag means the air quality is very unhealthy and sensitive groups should avoid all outdoor exertion and everyone else should limit outdoor exertion.

    The program includes activity sheets for grades K-5 as well as additional student, teacher, and school resources.

    Four easy steps will get your flag program started:
    1. Purchase set of flags.
    2. Educate and inform the school and community at the start of the program.
    3. Check the AQI at www.epa.gov/airnow. Sign up for emails (www.airnow.gov/enviroflash), download the AirNow app, or install the AirNow widget on your website to obtain the daily air quality forecast and fly the corresponding flag.
    4. Know what actions to take when the air quality is unhealthy.

    A list of registered schools in the School Flag Program is available at the website listed below.

    To learn more about the program or to help get the program started at your school, please visit
    http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=school_flag_program.index.

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    Exotic Invasives

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Exotic Species


    Students extract and identify exotic earthworms as they discover the impacts these invasive species have on forest ecology. (grades 3-12)

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    Explain Your Brain Assembly Program | Science Museum of MN

    Resource type: Program - Performance/Art
    Topics: Science


    Experience visual and auditory illusions. Perform touch and balance demonstrations. Explore how the 100 billion neurons that make up our brains perceive the world around us. This multi media demonstration program will stimulate your students' thinking about their brains.

    Web Site: http://www.smm.org/schools/atyourschool
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    Family Science StoryPacks | Minnesota Children's Museum

    Resource type: Learning Kit - Program
    Topics: Science - Education - Natural Sciences


    Family Science StoryPacks are thinking, discovering, and playing tools for children ages 5 through 10 and adults to explore together. In a brightly colored backpack, families find imaginative books that weave science facts and fiction into delightful childrens stories. They also find simple tools and props to explore, create, and play. Each StoryPack has a different science themelike weather, chemistry, and insectsbut all StoryPacks are developed around these two concepts:
    " Everyone sees and uses science every day.
    " Reading and science together build essential thinking skills for our children.
    Families and other adult-child friends can borrow StoryPacks from Minnesota Childrens Museum or selected schools and community organizations. Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege and Public Science Education Program.

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    Farm to School Program | U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

    Resource type: Grant/Funding - Teacher Training - Program
    Topics: Agriculture - Garden - Education - Health


    About the Farm to School Program
    Across the country, an increasing number of schools and districts have begun to source more foods locally and to provide complementary educational activities to students that emphasize food, farming, and nutrition. This nationwide movement to enrich children's bodies and minds while supporting local economies is often referred to as "farm to school." The term encompasses efforts that bring local or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias; hands-on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, and culinary classes; and the integration of food-related education into the regular, standards-based classroom curriculum. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supports such efforts through its Farm to School Program, which includes research, training, technical assistance, and grants.

    Local what?
    Regional offerings (and therefore economic opportunities for local food producers) can span the school meal tray and include everything from fresh fruit and vegetable servings to the wheat in the pizza crust, beans in the chili, rice in the stir fry, turkey in the sandwiches, and cheese in the quesadillas. Thus, farm to school includes all types of producers and food businesses including farmers, ranchers, and fishermen, as well as food processors, manufacturers, and distributors. Schools can define "local" however they choose, and definitions vary widely depending on unique geography and climate where the school is located, and on the abundance of local food producers.

    The Farm to School Grant Program
    Every year, USDA awards up to $5 million in grants to help schools connect with local producers and teach kids where their food comes from. These funds support activities ranging from the training, planning, and developing partnerships, to purchasing equipment, planting school gardens, and organizing field trips. Grantees include schools and districts (large and small, rural and urban), Indian tribal organizations, producers and producer groups, non-profit entities, and state and local agencies.

    We're here to help!
    The USDA Farm to School Program is operated by the Department's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which has seven regional offices around the country; in each is a Farm to School Regional Lead who is available to provide farm to school related support to state agencies and other entities in their region. A list of regions, along with the names and contact information for regional and national USDA Farm to School Program staff, can be found on our website.

    For more information, and to stay up-to-date on all the latest USDA farm to school opportunities, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/farm-school, or subscribe to the Farm to School E-letter at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFNS/subscriber/new?topic_id=USFNS_118.

    Web Site: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farm-school
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    Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, Minnesota | Mara Koenig, MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - Performance/Art
    Topics: Wetlands - Art - Wildlife - Lake


    The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic, art and science program designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp art contest. This non-traditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both the sciences and the arts. It crosses cultural, ethnic, social, and geographic boundaries to teach greater awareness of our nation's natural resources.

    Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge administers the program in Minnesota. All art entries are due to Mara Koenig by March 15 each year.

    Web Site: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/minnesotavalley/jr_duck_stamp.html
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    Fibers in Nature | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Botany - Agriculture - Anthropology


    Explore a variety of fibers, their origins and uses. Through hands-on experiences, learn about fibers from farm animals, crop fields and in nature. Ideal for K-1st grades.


    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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    Flashback! | Climb Theatre

    Resource type: Performance/Art - Program
    Topics: Waste Prevention - Stewardship - Pollution Prevention - Health


    Flashback!
    Grades 3-6
    The future in which Dax lives is not a pleasant place. Tired of getting oxygen through mechanical devices, tired of being cold, tired of what the world has become, Dax, with the help of the SES (Save the Earth Society), discovers a way to come back in time to the present. Once there, Dax investigates how his world came to be. In the present of the play, Dax is confused to discover that the people of Earth have the means to preserve the environment through reducing, reusing and recycling. However, a sort of lethargy has affected the inhabitants of this world and for some reason they believe that their individual efforts will have no effect. Desperate to change the future, Dax attempts to convince the inhabitants of this alternate world to make a change. Will Dax succeed? That depends on the efforts student participants make after the performance.

    Contact:
    Zac Lagen
    (800) 767-9660 Ext. 18
    zac@climb.org
    Climb Theatre
    6415 Carmen Avenue East
    Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

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    Fledging Birders Challenge | Fledging Birders Institute

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Birds


    Anyone who actively tries to foster an appreciation of birds and birding in others is a "fledging birder". The Fledging Birders Challenge is a key component to the environmental education mission of Fledging Birders Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental education organization.

    The program's director discovered birding "later in life". Shortly after becoming obsessed with birds, he also became a father. He feared that pending parental duties meant the end of his birding days. Wrong! He quickly discovered the immense pleasure of sharing birds and nature with his children and wanted to pass this along to others as well.

    The Fledging Birders Challenge (FBC) is a monthly bird watching contest open to students, scouts, and other youth groups across North America. NSBC's main objective is to get more young people outside and exploring nature via bird watching. Participants in the FBC will work together
    to observe, identify, and record various bird species found on their school grounds, local neighborhood, or even a designated park within their own community. At the end of the
    month, the groups submit their sightings and birding stories to qualify for a monthly Grand Prize.

    Adult birders are also encouraged to take youth out and engage them in birding activity. Take your children, grandchildren, students, scouts, niece/nephew, and their friends on local bird outings. Help them find and observe birds in their own communities. When you submit your monthly sightings list, please include the number of youth and outings that were conducted. The most prolific birding mentor each month will also receive special prizes!

    While this popular hobby provides life long enjoyment for enthusiasts, it also holds benefits for many people, especially children.

    These benefits include:
  • exercising observation skills
  • becoming familiar with the natural world
  • increased ability to focus on tasks
  • improving communication skills
  • behavioral and impulse control
  • bolstering self-esteem and confidence
  • provides relaxation and stress relief opportunities
  • positive peer socialization activities
  • reinforcing various academic concepts

    For more information: www.fledgingbirders.org/challenge.html

    Web Site: http://www.fledgingbirders.org
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    Florida's Manatees: The Endangered Giant Sea Cows | Rob Ellos Presentations

    Resource type: Program - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Zoology - Habitat - Conservation - Education


    This innovative assembly program teaches all about the gentle manatees. Here students meet Snooty; a large plush model of a manatee. They see wonderful slides of manatees underwater. They hear the different sounds made by the manatee. And many fascinating props and slide shows where manatees live, show the behavior of the manatee calf, and show how they eat, sleep, and play! Students also learn the scientific process and how scientists study manatees, by seeing a demonstration (with the help of two students). Students LOVE this assembly.

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    Garbage Pie

    Resource type: Program - Poster - Curriculum
    Topics: Waste Management - Recycling - Waste Prevention - Environmental Studies


    The actual composition of the garbage created in the State of Minnesota is quite alarming. The garbage pie is a pie chart that gives a visual representation of the percentage of garbage that is made up of recyclable material. The activity states with a clean pie chart. Participants help to uncover examples of each of the categories of waste. Examples are the displayed on the chart until the entire pie is filled in. Participants leave with a clear understanding that much of what we throw away should actually be diverted into a recycling bin or compost pile.


    Web Site: http://www.wlssd.com
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    Gardening Matters

    Resource type: Organization - Course/Workshop - Program - Web Site
    Topics: Human Communities - Horticulture - Agriculture - Sustainability


    Gardening Matters is an organization dedicated to the advancement of sustainable community gardens throughout the Twin Cities and Minnesota. Gardening Matters connects community gardeners to each other, to their communities, and to the resources they need to be successful.

    Established in 2008, Gardening Matters is the realization of the 2005 Sustainability Plan which recommended an organization dedicated to community gardening that would act as a clearinghouse of information and resources and help gardeners develop well-functioning garden organizations.

    Gardening Matters offers monthly learning opportunities for new and current community gardeners, and coordinates two metr-owide annual events: the Community Garden Spring Resource Fair, the Parade of Community Gardens. We maintain a Garden Database, where we collect information about community gardens from our Garden Survey. With this information, we maintain an online Community Garden Directory Map, and help people find a garden to join or connect with another community gardener as they start a new one. In addition, we moderate a listserv, COMGAR, for community gardeners and increasingly, backyard and market gardeners, with over 740 people on it at this time. Lastly, we are a one-stop shop and a resource for community gardeners no matter the issue they are facing or questions that they have.


    Web Site: http://www.gardeningmatters.org
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    Generation Earth Video and Companion Manual | Jeff Barrie and Tyson Miller, Earth Endeavors

    Resource type: Video - Curriculum - Guide - Program
    Topics: Environmental Studies - Service Learning - Source Reduction - Curriculum


    Generation Earth presents an inspiring look at a wide variety of hands-on student environmental education and action programs in Americas high schools. The videos two college-age producers take you on a fast-paced journey as they search for successful programs in both rural and urban schools. The video and manual, divided into three main sections: On Campus, Off Campus and Educating Others, find students involved in a range of creative activities in their schools and communities. The Companion Manual outlines the projects and provides you with useful information like project-by-project contacts, curricula and other resources, fundraising ideas and state-by-state education contacts. The Companion Manual can stand alone.

