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Nature Near Me

Nature Near Me Units are designed to get K-3 students looking in their own schoolyards and neighboorhoods for nature that surrounds them everyday.

Animal TracksOverview
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Winter Animal Survival – Overview
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Plants – Overview
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Insects (coming in May) 

Virtual Fieldtrip on Boardwalk Loop

Outdoor U Naturalist Sarah Gainey and some of her favorite Nature Explorers explore the prairie, wetland, and forest habitats along the Boardwalk Loop trail. 15 minute video with minimal narration. Links to additional videos for at home activities are below.

At Home Activities

To connect with the virtual field trip, CSB/SJU Student Naturalists Maddie, Grace, and Carolyn made short, narrated videos of themselves exploring nature around their homes, both indoors and out, with easy at home activities students can do too.

Resource List

This curated list includes videos and activities to help address specific topics and concepts that would have been covered during specific field trips. 

Outdoor U Field Trips

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