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Waste Reduction and Recycling Presentations | Washington County Department of Public Health & Environment

Resource type: Speaker
Topics: Source Reduction - Recycling


Washington County offers presentations to classrooms that have incorporated waste reduction and/or recycling into the curriculum. Topics covered include a hands-on packaging comparison exercise as well as information on what can be recycled and a demonstration of what new products are made from our recyclables.

Web Site: http://www.co.washington.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=603
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A Field Guide to Christian Environmental Education | Joel Light

Resource type: Guide - Speaker
Topics: Stewardship - Earth - Education


This guide provides the necessary framework and information that can help establish a solid foundation on which individuals can build their Christian environmental education programs. Collectively, this book features the responses to a survey on the integration of Christian education and environmental education from professionals in the field of Christian environmental education.

This field guide is divided into 16 sections-Understanding the Basics; Curriculum; Scriptures; Theology; Virtues, Values, and Rights; Provisions and Human Threats; Environmental Education Activities and Topics; Ideas for Integration; Staff Training; Mission and Vision; Outcomes and/or Goals; Concepts and Objectives; Resources; Environmental Education Politics/Arguments; Words of Advice; and References.

Publisher: Coaches Choice (July 15, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1585186643
ISBN-13: 978-1585186648


About the Author
Joel Light lives with his wife Anna, and his son, Jonah, in the Twin Cites area of Minnesota, where he can often be found in a canoe or kayak, spending as much time as possible enjoying and exploring God's Creation. Joel has a bachelor's degree in biology from Northland College in Ashland, WI. He also has a master's degree in education, with an emphasis in environmental education and natural science. He currently teaches biology at Northwestern College. He also teaches environmental themed graduate courses at Hamline University. Joel was formerly the lead naturalist and day-camp coordinator at Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes, MN, where he taught environmental and outdoor educational programs and directed their summer day camp program. Before that he and his wife directed Camp Aldersgate in Iowa. Joel comes from a long history of involvement with camps as both a camper and a counselor. He has extensive experience leading and developing environmental education programs in both Christian and secular situations.

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Air Quality | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aquatic Insects and Water Quality Presentation | Moriya Rufer, M.Sc. Aquatic Entomology

Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Guide - Speaker - Web Site
Topics: Conservation - Diversity - Lake - Rivers


This lesson consists of an aquatic insect collection, identification guide, and web site all presented by a speaker. The lesson is about aquatic insects and water quality of lakes and streams. The students will learn some basics on the role of aquatic insects in lakes and streams and learn to identify some common insects that can indicate good or poor water quality. It also illustrates to students the diversity of insects and conservation of our water resources.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Elementary Level:
Habitat
Tropic Levels
Similarities and Differences
Cycles (life cycles)

Secondary Level:
Cause and effect
Diversity (Biodiversity)
Ecosystem
Similarities and differences

SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5, 6-8, 9-12:
Grades 3 - 5
B-1 In social and natural systems that consist of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.

Grades 6 - 8
C-2 The output from a social or natural system can become the input to other parts of social and natural systems.

Grades 9 - 12 (adult)
D-3 Feedback of output from some parts of a managed social or natural system can be used to bring it closer to desired results.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
3.I.B.1 - The student will ask questions about the natural world that can be investigated scientifically.

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

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

4.I.B.1 - The student will recognize when comparisons might not be fair because some conditions are not kept the same.

5.I.B.1 - The student will perform a controlled experiment supported by the evidence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

MINNESOTA HISTORY AND SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
9-12.II.G.4 - Students will identify and describe significant changes in Minnesota, issues related to land use, and analyze the impact of those changes and issues.

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Web Site: http://www.rmbel.info
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Association of Recycling Managers, Inc. (ARM)

Resource type: Organization - Resource Person - Speaker - Web Site
Topics: Communications - Recycling - Source Reduction - Waste Management


The Association of Recycling Managers (ARM) is a Minnesota-based network of city and county recycling and waste reduction coordinators. Their primary goals are to help keep each other informed on a variety of solid waste issues, work cooperatively and share resources.

The ARM web site was established to help reach those goals and includes top web sites that contain links to great recycling and waste reduction web sites around the country, which are not only useful to the recycling and waste reduction managers but anyone with an interest in waste and recycling information.

ARM also has links to Minnesota laws that pertain to waste management, including public education.

ARM distributes a newsletter and many of their members are available to make presentations and speeches to school groups and organizations within their communities.

To learn more visit http://www.mnarm.org/

Web Site: http://www.mnarm.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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Bird Nest Boxes | Friends of Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, US Fish & Wildlife Service

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Birds: Youth Mentorship Program | Minnesota Ornithologists Union

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


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

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

Web Site: http://moumn.org/mentorship.html
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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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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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Butterfly Life Cycles - Becker County | Mary Kulberg

Resource type: Speaker
Topics: Habitat - Animals - Wildlife - Pesticides


Discover the miracle of the butterfly life cycle. Mary Kulberg of Detroit Lakes has raised butterflies for several years and created successful butterfly gardens in her yard. Through photographs and specimens (as available) she will share her experiences. Students will learn the stages of the butterfly and how our yards can be a habitat for butterflies if we provide food and space for all the stages. For grades 1, 2 and 3.

Contact Mary Kulberg at 218-847-3957 or mmkulberg@juno.com for a classroom presentation as her time allows. Fall is the best time for specimens.

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

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.

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MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
Grade 1 - IV.B. 1. The student will observe and describe how plants and animals grow and change.
Grade 2 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The student will recognize that plants and animals have life cycles.
Grade 2 - IV. Life Science, C. Interdependence of Life. The students will understand that organisms live in different environments.
Grade 3 - IV. Life Science, B. Diversity of Organisms. The Students will recognize that plants and animals have different structures that serve various functions.
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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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.anokacounty.us/866/Wargo-Nature-Center
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Chemicals: Household Hazardous Products | Becker County Environmental Services

Resource type: Speaker - Learning Kit
Topics: Environmental Health - Hazardous Waste - Pesticides - Pollution Prevention


Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) presentation will include hands-on activities where students will learn proper identification, proper usage, proper disposal, toxicity issues and safety. Can be used in conjunction with HHW Learning Trunk.
Contact Becker County Environmental Services, Sandy Gunderson, slgunde@co.becker.mn.us , 218-846-7200

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

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.
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-1 The interaction of social and natural systems can create properties that are different from either individual system.