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    Glacial Geology

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Geology - Landscape


    Presentation with a variety of visual aids to help students understand how ice shaped the landscape and major watersheds of Minnesota. Students make glacial features in a stream table with flowing water. (grades 4-12)

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    Global Warming Classes | CLIMB Theatre

    Resource type: Program - Speaker - Curriculum - Performance/Art
    Topics: Climatology - Bio-Diversity - Earth - Education


    In the year 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize for its work on researching and spreading the facts about global warming. This engaging and thought provoking CLIMB class spreads these same facts to teenagers, helping them to understand the impact their actions have on their natural environment. Students watch scenes, participate in whole group activities, and hold small group discussions, all designed to help them learn about global warming and what they can do to limit or even reverse its effects.

    Educational Objectives:
    1. To help students trace the effects their actions have on the concentration of greenhouse gases (notably carbon dioxide and methane) in the earth's atmosphere
    2. To share the logic that a majority of scientists use to support ideas about the effects of greenhouse gases on climate change (global warming)
    3. To share the possible geological, oceanographic and meteorological effects of climate change
    4. To brainstorm the effects that these geological, oceanographic, and meteorological changes could have on human life
    5. To brainstorm the actions students can take to contribute to the limitation or reversal of the effects of global warming
    6. To help students to envision a lifestyle that would include the changes they have brainstormed


    Web Site: http://www.climb.org
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    Great River Greening | Staff

    Resource type: Organization - Program - Resource Person
    Topics: - Service Learning - Rivers


    Great River Greening is a nonprofit community-based organization that exists to help communities restore, manage, and learn about their natural environment through volunteer involvement.

    Web Site: http://www.greatrivergreening.org
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    Green Flag Schools Program | Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)

    Resource type: Program - Web Site
    Topics: Environmental Health - Health


    The Center for Health, Environment and Justice's (CHEJ) Green Flag Schools Program for Environmental Leadership is a student-led program designed to make schools healthier places to work and learn. It is a flexible three-step program that will help you advance your schools environmental behaviors and become a shining example to others. Achieve recognition for all the good work your school already does, and improve your program with the support of teachers and field experts across the country.

    This program is completely free of charge.

    It is broken into two groups:

    Green Flag School Program - Start-Up Kit - Grades K-8
    The Green Flag Schools Program for Environmental Leadership provides a framework for schools to engage in environmental advocacy. Through the program, students learn environmental concepts, investigate their schools, and advocate for school-wide reforms to make their schools safer and healthier.

    Working as a team to complete classroom activities, presentations, and environmental audits, students learn practical life skills, such as problem solving, teamwork, and public speaking, to be used far beyond the classroom. With each positive step that schools take, students are presented an award, culminating in the Green Flag Award for Environmental Leadership.

    The Green Flag Start-Up Kit provides K-8 schools with all the information they need to started on earning environmental awards, including fact sheets on school environmental issues, and the School Environment Survey, a comprehensive walk-through form for teams to assess their school's environmental practices.

    Green Flag School Program - A Guide To Action - Grades 9 - 12
    "A Guide to Action", the grades 9-12 version of the Green Flag Start-Up Kit, provides schools with everything they need to get started on earning environmental awards through investigation, education, and action. It includes tips and activities on how to form a team and set goals, how to work together with their school administration to create positive change, and how to generate media attention around their efforts. It also includes the School Environment Survey, a comprehensive walk-through form for teams to assess their school's environmental practices.

    About Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ)
    The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) mentors a movement, empowering people to build healthy communities, and preventing harm to human health caused by exposure to environmental threats.

    For more information visit http://chej.org/campaigns/cehp/projects/green-flags/

    Web Site: http://chej.org/campaigns/cehp/projects/green-flags/
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    Green Partners Environmental Education Program | Hennepin County Environmental Services

    Resource type: Grant/Funding - Program
    Topics: Stewardship - Waste Prevention - Sustainability - Education


    Educate, engage, act and collaborate for the environment
    www.hennepin.us/greenpartners

    The Green Partners Program supports organizations to actively educate and empower Hennepin County residents to make positive environmental changes in their daily lives by:

  • Inspiring individuals in their communities to reduce waste, recycle, reduce toxicity, conserve energy and/or protect water resources;
  • Collaborating with Hennepin County and peer organizations on environmental education;
  • Connecting with free environmental resources, trainings and networking opportunities offered by Hennepin County; and
  • Engaging in a group - Seed, Root, or Branch-that best supports their organization


  • Eligible organizations include non-profit organizations, community and youth groups, multicultural organizations, congregations, private and public schools, and park districts. The Green Partners Program consists of three groups with varying levels of support and requirements.

    Seed Group: Receive free field trip transportation and activity supplies.
    Root Group: Receive up to $8,000 to implement a project based on existing resources.
    Branch Group: Receive up to $15,000 to implement an innovative project.

    Request for Proposals
    Root and Branch Request for proposals are offered in Spring and Fall (proposal deadlines are in May and November).

    Find the Request for proposals and application instructions online at www.hennepin.us/greenpartners.

    Questions?
    You are strongly encouraged to contact the program manager for any needed assistance such as feedback on project ideas, advice, and general help with the application. Email Patience Caso at patience.caso@co.hennepin.mn.us or call 612-348-9352 or visit http://www.hennepin.us/greenpartners.


    Web Site: http://www.hennepin.us/greenpartners
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    Green Ribbon Schools | Minnesota Department of Education

    Resource type: Resource Person - Program - Teacher Training - EE Site
    Topics: Energy - Environmental Health - Education - Health


    Minnesota participates in the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program. The program recognizes schools across the country for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education.

    Minnesota led the nation with the most applicants in 2013 and seven Minnesota schools and districts were among 156 schools that have received the national award to date. Awards are announced on Earth Day each year and applications are accepted in the fall of each year.

    Case studies of Minnesota's Green Ribbon Schools, which provide lots of examples of what schools can do to become more green, can be found in the report, "Integrating Environmental and Outdoor Education in Grades 7-12" (2013), located on SEEK's Environmental and Outdoor Education page.

    Web Site: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/StuSuc/ScholarRecog/GreenRibbonSch/
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    GreenSneakers

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Waste Prevention - Recycling - Sustainability


    About GreenSneakers:
    The GreenSneakers program works with other non-profit organizations to help them offset costs of organizational development needs. GreenSneakers is a program of the Crown Ministry Group, a non-profit group committed to meeting the needs of others.

    Through the GreenSneakers program non-profit charities are able to raise the funds by collecting gently used tennis shoes that are then made available as affordable footwear to people in need around the world. This win-win program helps charities meet their financial needs, helps provide shoes to the poor, and prevents waste.

    In the past, GreenSneakers has also featured special opportunities for other organizations, such as schools or youth camps. These opportunities also provide a way to fundraise money directly for your organization by collecting used tennis shoes.

    For more information on how to get started, visit http://greensneakers.org.

    Web Site: http://greensneakers.org/
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    Hartley Nature Center | Staff

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


    Our mission is to provide students, teachers and families the opportunity to explore nature through activities which develop appreciation of and promote stewardship for the natural environment. Hartley Nature Center is about understanding, appreciation, and stewardship. We offer field experiences that are "hands-on" and "feet-in" learning. These include assembly programs, Hartley Hikes, Northland Wild Things series, youth and community group programs, volunteer opportunities, sponsorship 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 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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    Hennepin County Epidemiology and Environmental Health | Hennepin County Community Health Department

    Resource type: Organization - Web Site - Program
    Topics: Health - Safety - Environmental Health - Education


    The Epidemiology and Environmental Health unit is dedicated to
    understanding which different elements in the environment can adversely affect human health and how to interact with those elements to prevent illness. Environmental health assures safety in food, beverage and lodging and swimming facilities and epidemiology monitors illness and educates the public about significant public health diseases and conditions.
    Services include: licensing and inspections of food, beverage, lodging,
    swimming pools and children's camps; investigations of public health
    nuisances, elevated blood lead cases, indoor air complaints; teaching
    classes to food service personnel on food safety and classes to certify
    pool operators; provide education on food safety, radon, lead and general environmental health. Enforce Federal, State, and County environmental and health regulations.

    Web Site: http://www.hennepin.co.mn.us/
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    Houston Nature Center | Staff

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Organization - Resource Person - Program
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation - Prairies - Wildlife - Birds


    The Houston Nature Center is located at the eastern end of the Root River Trail in Houston, Minnesota. Our mission is to provide trail users and local people with an on and off-site educational resource which focuses on the unique animals, plants, geology, and other natural features of extreme southeastern Minnesota. Come take a walk through the many acres of wet and dry prairie in the park, meet Alice the Great Horned Owl and hear her story, or just let your fingers do the walking through our hands-on displays of skulls, hides, wings, feet, and more. You'll find a heavy emphasis on owls, thanks to Alice and our International Festival of Owls held annually the first weekend in March. A Natural Playground should be completed by the end of 2013.

    Web Site: http://www.houstonmn.com/Houstonmn/HNC.html
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    In-School Assembly/Naturalist-In-Residence Programs | Prairie Ecology Bus Center

    Resource type: Resource Person - Performance/Art - Speaker - Program
    Topics: Prairies - Wildlife - Wetlands - Recycling


    The Prairie Ecology Bus Center offers a wide range of Assembly programs for schools and the general public.

    Assembly programs are 60-minute interactive programs in which naturalists use slides, demonstrations, animal artifacts, live mounts and stories to teach about the natural wonders of our region.

    Naturalist-in-Residence programs begin with a large group Assembly program and are followed by 60-minute individual classroom presentations where students take part in hands-on activities and demonstrations to learn even more about the program topic.

    PEBC Assembly Programs include:

    - 3-R Challenge: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    - A Whale In My School
    - Way of the Wetlands (Wildlife)
    - Wonders of Wolves
    - Minnesota Wildlife
    - Predators of the Air
    - Tallgrass Prairie


    Web Site: http://www.ecologybus.org
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    Indoor Air Quality in Schools | Staff

    Resource type: Web Site - Program - Resource Person
    Topics: Air - Pollution - Pollution Prevention - Safety


    According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), IAQ is important for health, economic, and legal reasons. Indoor air pollutants can cause discomfort, and reduce school attendance and productivity. Moreover, it can "cause or contribute to short- and long-term health problems, including asthma, respiratory tract infection and disease, allergic reactions, headaches, nasal congestion, eye and skin irritations, coughing, sneezing, fatigue, dizziness and nausea"1. Poor indoor air quality can hasten building deterioration. One study of an elementary school showed that if $8,140 had been spent over 22 years on preventive maintenance, $1.5 million in repairs could have been avoided1. In addition, poor indoor air quality can contribute to the closing of schools, create liability problems, and strain relationships among parents, teachers, and the school administration.

    The Minnesota 1997 Omnibus Education Act requires public school districts to adopt a plan to monitor and improve indoor air quality. The Department of Children, Families and Learning (DCFL) has adopted USEPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program as the basis for establishing the criteria for an effective IAQ Management Plan.

    Web Site: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/schools/index.html
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    Insect Fair | Karen Oberhauser

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: General Ecology - Environmental Sciences - Conservation - Biodiversity


    The Monarchs in the Classroom Insect Fair (formerly called the "Monarch Fair") is based on a Science Fair model, with many of the projects centered on monarch butterflies and their habitat. Each year the Insect Fair is held during the first week of December at Coffman Memorial Union on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota. The Insect Fair encourages students to engage in all steps of the research process, including the important final step of data presentation.

