Nature-based Science & PD Opportunities
This page provides information and resources, live or archived, that support Science education in the classroom or at home. Please reach out to Schoodic Institute or the Maine Environmental Education Association to have your resources included on this page.
Video Workshop of the Week
Inspiring Science Learning - Finding Opportunity for Individualized Student Learning
The abrupt change to at-home and online learning has challenged teachers’ connections to their students and their curriculum. No longer in the classroom, there is the direct need to change both what and how teaching and learning reaches students. Yet this change also brings opportunity, particularly to focus on the individual interests and progress of each student.
In this video of a live workshop on May 12, 2020, Science Teachers Ed Lindsey, Old Town High School, and John Van Dis, Islesboro Central School, of a live workshop on May 12, 2020 describe the approaches they have been taking to sustain individualized, ambitious science learning in the midst of this new learn-at-home paradigm. They also share an extensive collection of resources that teachers can use.
Week to week activities and projects that get students outside.
Daily Science Activities
Short science activities that get students exploring science and the outdoors.
Connect Directly with Maine Organizations
The Ecology School: Nature Nuggets is a short-video series produced by The Ecology School's Program Team. They guide kids (and adults!) on an ecological adventure in their own homes, sparking curiosity about nature in our own lives and getting us all outside more! The activities are easy to follow, portable, and are now available for anyone who wants an inspiring "nugget" of nature.
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust: Daily activities. Find simple, fun and enriching activities to engage children with the outdoors. A new idea every weekday! Solve the daily nature riddle and read interesting articles about local wildlife and other topics.
The Nature Conservancy Nature Lab: Nature Lab gives teachers, students, and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature around the globe alongside The Nature Conservancy scientists. The interactive lesson plans align to standards and can be customized for each classroom-this includes many short high-quality videos!
Project Learning Tree: Family Activities suitable for children ages 3 – 15, some activities work better for younger children, others are more suited for older children. The way you present them will change depending on your child’s knowledge and ability.
Appalachian Mountain Club: COVID-19 TEACHER RESOURCES. Various outdoor lessons and activities for grades k-12. Please contact Genevieve Trafelet, Maine Education & Program Manager, for more information, or to be placed on her mailing list for additional activities!
Maine Ag in the Classroom: Find lessons, activities, worksheets, videos, and e-books related to agriculture. There are resources that tie into all different subjects - math, science, language arts, social studies, health, you name it! Search our online database by category, keyword, or grade level. On our Facebook page, you will find new resources being shared daily. We have 6 books written on Maine Agriculture topics that are available to read electronically and have lessons and activities to go along with them. We are sharing agriculture-related activities in our monthly e-newsletter (sign up on our website) and daily on our Facebook page. Our books can be found here: teachmefoodandfarms.org
Kennebunk Land Trust: Our Trust in Education program is offering weekly nature activities for kids grades K-5 to do from home in our Quarantine Corner! We launch each week with a Nature Notes video from a staff member, volunteer, or community partner and have two activities for kids throughout the week related to our Nature Notes theme. Kids can keep up with activities in their nature journals and share photos every Friday to be entered into our FUN FRIDAY spotlight and drawing!
Acadia Institute for Oceanography: Offers a virtual lecture series about Ocean topics.