We’d like to take a moment to thank all of the teachers who spend time in their classrooms helping students understand their connection to their environment and how to think critically. Thank you for all you do to teach land stewardship and natural science to the next generation!
Below we have provided some resources that may help teachers with this important work. Our staff can also visit classrooms to provide education about some of these resource topics. Contact our education and outreach coordinator to learn more.
Here is a great factsheet detailing apps available to help students learn about and connect with their environment:Natural Resource Apps.Factsheet.JSWCD_21-08-10.pdf
Learn about Conservation: Digestible information and a variety of resources from different sources to help teach and learn about different areas of conservation work, e.g. soils, wildlife, lands, and careers available in these areas.
Soils4teachers by the Soil Science Society: Soil activities and a wealth of knowledge (they also have great Youtube videos), this site has a ton of great activites organized by grade.
Dr. Dirt K-12 Teaching Resources: This innovative teacher shares his activities and lessons.
Underground Adventure: Activities and curriculum created by fieldmuseum.org
NRCS Web Soil Survey: students can analyze the soil right where they stand and understand how we use soil type to help us determine how to use the land.
Gardening and Agriculture
Kids Gardening Lesson Plans: Seeds, gardening, soils and pollintators, there are lots of great activities to choose from!
Getting Started; a Guide for Starting School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms: ecoliteracy's guide to creating a plan for an on-site garden
Linking Gardens to School Curriculum: Great ideas for how to connect your school garden to your lesson plan
Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom: lesson plans on Oregon agriculture and school gardens for K-12, supplies, virtual field trips with Oregon farmers!
Water and Watersheds
Protecting Our Water Resources: Student Activities for the Classroom: Water resource educational activities for grades k-9
The National Geograhic Water Footprint Calculator: A fun interactive look at our everyday water use.
StreamWebs: Run by OSU Extension this is a dynamic networking platform that links students with locally based hands-on watershed stewardship projects. Here you’ll find curriculum, project ideas and resources.