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Flexible Learning Resources

To support the ever-changing needs of teachers, caregivers, and families as teachers, Eco-Schools USA presents a collection of resources suited for the outdoor classroom learning environment along with activities to support flexible learning environments. Questions?  Contact eco-schoolsusa@nwf.org

National Wildlife Federation

Outdoor Learning Guides & Toolkits

  • Schoolyard Habitats® Planning Guide with lessons  
  • Outdoor Learning Toolkit (NYC)
  • Growing a Wild NYC: A K-5 Urban Pollinator Curriculum
  • Nature Play at Home Guides from our Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) program 
  • outdoor learning infographic 

     

    National Wildlife Federation

    Outdoor Learning Lessons & Activities

  • Green Hour Outdoor Activities
  • What's the Matter in Nature Activity (K-5)
  • Bird Activity Guide (K-5)
  • Lesson using Seek by iNaturalist (3-5)
  • Lesson using iNaturalist (6-12)
  • National Wildlife Federation

    Lessons & Activities Suitable for Classroom & Remote Learning

  • Trick or Trash, Waste & Recycling (K-2)
  • Trick or Trash, Waste & Recycling  (3-5)
  • Trick or Trash, Recycling and the Circular Economy (6-12)
  • Biodiversity Activity (activities for elementary, middle, and high school)
  • A Seedy Experiment (3-8)
  • Monarch Recovery Garden Model (K-2)
  • Symmetry in Nature (PreK)
  • Lesson using Seek by iNaturalist (3-5)
  • Climate Change: Building climate science knowledge to enact local change (9-12)
  • Species in Decline (6-12)
  • Energy in My State (6-12)
  • Lesson using iNaturalist (6-12)
  • Growing a Pollinator Garden Seed Kit Brochure 
  • Eco-Schools USA at Home

    Home-based program resources with home-based activities for teachers, caregivers, and families as teachers.

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    Eco-Schools USA YouTube Channel

    Art Activities

    Get crafty with this collection of nature-inspired arts and crafts activities.

    stamp art

    Wild About Stampin'
    Instructions for creating wildlife stamps

    animal figurines

    Scavenging for Species
    Instructions for a wildlife scavenger hunt

    mason bee condo hanging from a tree

    Buzzworthy Mason Bee Condos
    Create and care for a mason bee condo.

    pollinator origami

    Pollinator Origami Chatterbox
    Learn about native pollinators with this fun origami activity. 

    origami chatterbox

    Salmon Life Cycle Origami Chatterbox
    Learn about the salmon life cycle with this fun origami activity.

    rock art

    Rock Art Activity
    Learn more about rocks used in landscaping and beautify a garden with a Rock Art activity.

    Schooled on Salmon Photo

    Schooled on Salmon
    Learn about salmon and Go Fishin' with this craft activity.

    bat craft

    A Cauldron of Bats
    Create a cauldron of bats with this craft activity.

    Winter Wonderland & Wildlife Habitat
    Create a log cabin and gingerbread wildlife habitat with this craft activity.

    edible scat

    Edible Scat
    Learn about animal scat and find directions for creating edible scat. "Used and adapted with permission from Project WILD."

    Ranger Rick® Magazine and Educator's Guide

    The monthly Educator's Guide provides ways for educators and families as teachers to have their students think more deeply about the stories they're reading. The digital edition of Ranger Rick magazine is currently available for free. Discover more animal and nature activities, crafts, stories, and new jokes and riddles here.

    Ranger Rick Jr. Parent Guide

    The monthly parent guide is available in both English and Spanish. It complements the digital edition of Ranger Rick Jr. magazine, currently available for free.

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