Resources for Educators

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Please help me to build this section of the website. You can help by suggesting links to good resources for educators – classroom, outdoor educators, camp leaders…. Each resource can be listed under more than one heading, so search your hard drives and send me some ideas! Let’s get started.

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Activity Sheets

Backyard Biodiversity DSF – from the David Suzuki Foundation, here is a quick and simple activity that will help your students “travel back in time by imagining and mapping the biodiversity that existed in your neighbourhood before it was developed.”

r4r Nature Paints – Fall Foliage – from Resources for Rethinking, here are some ideas for fall.

Inspirational Reading

Stepping Into Nature: Teacher Stories Volume 1:  – This is a co-operative publication of the Back to Nature Network, Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario (COEO), Green Teacher magazine and the Ontario Society for Environmental Education (OSEE). It includes 15 articles written by elementary teachers, (including mine – p. 45), from across the province. Well worth a read!

Natural History – Info Sheets; Identification Guides


r4r Biodiversity Invasive Species Tracking Aliens – from “Resources for Rethinking” – This lesson plan outlines a field study of invasive species.


r4r Diving Ducks Why the Decline – from “Resources for Rethinking,” (a database of resources from Learning for a Sustainable Future). This document gives an overview of the declining populations of Greater and Lesser Scaups as well as an “Other Happenings” section of interesting natural history information.


ON 2001-summer-butterflies – Ontario Nature, (formerly the Federation of Ontario Naturalists), has produced dozens of information sheets on natural history topics. Check out this good overview of summer butterflies.


ACER – Tree Species Key – from the Association for Canadian Educational Resources, a good introductory guide to identifying tree species.


r4r Quagmire Wetland Game – from Clean Nova Scotia, this is a wetland simulation game for decision making.

Resource Booklets/Educational Guides

CNN – 10×10 Tools for Teaching – the Children & Nature Network published this Nature Teachers Network guide. It outlines ten reasons to take your students outside, and ten innovative nature-centric Projects & programs for your students.

Connecting With Nature Teachers Guide – an educational guide for grades four to six from the David Suzuki Foundation.


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  1. Nancy Melcher

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