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

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

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

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

4.I.A.2- The student will discuss the responsible use of science.

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

5.I.A.2- The student will recognize that clear communication of methods, findings, and critical review is an essential part of doing science.

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

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Web Site: http://www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/environmental_services
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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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Classroom Birdwatching Kit | Minnesota Ornithological Union

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


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

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

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


Web Site: http://biosci.cbs.umn.edu/~mou/mentorship.html
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CLIMB Theatre

Resource type: Organization - Performance/Art - Curriculum - Speaker
Topics: Education - Recycling - Conservation - Waste Management


CLIMB Theatre, located in Inver Grove Heights (a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN), is a nationally recognized non-profit company that has provided programming to K-12 schools for 32 years. CLIMB's theatre artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes on the topics recycling, reducing waste, wetlands preservation, global climate change and burn barrel prevention.

CLIMB's work is not only entertaining, it is educational. Independent research done on our programs show that young people learn, and may change their thinking and even their behavior, because of us.

In the 07-08 school year, CLIMB reached 479,494 students and their teachers in 1,250 schools, primarily in MN, but also in WI, IA, IL, MI, MT, ND, NE, SD, and CA.

CLIMB's mission is: to create and perform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel young people toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and the community.

Web Site: http://www.climb.org
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Curt Wiehle | Together Outdoors Minnesota

    Resource type: Speaker - Teacher Training - Resource Person - Course/Workshop
    Topics: Diversity - Landscape - Education - Service Learning


    Curt Wiehle: As a participant in Together Outdoors Minnesota, Curt is
    working towards the goals of 1) establishing MN as a model state for
    the inclusion of diverse populations in natural resource programs, 2)
    improving the quality of life for people of different abilities and
    cultures through improved access to MN's outdoor resources, and 3)
    educating outdoor service providers about issues pertaining to outdoor
    programming.
    Curt is a graduate of the College of St. Thomas. Has worked for
    the MN State Council on Disability and Access Associates. Has served
    on: MN State Building Code Development committee, State Elevator Safety
    Committee, and Accessible Outdoor Recreation Guidelines Development
    Committee.

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    Douglas Wood

    Resource type: Speaker - Performance/Art - Book/Magazine - CD
    Topics: Stewardship - General Ecology - Sustainability - Wildlife


    Author, illustrator, musician, composer, naturalist, wilderness guide.....it is hard to pin a label on Douglas Wood. Many know him best from his classic children's books like Old Turtle and Grandad's Prayers of the Earth; others from CDs or concerts or keynote presentations around the country. What connects it all is a passion to communicate in words and music the wonder and mystery to be found in the natural world and in the human story.

    Douglas Wood speaks and/or performs at a variety of events including schools, concerts, workshops, conferences, etc. His talks, songs and stories are designed to empower people to pursue their dreams and goals.

    Two of his most popular School Programs are EarthSongs, EarthStories and A Writer's Path: Motivation, Perspiration, Inspiration.

    EarthSongs, EarthStories is a program of songs and stories, laughter and painless learning. Doug has performed it from coast to coast for tens of thousands of listeners of all ages. From a Native American legend of how mosquitoes came to be (complete with unexpected audience participation) to songs about frogs and fleas, the signs of rain and outhouses, to the quiet pondering of our place in the universe, this program takes an audience on a gentle journey. Along the way Doug "transports his listeners back into the fabric of Nature" and "reminds us of our unity with all of life." This is Doug's most popular program for general school assemblies (K-6), and it is also a perfect adjunct to any environmental education unit or event.

    A Writer's Path: Motivation, Perspiration, Inspiration
    The path begins with a young boy who was the poorest reader in his class and who hated school. It winds through the woods and waters of the North, through a growing love affair with nature, and finally with books as well. Doug recounts authors and experiences that had a profound effect on his life and career, and describes the long and difficult journey towards becoming a published author. As with any good journey there are highs and lows, doubts to overcome and dreams to realize. An excellent presentation for reading, writing, and literacy programs, teachers and students alike. Questions from an audience or class are always encouraged.

    Douglas Wood also has written a number of acclaimed books as well as produced music CD's - both for children and adults.

    For more information, please visit http://www.douglaswood.com.

    Web Site: http://www.douglaswood.com
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    Dovetail Partners Speakers Bureau | Dovetail Partners, Inc.

    Resource type: Speaker
    Topics: Forests/Trees - Waste Prevention - Ecosystems - Environmental Health


    At Dovetail Partners, we are committed to providing forestry professionals, teachers, students and the general public with access to scientific, unbiased environmental information. We seek to foster greater awareness of sustainability issues and responsible behaviors in order to increase people's understanding and capacity to make environmentally-friendly decisions. Our Speakers Bureau is one of many avenues we offer to present relevant information.

    Staff and Associates of Dovetail Partners are available to speak on a variety of environmental topics and offer diverse areas of expertise. Our team can speak to your group, business, or organization and tailor presentations to meet your needs.

    Web Site: http://www.dovetailinc.org/speakers
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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 Balloon® 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 Outreach Speaker Network | Eco Education

    Resource type: Speaker
    Topics: Animals - Wildlife - Eco-systems - General Ecology


    Interactive presentations for grades K through 12 spark young people's curiosity in and concern for the natural world. Students participate by handling live animals, artifacts, and other props; asking and answering questions; or drawing, singing, and dancing. Presentations can take the form of one-hour assemblies, small group sessions, or week-long residencies. Eco Education works with you to meet your needs. Current topics include: animal classes, aquatic insects, art in the environment, backyard critters, buffalo skulls and beaver tails, environmental storytelling, nature photography, prairies, raptors, reptiles and amphibians, and survival strategies.

