children & nature

Local Treasures

Reawaken wonder about the natural world and teach students about the environment in which they live by sending them on a treasure hunt! Recommended for grades 3 and up. Time: 2 hours   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core…

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Leave Only Footprints

Everyone has an ecological footprint. Participants use paper footprints to simulate the impact of their choices on the earth. Extension activities allow students to explore their ecological footprints and what choices can be made to reduce them. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download…

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Resources: Human rights for all?

Human Rights for All?

This activity familiarizes students with the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and inspires them to think about the freedoms they enjoy that others cannot. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some of our other…

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How’d That Get on My Plate?

Everybody eats, but how often do we stop to think about how the food on our plates got there and about the impacts of that food on people, animals and the planet? This activity encourages participants to explore how sample ingredients in our food might affect the environment, people, and animals, and what alternatives might…

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Resources: Greatest Impact

Greatest Impact

Groups of students analyze the impact of behaviors and product choices to determine which choices have the greatest impact on the environment, on human health and well-being, and on other species. Recommended for grades 9 and up. Time: Several weeks to a month   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for…

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trees

Find Your Tree

Participants get in touch with their senses and nature by finding “their” tree using senses other than sight. Recommended for grades 3 and up. Time: 30 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 3-5. Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find…

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Resources: Don't Tread On Me

Don’t Tread on Me: Exploring Oppression

This activity helps students think critically about what oppression is and who gets oppressed, and invites them to consider ways they can promote justice and equality. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 60-90 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12….

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Resources: Council of all beings

Council of All Beings

What does a mountain wish for? A wolf? A cow? A river? Participants “become” a being or part of nature and share the lives, concerns, hopes and wisdom of their being in a Council. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Time: 1-2 hours   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for…

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Resources: Choices Cards

Choices Cards

Bottled or tap water? Fair trade or conventional? Sport hunting or taking photos? Participants consider pairs of related behaviors and products and contemplate which choices do the most good and least harm for people, animals, and the earth. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 10-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf):…

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Resources: Cast your Vote

Cast Your Vote

Students learn about the “hidden ingredients” in every day products and practice voting their values by “buying” different kinds of items. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades 9-12.   Find out how some…

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