    Who is Eligible?
    Students working individually, in small groups, or as whole classes can submit projects. Home-schooled students or children working with their parents or other adults during the summer can (and are encouraged to!) submit projects.

    What kinds of Projects are Eligible?
    Eligible student research includes indoor (classroom or home) and outdoor projects. The projects can be experiments in which students manipulate variables, or observational studies. Both kinds of studies are important and interesting. For example, if students wanted to study if monarch larvae grow better on swamp milkweed or common milkweed, they would need to do a controlled experiment in which one group of larvae received swamp milkweed and another received common milkweed. If they wanted to study how much weight larvae gain per day, they could simply weigh larvae every day. If your class is raising monarch larvae or tagging wild monarchs, there are lots of potential research questions that they could investigate.

    Please visit the Monarch Lab website (http://www.monarchlab.org/mitc/InsectFair/Default.aspx) to learn more about the annual Insect Fair. Special thanks to the Medtronic Foundation for their generous support of the Insect Fair!


    Web Site: http://www.monarchlab.org/mitc/InsectFair/Default.aspx
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    Kidpower With Rachael | Rachael Kroog

    Resource type: Performance/Art - Program - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Stewardship - Wildlife - Education - Diversity


    Kidpower with Rachael- Live music and live animal show.

    Minnesota's only interactive music and educational animal show with an emphasis on kindness.

    Rachael got her start performing throughout Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom singing and dancing and also played the part of Mary Poppins and Pluto during the Mickey Mouse Parade. Rachael has been wowing audiences with her unique blend of interactive guitar music, comedy, cartoon impressions and juggling. Her high energy and fast paced shows also draw upon her captivating storytelling and theatrical techniques. Her various themes include: the power of kindness, the value of respect, our spiritual connection to the earth and it's animals, and the ability to make our dreams come true.

    In addition to numerous television and radio appearances, Rachael has performed at over 1500 elementary schools, churches and special events across the country with her motivational KIDPOWER Show receiving rave reviews.

    Rachael offers over 10 program shows, including environmentally-focused themes.

    For the past 20 years, Rachael Kroog has been a Twin Cities favorite for family entertainment with her customized programs created to complement any school assembly, library, church gathering or special event. Please contact her through her email at rachaelkroog@earthlink.net or call (612)483-4060.

    Web Site: http://www.kidpowerwithrachael.com/
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    Kids for Saving Earth Worldwide Membership | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Organization - Guide - Poster - Program
    Topics: Earth - Eco-systems - Stewardship - Habitat


    Join Kids for Saving Earth Worldwide. The amount of time you devote to Earth-saving activities through KSE Worldwide is up to you. You may choose to participate mostly in connection with Earth Day or you may incorporate KSE material into your curriculum. KSE Worldwide has several ways to join - as a Kid, as a Family, as a Club or as a school.

    The mission of KSE Worldwide is to educate, inspire and empower children to protect the Earth's environment.

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    KSE Network | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Organization - Program
    Topics: Education - Environmental Sciences - Earth - Stewardship


    Receive Environmental Education materials FREE! Join the KSE Worldwide Network and receive Power Posters, Action Programs and more. Network with schools and environmental organizations around the world to share ideas about earth-saving.

    The mission of KSE Worldwide is to educate, inspire and empower kids to protect the Earth.

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    KSE Rainforest Program | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Poster - Program - Pamphlet
    Topics: Forests - Resource Management - Stewardship - Global Studies


    Kids for Saving Earth Worldwide (KSE) has a rainforest area in Costa Rica. Find out how you and your students can help protect it. Costa Rica's "Braulio Carrillo National Park" is a protected area of great biological diversity. Conservationalists from many nations are working to extend its protecting boundaries into neighboring forest land that could soon be lost to development. The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) facilitates the Kids for Saving Earth Worldwide Rainforest Program to protect this land through: fences, trails and guards as needed, a crucial education program by OTS for the surrounding Costa Rican communities and a worldwide education program by KSE, and the purchase of rainforest land.

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    Lake Superior Zoo | Leslie Larsen

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - Course/Workshop - EE Site
    Topics: Zoology - Habitat - Stewardship - Wildlife


    The Lake Superior Zoo is home to hundreds of native and exotic species. Our mission is to facilitate understanding between people and the Earth. We do this through a variety of conservation education programs, community outreach or "Zoomobile" programs, and free programming at the zoo. Our "Oh Fur Fun" schedule provides visitors an opportunity to see animal enrichments, feedings, and training sessions. Explore the zoo! We are open year-round and remember, winter is an excellent time to visit!



    Web Site: http://www.lszoo.org
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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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    Lake Superior Zoomobile | Lake Superior Zoo

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Zoology - Wildlife - Bio-Diversity - Education


    Your class cannot make it to the zoo this year? Let the zoo come to you! Experience a variety of programs and topics, all of which feature our "zoo ambassadors". Reservations must be made at least one month in advance.
    The Zoomobile travels up to 100 miles outside the Twin Ports area.
    Choose from a variety of Animal Encounters and programs including:
    BATS- Myth and Reality
    Animal Careers
    Animals in Your Backyard
    Zookeeper for a Day
    Birds of a Feather
    Creature Categories
    Creatures of the Night
    Web of Life
    Ecology
    It All Adds Up




    Graduation Standards: These programs are aligned with Minnesota State Standards.

    Web Site: http://www.lszoo.org
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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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    Let the Forest Be With You | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Poster - Curriculum - Program - Pamphlet
    Topics: Forests - Habitat - Education - Stewardship


    A KSE News with poster! Learn that it takes a lot more than just trees to make a forest. School kids in North Minneapolis, MN have started a native forest in their own "neck of the woods" - find out how you and your students can grow a forest too. Be sure to check out "Treesources" for lots of ways to get more information about trees. Learn the right way to plant and care for a tree. "Woodwork" shares ideas on how we can continue to use trees and yet protect forests and jobs. Put the colorful Forest poster up in your classroom and have the students sign the tree trunk pledge to plant a tree or plant to help the Earth.

    KSE News use colorful KSE kid's artwork and are written so that even grown-ups can understand. All KSE educational materials are reviewed by members of the KSE Advisory Board which includes experienced educators and school principals.

    The KSE mission is to educate, inspire and empower children to protect the Earth.

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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 Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP) | U.S. Geological Survey

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Rivers - Water - Fish


    About the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP)
    The LTRMP is one of two components of the federally mandated Upper Mississippi River Restoration - Environmental Management Program. A cooperative program between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the states of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

    LTRMP's Mission
    The mission of the Long Term Resource Monitoring Program is to support decision makers with the information and understanding needed to maintain the Upper Mississippi River System as a viable multiple-use river ecosystem.

    LTRMP's Short Term Goals
    The LTRMP short term goals are:
  • Develop a better understanding of the Upper Mississippi river System and its resource problems.
  • Monitor resource change.
  • Develop alternatives to better manage the Upper Mississippi River System.
  • Provide for proper management of program information.

    LTMRP's Background
    The LTRMP, the research and monitoring component of EMP, combines environmental monitoring, research, systemic data acquisition, and modeling in an effort to provide a solid scientific foundation upon which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environmental Management Program Coordinating Committee (EMP-CC), and many others to base management actions and develop environmental policy on the Upper Mississippi River System. Data gathering, analysis, and dissemination are all key elements of the LTRMP.

    The purpose of the LTRMP web site is to provide scientifically sound information on the UMRS. This is achieved by offering the data and information generated by the LTRMP in a variety of ways - database download tools, graphical interfaces, and reports - to make the LTRMP data more accessible. The LTRMP information is used extensively by natural resource managers, planners, administrators, scientists, academics, legislators, and the general public for improved understanding, problem solving, and informed decision-making about the issues important to the UMRS.

    Web Site: http://www.umesc.usgs.gov/ltrmp.html
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    Macroinvertebrate Mania

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Wetlands


    Students discover diversity of life in a wetland. Usually over 30 species of macroinvertebrates are found by students dipping small nets into a wetland. The students also are coached on how to identify them under a microscope using a dichotomous key. (grades 2-5)

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    Making a Safe, Clean & Healthy Home: for your family and the environment | North Central Lakes Collaborative (NCLC), adapted from a lesson by Colleen Schoenecker

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Guide - Program - Curriculum
    Topics: Green Living - Health - Water - Pollution Prevention


    If you are an educator of parents of young children, such as an ECFE or Head Start teacher, or if you are a parent yourself, this free lesson can help you educate and learn about lessening the amount of toxins in your home for the sake of the family's health and the health of our waters. The lesson is geared towards helping parents identify and reduce the toxins in their home, especially cleaning products. It also shows the relationship between these products, the health of the family and water. It is easy to use and is a nice, casual way to learn about a topic that can be daunting.

    The lesson contains an agenda, suggested handouts, items that you can borrow from the MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and a list of further resources. The lesson can take between 35 and 45 minutes depending on the length of discussion and whether or not you use the Incredible Journey game from the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

    For a copy of this lesson, contact Colleen at colleen.schoenecker@state.mn.us or 1-651-757-2700.



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    Mammals | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Wildlife - Food Chain - Natural Sciences


    Investigate Minnesota mammals and their food preferences. Through hands-on activities and games, students will gain a better understanding of the terms herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. Targeted to 3rd grade - adult only.

    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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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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    Mercury in Schools | University of Wisconsin Extension's Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center

    Resource type: Web Site - Curriculum - Program
    Topics: Mercury - Hazardous Waste - Environmental Health


    The Mercury in Schools web site provides information on mercury sources, health advisories and reduction programs. The Mercury in Schools curriculum package was last revised and expanded in 2003 to provide a national focus on the mercury issue. It includes information and activities on health issues, cultural uses, mercury in schools, mercury at home, mercury in the community, environmental impacts and the history of mercury use.

    Please Note: The information provided on this website was last revised in 2003. This information serves as a historical perspective on mercury awareness and mercury poisioning prevention.

    The Mercury Curriculum is free and is offered in several formats including pdf, html, and zipped pdf. There is also a Mercury in Schools Overview powerpoint presentation prepared by Mercury in Schools Team available for teachers to use. To access, click on the link provided below.

    Web Site: http://www.mercuryinschools.uwex.edu
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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 Big Tree Registry | Minnesota DNR - Division of Forestry

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Mathematics


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

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

    Web Site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/trees_shrubs/bigtree/index.html
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    Minnesota 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 Department of Natural Resources

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


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

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

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

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

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/education
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    Minnesota Environmental Initiative (abstract)

    Resource type: Organization - Program - Course/Workshop - Speaker
    Topics: Resource Management - Business - Recycling - Energy


    Minnesota Environmental Initiative is a nonprofit, non-partisan
    organization bringing diverse groups together to work toward solutions
    to state and regional environmental problems.