    Web Site: http://www.ecoeducation.org
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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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    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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    Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

    Resource type: Organization - Speaker
    Topics: Conservation - Wilderness - Outdoor Recreation


    The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness works to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and the Quetico-Superior Ecosystem.

    Our work includes:
  • Research into issues that affect the Boundary Waters, including sulfide mining, motorized use, logging, climate change, and invasive species.
  • Advocacy with federal and state agencies and lawmakers for the highest level of protection for the wilderness
  • Educating our members and everyone who loves the BWCAW about threats to its wilderness character and how they can help
  • Developing the next generation of wilderness stewards.
  • Collaborating with government agencies and partner organizations.


  • Specific programs and projects include:
  • Expert analysis into plans and proposals for developments that would harm the wilderness
  • Substantive input through formal comments, regular meetings and frequent informal communication with relevant agencies to give voice to the wilderness and its users
  • Communication via Web, social media, print, email and other means with our members and the public.
  • Media outreach to help journalists understand and accurately cover issues affecting the wilderness
  • Sponsored canoe trips to introduce disadvantaged youth to the joys of wilderness and help them understand their responsibility to help protect it.
  • Organizing and funding volunteers to help with campsite and portage maintenance.
  • Funding workers to remove and manage outbreaks of invasive species.


  • Web Site: http://www.friends-bwca.org
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    Geology Presentations with free Rock Boxes | Education Outreach Administrator

    Resource type: Speaker - Exhibit/Display - Curriculum - Learning Kit
    Topics: Geology - Earth - Minerals - Mining


    The Geological Society of Minnesota (GSM) provides speakers who are supplied with large, portable collections of rocks & fossils for exciting HANDS-ON geology presentations in the Twin Cities Metro and Northfield areas. Popular topics include: THREE ROCK TYPES & FOSSILS (grades 3-5, 8) and SPECIAL REQUEST SUBJECTS (grade 8 and above). Presenters are advanced undergraduate or graduate level students in geology or geophysics. Included with a visit, the school or organization receives a free Minnesota rock box! Presentation fees are very reasonable and some financial assistance is available. For more details, check out our web site: http://www.gsmn.org (and click on OUTREACH). To contact the program administrator, email: bfarquhar16@hotmail.com We also provide impressive geology exhibits for science fairs.

    Web Site: http://www.gsmn.org
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    Getting in Touch with Nature Presentations | Steve Maanum

    Resource type: Speaker - Resource Person
    Topics: Natural Sciences - Education - Outdoor Recreation


    As an advocate of "No Child Left Inside" Steve Maanum works to bring kids and nature together. As a teacher for thirty-four years, Steve worked to combine the traditional classroom learning with a hands-on nature experience. Now, as a retiree, Steve strives to achieve the same goal through stories, photography, and writing.

    The message is clear - "Nature has a lot to offer, so experience it through reading, through writing, through the lens of a camera, and by just getting outside to look and listen to everything around you."

    Steve offers the following programs:

    Getting Plugged into Nature through Writing and Photography
    This presentation emphasizes how nature can be the subject of your writing or the inspiration for your writing. I'll discuss the similarities and differences between writing books and writing for newspapers and magazines. I'll demonstrate how I use my camera as a researching tool while I take the audience along on a photographic and video Power Point journey that helps them learn about their natural world through the eyes of a wildlife photographer.

    Using Technology, through Digital Photography, to Document Animal Behavior
    This presentation demonstrates practical S.T.E.M. activities in which science and math are brought together through the technology of trail cameras, nesting box cameras, and time lapse cameras. This opens up the possibility of students being involved with a classroom project, community service project, or citizen science project related to filming and documenting the habits and behavior of a local wildlife species.

    I will discuss and show examples including loons, wood ducks, and prairie chickens.

    Both of these presentations are geared for groups of elementary students (30-120) and by combining my various backgrounds, the audiences learn about their natural world in entertaining ways.

    For details and availability, please contact me at: 218-280-6659 or steve.maanum@gmail.com

    An Artist's Profile and additional background information are available, upon request

    $350 - half day (up to 3 presentations)
    $550 - full day (up to 5 presentations)

    Digital Photography Bridge to Nature Workshop
    Digital Photography Bridge to Nature - Connecting youth to their natural world through the lens of a camera

    Each four-hour workshop is standards-based, and designed to provide training for approximately 12-20 staff members in a variety of subject areas.

    The format covers the use of digital cameras, basic photo tips, a hands-on photo activity, reviewing and discussing the photos taken by staff during the photo activity, downloading and editing techniques, and student project ideas. We'll show how to enhance your curriculum, not add to it!
  • FREE access to digital cameras and field guides for your students
  • LEARN new ways to tie digital photography experiences to state education standards
  • LEARN how to use student digital photos with WEB 2.0 applications
  • Targeted for Grades 3-9
  • 4.0 Continuing Ed Units Provided
  • Trainers will come to your school site

    To learn more, or to schedule a workshop for your school, contact:
    Steve Maanum
    Digital Bridge Project Coordinator
    218-280-6659
    steve.maanum@gmail.com


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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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    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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    John Skinner | Together Outdoors Minnesota

    Resource type: Speaker - Resource Person - Teacher Training
    Topics: Education - Population - Diversity - Service Learning


    As a participant in Together Outdoors Minnesota, John is working towards the goals of 1) establishing MN as a model state for inclusion of diverse populations in natural resource programs, 2) improving the quality of life for people of different abilities and cultures through improved access to Minnesota's outdoor resources, and 3) educating outdoor service providers about access issues pertaining to outdoor programming. John is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has experience teaching outdoor education at Wolf Ridge ELC and Otter Lake Conservation School in Greenfield, NH. Active in: Outwoods, Northstar Ski Touring Club, and the American Lung Association. Interests include: world travel, canoeing, cross country skiing, climbing, and cycling.

