Department of Natural Resources
Nature at School was developed for formal classroom teachers of grades 3-12, and we've adapted lessons for preK-2, with a minimum of 10 students. Our webinar series allows any student, parent or teacher to participate. Students, whether attending your district virtually from home, or in-person, can visit us for these great programs from around the state. All programs are schedule in EST/EDT.
Each pre-lesson includes a Kahoot!, online resources and activities that introduce the lesson, as well as topic background information for teachers. Each post-lesson offers a wrap-up, more resources and student activities to further explore the content covered during the interactive 30-minute lesson. Teachers choose the distance learning platform they are familiar with, and invite our staff to join into a virtual class.
We are excited to offer each of our 11 lessons to smaller groups at any grade level, by allowing multiple small groups to register for the same time slot. These are the same lessons offered to larger classes, in a webinar format, for homeschooled students, pods, co-ops and scout groups. If you missed them, check out recordings on YouTube.Learn more »
Live from southeast Michigan: Learn to observe, identify and record birds in your neighborhood and why biologists use these skills, from downtown Detroit to the wilds of the Upper Peninsula. This program can be adapted to all grades, including preK!Learn more »
Live from Waterloo: Interpret how lower Michigan's largest public land base connects diverse habitat, unique ecology, and multiple forms of public recreation.Learn more »
Live from Hartwick Pines State Park: Recognize how Michigan’s forests are managed for health and productivity to ensure a tree-mendous future.Learn more »
Live from Bay City State Park: Understand how Michigan’s vast network of lakes, rivers and streams connect to your watershed and impact your community.Learn more »
Live from Bay City State Park: Discover how Michigan’s largest coastal marsh provides clean water, habitat for wildlife and plants, with unique adaptations.Learn more »
Live from Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery: Compare how fish have adapted to live in Michigan’s lakes, rivers and streams while fisheries management keeps up with an ever-changing ecosystem. This program can be adapted to all grades, including preK!Learn more »
Live from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: Explore Michigan's largest wilderness area and how it compares to your community.Learn more »
Live from Tahquamenon Falls State Park: Differentiate ecosystems, landforms and natural features from one of Michigan’s most diverse areas of public land.Learn more »
Live from Mitchell State Park: Analyze how predator and prey relationships vary based on food webs, populations, management tools and animal adaptations.Learn more »
Live from Hoffmaster State Park: Characterize the greatest freshwater sand dunes in the world and their role as host to a vast diversity of plants and wildlife.Learn more »
Live from Ludington State Park: Review the changes over time in the greatest freshwater ecosystem on the planet, including human impacts and natural phenomena.Learn more »