Virtual Workshops

Food waste

 
Food Waste Overview

Come and take a walk with teacher Jamie Hooten, Dynamite Teaching Awardee, as she shares how incorporating nature in the classroom has had a positive impact on her students including problem solving, interaction and academic progress. The children learn about pollinators, composting and how to make their own garden at home. The Nature of Teaching resources include standard-based lesson plans which are free downloads as a PDF.

 
 

Enviromental Effects of Food Waste: In this webinar, Rod Williams, professor and extension wildlife specialist with Purdue University Extension, and Rebecca Koetz, urban Agricultural extension educator and co-author of many educational materials that are associated with food waste, will discuss numerous aspects of food waste and how it affects our wildlife, our water, and the environment.

Health and Wellness

 
 
Health & Wellness Overview

Are there health benefits connecting children back with nature? Meet these teachers who share their stories of how nature activities have improved student's knowledge and conception of what the outdoors can bring, physically and mentally. Students enjoy the opportunity for an outdoor activity and upon returning to the classroom, participation and attitudes are at their best. The Nature of Teaching resources include standard-based lesson plans which are free downloads as a PDF.

 

Benefits of Connecting With Nature Part 1: In this webinar Rod Williams, a professor and extension wildlife specialist with Purdue University Extension, and Molly Hunt, a health and human science educator with Purdue University Extension, will discuss the mental and physical benefits of engaging our youth in nature.

Wildlife

 
Wildlife Overview

Generation to generation children are becoming more disconnected from nature. The Nature of Teaching creates an opportunity for students to learn about the outdoors. Workshops, state standard-based lesson plans and fun activities are just a few of the resources provided to learn more about natural resources, wildlife and the outdoors. These hands-on, classroom ready lesson plans are free online as a downloadable PDF.


 
 

Ecotoxicology Part 1: What is ecotoxicology and what potential effects does humans have in harming or improving our environment? Rod Williams, a professor and extension wildlife specialist with Purdue University Extension, and Jason Hooverman, an associate professor at Purdue University and a co-author on the unit on ecotoxicology, will discuss the principles of ecotoxicology, contaminants, and threats to the freshwater ecosystems.

Disease Ecology Part 1: This webinar series Rod Williams, a professor and extension wildlife specialist with Purdue University Extension, and Dr. Jason Hoverman, an Associate Professor at Purdue and co-author of the Unit on Disease Ecology, will discuss the principals of disease ecology and the role of parasites in natural ecosystems.

Animal Tracking Part 1: Animal tracks are an easy and fun way to identify which mammals and other wildlife can be found on your school property. Bob Cordes, wildlife biologists with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, shares how he uses snow-tracking to determine where Canada lynx are found within the state.

Animal Tracking Part 3: Animal tracks are an easy and fun way to identify which mammals and other wildlife can be found on your school property. Tacks can also be used as a way of telling a story about the animal’s life and its adaptations to its environment. Rod Williams, professor and extension wildlife specialist, shares how easy and fun indoor track casting and outdoor track casting can be with your students.

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