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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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    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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    Lake Water Quality and Watershed Activities | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: Pamphlet - Speaker - Web Site
    Topics: Lake - Pollution Prevention - Resource Management - Water


    Watershed
    After completing this activity, participants will have:
    - A better understanding about watershed activities
    - Watershed projects; monitoring, harvesting
    - Pelican River Watershed District focus is lake water quality
    - How we can improve lake water quality by using our resources wisely

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

    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-2 The output from a social or natural system can become the input to other parts of social and natural systems.
    C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.
    Grades 9 - 12 (adult)
    D-1 The interaction of social and natural systems can create properties that are different from either individual system.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    8.I.B.1 - The student will know that scientific investigations involve the common elements of systematic observations, the care collection of relevant evidence, logical reasoning and innovation in developing hypotheses and explanations.

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

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    NI5
    NI6
    NI7
    NI8
    NI9
    NI10
    NI11
    NI12

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    Web Site: http://www.prwd.org
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    Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers and "e-tour"

    Resource type: Speaker - Course/Workshop - Exhibit/Display - Teacher Training
    Topics: Outdoor Recreation - Stewardship - Conservation - General Ecology


    Thanks to Subaru, North Face, Coleman and other corporate sponsors, the Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers & e-tour are able to provide a variety of free, hands-on education opportunities across the country. While the e-tour has a more youth-family-school focus, all traveling trainer teams are available for a variety of presentations at a range of events. Each presentation is unique, from an hour-long workshop to interactive information booths to day-long training sessions and more. The traveling teams work with a wide range of audiences such as, youth serving organizations, college students, schools, parks and more.

    Requests for the 2012 season are being accepted as of September, 2011. Team East, Team West & the e-tour may all come to Minnesota, depending on other engagements in the state or in this region. Be sure to get your requests in early as the trainers are in high demand all over the country. All requests must be submitted online at http://lnt.org/programs/travelingtrainers.php.


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

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


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

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

    Please call to discuss details.

    Web Site: http://www.houstonmn.com/Houstonmn/Program_Brochure.html
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    Mammal Mysteries | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

    Resource type: Speaker - Exhibit/Display
    Topics: Wildlife - Habitat - Animals


    Minnesota mammals are identified using pelts and skulls. Children are quizzed on the identification using 'Who Am I?' clues. Discussion on identification characteristics and habitat needs. Mammals are also identified as herbivore, omnivore or carnivore. Can be conducted at the refuge or a Tamarac NWR volunteer will travel to a site to conduct this activity.

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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 STUDIES STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Grade 3 - I. US History. C. Many Peoples and Cultures meet in the Making 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.tamaracfriends.org
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    Mark Herbert | Together Outdoors Minnesota

    Resource type: Resource Person - Speaker - Teacher Training
    Topics: Population - Teaching - Service Learning - Diversity


    As a participant in Together Outdoors Minnesota Mark is working towards the goals of 1) establishing MN as a model state for inclusion of diverse populations in natural resource programs, 2) improving the life of people of different abilities and cultures through improved access to Minnesota's outdoor resources, and 3) educating outdoor service providers about access issues pertaining to outdoor programming. Mark lives in Park Rapids, MN and is the regional coordinator for the Consumer/Survivor Network of MN.



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    Migrate Through the Refuge | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

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


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

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

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

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

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

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    NI6
    NI7
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    Minnesota Department of Agriculture

    Resource type: Audio - Web Site - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Agriculture


    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is responsible for ensuring that the food we eat is safe and wholesome all the way from the farm until it reaches the consumer.

    Its mission is to work toward a diverse agricultural industry that is profitable as well as environmentally sound; to protect the public health and safety regarding food and agricultural products; and to assure orderly commerce in agricultural and food products. The MDA administers inspection programs to ensure the wholesomeness of foods, milk and animal feeds. The agency is responsible for pesticide, fertilizer, weed, feed and seed regulations.

    The MDA is also the only state agency that promotes the development of Minnesota agriculture and its related industries, which together are responsible for nearly one-quarter of all the jobs in Minnesota.

    MDA offers resources for teachers including:

    Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom
    The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom program provides materials, programs and other opportunities, especially to K-12 youth and educators, to help develop an understanding and awareness of agriculture and its importance to Minnesota, the nation and the world. For more information on this program visit http://www.mda.state.mn.us/kids.aspx

    Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Ag Literacy Grant Program
    This grant program is targeted at K-12 practicing educators with cash awards offered to encourage educators to bring agriculture and food systems education "to life" by effectively integrating related content into their classroom or school. For more information, visit http://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/minigrant.aspx

    Web Site: http://www.mda.state.mn.us
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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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    Mosquitoes, Biting Gnats and Ticks | Metropolitan Mosquito Control District

    Resource type: Speaker
    Topics: Health - Wetlands - Science


    From September thru March, staff from the Metropolitan

    Mosquito Control District (MMCD) are available to make

    presentations to metropolitan area schools. We provide

    information about mosquito and biting gnat biology, mosquito

    and tick-borne diseases, wetland habitat, Lyme tick

    monitoring and control methods. Our basic presentation

    consist of subject matter directed at the upper elementary

    grade levels, but staff is also available to speak to high

    school seniors interested in summer job opportunities.

    Presentations can be tailored to available class time.

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    Plants and their importance for fisheries habitat | Mandy Erickson - DNR - Detroit Lakes Fisheries Office

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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    NI10
    NI11
    NI12
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    Presentations, Seminars and Webinars | Ann Arney

    Resource type: Speaker
    Topics: Energy - Research - Education - Sustainability


    CLASS 5 Energy is a behavior-based energy efficiency consulting firm located in St. Paul, Minnesota. We have been designing, implementing and supporting behavior-based energy programs for more than 10 years and have customers in several market sectors, including K-12, office/commercial, higher education and health care.

