PK-12 Teacher and Student Resources


Forestry Career Development Event

Youth Resource Education LogoLearn about forest ecosystems, forestry management, and the utilization of forest products. You will learn how to identify trees by leaves, seeds, and woods; develop leadership skills and practice good study habits; and learn how to manage Indiana's forest resources.

Got Nature?

Got Nature?

Find the resources you need from our Purdue scientists, researchers and specialists in this blog site that has a category titled "Got Nature for Kids". Ask the specailists a question.

Check out the Got Nature? Podcast series. Listen to specialists share information and
solutions on sustaining our natural resources. ITunes-Got Nature?

Help the Hellbender

Help the Hellbender

Protecting the hellbender will take decades of continuous care and conservation effort. This website offers a variety of materials that are targeted to younger audiences. These include a downloadable poster, help the hellbender sticker, printable coloring pages and how to sight a hellbender. The best way you can help the hellbenders are to experience nature first hand.

A Salamander Tale Exhibit

A Salamander Tale Exhibit

Explore the wonderful world of salamanders with Herbie the Hellbender! This 300 square foot exhibit helps to teach kindergarteners through fifth graders and their families about salamanders and other amphibians in a fun and interactive way. This exhibit comes with a "Hellbender Havoc" video game, which can also be played online. Indiana state and extension representatives recieve a special rate when renting the exhibit. Call the Travelling Exhibits program for details.

Lugar-Purdue Future of Forestry Program and Scholarship

The Lugar Program Logo

This curriculum is designed to mimic a typical field trip-based curriculum. The activities have been created so that each "Pre-Visit Activity" forms the basis for the "Online 'Virtual Visit' Activity." A "Post-Visit Activity" then reinforces and wraps-up the subject matter.

The following activities are divided into two grade level groups. Each curriculum features ready-to-play online activities and ready-to-print activities and lesson plans. Click the activity names in the curriculum tables to view a description of the selected activity and download materials or launch the activity.

The Nature of Teaching

Nature of Teaching

The Nature of Teaching is the place to go for teaching resources that focus on nature. On this web site, teachers can find free lesson plans, printables, posters, a photo library, information on upcoming workshops, and more. Check out the new blog site and add your comments and suggestions.

Purdue Zip Trips - It's a Gene Thing

Purdue zipTrips are FREE electronic field trips connecting students across the country with scientists in real-time! In this zipTrip, learn how Purdue scientists are studying the building blocks of life. This visit starts with a look at how researching genetic combinations in mice teaches us more about human life. And something fishy is happening! A fish geneticist takes us to Alaska, an aquaculture farm, and LIVE to her lab as she tries to find out why certain fish travel the globe. Then, get ready to use your scientific inquiry skills to help Purdue wildlife geneticists track tiger salamanders to find out more about the heredity of this species.

Purdue Agriculture PK-12 Program

The program is comprised of representatives from every department and unit in the College of Agriculture. The program is dedicated to promoting faculty, staff, and student efforts to interact with PK-12 teachers, students, and parents. The program does this by creating opportunities for networking and sharing of resources.


 Additional Resources


For additional resources check out the FNR Extension Publications, FNR Videos, FNR Extension Videos, Webinars, Frequently Asked Questions and our FNR Calendar for workshops.

Find the resources you need and more in our Program Areas/ Research web pages: Aquaculture and Aquatic sciences, Forests and Trees, Natural Resource Planning, Wildlife and Wood Products.

Check out the Purdue Agriculture PK-12 web site as it has several resources to aid in engaging youth through several programs and outreach activities.

View Purdue P-12 and see the rich history we have of serving the community.

4-H Indiana provides real-life educational opportunities that develop young people who positively impact their community and world.


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