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Nature at School
Nature at School
Nature at School is a slate of free, live, interactive, virtual lessons with DNR educators. Developed for formal classroom teachers of grades 3-12, we've also adapted lessons for preK-2, with a minimum of 10 students. For smaller groups, or homeschool students, our webinar series allows any student, parent or teacher to participate. All previously recorded webinars are available in this YouTube playlist.
Each topic includes a PDF pre-lesson with 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. Nature at School correlated to NGSS 3D.
A wide variety of topics await you
Live virtual programs are available from after Thanksgiving through spring break each year. Registration opens September 1st for classroom teachers to book their programs.
Homeshoolers, co-ops, pods, scouts and families - want to enjoy these great lessons? We have them all recorded for you to enjoy! Check out recordings on YouTube.
Adaptations and Biodiversity: Balancing nature and human impacts
Live from Waterloo: Interpret how lower Michigan's largest public land base connects diverse habitat, unique ecology, and multiple forms of public recreation.
Birds Are My Peeps
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!
Birds of Fire: The Kirtland's Warbler Story
Live from Hartwick Pines State Park: Explore the world of the Kirtland's warbler and the unique jack pine forest habitat it needs to survive.
Fins, Tails and Scales
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!
Wildlife in Winter: Slumber and Survival
Live from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: Learn about what living things need to survive and how they do that in a frozen world.
Wild Spaces, Distant Places
Live from Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: Explore Michigan's largest wilderness area and how it compares to your community.