    One of our company's goals is to educate people about the benefits of including behavior-based solutions as part of a comprehensive sustainability effort. We have a variety of presentation topics, including:

    - What is Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency?
    - How can Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency Benefit my Business/Church/School/Community/etc.
    - Benchmarking Your Energy Savings
    - Behavior Strategies for Building Operators
    - Engaging Employees in Saving Energy
    - The Link Between Energy Efficiency and Climate Change: Using Behavior to Make a Difference
    - Case Studies - a variety of options documenting the success of behavior programs in different organizations

    We would also be happy to tailor a presentation to the topic of your choice. Our presentations can be as short as 30 minutes or up to a full day, and are interactive and informational, not focused on sales.

    If your organization is ever in need of presenters for your meetings, conferences, webinars or other events, please consider CLASS 5 Energy as a resource.


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    Product Label Reading Exercise | Washington County Department of Public Health and Environment

    Resource type: Speaker
    Topics: Hazardous Waste - Education - Environmental Health - Pollution Prevention


    Household hazardous products are used every day in cleaning, fixing our homes, maintaining our cars and working on our lawns. If these products are not properly used, stored and disposed of, they can cause a major hazard to our health and our environment.

    The objectives of the Product Label Reading exercise are: have individuals identify household hazardous products and read a product label; identify signal words and determine the least hazardous; explain the importance of the storage, disposal and safety information of a household hazardous product; and find alternatives to household hazardous products.

    Contact Dan Schoepke 651-430-6714 to schedule a presentation in Washington County only.

    Web Site: http://www.http://www.co.washington.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=603
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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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    Recycling/Waste Reduction | Becker County Environmental Services

    Resource type: Speaker - Learning Kit
    Topics: Pollution Prevention - Recycling - Waste Prevention


    Waste Reduction presentation will include: discussion on what is 'recycling' and what items are 'recyclable' in our county. There will be a hands-on classroom activity sorting 'real' (clean) garbage. The class will see, touch and discuss items that are made with recycled content, ways in which we can reuse an item and and ways in which we can identify how and where recycled items can be found. Classroom discussion will be encouraged on ways to REUSE items, options to manage waste (RECYCLE), and how purchase products with less waste(REDUCE). Topic areas may include school, home, and vacation recycling.
    Contact: Becker County Environmental Services, Sandy Gunderson 218-846-7310.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Products
    Waste
    Inputs and Outputs
    Rate

    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:
    2.I.B.2- The student will recognize and describe patterns in data.
    3.I.A.1- The student wille xplore 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 in our interaction with the natural world.
    4.I.A.2- The student will discuss the responsible use of science.
    4.I.A.3- The student will recognize the impact of scientific and technological activities on the natural world.
    4.III.A.1- The student will identify and investigate environmental issues and potential solutions.
    5.I.A.1- The student will know that current scientific knowledge and understanding guide scientific investigation.
    5.I.A.2- The student will recognize that clear communication of methods, findings, and critical review is an essential part of doing science.

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    NI2
    NI3
    NI4
    NI5
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    Web Site: http://www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/environmental_services
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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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    Seasons of the Forest | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

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


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

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

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

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

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Kindergarten-I. History and Nature of Sceince B. The student will raise questions about the natural world. 1. The student will observe and describe common objects using simple tools.

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

    Kindergarten-IV. Life Science. G. Human organisms 1. The student will observe and describe the environment using the five senses.
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    NIK
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    Shore Land Management: Erosion | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: DVD - Exhibit/Display - Research - Speaker
    Topics: Environmental Studies - Lake - Landscape - Stewardship


    Participants will be able to:
    -Identify erosion and the need for erosion control measures
    -Learn how eroded soil affects lake and water systems
    -Learn different types of erosion control measures and their benefits

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

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

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

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    7.IV.C.1 - The student will provide examples of the potentially irreversible effects of human activity on ecosystems.

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

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

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

    9-12.IV.C.4 - The student will predict and analyze how a change in an ecosystem, resulting from natural causes, changes in climate, human activity or introduction of invasive species, can affect both the number of organisms in a population and the biodiversity of species in the ecosystem.

    9-12.IV.F.1 - The student will explain the relationship between abiotic and biotic components of an ecosystem in terms of the cycle of water, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen.

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    NI7
    NI8
    NI9
    NI10
    NI11
    NI12

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    Shoreland Management: Natural Shoreline | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: DVD - Research - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Environmental Studies - Lake - Land - Landscape


    After completing this activity, participants will be able to:
    -Understand the difference between native and non-native shorelines and the benefits of native vegetation
    -Understand the different methods of erosion control

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    cause and effect
    community
    geomorphism
    population

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 9-12(adlt):
    D-2 Interaction between social and natural systems is defined by their boundaries, relation to other systems, and expected inputs and outputs.
    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:
    7.IV.C.1 - The student will provide examples of potentially irreversible effects of human activity on ecosystems.

    8.I.B.1 - The student will know that scientific investigations involve the common elements of systematic observations, the careful collection of relevant evidence, logical reasoning and innovation in developing hypotheses and explanations.

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

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    NI7
    NI8
    NI9

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    Starlab! - A program offered at Headwaters Science Center. | John Mathisen

    Resource type: Poster - Speaker
    Topics: Astronomy


    This is a portable planetarium where people observe
    the night sky at any time of the day! Learn about stars, constellations and planets and how they appear in the night sky on any day and hour of the year. With starlab, up to 20 stargazers can study subjects ranging from constellations of different cultures, the positions and motions of planets, telling time with the stars, navigating by the sky, cycles of the sun and moon, the reason for seasons and other facets of astronomy. 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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    Sucker Creek Water processes and Geology | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: Guide - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Diversity - Geology - Habitat


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

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

    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.

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

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

    9-12.III.A.5 - The student will describe how glaciers, gravity, wind, temperature changes, waves and rivers cause weathering and erosion.