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    Minnesota GreenCorps

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Service Learning - Education - Environmental Studies


    Launched in 2009, Minnesota GreenCorps is a statewide program to help preserve and protect Minnesota's environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals. This program places AmeriCorps members with local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations around Minnesota, where they serve for 11 months on focused environmental projects. The program is coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

    Minnesota GreenCorps is an AmeriCorps program. Funding is provided through a grant from ServeMinnesota and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

    Highlights
    More than 75 AmeriCorps members have served with 46 organizations across the state. Former and current host site organizations include cities, counties, public schools, universities, watershed districts, and non-profit organizations.

    Some results from the first two years of the program include:
  • More than 20,000 community members engaged or educated by Minnesota GreenCorps members
  • 11-57 percent increase in recycling at participating schools
  • 48,187 trees inventoried
  • 397,296 kWh avoided
  • More than 90 green practices and technologies implemented by participating sites and partners

    In the first two years of the program, our members have mobilized over 2,600 community volunteers on service projects around the state, including assistance with environmental fairs, community cleanups, waste sorts, tree inventory/citizen foresters, invasive species removal, tree plantings, gardening, rain garden building.


  • Become a Host Site
    Each year, organizations interested in hosting a GreenCorp member are invited apply. The application deadline is at the beginning of May. Eligible organizations include public entities (local, regional, state, tribal), school districts, not for profit institutions of higher education, and 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations. To learn more about host site projects from previous years, please visit www.pca.state.mn.us/mngreencorps.

    Host site application packets, including a detailed guidance document and the application, are only available by e-mailing your request to mngreencorps.pca@state.mn.us

    Become a Member
    Minnesota GreenCorps members serve with organizations around the state and spend a year of service addressing critical environmental issues, while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills.

    To learn more about previous members and their projects, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste-and-pollution/sustainability/minnesota-greencorps/index.html#member-spotlight

    For more information
    For more information visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/topics/preventing-waste-and-pollution/sustainability/minnesota-greencorps/index.html#about or e-mail: mngreencorps.pca@state.mn.us

    Web Site: http://www.pca.state.mn.us/mngreencorps
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    Minnesota Master Naturalist Program | Dawn Flinn

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


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

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

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

    Web Site: http://www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org
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    Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Energy - Education


    Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon helped over 100 high schools, colleges, and universities in the state save money and reduce their carbon footprints through online tools, technical assistance, and mini-grants. It was a collaborative initiative of the Clean Energy Resource Teams, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Office of Energy Security, and supporting partners.

    The program is focused on helping schools reduce their carbon in two ways:
    1. Supporting carbon-cutting student-led projects
    2. Working on school building operation and maintenance improvements

    Through action by the 100 participating schools, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy grants, the Minnesota Schools Cutting Carbon program is saving schools 32.4 billion BTUs of energy and $625,000 in energy costs every year. Participating schools are collectively reducing their carbon dioxide emissions by 15.7 million lbs-that's the equivalent of taking 1,700 cars off of Minnesota roads!

    Beginning in the fall of 2009 and ending in the fall of 2011, Patrick Santelli with CERTs and other MnSCC partners worked with approximately 7,000 students in 100 public high schools, colleges and universities. The students and their eacher "coaches" were a real inspiration throughout the program. Their creativity and leadership in finding ways to save energy and money at school-as well as their efforts to build leadership and entrepreneurship among students, and their crafting of math and science lessons around renewable energy and energy efficiency-were truly a joy to watch.

    Funding for this project was provided by Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

    Although the Schools Cutting Carbon program is no longer active, we encourage schools interested in working on projects to contact Joel Haskard with Clean Energy Resource Teams via haska004@umn.edu, or 612-625-8759. To contact project leaders at individual schools, visit http://www.schoolscuttingcarbon.org/schools.

    Web Site: http://www.schoolscuttingcarbon.org
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    Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative | Minnesota Environmental Quality Board

    Resource type: Organization - Program
    Topics: Sustainable Development - Waste Management - Conservation - Human Communities


    The Governor's Sustainable Development Initiative was launched in 1993 by Governor Arne H. Carlson, the Environmental Quality Board and the Commissioner of Trade and Economic Development. The initiative seeked to provide an ongoing collaboration between business, government and civic interests dedicated to promoting Minnesota's long-term environmental, economic and social well-being. The Environmental Quality Board administered the Sustainable Development Initiative.

    The Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative was based on the common-sense belief that if Minnesota's prosperity is to be sustained over time, what is good for business, the environment and communities must eventually become one and the same. This is the essential challenge of sustainable development.

    Although the Sustainable Development Initiative was discontinued in 2002, the group produced over 20 informational documents that are still useful today. To access these documents, visit http://www.eqb.state.mn.us/Resources.html?Team=Sustainable.

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    Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)

    Resource type: Organization - Resource Person - Program
    Topics: Pollution Prevention - Waste Management - Source Reduction


    The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is an assistance and outreach program at the University of Minnesota that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment.

    MnTAP staff members provide industry-tailored technical assistance. By reducing waste and increasing efficiency, you can save on disposal and raw material costs and decrease regulatory compliance burdens. You also will create healthier and safer working conditions for your employees.

    Established in 1984, MnTAP is funded primarily by a pass-through grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences. As part of the University, MnTAP has no regulatory responsibilities or obligations.


    MnTAP Intern Program
    The intern program pairs your facility with a college student who can research and recommend energy efficiency and pollution prevention solutions. MnTAP recruits, hires, and pays the interns who work full-time for 13 weeks. Interns gain hands-on experience while helping you reduce waste and conserve resources. Companies provide a cost-share for this program.


    MnTAP Library
    The MnTAP library contains documents and books related to pollution prevention and industry. MnTAP materials DO NOT circulate, but may be used in the library. Please contact MnTAP at 612-624-1300 to set up an appointment to use the library.


    Business Site Visits
    When answering waste and energy questions at your facility requires more than a quick answer, you may benefit from a site visit. Site visits allow MnTAP staff members to gain a better understanding of your facility's processes in order to identify strategies for improving efficiency and reducing waste and energy.


    For more information contact:
    Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
    200 Oak St SE Ste 350
    Minneapolis, MN 55455-2008
    612-624-1300
    800-247-0015
    612-624-3370 (fax)
    mntap@umn.edu
    http://www.mntap.umn.edu

    Web Site: http://www.mntap.umn.edu
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    Minnesota Technical Assistance Program Library

    Resource type: Program - Organization
    Topics: Curriculum - Education - Pollution Prevention - Waste Management


    The MNTAP library houses about 4,700 title related to pollution prevention and industry. A small part of this collection (about 41 titles) is devoted to education. There are curriculum guides in pollution prevention for accounting, environmental studies, industrial ecology, and chemical engineering. There are also pieces on laboratory practices and safety plus a few items on microscale chemistry. MNTAP materials DO NOT circulate, but may be used in the library. Please contact the librarian, Jean Berglund, at 612-627-4648 to set up an appointment to use the library.

    Web Site: http://www.mntap.umn.edu
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    Minnesota Wildlife | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Wildlife - Bio-Diversity - Diversity - Habitat


    This is a wonderful introduction to the world of Minnesota wildlife. Through hands-on experiences and visits with live animals, you will be introduced to wild animals commonly found in Minnesota. Ideal for pre-K to 1st grade.

    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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    Minnesota Zoo - Zoomobile education outreach programs | Zoomobile, Minnesota Zoo

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Animals - Conservation - Exotic Species - Environmental Education


    The Minnesota Zoomobile offers a variety of presentations designed to educate and entertain audiences of all ages. Our programs are great for both schools and community events throughout Minnesota. We use live animals, along with biological artifacts, theater techniques, and audience participation, to make each program dynamic, personal, memorable and fun.

    The Zoomobile serves groups of 30-300 people. Sample topics include: Tropical Rainforests, Minnesota animals, birds, mammals, and reptiles.


    Graduation Standards: Zoomobile programs aid teachers in meeting the Graduation Standards established by the State of Minnesota. Specific standards depends on program topic.

    Web Site: http://www.mnzoo.org
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    Model Farm | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Agriculture - Bio-Diversity - Diversity - Sustainable Development


    Introduce your group to the Nature Centers Model Farm. Meet and touch some of the farm animals, such as pigs, goats and chickens.

    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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    Monarch Larva Monitoring Project | Karen Oberhauser

    Resource type: Program - Research - Web Site
    Topics: Conservation - General Ecology - Environmental Sciences - Wildlife


    The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) is a citizen science project involving volunteers from across the United States and Canada in monarch research. It was developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota to collect long-term data on larval monarch populations and milkweed habitat. The overarching goal of the project is to better understand how and why monarch populations vary in time and space, with a focus on monarch distribution and abundance during the breeding season in North America.

    As an MLMP volunteer, your contributions will aid in conserving monarchs and their threatened migratory phenomenon, and advance our understanding of butterfly ecology in general.

    For more Information and to Sign-Up to Monitor visit www.mlmp.org


    Web Site: www.mlmp.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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    Nature (Car Window) Bingo | National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Animals - Outdoor Recreation


    Car travel remains a big part of American family life, but looking out the car window has become rarer and rarer. It's hard to compete with in-car DVD players, smart phones, and portable video games. But you can keep your young passengers entertained by the outside, non-digital world!

    Nature Bingo
    Playing nature-themed bingo is one way to encourage your kids to unplug, look outside, and put their observational skills to work. Here's how:

    1.Print out the bingo cards. (We have four versions, in case kids want to compete!) To download the cards, go to http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Outdoors/Archives/2011/Car-games.aspx#bingo
    2. Keep the cards handy in your car.
    3. Play one of two ways:
    Fill in a row of four that goes up, down, or diagonally or fill the entire card.
    4. Use markers or stickers to mark off the things seen.
    5. Keep the game in your glove box; kids can work on it over time.
    6. These objects are easy to see from a car, but you can play this anywhere!

    In addition to Bingo, try out Move Like the Animals, or Sing Along. For more information on these games, visit http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Outdoors/Archives/2011/Car-games.aspx.

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    Nature's Classroom Institute

    Resource type: Web Site - Organization - EE Site - Program
    Topics: Education - Environmental Studies


    Nature's Classroom Institute is the nation's premier environmental education program. We offer a fully customized, highly engaging 3 or 5 day experience that has direct positive impacts on classroom community and academic performance. Our multi disciplined, degreed educators integrate lessons with the curriculum of visiting schools in order to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. With thousands of classes and activities to choose from, we create unique and individualized experiences for each and every student and teacher.

    An Extension of the Classroom
    Nature's Classroom Institute is a place where students begin to value their education. We broaden their perspectives to see that learning is not all textbooks, not all desk, but that school is where they obtain the skills necessary for other, more exciting things. Our goal is to motivate students to learn, to integrate social development with academic experiences, and to strengthen the link between school and the "real world."

    A Student's Choice
    We involve students in the learning process and allow them to choose which classes they take. By encouraging students to follow their interests we instill confidence, motivate them to seek out knowledge, and empower them develop new areas of interest.

