Informal Curricula
The Nature of Teaching informal curriculum is not standards-based and is more activity-focused than the formal curriculum. It was designed for nonformal educators who work in places like nature centers and host field days and 4-H clubs. The curriculum includes five 20-30 minute lessons that correspond with the nature-based curriculum topics of wildlife, mental health, nutrition, and physical activity. 

For Extension Educators: The program comes in ready-made kits located in each Area, complete with Educator’s tips, resource materials, curriculum, and survey instruments. This curriculum requires preparation for a successful program. Reviewing each lesson and tote is highly encouraged as there may be supplies or items that need preparation or ordering. Totes may need items replenished with regular use, so it is very important to review inventory in each tote with the lesson to ensure that you have all supplies needed. 
**Kit Sign-Out (Extension Only)** 


 
Unit 1
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Families will observe a demonstration of how to make a bird feeder. Families can also spend some time watching birds at a feeder already established and identify common birds.  

Unit 1

Chirp Chirp Station

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Unit 2
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Families will learn together about where their food comes from. Families will connect with nature as they learn about how their food grows and may even result in trying new foods once harvested.  

Unit 2

Gardening Station

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Unit 3
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Families will learn together about the trees in their environment. Learning more about the trees in our environment will support curiosity and interest in nature encouraging families to spend time together learning about nature while gaining the benefits of better health spending time in nature.  

Unit 3

Tree Talk Station

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Youth and families explore basic survival needs of humans and wildlife by drawing their own homes and neighborhoods. The awareness game is fun to play as a family to help build neural networks while using natural objects and getting outdoors.  

Unit 4

Wildlife Station

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Families will learn together about the benefits of doing family activities together in nature.  

Unit 5

Let's Go Outside Station

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