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Teacher's Resources

Dear  teachers, parents, grandparents, scout leaders and all others who work with young people.  I hope you and your young people enjoy the resources on this page 

If you would like a program at the Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve, please give us a call and we can custom design a program for your class that fits your cirriculum.   Our outdoor programs are hands-on observation activities where students become familiar with the scientific method and use some of  the field techniques practiced by restoration, wildlife  and enviornmental biologists.  For studying natural history during those times of the year when the weather is inclement, there are also many  science based activities and materials at the Shanon Bayou Environmental Education Center in Aroma Park.

There is no charge for programs at the Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve.

GENERAL:

http://chicagowilderness.org/

                Our own Chicago Wilderness organization has great resources, including its “No Child Left Indoors program

               at this web address:

                                http://www.kidsoutside.info

http://www.fws.gov/educators/

                (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services’ kids & education page)

http://education.usgs.gov/

                (United States Geological Survey’s educational page)

http://www.epa.gov/epahome/educational.htm

                (Environmental Protection Agency educational resources)

http://www.nps.gov/learn/

                (National Parks Service education page)

http://eelink.net/pages/Site+Map+New#teach

                (teacher resources for environmental education)

http://www.epa.state.il.us/kids/teachers/materials-resources/index.html

                (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency educational materials & resources)

http://ed.fnal.gov/

                (website of the Fermilab Science Education Office)

http://www.projectwild.org/

http://www.fieldmuseum.org/exhibits/online_interactive.htm

                (Field Museum online interactives)

http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html

http://www.epa.state.il.us/kids/teachers/materials-resources/index.html  

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/education/CLASSRM/aquatic/index.htm

http://www.mammalsociety.org/aboutmammals/index.html

http://community.discoveryeducation.com/resources/science

http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/  

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/index.html

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/help/taxaform.html

http://www.nature.nps.gov/studentsteachers/linkstolearning/index.cfm

http://sciencespot.net/Pages/nclsslnks.html

 http://wilderdom.com/

http://www.cotf.edu/erc/

(NASA educator resource center – offers a variety of free educational material to enhance the instruction of mathematics, science and technology)

http://www.sas.org/

                (society for amateur scientists – has a section on youth education, science projects &

                more ..

ANIMAL TRACKING:

http://www.bear-tracker.com/

ASTRONOMY & EARTH SCIENCE:

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

     NASA’s educator page

http://www.spacescience.org/education/instructional_materials.html

Space Science Institute

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/activities/astroacts08.html#19

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific provides a great many links to online resources as well as lesson plans and activities that can be downloaded

http://hea-www.harvard.edu/ECT/the_book/index.html

 http://www.spacescience.org/Education/CurriculumDevelopment/1.html

http://near.jhuapl.edu/ed/index.html

 http://161.58.115.79/education/astro/astropubs/universe.html

To order “Universe at Your Fingertips”, providing a multitude of classroom lessons and activities

BATS

http://www.bats4kids.org/

http://www.batmanagement.com/main.html

http://habitat.ms11.net//bat/bathome.htm

http://www.batcon.org/home/

Bats International organization website

BIODIVERSITY

                http://www.eol.org/  

                                Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is a free, online collaborative encyclopedia intended to document all of the

                                1.8 million living species known to science.

http://www.fieldmuseum.org/biodiversity/teach_basics.html

                Chicago’s Field Museum education site

CLIMATE CHANGE – WHAT’S YOUR IMPACT?

                http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/

CULTURAL

http://catlinclassroom.si.edu/index.html

BIRDS:

                http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Birds/ForKids/default.cfm

                http://www.illinoisaudubon.org/index.html

                http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/cbd/main/geninfo/ornith.html

                http://www.birdsillinois.com/

REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS:

                http://www.chicagoherp.org/herps/species.htm

ILLINOIS NATURAL HISTORY SURVEY: EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/chf/pub/educational_mat.php

INSECTS & ARTHROPODS:

http://iitc.tamu.edu/lesson_plans.html#7-8

http://tolweb.org/accessory/Jumping_Spider_Vision?acc_id=1946 

http://www.ub.ntnu.no/scorpion-files/

http://www.uky.edu/Ag/Entomology/ythfacts/bugfood/bugfood.htm

http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/spidersgeneral.htm

http://www.naba.org/            

                (North American Butterfly Association)

http://www.butterflies.com/

ENVIRONMENTAL & POLLUTION:

http://www.epa.state.il.us/kids/teachers/environmental-pathways/  

PLANTS:

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/plantpollination/  

PRAIRIE:

http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/tallgrass.html

http://www.inhs.uiuc.edu/~kenr/prairielinks.html

                (links to prairie web sites)

http://courseweb.lis.uiuc.edu/~gruenber/EnvEd/03.5_PrairieResources.html

http://ed.fnal.gov/help/prairie/Prairie_Res/index.html

http://ed.fnal.gov/help/prairie/4prairie/     

                (FermiLab prairie projects – lesson plans grades 4-5

http://ed.fnal.gov/data/prairie_resources.shtml

                (FermiLab’s web links to online prairie resources)

http://ed.fnal.gov/data/life_sci/prairie/

                (FermiLab’s prairie advocates project and quadrat study project)

http://www.bellmuseum.org/distancelearning/prairie/

http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/eek/index.htm

http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/naturalheritage/florafauna/document.htm

RESOURCES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION:

                http://www.fieldmuseum.org/ceeppublication/

                                (about a pilot project that is a model of conservation education that translates science into

 action for students and educators)

SEEDS FOR EDUCATION – GRANTS FOR SCHOOL GARDENS:

http://www.for-wild.org/seedmony.html

WATER:

http://www.pacinst.org/

http://www.americanrivers.org/

WETLANDS:

http://www.wisconsinwetlands.org/teach1.htm

http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/everglades/FEwetlands3.html

WOLF:

                http://www.wolf.org/wolves/learn/justkids/wolfquest.asp

(Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park through WolfQuest. WolfQuest is a web-based video game that simulates the wolf's quest for prey that it must hunt to survive.)

 

 

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last updated on September 10, 2015