    More Than Just Science
    Teachers at Nature's Classroom Institute incorporate the whole environment, teaching through the elements of the world around us, so that students can experience and truly understand not just science but all subjects, including mathematics, social studies, history, and language arts.

    Locations
    Nature's Classroom Institute offers students, teachers, and parents around the nation the ability to partake in a unique and individualized educational experience. Our program is growing quickly!

    To learn more about Nature Classroom's curriculum, or what each site has to offer, visit http://discovernci.org/.

    Web Site: http://discovernci.org/
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    Nature/Science Day Camps | Springbrook Nature Center

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Wildlife - Wetlands - Prairies - Forests


    Summer day camp opportunities are available for pre-school through 6th grade children. Crafts, games, exploration and more! Some programs feature dawn walks or overnights. Winter day camps are also available during the winter school break. Please call 763-572-3588 to register or for more information.

    Web Site: http://calico.pconline.com/index1.htm
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    Nymphs and Nuthatches Preschool Programs

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


    Nymphs and Nuthatches is geared for 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.anokacountyparks.com/parks/wargo_nature_center/preschool.html
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    Ollie's World - An Interactive Sustainability Resource | Ollie USA, Inc.

    Resource type: Web Site - Software - Guide - Program
    Topics: Air - Recycling - Water - Energy


    Ollie's World website program is an industry-led interactive environmental education initiative that encourages children, their parents, teachers, and community groups to appreciate their connection to the natural world and to understand their "ecological footprint."

    Ollie's World is the umbrella site for the suite of Ollie web sites, produced to support the Ollie Programs in various countries. Ollie's World contains two sections - one for adults and one for kids. This site also provides an Educator Section.

    Ollie's World introduces the concept of sustainability and asks users to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink their actions in the areas of waste, water, energy, air and biodiversity. It does this within the context of local conditions and local educational guidelines.

    Educators, industry representatives and experts in multimedia in Australia and America developed the Ollie Program, utilizing interactive technology to create a learning tool for children between the ages of 5 - 13 years that is exciting, challenging and up-to-date with environmental information. RAM assisted in the content development for the U.S. version.

    You can sample some of the content from Ollie's World. Ollie takes you through introductory information about sustainability, recycling, and other issues, then use interactive activities to reinforce the information. At the advanced level, Ollie allows children to carry out their own community projects, such as performing a recycling or biodiversity audit, or publishing their own web site to illustrate their activities.

    Ollie even has his own rap song to help get you started!

    The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) worked with Ollie USA, Inc. to distribute Ollie Saves the Planet in the U.S. In Australia, students and teachers used Ollie as a basis for creating a sustainable school!

    Check out Ollie's World at http://www.olliesworld.com/index.html.

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    Paper Making | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Recycling - Resource Management - Botany - Art


    Examine different types of paper and paper products, and learn the process of making paper. Collect natural materials along the Nature Center trails and make your own sheet of recycled paper.

    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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    People and Forests

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Forests


    Students explore the dynamic forest ecosystem and the interactions between humans and forests. (grades 4-6)

    Web Site: http://www.boulderlake.org/education/K12/People%20and%20forests/index.html
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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 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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    Professional Speaker and Seminar Leader who will expertly absorb, shape and present your environmental topic. | Tom Hayalian, Ph.D.

    Resource type: Speaker - Program - Resource Person - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Energy - Bio-Diversity - Pollution - Wildlife


    Your environmental/related topic deserves audience-centered planning, polish, and energetic delivery to really connect with your target group. My communications background and commitment to earth issues will make your presentation memorable. I develop custom talks and seminars in communication, motivation, team-building, and stress management to business and industry. I offer combined skills and expertise to plan, write, coach, facilitate and speak at your next event in a compelling, yet humorous manner.

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    Project BudBurst

    Resource type: Program - Web Site
    Topics: Phenology (seasons) - Botany


    Join thousands of others in gathering valuable environmental information with Project BudBurst. Project BudBurst is a national field campaign for educators, students, families, and other volunteers designed to engage the public in making careful observations of the phenophases such as first leafing, first flower, and first fruit ripening of a diversity of trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses in their local area. Participants contribute to a better understanding of how changing climates impact plant species.

    Resources for Educators

    Project BudBurst offers resources that are designed for use by educators in K-12 and higher education in informal and formal learning environments to more effectively implement Project BudBurst with their students. Our resources include:

    K-12 Educators:
  • Classroom Implementation Guide
  • Classroom Registration Guide
  • Addressing Educational Standards Guide
  • Supplemental Activities

    Informal Education:
  • Levels of Participation
  • Regular Reports
  • Single Reports
  • Seasonal Campaigns
  • Partnerships

    Higher Education (University and College):
  • Resources for undergraduate faculty and students in Botany, Ecology, Biology and other related environmental sciences
  • Opportunity to engage students in authentic and ongoing research in plant phenology
  • Project BudBurst data is freely available on the website

    To access these resources and much more, visit http://www.budburst.org.

    Web Site: http://www.budburst.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 Learning Tree | Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

    Web Site: http://www.mndnr.gov/plt
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    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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    Raptors | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Wildlife - Diversity - Food Chain - Habitat


    Come and meet one of natures most amazing groups of animalsraptors. See live birds and participate in hands-on activities to better understand how all forms of life are connected to one
    another.



    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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    Recycling Relay

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum
    Topics: Recycling - Teaching - Sustainability


    The recycling relay is a game that tasks participants with sorting various materials from mixed bag at one end of the room to the garbage can, recycling bin, and compost bin at the opposite end of the room. The participants are typically separated into two groups and work in relay teams to see which group can sort out the materials more successfully.


    Web Site: http://www.wlssd.duluth.mn.us/
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    Reptiles and Amphibians | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Wildlife - Zoology - Diversity


    Learn all about native reptiles and amphibians and their interesting characteristics. Observe these critters up close up in our Reptile and Amphibian Laboratory.


    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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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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    Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD)

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


    The purpose of the Rice Creek Watershed District is to conserve and restore the water resources of the District for the beneficial use of current and future generations.

    Geography
    The Rice Creek Watershed District encompasses approximately 186 square miles of Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties in Minnesota. Portions of the district can be found in the following municipalities: Arden Hills, Birchwood Village, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Columbia Heights, Columbus, Dellwood, Falcon Heights, Forest Lake, Fridley, Grant, Hugo, Lauderdale, Lexington, Lino Lakes, Mahtomedi, May Township, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville, Scandia, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Saint Anthony, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, and Willernie.


    Web Site: http://ricecreek.org/
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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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    River Network Resources | River Network

    Resource type: Organization - Web Site - Course/Workshop - Program
    Topics: Rivers - Environmental Sciences


    About River Network:
    River Network's mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain the health of our country.

    Founded in 1988, we are leading a national watershed protection movement that includes nearly 2,000 state, regional and local grassroots organizations whose primary mission is to protect rivers and watersheds. Our staff is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, with field offices in Vermont, Maryland, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Utah and Idaho.

    We work most closely with River Network Partners - dues-paying groups that receive ongoing access to our resources, services and technical training. Our consistent support has helped many hundreds of these groups to form and grow steadily stronger over the past two decades. Many now have professional staff and hundreds or thousands of active members of their own.

    Resource Library:
    River Network's Resource Library is a growing compilation of manuals, publications, web pages, articles, videos, presentations and more available to you. You can browse through our resources by scrolling through our list of categories, or use the search filter to type in a specific keyword. If you have a resource to share, please contact us!

    For more information on River Network, or to browse the Resource Library, visit http://www.rivernetwork.org/.

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    River of Dreams Canoe Launch Program | International Water Institute

    Resource type: Curriculum - Program
    Topics: Eco-systems - Global Studies - Rivers - Water


    Impact of humans on water quality in MN. Students paint a small wooden canoe and place it in a river. Canoes have codes on them. If someone finds the canoe, they can call in the number and students can track their canoe and learn about river systems.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    cause and effect
    community
    energy and energy flow
    probability

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

    5.I.B.1- The student will perform a controlled experiment using a specific step-by-step procedure and present conclusions supported by the evidence.

    8.I.B.1- The student will specify variables to be changed, controlled and measured.

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

    8.I.B.3- The student will use appropriate technology and mathematics skills to access, gather, store, retrieve and organize data.

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    Web Site: http://www.internationalwaterinstitute.org
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    River Watch Program at Headwaters Science Center | John Mathisen

    Resource type: Program - EE Site
    Topics: Pollution,Water - Rivers,Environmental Heal - Water - Environmental Health


    Headwaters Science Center became an official Headwaters River Watch monitoring site when the lab opened in May 1997. The lab is used to analyze chemical, physical and biological indicators of the health of the Mississippi River. Professional lab methods are used to measure how well state waters meet Clean Water Act guidelines set by state and federal agencies.

    The lab is a cooperative effort of Upper Mississippi Watershed Foundation, Beltrami Soil and Water Conservation District, Mississippi Headwaters Board and Headwaters Science Center. Supporting funds were raised and contributed by Mississippi River Revival.

    HSC and cooperators collect and analyze water samples once each month. Results are reported to the Mississippi Headwaters Board, which sends results from all participants to the Pollution Control Agency. Beltrami Soil and Water will monitor results and use information to manage land use in watersheds of the River and Lake Bemidji. There are plans to hold teacher and citizen training in water quality monitoring at the Center. Lisa Kraemer is is charge of the water lab.

    Web Site: http://www.HSCBemidji.org
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    Rivers Of Life - website | Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) at Hamline University

    Resource type: Curriculum - Web Site - Program
    Topics: Rivers - Eco-systems


    Rivers of Life uses traditional and Internet communication technologies to bring a vibrant exploration of the world's greatest rivers--and discovery of local waterways--into classrooms for grades 3-12. During the year-long program, we will focus on a different global river each month, bringing them to life through student-centered inquiries involving interactions with online guests, hands-on classroom activities, optional local field experiences, research, and creative work. The program culminates with a two month focus on the Mississippi River during the annual spring runoff that includes a student expedition on a section of the Mississippi or one of its tributaries.

    Web Site: http://cgee.hamline.edu/rivers
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    RiverXchange

    Resource type: Program - Curriculum - Web Site
    Topics: Rivers - Water


    ENGAGING! FREE! FUN!

    RiverXchange is an innovative program that combines a year-long water resources curriculum with class partnerships through social networking technology. New Mexico fifth graders are partnered with "high tech pen pals" in another part of the U.S. (including Minnesota) or world to share what they are learning about critical water resources issues relating to their local river. Students learn about The Big Water Questions and must decide for themselves what they can do to protect local water resources.

    This one-of-a kind, 5th grade program provides a rich multi-disciplinary learning experience for your students throughout the school year. The RiverXchange curriculum integrates standards-based science, social studies, and math lessons with essential writing skills to teach important water resources issues.

  • Students become high-tech pen pals with a class in New Mexico, USA.
  • Each class follows the RiverXchange curriculum to learn about their local river and watershed.
  • Students "blog" about what they are learning on a private wiki website throughout the school year to reinforce learning & improve writing skills.
  • Classes participate in field a local field trip, collect water quality data, & meet in-class guest speakers.
  • We provide training and technical support for you!