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

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    NI11
    NI12

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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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    Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association | staff

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


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

    Web Site: http://www.sugarloafnorthshore.org
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    Sustainable Communities Project of the Central Minnesota Initiative Fund

    Resource type: Organization - Speaker - Exhibit/Display - Resource Person
    Topics: Sustainable Development - Diversity - Forests - Land


    The Sustainable Communities Project is a program of the Central Minnesota Initiative Fund in cooperation with
    the USDA Forest Service, helping communities, nonprofit groups and businesses within the 14-county CMIF
    region establish sustainable development projects. Based in Little Falls, SCP assists in the development of
    activities that promote economic vitality, environmental quality and social well-being.
    Services include:
    · Provide community leaders, local governments, etc. with information about what a sustainable community might look like and how they, as a community, can move toward that direction through personal meetings, speaking engagements, etc.
    · Work with communities undergoing planning to identify relevant information and resources, encourage public participation and develop a decision-making process to guide the community toward sustainability.
    · Work with industry associations or other interested organizations to identify and promote sustainable manufacturing and value-added strategies that strengthen local economies by encouraging rural business development.
    Project staff are available, at no charge, to meet with community groups. Contact our office for additional information.


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    NI3
    NI4
    NI5
    NI6
    NI7
    NI8
    NI9

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    Web Site: http://www.welrp.org
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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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    The Green Earth Magic Show | Kevin Barnes

    Resource type: Speaker
    Topics: Recycling - Sustainability


    The Green Earth Magic Show is a skillful blending of visual magic and environmental education. Through his skills, and sense of humor, Kevin Barnes, gets kids of all ages excited about taking care of the earth. Using audience participation, Kevin enlightens his audiences about the fundamentals. From the three R's, (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) conservation of our limited natural resources, researching renewable energies, to the simple things everyone can do at home...The Green Earth Magic Show covers it all!

    Kevin and his brother Randy developed the Green Earth Magic Show. Randy, a Naturalist and outreach speaker for a wilderness center in Ohio, knew his brother's magic routines and was perfect as a consultant. The brothers collaborated for a number of years, exchanging ideas and scripts. Thus the Green Earth Magic Show was born. One of Kevin's proudest achievements, the show helps encourage kids everywhere to care for the world around them. Kevin shares ideas ranging from the simplest to the grandest, teaching us that even the smallest effort can make a world of difference.

    The Green Earth Magic Show entertains and educates hundreds of thousands of students by utilizing visual magic with environmental tips. Kevin's showmanship comes from thousands of performances including 15 years on stage in Las Vegas. Appearances include: Earth Fairs, Schools, Water Festivals, EMMA, and on Japanese educational programs.

    In 1996 he produced an environmentally friendly magic set. The set included tricks with an earth friendly theme. A year later Kevin appeared on QVC with the Eco Magic Set. In 2002 Television show "To tell The Truth" asked Kevin to appear as the Environmental Magician. In April 2009 Kevin made his 10th consecutive appearance at the Orange County Children's Education Water Festival, the largest of its kind.

    Web Site: http://www.greenmagician.com
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    The Minnesota Energy Challenge

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Web Site - EE Site - Speaker
    Topics: Energy - Conservation - Recycling


    The Minnesota Energy Challenge is a fun and easy website where Minnesota residents can learn how reduce energy use to stay comfortable and save money in their homes.

    Launched in 2006 by local nonprofit Center for Energy and Environment, the Energy Challenge provides in-depth guides to energy efficiency and conservation actions, as well as practical information about savings and cost. Members can also join teams for their city, business, congregation, school, neighborhood and other community organizations and use the Energy Challenge to track their group savings. Useful for renters and homeowners, adults and youth, Minnesotans from Duluth to Rochester and everywhere in-between are using the Energy Challenge to learn about energy efficiency and take action!

    Web Site: http://www.mnenergychallenge.org/
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    The TOLBY Program-website and speaker

    Resource type: Web Site - Speaker - Guide
    Topics: Energy - Transportation - Compost - Sustainability


    The TOLBY® program is a free interactive and memorable energy efficiency education resource for youth in grades 1st through 5th. The program features a 40 minute in-class visit, and pre and post supporting activities. The program also aligns with Minnesota State Science Standards and STEM curriculum.

    A TOLBY visit lasts 40 minutes and is free. We can present to a minimum of 10 with no maximum (providing there is a large enough space to accommodate everyone). Most presentations are to individual classrooms, or whole grade levels with 2 to 4 classrooms together. We will always travel to schools and locations within the Twin Cities Metro. We are willing to travel farther, but it is more subject to scheduling availability.

    Tolby (Turn Off Lights Behind You) is a firefly who loves to save energy! His tail is different than other fireflies though -- it is powered by a compact fluorescent light bulb or CFL. A CFL uses less energy so now Tolby can fly around to visit my friends and stay bright for a long time without getting tired.


    For more information visit, http://www.mnenergychallenge.org/For-Teachers/About-The-TOLBY-Program.aspx or email eshriver@mncee.org.

    Web Site: http://www.mnenergychallenge.org/For-Teachers/About-The-TOLBY-Program.aspx
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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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    Tours of The Raptor Center Facility | The Raptor Center Staff

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


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

    Web Site: http://www.raptor.cvm.umn.edu
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    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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    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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    Walleye Hatchery and Spawn-Take Site | MN DNR Fisheries

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Warner Nature Center | Julie Grecian, Assistant Director

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


    The Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center 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.

    For more information: http://www.warnernaturecenter.org

    Web Site: http://www.warnernaturecenter.org
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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 Dept. of Public Health & Environment | Staff

    Resource type: Learning Kit - Exhibit/Display - Speaker - Resource Person
    Topics: Recycling - Source Reduction - Waste Management


    Washington County offers learning kits, speakers on the topics of waste reduction and recycling, and recycling-related exhibits and games for school and community events. Resources are available within Washington County only.

    Web Site: http://http://www.co.washington.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=603
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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 Quality H.S. | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: Slides - Speaker
    Topics: Lake - Resource Management - Stewardship - Water


    After completing this activity, students will be able to:
    -Understand what a watershed is
    -Understand the flow of water in a watershed
    -Understand what identifiers constitute good water quality
    -Take lake samples and test the samples

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Cause and effect
    Properties
    Stratification

    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:
    7.I.B.2 - The student will recognize that a variable is a condition that may influence the outcome of an investigation and know the importance of manipulating one variable at a time.

