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Programs for Educators

Programs for Educators

In-Classroom and Field Trip Resources

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Visitor Centers

Hosting fun and educational nature exhibits with access to nearby trails. For those that seek a more engaging educational experience, each center has interpreters offering a variety of programs that they will lead for school and other groups.

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Nature at School - Virtual Lessons

Our education staff will bring science to you from some of Michigan's most amazing places and make these lessons relevant to your students. These 30-minute virtual lessons will come into your classroom, or student homes, at no cost to you.

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Salmon in the Classroom

This program gives students 3rd grade and up the opportunity to care for and maintain the salmon in their classroom from fall until spring. Students and teachers will follow the life cycle of salmon from eggs, to hatchlings, to releasing the young fish. This is a school-year-long commitment.

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Wildlife Classroom Curricula

These programs have been developed to fit current state standards and help educators incorporate Michigan's wildlife into the classroom. They are offered free of charge, however you will need to register to receive the guides and materials associated with each program.

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Field Trips

Find great educational opportunities for your class at our visitor centers, hatcheries, Outdoor Adventure Center, Michigan History Museum and more.

Professional Development for Educators

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Academy of Natural Resources

A week long academy that offers educators the opportunity to learn about Michigan's diverse natural resources. Education credits and SCECH are available.

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Nature Center Summit

A FREE day of webinars aiming to inform educators at nature centers, zoos, conservation districts and universities about the latest science and policies governing natural resource management.

Project Learning Tree

Use the environment to engage children in learning – both outside and indoors, for grades Pre-K - 12. Earn State Continuing Clock Hours (SCECH).

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Project Wild

A pre-K - 12th grade program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. Most workshops offer SCECHs..

School Enrichment

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Explore Bowhunting

Designed for primarily for educators of students ages 11-17, Explore Bowhunting gives you the skills to teach students how to interact with the natural world by developing basic skills used to bowhunt which focus on getting close to animals. Adults and younger students can also benefit from this curriculum.

National Archery in the Schools Program

A national program designed to introduce target archery in 4th - 12th grade physical education classes during the school day. This curriculum has been aligned with Michigan's education standards and grade level expectations.