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The Nature of Teaching includes formal standards-based curricula and informal activity-based curricula all centered around getting youth outside.  The three program areas of the formal curricula include: Wildlife, Health and Wellness, and Food Waste. Each program area provides standards-based lesson plans free as a downloadable PDF. Lesson plans are classroom ready for grades K-12. View the formal curriculum through the links below or the Formal Curriculum tab above. Click the Informal Curriculum tab above to view our informal curriculum. The Nature of Teaching also offers professional development workshops for teachers focused on science, the environment, and getting students connected with nature. Contact us to host a workshop for educators near you!

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Dr. Rod Williams
rodw@purdue.edu
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
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The Nature of Teaching Extension program includes formal standards-based curricula and informal activity-based curricula all centered around getting youth outside. Topics included are Food Waste, Health & Wellness, and Wildlife. Each program...

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