    7.I.B.4 - The student will explain how classroom scientific investigations relate to established scientific principles.

    8.I.B.1 - The student will know that scientific investigations involve the common elements of systematic observations, the careful collection of relevant evidence, logical reasoning and innovation in developing hypotheses and explanations.

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

    9-12.I.B.1 - The student will design and complete a scientific experiment using scientific methods by determining a testable question, making a hypothesis, designing a scientific investigation with appropriate controls, analyzing data, making conclusions based on evidence and comparing conclusions to the original hypothesis and prior knowledge.

    9-12.I.B.2- The student will distinguish between qualitative and quantitative data.

    9-12.I.B.4- The student will identify possible sources of error and their effects on results.

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    Water Quality-Collection and Analysis | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: EE Site - Guide - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Environmental Health - Pollution - Pollution Prevention - Water


    Students will learn:
    -How to collect a sample correctly-sterilization
    -How to test the water using scientific equipment
    -How to store a sample correctly

    Students will be able to analyze:
    -County lakes and human impact, stormwater runoff
    -Pretreatment vs non pre-treatment of runoff

    Students will understand:
    -Dissolved oxygen, ph, nitrates
    -What factors are important to good, healthy water
    -How each factor affects the quality of water
    -How students can be stewards by understanding how they are a part of each of the parts

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Abiotic facgtors
    Accumulation
    Cause and effect
    Function

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 6-8,9-12(adult):
    Grades 6 - 8
    C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

    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:
    7.I.B.2 - The student will recognize that a variable is a condition that may influence the outcome of an investigation and know the importance of manipulating one variable at a time.

    7.I.B.4 - The student will explain how classroom scientific investigations relate to established scientific principles.

    8.I.B.1 - The student will know that scientific investigations involve the common elements of systematic observations, the careful collection of relevant evidence, logical reasoning and innovation in developing hypothese and explanations.

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

    9-12.I.A.1 - The student will be able to distinguish among hypothesis, theory and law as scientific terms and how they are used to answer a specific question.

    9-12.I.B.1 - The student will design and complete a scientific experiment using scientific methods by determining a testable question, making a hypothesis, designing a scientific investigation with appropriate controls, analyzing data, making conclusions based on evidence and comparing conclusions to the original hypothesis and prior knowledge.

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    Water Quality-Run Off | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Environmental Health - Landscape - Pollution - Water


    Water quality description
    Slide shows and/or tabletop runoff display are used to describe situations that lead to run-off and sediment contamination of lakes, rivers and streams in Minnesota and the impact that pollution has on aqualic life and human recreation. Discussion includes the steps individuals can take in their own lives to help improve water quality in Minnesota

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Cause and effect
    Community
    Cycles
    Ecosystems
    Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence level: 3-5, 6-8

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5, 6-8, 9-12(adult):
    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.

    Grades 6 - 8
    C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

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

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

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

    5.I.C.1 - The student will describe different kinds of work done in science and technology.

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

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

    8.I.B.1. - The student will know that scientific investigations involve the common elements of systematic observation, the careful collection of relevant evidence, logical reasoning and innovation in developing hypotheses and explanations.

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

    9-12.I.A.3 - The student will recognize that in order to be valid, scientific knowledge must meet certain criteria including that it: be consistent with experimental, observational and inferential evidence about nature; follow rules of logic and reporting both methods and procedures; and, be falsifiable and open to criticism.

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    Water Quality-Septic Systems | Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

    Resource type: Booklet - DVD - Pamphlet - Speaker
    Topics: Environmental Studies - Pollution Prevention - Waste Management


    Through slide shows and models, audiences are shown what an individual sewage treatment system is and how it works to treat the solid and liquid waste leaving individual households in areas not served by a municipal sewage treatment system. Discussion includes how to tell whether or not a system is working adequately to protect human health and ground water, as well as what home owners can do to maintain and protect their system to prevent premature failure and other costly problems.

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Cause and effect
    Population
    Technology
    Waste

    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-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:
    9-12.I.B.2 - The student will distinguish between qualitative and quantitative data.

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

    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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    Watersheds-Mapping | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: Guide - Research - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Environmental Studies - Lake - Pollution - Water


    Students will be able to:
    -Read a map of a watershed and contour maps of areas lakes
    -Read topography
    -Differentiate maps that show vegetation (forest vs. farmland)

    They will understand:
    -How H2O gets into our watershed
    -How the affects of runoff lends to poor water quality by using a map of point vs non-point sources
    -Human impact on water quality
    -Changing landforms over time
    Contact: Pelican River Watershed District (218)846-0436

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Abiotic factors
    Accumulation
    Cause and effect
    Probability

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

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    MINNESOTA ACADEMIC STANDARDS
    MINNESOTA SCIENCE STANDARD(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    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 to 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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    NI8
    NI9
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    Watersheds: Water Quality, Sampling | Pelican River Watershed District

    Resource type: Exhibit/Display - Guide - Resource Person - Speaker
    Topics: Conservation - Environmental Studies - Lake - Water


    Students will:
    -Learn what a watershed is
    -Collect water samples
    -Identify a watershed's function in the environment.
    -Learn how to identify individual watershed regions and their inter-connectedness
    -Demonstrate knowledge of how human actions impact the natural state of watersheds.
    -Understand the dynamics of what are the components of good water quality-oxygen, ph, solids, phosphates

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    ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY SCOPE AND SEQUENCE
    SYSTEM CONCEPT(S) TO BE ADDRESSED:
    Abiotic factors
    Function
    Knowledge
    Structure

    SYSTEM BENCHMARK(S) TO BE ADDRESSED FOR GRADES 3-5, 6-8, 9-12(adult):
    Grades 3 - 5
    B-2 Social and natural systems may not function as well if parts are missing, damaged, mismatched, or misconnected.

    Grades 6 - 8
    C-2 The output from a social or natural system can become the input to other parts of social and natural systems.
    C-3 Social and natural systems are connected to each other and to other larger or smaller systems.