  • RiverXchange is produced by New Mexico-based Orilla Consulting, LLC, owned by Amy White, who has managed the program since its inception. RiverXchange was developed in 2007 by Experiential EE, LLC and Illinois-based National Great Rivers Research and Education Center with just two class partnerships. The program has grown from two partnerships in 2008 to 66 partnerships in 2012, all thanks to funding from New Mexico water resources agencies and in-kind contributions from dozens of organizations!

    To learn more visit http://riverxchange.com

    Web Site: http://riverxchange.com
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    Road Scholar Programs at Vermilion Community College | Vermilion Community College

    Resource type: Program - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Natural Sciences - General Ecology - Outdoor Recreation


    Elderhostel, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing exceptional learning opportunities to adults at a remarkable value. Now offered under the new program name Road Scholar, Vermilion has sponsored programs since 1984 and currently hosts around 20 programs each year. In addition to the engaging, small group instruction for programs three to six nights in length, the modest price includes meals and lodging. With close proximity to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Vermilion's programs generally include studies in ecology or outdoor recreation. Offerings include ecology of wolves, birds, wildlife, wildflowers, and the northern forest. Participants can choose a program with an active focus, such as dog sledding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking or canoeing, or choose one with less activity and more emphasis on a topic such as regional history. Spring and fall programs on the shore of Lake Superior at a historic lodge are popular sessions. In cooperation with the International Wolf Center, our Intergenerational Wolf Discovery program is offered several times during the summer. To see a current list of our programs, please visit http://www.roadscholar.org and enter the search words "Vermilion Community College".

    Refer to the calendar section of the SEEK web page to learn about specific programs. Program registration is conducted through Road Scholar(http://www.roadscholar.org).

    Web Site: http://www.roadscholar.org/programs/search_res.asp?keyword=Vermilion+Community+College
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    Rob Ellos Presentations

    Resource type: Speaker - Resource Person - Program
    Topics: Animals - Habitat - Conservation - Education


    Rob Ellos, from Stillwater, MN, offers exciting science and nature presentations for children ages 4 to 11. Here are two primary programs offered by Rob:

    Sharks! Sharks! Sharks!
    This topic always fascinates children! Rob Ellos and his funny assistant "Snappy" the Shark Puppet, teach children about the exciting world of sharks! Shark models, color posters, shark jaws, real sharks in specimen bottles, and other props are used to show children where sharks live, what they eat, and how they behave. Children get to touch real shark tags, examine large shark's teeth, and touch many items from the world of the shark! Call today to setup a presentation for your class. This program is for children age 4 to 11 (4th grade).

    Florida's Manatees: The Endangered Giant Sea Cows!
    Rob Ellos uses "Snooty" the Manatee Puppet in a funny way to teach children all about the natural world of the gentle manatee. Beautiful posters, and plenty of props are used to show where manatees live underwater, what they eat, how they sleep, and why its important to protect manatees and their ocean world. Children see how scientists study manatees, and during "touch and see" get to hold the type of radio tag used to track the gentle manatee. Call right now to bring this wonderful program to your center! This program is for children ages 4-11.

    Contact:
    Rob Ellos
    P.O. Box 335
    Stillwater, MN 55082
    651-439-2963

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    Rock the World Concert Kit | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Performance/Art - Program - Poster - Audio
    Topics: Education - Geography - Art - Environmental Sciences


    Environmental education that is music to your ears! It's music that can Rock the World. It's music that can help protect the Earth! It's music that can help kids learn about the environment, education, art, drama, dance, geography, science and more. It's music that will unite your school and empower the students with action oriented activities. It's music that can raise funds for your school. It's beautiful, fun, inspiring music for kids.

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    Saint Paul Neighborhood Energy Consortium

    Resource type: Organization - Resource Person - Program
    Topics: Energy - Transportation


    The NEC reduces pollution, conserves resources, and improves quality of life by offering tools for energy-efficient living.

    Web Site: http://www.spnec.org
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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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    Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) Program | Class 5 Energy

    Resource type: Program - Web Site
    Topics: Energy - Conservation - Resource Management - Sustainability


    Schools for Energy Efficiency (SEE) is a comprehensive program for K-12 schools to save energy and money by changing behavior throughout the district. SEE provides a multi-year plan with strategies for efficient operations, energy awareness materials for staff and students, training, and utility tracking for immediate and sustainable savings.

    The overall objective of the Schools for Energy Efficiency program is to provide schools with a way to reduce their operating costs through efficient use of energy while maintaining a healthy learning environment. The program's focus is not on equipment upgrades but rather an integrated approach to changing the behavior of how the operations staff (custodians, building engineers, maintenance) run their buildings and how teachers and students influence the electricity, natural gas, oil, and water use in a school.

    Since its introduction in 2002 more than 750 participating schools across Minnesota have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 424,000,000 pounds of CO2. Not only was the SEE program recognized as the 2010 ENERGY STAR Featured Service and Product Provider of the Year, but 25 school districts in Minnesota have earned ENERGY STAR Leader awards for continuous improvement in energy efficiency. Approximately 150 school facilities in the program also qualify for ENERGY STAR Labels. In addition at the start of 2008, the SEE program was honored by the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance with the Inspiring Efficiency Education Award and from MN Governor Tim Pawlenty and the MN Pollution Control Agency as a recipient of the Governor's Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention Award.

    The SEE program was developed in 2002 by Hallberg Engineering, Inc. (creator of Class 5 Energy) of White Bear Lake, MN, a mechanical and electrical engineering firm with more than 25 years experience serving Minnesota school districts. SEE was created in response to schools' need for a flexible, self-implemented plan to realize immediate savings in energy use as well as develop a long-term culture of energy efficiency.

    Class 5 Energy is a consulting firm that is passionate about energy efficiency and has spent the last 10 years working with organizations to reduce their energy use and costs.

    For more information about the SEE program, visit http://www.class5energy.com/schools-for-energy-efficiency-see-program/.

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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.anokacountyparks.com/programs/wargo/small-groups.htm
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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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    Season's Hike | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Habitat - Bio-Diversity - Phenology (seasons) - Wildlife


    Explore the prairies, ponds and forests of Dodge using your senses. Search for the wonders of the natural world throughout the various seasons!

    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.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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    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.anokacountyparks.com/programs/wargo/rec_equip-rental.htm
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    Solids, Liquids and Gases | Science Museum of MN

    Resource type: Program - Performance/Art
    Topics: Science


    Imagine a test tube as large as your students, into which a volunteer adds a solid to a liquid. What happens when a balloon is fitted over the top? Introduce your students to the science of chemistry through the use of some unusual demonstrations.

    Web Site: http://www.smm.org/schools/atyourschool/
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    Sugarloaf Cove Brochure Series | Terri Port Wright

    Resource type: Booklet - Course/Workshop - Program - Speaker
    Topics: General Ecology - Geology - Culture


    Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association offers a brochure series that describes the cultural, geological, and ecological significance of Sugarloaf Cove. These brochures can be used on their own, in conjunction with a self-guided, or guided hike on the interpretive trail, or as a part of a program at Sugarloaf Cove or at your location.

    Web Site: http://www.sugarloafnorthshore.org
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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.anokacountyparks.com/programs/wargo/summer_camps.htm
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    Tales with Tails | Kevin Strauss

    Resource type: Speaker - Performance/Art - Resource Person - Program
    Topics: Animals - Pollution Prevention - Biodiversity - Stewardship


    Author, storyteller, and naturalist Kevin Strauss weaves nature stories and folktales from all over the world. His stories educate and entertain people of all ages while teaching them about plants and animals of the upper Midwest. Energetic and dynamic, Kevin tells stories that grab his audiences and help them look at the world in a new way. He uses animal skins, skulls, and other artifacts to bring the natural world to life for listeners. Kevin's performances include school and public assemblies, classroom presentations, library programs, and workshops. Storytelling programs can be combined with hands-on naturalist programs and environmental education activities.

    Kevin's Nature Programs include:

  • The Nature Ranger: (Preschool to Grade 3) Explore the natural world with stories, songs and animal props in this interactive "virtual fieldtrip" program. Participants will hear animal folktales and real life stories about the animals that live in the woods and fields right near their houses. They'll even learn how to listen like a deer and howl like a wolf. "Ahhooooo!"
  • Northwoods Animal Tales: Learn how bear got a short tail and why deer have antlers in this interactive story and nature program. Laugh and smile as these stories inspire students to want to learn more about the creatures who share our world.
  • Stories From the Bird World: No matter where you go, you will see birds. Learn science and story reasons for how birds fly, why birds are important and how birds help us every day in this engaging and nature-inspired program.
  • Round River Ecology Stories: Does it really matter if we recycle, conserve water and take care of our environment? Hear stories about why we need to care for our world, and discover simple ways to to just that as you laugh along with these stories of fools and wise folks from around the world.

    Program rates will vary depending on the number of programs requested. Rates listed at http://www.naturestory.com/rates.html give you an idea of rates for programs within 100 miles of Rochester, Minnesota. Rates for programs that take place more than 100 miles from Rochester may include additional fees for housing and per diem. Program discounts are available for booking multiple days of programs and for "blocking booking" with another school. For more information, contact Kevin at kevin@naturestory.com for more details.

    Web Site: http://www.naturestory.com
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    Teacher Training Workshops | The Prairie Ecology Bus Center

    Resource type: Resource Person - Teacher Training - Program - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Environmental Studies - General Ecology - Natural Sciences - Teaching


    The Prairie Ecology Bus Center offers a wide range of Environmental Education Workshops for K-12 teachers, 4-H/Scout leaders and resource professionals. Workshops are always activity oriented, interdisciplinary and loads of fun! PEBC staff can customize a workshop to meet your specific educational needs.

    Graduate credit and continuing education credit is available for most workshops.

    Workshop topics include:
    - Project WET
    - Project WILD
    - Project Learning Tree
    - Project Bluestem
    - Leopold Education Project
    - Customized workshop to meet your environmental education needs!

    Web Site: http://www.ecologybus.org
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    Teaching Grownups | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Poster - Pamphlet - Program
    Topics: Recycling - Conservation - Pollution - Hazardous Waste


    So, what's the problem? There is only so much space on earth and there is way too much trash. What's the answer? The answer is you! "Teaching Grownups" educates kids on such topics as reduce, reuse, and recycle as well as how to shop green, use compost power and what exactly is hazardous waste. Kids are encouraged to take the Neighborhood Challenge and to be Earth Active. There is a special spot for grown-ups to sign that they too have learned their Earth Lesson. A Pollution Solution Power Page is included which contains the important phone numbers for recycling in Hennepin County, MN. Kids in other counties are encouraged to make their own "Power Page."

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    Teens Turning Green (TTG)

    Resource type: Organization - Program - Web Site - Guide
    Topics: Green Living - Environmentally Preferable Products - Sustainability


    Teens Turning Green (TTG) is a student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities. TTG seeks to engage youth in the transition from conventional to conscious, empowering the next generation and mobilizing action to sustain our earth.

