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Fall Lessons

Clever Crows

Clever Crows

In this lesson, students will learn about crows! Crows are a common sight in Oregon and across the country, but sometimes it’s easy to forget how special they are. Students learn about crows’ ecological importance and explore their fascinating intelligence.

Dear Nature

Dear Nature

Students find a “sit spot” and engage with nature, wherever they are. Then, students practice gratitude through letter writing, with thought-provoking, scalable prompts to guide them.

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Layers of the Forest

Layers of the Forest

In this outdoor lesson, students observe the ecology of the forest; learning about the layers of the forest (forest floor, herbaceous layer, shrub layer, understory, and canopy), then participating in a “sit spot” & drawing activity.

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Salmon Stories

Salmon Stories

Students go over the remarkable life cycle of Pacific salmon and learn about their role in ecosystems as well as their importance to Indigenous communities, and steps we can take to protect salmon for future generations.

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Summer Soil Scoop

Summer Soil Scoop

In this activity students will study the texture of soil by doing an experiment using soil samples found nearby. After learning what makes soil special and the makeup of soil, students will carry out an experiment and take note of their results.

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Nest Sweet Nest

Nest Sweet Nest

This lesson dives into the craft of nest-building by animals big and small. First, students will learn about why animals build nests and study examples of incredible nests around the world. Then, students have options to create a nest & more!

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Winter Scavenger Hunt

Winter Scavenger Hunt

This activity fosters students’ sense of curiosity and can be done indoors, outdoors, or a combination of the two. Students view a virtual presentation, then bring an activity sheet outdoors, looking for a variety of natural objects.

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Biomimicry

Biomimicry

Students learn what biomimicry is by examining a handful of examples. Then, students have the opportunity to innovate on their own and develop a plan that draws inspiration from nature.

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ECO Heroes

ECO Heroes

This social studies lesson encourages students to research and report on diverse environmental and social justice heroes who have made a positive impact on our planet.

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Fall Observations

Fall Observations

This activity blends ecology and social-emotional learning (SEL), encouraging students to observe the changes in nature as well as the changes they are experiencing within themselves.

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Bird-O

Bird-O

Although birds are common, they are anything but boring! This Bingo game begins with a lesson on bird behavior to get students thinking about the different behaviors they might observe.

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