    Grades 9 - 12 (adult)
    D-3 Feedback of output from some parts of a managed social or natural system can be used to bring it closer to desired results.

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

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

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

    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.

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

    7.I.B.2 - The student will recognize that a variable is a condition that may influence the outcome of an investigation and know the importance of manipulating one variable at a time.

    8.I.B.1 - The student will know that scientific investigations involve the common elements of systematic observations, the careful collection of relevant evidence, logical reasoning and innovation in developing hypotheses and explanations.

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

    9-12.I.A.3 - The student will recognize that in order to be valid, scientific knowledge must meet certain criteria including that it: be consistent with experimental, observational and inferential evidence about nature; follow rules of logic and reporting both methods and procedures; and, be falsifiable and open to criticism.

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    NI4
    NI5
    NI6
    NI7
    NI8
    NI9
    NI10
    NI11
    NI12

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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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    NIpreK
    NIK
    NI1
    NI2
    NI3
    NI4
    NI5
    NI6
    NI7
    NI8
    NI9
    NI10
    NI11
    NI12

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    Wild Birds Unlimited

    Resource type: Speaker - Course/Workshop - Resource Person
    Topics: Birds - Education


    Wild Birds Unlimited is a franchise store with over 250 locations in the United States and Canada. Wild Birds Unlimited believes that birdfeeding is more than a hobby; it's a way to connect with the outdoors and help the natural environment around you. Birds are essential to a healthy eco-system, and birds' population growth, decline and migration are key indicators of nature's balance.

    Knowing this, Wild Birds Unlimited has dedicated itself to offering the best bird supplies including bird seed, bird feeders, and hobby accesories. We even created our own line of bird feeders. In addition, Wild Birds Unlimited is dedicated to informing and education people about the wonders of birding and nature. To accomplish this goal, Wild Birds Unlimited provides an extensive informational database on bird feeding and care, bird species, other backyard visitors, bird behavior, habitat and product education. View these resources at http://www.wbu.com/education/.

    Wild Birds Unlimited in Minnesota
    There are seven Wild Birds Unlimited locations in Minnesota - Duluth, Minnetonka, St. Paul, Eden Prairie, Savage, Lakeville and Rochester. Several of these locations may offer educational presentations on backyard bird feeding and bird habitats to school or community-based groups. Fees and availability is on a case-by-case basis. To access contact information for these Minnesota stores, go to https://maps.wbu.com/find.php and search "Minnesota".

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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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    Will Steger Biography | Will Steger Foundation

    Resource type: Speaker - Resource Person
    Topics: Climatology - Human Communities - Energy


    Will Steger, is known for his numerous polar expeditions, deep understanding of the environment and his efforts to raise international awareness to environmental threats. Steger has been an eyewitness to the on-going catastrophic consequences of global warming. In 2007, utilizing the latest in web and communications technologies, students, educators and individuals can travel along with Steger as he embarks upon his next two expeditions to Baffin Island and Antarctica.

    A formidable voice calling for understanding and the preservation of the Arctic, and the Earth, Will Steger is best known for his legendary polar explorations. He has traveled tens of thousands of miles by kayak and dogsled over 40 years, leading teams on some of the most significant polar expeditions in history.

    Recently, Steger formed the Will Steger Foundation, with a personal and professional commitment to foster leadership and cooperation in environmental education and policy. He has been face-to-face with what we now know to be the gravest environmental threat of our time - global warming. Thus the Foundation's first initiative, Global Warming 101, will engage and empower individuals and policy-makers to translate their concern into action on this critical issue.

    Steger led the first confirmed dogsled journey to the North Pole without re-supply (1986), the 1,600-mile south-north traverse of Greenland (the longest unsupported dogsled expedition in history in 1988), the first dogsled traverse of Antarctica (the historic seven month, 3,471-mile International Trans-Antarctica Expedition in 1989-90), and the first dogsled traverse of the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Ellesmere Island in Canada (1995). In 2007, Steger will bring his audience on two expeditions titled, "To Ends of the Earth", to experience first hand the dramatic effects of global warming in the polar regions.

    Steger received his B.S. in Geology and M.A. in Education at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, and taught science for three years at the secondary level. In 1970, he moved from his birthplace in suburban Minneapolis to the wilderness north of Ely, Minnesota. There he founded a winter school and developed innovative wilderness programs for 10 years. In 1991, Steger received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters; University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN and Honorary Doctorate of Science; Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT. His unique ability to blend extreme exploration with cutting-edge technology, have allowed him to reach millions of people around the world, under some of the most hostile conditions on the planet and be a pioneer in online education. Over 20 million students followed the 1995 International Arctic Project via on-line daily journal entries and the first-ever transmission of a digital photograph from the North Pole.

    Steger joins Amelia Earhart, Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen and in receiving the National Geographic Society's prestigious John Oliver La Gorce Medal (formerly the Gold Metal) for "Accomplishments in Geographic Exploration ---- in the Sciences, and Public Service to Advance International Understanding" in 1995. This was the first time the Society had presented to all three categories.

    In 1996, he became the National Geographic Society's first Explorer-in-Residence and received the Explorers Club's Finn Ronne Memorial Award in 1997. In 2006 Steger joined Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Dr. Thor Heyerdahl and Neil Armstrong in receiving the Lindbergh Award. Steger was given this award for "numerous polar expeditions, deep understanding of the environment and efforts to raise awareness of current environmental threats, especially climate change".

    A recognized authority on polar environmental issues and ceaseless advocate for the Earth's well being, Steger has been invited twice to testify before the United States Congress, as well as, advising world leaders on the environmental protection of Antarctica. Steger's pioneering work in adventure-based environmental education was pivotal as he founded the Global Center of Environmental Education at Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, and the World School for Adventure Learning at the University of St. Thomas in 1993. Steger is the author of four books: Over the Top of the World, Crossing Antarctica, North to the Pole and Saving the Earth.


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    Wolves: A Pack of Investigations | Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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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