    TTG has several programs including:

    Project Green Challenge
    Project Green Challenge seeks to engage high school and college students across the country and inspire them to transition "from conventional to conscious," via a 30-day green lifestyle Challenge. Beginning each October, students from around the world are invited to take action through simple, fun, and high impact daily challenges. Participants will be awarded points based on challenge completion and prizes for daily submissions.

    Freshman Green 15
    Teens Turning Green are launching a fall program called Freshman Green 15. The program is designed to offer resources for incoming freshmen to build a foundation for conscious college living. Incorporating four major resources, "15 Tips to Green Your Life", "15 Terms to Green your Vocab", "15 Things to Take to College", and a Green Packing List, students will have the tools to live consciously from day one of freshman year and for the rest of their lives. The program will encourage collaboration between student leaders, school personnel and incoming freshman to inspire sustainable choices for everyday decisions.

    Project Green Spa
    Project Green Spa is an interactive, student hosted event designed to inform, educate, demonstrate, and inspire a conscious change in the daily use of body care products. Up to 15 schools will be selected to host events on their campuses based on a submitted application and online interview. TTG will support these events with a Whole Body Conscious Collection that will travel from school-to-school from February through May. Each school has to fill out an application to participate here. Once applications are received and reviewed, school leaders will be invited for a Skype interview. Schools will be selected on a first come first serve basis.

    For more information about these programs and additional programs and resources that TTG offers, visit http://www.teensturninggreen.org/.

    Web Site: http://www.teensturninggreen.org
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    The Arctic is Cool | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Poster - Curriculum - Program - Pamphlet
    Topics: Climatology - Geology - International Studies - Pollution


    Do you wonder how anyone can live in the Arctic? Explore the Mysterious Arctic with KSE's Education Into Action program, "The Arctic is Cool". Learn about modern day Arctic Explorers, Julie Hanson, Martin Hignell and Will Steger and the International Arctic Project (IAP) Expedition. Use the E-Pal Connection and share your thoughts with new Earth-Pals via the magic of computer online services. Put the colorful Arctic poster featuring Will Steger and his famous sled dogs, up on your classroom wall. Become a Defender of the Planet and help protect the Arctic!

    KSE Action Programs use colorful KSE kid's artwork and are written so that even grown-ups can understand. All KSE educational materials are reviewed by members of the KSE Advisory Board which includes experienced educators and school principals.

    The KSE mission is to educate, inspire and empower children to protect the Earth.

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    The CLASS 5 Plan

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Energy


    The CLASS 5 Plan "in a box" provides the behavior-based steps, strategies and tools to reduce your energy use and costs by 5-10 percent within one year including:

  • The 10-step CLASS 5 Plan Guide to organize and direct your efforts.
  • A Welcome DVD for presenting the Plan to others in your organization.
  • An energy use baseline for one site, and access to our online utility tracking tool to measure energy use and generate progress reports.
  • Energy awareness and progress posters to educate and inspire people.
  • Window Clings to highlight your institution's energy saving efforts with employees and visitors.
  • Recognition materials to reward people for their participation.
  • Access to the CLASS 5 Members Only website which includes customizable articles, emails, press releases and internal communications.
  • Start-up coaching and remote coaching calls with a CLASS 5 consultant.


  • You choose how quickly you want to implement the 10 steps. You choose the awareness campaign materials that work best in your organization's culture. You choose the level of support you need from our experienced CLASS 5 consultants. And you will gain the knowledge and behavioral changes to position your organization for lower energy use and costs for many years to come.

    Organizations that implement the CLASS 5 Plan reduce their energy use by 8 percent, on average, by the end of the first year. But is the CLASS 5 Plan cost effective for your organization? If your organization is spending $6,500 or more per month on energy, payback on the CLASS 5 Plan can be less than one year.

    The Plan has been successfully implemented in hundreds of buildings, by people just like you, saving millions of dollars in energy costs. However, organizations that are most successful with the Plan will have three things in common:

  • Senior-level support for the effort
  • An internal champion to lead the charge
  • Broad-based participation


  • These three keys to success will help create an organizational framework and culture for significant, ongoing energy savings.

    CLASS 5 offers Plans "in a box" for office/commercial, higher education, K-12 schools and health care.

    For more information visit www.class5energy.com

    Web Site: http://hub.am/18dZn8L
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    The Huggertree Me | Climb Theatre

    Resource type: Performance/Art - Program
    Topics: Stewardship - Conservation - Habitat


    Grades K-3
    Cammy has the flu and a Mom who won't let him go outside. Angry and bored he draws pictures of all the things he'll do when he's so old Mom can't tell him not to. . . like swim and fish all by himself in the clean and lovely lake, run and hide in the forest, and rest for hours in the limbs of his favorite climbing tree. But Cammy's favorite climbing tree has a different idea of what the lake and earth and forest could look like when Cammy's a grown-up. This outrageous and funny rhyming and walking tree uproots himself in order to teach Cammy the things he can do to make sure that when he grows up he has clean air and water, lots of trees, and all the resources he needs to live the way he'd like.

    Contact:
    Zac Lagen
    (800) 767-9660 Ext. 18
    zac@climb.org
    Climb Theatre
    6415 Carmen Avenue East
    Inver Grove Height, MN 55076

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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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    The Planet Protectors Club Calendar Kit | US EPA Office of Solid Waste

    Resource type: Learning Kit - Program
    Topics: Recycling - Waste Prevention


    The Planet Protectors Club Calendar Kit contains a large, full-color poster for teachers or group leaders. Smaller versions of the poster may be ordered for each student/child in the classroom or group, along with a set of stickers to track progress in completing the activities. Simple, step-by-step instructions and a list of materials are included for each activity; most of which take less than an hour to complete.


    Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/kids/ppcform.htm
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    The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge | The Siemens Foundation

    Resource type: Grant/Funding - Program
    Topics: Sustainability - Leadership


    The Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, College Board and the National Science Teachers Association invite you to join the only challenge of its kind that empowers students to create solutions to environmental problems in their own backyards, and to share their results with students nationwide. They'll learn. They'll take action. And their ideas may well end up changing the world.

    As citizens and future stewards of our planet, today's students are in a unique position to become active agents of environmental change. The good news is that many of them are very interested in learning about and taking responsibility for their environment and their future.

    Today's young people will inherit a world that's very different from the one their parents inherited. Climate change; polluted air, water and soil; endangered species; shrinking coastlines; and a rapidly increasing population are among the many issues that threaten our global environment.

    The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.

    Classes not only win big by learning how to make an environmental impact, but they can also win amazing prizes like $5,000 school grants, equal share of a $50,000 scholarship, the chance to tell their story at a prestigious venue, a one year membership to the National Science Teachers Association, and more!

    Description, contest criteria, rules, suggested timelines, and prizes are all available on the contest website at http://wecanchange.com/.

    Web Site: http://wecanchange.com/
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    The Wonderful World of Water | Tessa Hill, President

    Resource type: Poster - Curriculum - Program - Pamphlet
    Topics: Water - Wetlands - Rivers - Lake


    What's Water? It's one of the simplest things on Earth. And one of the most precious. Learn about ways that our water is being polluted and how you and your students can help clean up our water. Explore "Water Way", "Wetlands" and get "The Low Down on Lakes". Under "Creature Features" find out who says, "It's not only the water, it's my home!" Put the colorful poster up in your classroom and search for the hidden sources of water pollution. Become a Defender of the Planet and show that kids really care about clean water. "The Wonderful World of Water" is a KSE Education Into Action Program.

    KSE Action Programs use colorful KSE kid's artwork and are written so that even grown-ups can understand. All KSE educational materials are reviewed by members of the KSE Advisory Board which includes experienced educators and school principals.

    The KSE mission is to educate, inspire and empower children to protect the Earth.

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    The World of Spiders and Scorpions - A program offered at Headwaters Science Center. | John Mathisen

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Science


    Using living specimens from such exotic locales as Southeast Asia, the Amazon rain forest and Arizona, this program introduces participants to the natural history and identification of tarantulas and other spiders and their close relatives, scorpions. A spider expert explains how these much-maligned creatures are wonderfully adapted to play
    their role in the grand web of life, and how without them humans would suffer greatly.

    The program is available by prior arrangement anytime during normal hours or off-site. It normally lasts about 1/2 hour, but can be extended. Advance registration is necessary to ensure staff and facilities are available.


    Web Site: http://www.HSCBemidji.org
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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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    Toadilly Turtle | CLIMB Theatre

    Resource type: Performance/Art - Program
    Topics: Habitat - Stewardship


    Grades K-2
    Preserving and protecting our planet is a task CLIMB entrusts to future generations through its play Toadilly Turtle, which shows children how to preserve lakes and wetlands.

    Toadilly Turtle: Toadilly Turtle, Fareeta Fish and even the human girl child, Frankie, are worried. Their once beautiful lake is filling with yucky blue green algae. But why? What's happening and who's doing it? That's the tantalizing and terrible mystery which must be solved. This lake and wetlands protection play features audience participation (complete with simple costumes for each child), take-home pieces for parent(s) and a coloring page of Toadilly Turtle himself!

    Contact:
    Zac Lagen
    (800) 767-9660 Ext. 18
    zac@climb.org
    Climb Theatre
    6415 Carmen Avenue East
    Inver Grove Height, MN 55076

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    Trash! | CLIMB Theatre

    Resource type: Performance/Art - Program
    Topics: Recycling - Human Communities


    Grades 3-5
    Trash! is CLIMB's hilarious and instructive play which addresses the three R's of waste management, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". In this play James Gillwhistle is not concerned about trash until the day he carries it to the curb and it walks back with him... and stays with him. As the garbage becomes more of an inconvenience and begins to embarrass James at school, it becomes clear that he must get rid of it. Fortunately, at school that day, a representative from the area recycling program visits to give advice to students about how they can efficiently and effectively reduce, reuse and recycle. With these words of wisdom, James realizes that he has the power to shrink his garbage problem.

    Contact:
    Zac Lagen
    (800) 767-9660 Ext. 18
    zac@climb.org
    Climb Theatre
    6415 Carmen Avenue East
    Inver Grove Height, MN 5507

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    Tree Trust's Learning with Trees | Tree Trust

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Environmental Studies - Education - Landscape - Stewardship


    Schools around the state of Minnesota form Green Teams of teachers, staff and parents to create sustainable outdoor learning areas on their grounds. Their students gain hands-on experience with the natural world when they plant trees together and watch them grow. Youth develop an ethic of environmental stewardship to take with them as they grow, and they leave behind an outdoor learning space for future classes to experience.

    The Learning with Trees program is designed to set up schools with comprehensive, sustainable environmental science programs that transform school grounds into living laboratories for experiential learning.

    Partner schools experience these five program components:

    Our Town Trees
    Students learn about the importance of trees to their local community while interacting with this hands-on exhibit.

    Tree Trunks
    Each school receives a tree trunk of lesson plans, outdoor activities and environmental education tools that helps teachers incorporate environmental learning into their standard curriculum.

    Green Teams
    Tree Trust helps each school form a committed team of parents, teachers and other school personnel who help plan an outdoor learning area and get their colleagues excited about long-term environmental learning.

    Outdoor Learning Areas
    Tree Trust works with each school's Green Team to create a landscape plan that meets their educational and environmental needs. The plan becomes a reality during an all-school event where students dig holes, plant trees, mulch and water the new plantings and celebrate their school's committment to the environment.

    Learning with Trees Newsletters
    Over 160 schools that have participated in Learning with Trees receive our seasonal e-newsletter, which provides lesson plans, learning projects and information on maintenance of an outdoor learning area.

    Web Site: http://www.treetrust.org
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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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    Visit the Stars - A program offered by Headwaters Science Center | John Mathisen

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Astronomy - Science


    HSC begins its weekly Fall telescope viewing schedule with Jay Lehman on Wednesday, September 10, 1997. Participants are asked to arrive at HSC by 7:45 PM in September and 6:30 PM in October when a brief introduction will be given on the evening events. All participants will drive from HSC to the telescope location. There is no set time for ending the evening viewing. The fee for each evening is $2.00 per person.

    Web Site: http://www.HSCBemidji.org
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    Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

    Resource type: Guide - Program
    Topics: Environmental Health


    EPA's Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program will help states establish and sustain environmental health programs for K-12 schools. The guidelines present recommendations, case studies, and resources that will help states build or enhance an existing program. This website includes an overview of the guidelines, as well as links to additional information and resources.

  • Basic information about the guidelines
  • What is an effective state environmental health program for schools?
  • Why are school environmental health programs important?
  • Why did EPA issue the guidelines?
  • What can states do?
  • How can the guidelines be used?
  • View and print the guidelines
  • Download a factsheet about guidelines (PDF)
  • Download the companion guide: Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments


  • To complement the guidelines, EPA has developed a model K-12 school environmental health program as a resource that states can customize and share with schools and school districts to help them establish, or enhance an existing, school environmental health program. The model program identifies five broad components of environmental health issues encountered in schools and actions schools and school districts can take to address them. Learn more about the model program, the five components, and how schools and school districts can use the model program to advance their environmental health activities.

    For more information visit http://www.epa.gov/schools/ehguidelines/index.html

    Web Site: http://www.epa.gov/schools/ehguidelines/index.html
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    Warner Nature Center Outreach Programs | Kirk Mona, Outreach Coordinator

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Bio-Diversity - Wildlife - Science


    Bring the excitement of Warner Nature Center to your classroom or organization! We can bring live animals, demonstrations, and fun activities to either a classroom or assembly setting. Our outreach programs are custom designed to meet your students' needs. Pair an outreach program with a field trip to Warner for even more fun and learning!



    Web Site: http://www.warnernaturecenter.org
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    Washington County Parks

    Resource type: EE Site - Exhibit/Display - Organization - Program
    Topics: Astronomy - Outdoor Recreation - Wildlife - Rivers


    Washington County, Minnesota, is bordered by both the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers, and it contains natural resources that are diverse and aesthetically attractive. The County's parks highlight many of these natural resources through outdoor education programs, displays at historic sites, a permanent orienteering course, camping facilities, and numerous turf and paved trails. Parks in the system include: Lake Elmo Park Reserve, St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park, Square Lake Park, Pine Point Park, Point Douglas Park, Big Marine Park Reserve, and the 'Historic Courthouse' - the oldest standing courthouse in Minnesota.

    Web Site: http://www.co.washington.mn.us/parks
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    Waste Reduction Awareness Program (WRAP) | Jeffers Foundation and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)

    Resource type: Program - Guide - Web Site
    Topics: Waste Prevention - Compost - Source Reduction


    In 2010, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency published a study Digging Deep Through School Trash, which identified that almost 24 percent of the total waste generated at schools is from food waste. With that knowledge, the Jeffers Foundation partnered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to create the Waste Reduction Awareness Program (WRAP).

    WRAP is a free program designed to make it easy for schools to find ways to reduce waste in their lunchrooms. WRAP has an easy-to-use web-based guide to help schools identify sensible opportunities to reduce waste and save money. Waste prevention is always the most environmentally friendly way to deal with waste. A 30-question self-assessment, case studies of schools that have successfully implemented the WRAP, and resources for improving your program are available at http://www.jeffersfoundation.org/wrap.php

    If you have questions or comments, please contact Dar Fosse, Jeffers Foundation at dfosse@jeffersfoundation.org or 612-747-3245 or Tim Farnan, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, at timothy.farnan@state.mn.us or 651-757-2348.

    For more infomation about the Digging Deep Through School Trash study, visit http://www.pca.state.mn.us/schoolwaste

    Web Site: http://www.jeffersfoundation.org/wrap.php
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    Water Assembly Program | Science Museum of MN

    Resource type: Program - Performance/Art
    Topics: Science - Water - Conservation


    Large, entertaining props are used to explain groundwater, the water cycle, usable water available, and other hard to define concepts. Water stresses the personal responsibility we all have to our environment.

    Web Site: http://www.smm.org/schools/atyourschool
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    Water Quality and Mapping | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: Speaker - Program - Curriculum
    Topics: Earth - Environmental Sciences - Geology - Landscape


    After completing this activity, students will be able to:
    -Read a map of a watershed
    -Show how H2O gets into our watershed
    -Show the affects of runoff lends to poor water quality by using a map of point-non-point scores
    -Read topography
    -Differentiate maps that show vegetation (forest vs. farmland)
    -Understand Contour maps of area lakes(create) and changing landforms over time
    -Understand Human impact on water quality

    Pelican River Watershed District
    Denise Baer, Detroit Lakes, MN
    (218)846-0436 dbaer@lakesnet.net

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Cause and effect
    Change and constancy
    Geomorphism
    Ecosystem

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 6-8
    C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.
    FOR GRADES 9-12
    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:
    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.I.B.2 - The student will describe how scientists can conduct investigations in a simple system and make generalizations in more complex systems.
    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.B.6 - The student will give examples of how different domains of science use different bodies of scientific knowledge and employ different methods to investigate questions.
    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.

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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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    Water Resources Program | Vermilion Community College

    Resource type: Program - Higher Education
    Topics: Water - Pollution Prevention - Health - Wetlands


    The Water Resource Program (http://www.vcc.mnscu.edu/vcc/docs/my_html/water_resources.htm) is a Two year Associate of Science (A.S.) degree program offered on the Vermilion Community College Campus in Ely, Minnesota. This specialized program offers graduates the opportunity to transfer into related four year college programs or successfully pursue careers in hydrology and water pollution control. Vermilion Community College, 1900 E. Camp St., Ely, MN 55731 1-800-657-3608

    Web Site: http://www.vcc.mnscu.edu
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    WaterSense Educational Materials | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Water


    Launched in 2006, WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs and practices.

    WaterSense Educational Materials help teachers communicate the importance of water conservation through two sets of resources: Fix A Leak Week and A Day in the Life of a Drop.

    The Fix A Leak Week resources are a set of activities designed for students in grades 3-5 to help them learn about water supplies and the importance of saving water.

    A Day in the Life of a Drop is a set of activities designed to help students in grades 3-5 understand the connections between the source of the water they use and the ways their water use habits affect the environment and human health. Although designed for an elementary school audience, these resources may be easily adapted for older students.

    For more information visit http://epa.gov/watersense/resources/educational_materials.html

    Web Site: http://epa.gov/watersense/resources/educational_materials.html
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    Weather Assembly Program | Science Museum of MN

    Resource type: Program - Performance/Art
    Topics: Science - Air


    Clouds form, lightning flashes, and tornadoes whirl inside your school! Students will examine air properties as a presenter demonstrates how they relate to daily weather.

    Web Site: http://www.smm.org/schools/atyourschool
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    Where's Woody- waterfowl migration study | International Water Institute

    Resource type: Course/Workshop - Program - Speaker - Teacher Training
    Topics: Eco-systems - Environmental Studies - Wildlife - Zoology


    Avian Science - Wood Duck

    Waterfowl biology, habitat of various species
    Identification of various waterfowl species

    Digital photo and video, tools for inquiry

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

    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 ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    K.I.B.1- The student will observe and describe common objects using simple tools.

    1.II.A.1- The student will describe objects in terms of color, size, shape, weight, and texture.

    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.D.2- The student will identify similarities and differences between parent and offspring.

    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.

    7.IV.B.4- The student will use and create dichotomous keys.

    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.

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    Web Site: http://www.internationalwaterinstitute.org
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    Wilderness Skills | Environmental Education Staff

    Resource type: Program
    Topics: Wilderness - Outdoor Recreation


    What does it take to survive in the wilderness? This class gives students insights into the wild environment and the impact it has on humans in a survival situation. Students will be introduced to the skills of fire building and shelter construction. Targeted to 3rd grade-adult only.

    Web Site: http://www.dodgenaturecenter.org/
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    Wildlife Ecology Professional Development Certificate | Vermilion Community College

    Resource type: Higher Education - Program - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Wildlife,General Ecology - Eco-systems,Natural Scien - General Ecology - Natural Sciences


    The Wildlife Ecology Development Certificate recognizes specialization in subjects related to wildlife resources at Vermilion Community College. It is awarded for completion of 16 semester credits from a list of selected courses. Some courses focus on individual species such as wolves, white-tailed deer, moose, beaver, and black bears, while others take a more general approach. Field work and experiential learning is emphasized and analysis of issues related to wildlife is a key part of all courses. Online courses are available for a select number of certificate courses

    Web Site: http://www.vcc.edu
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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.anokacountyparks.com/parks/wargo_nature_center/about.html
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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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    Windows on Earth World | Minnesota Children's Museum

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


    Join us on the second Sunday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Windows on Earth World, an up-close, hands-on look at the world around us. Each month features a visit from a different live animal or collection of creatures, plus a musician, storyteller, and a project to take home. Windows on Earth World is presented by Andersen Corporation with programming by Eco Education.

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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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    Wonders of Science: Dinosaurs | Science Museum of MN

    Resource type: Program - Performance/Art
    Topics: Science


    This 35-minute program uses dinosaur props and large, colorful visuals to engage K-1 students in the fun of science learning. Volunteers will help the presenter discover and reconstruct a life-size dinosaur skeleton puzzle! Grades K-1 only. Program is limited to 150 students.

    Web Site: http://www.smm.org/schools/atyourschool
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    Zorro The Peregrine Falcon - A program offered by Headwaters Science Center | John Mathisen

    Resource type: Program - Speaker
    Topics: Conservation,Wildlife - Natural Sciences - Wildlife


    Although not housed at the Center, Zorro comes to the Center for programs dealing with raptor rehabilitation, life history and conservation. The program is available by prior arrangement anytime during normal hours or off-site. It normally lasts about 1/2 hour, but can be extended. Advance registration is necessary to ensure staff and facilities are available.

    Web Site: http://www.HSCBemidji.org
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