PK-12 Teacher Resources
Hands of the Future
Children today spend an average of 20 minutes outside. Various studies have shown that engaging with nature improves concentration, coordination, creativity, and more. Hands of the Future, Inc. is a nonprofit company started to educate children about the beauty of nature and help them connect with it.
Healthy Water, Happy Home
Many choices we make in our daily lives can have an impact on the water quality of rivers and streams around us. Animals like the eastern hellbender need clean water for their habitats, and they depend on us to make environmentally friendly choices whenever possible. The new lesson plan from The Nature of Teaching titled "Healthy Water, Happy Home" offers a fun way for students to learn about healthy water choices they can make in their home and community.
​Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP)
The Indiana Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) created a new Facebook page to announce national and state events. This national program developed through the 4-H Youth Development and FFA teaches wildlife identification, wildlife natural history and habitat management.
Jay Beugly teaching K12 students what is found in our streams
Students receive a hands-on look at some of the creatures living in rivers, they learn about water pollutants as well as the services that depend on the river. Jay Beugly, aquatics ecology specialist, FNR and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), and Megan Gunn, research assistant working with Dr. Reuben Goforth and the FNR Aquatic Ecology Lab, give students the opportunity to experience the diversity of organisms living in streams.
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The Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is the largest national environmental education program for youth ages 8-19 and has received the Conservation Education Award by The Wildlife Society. Check out this new video, publication and web site for more information.
A Salamander Tale Exhibit
A new educational exhibit aimed for kindergartners to fifth graders called "A Salamander Tale" is ready to be shipped around the country and spread amphibian awareness. Play the video game "Hellbender Havoc" which provides a fun and unique way to learn about hellbenders.
Record the Earth-Earth Day Soundscape Festival
Celebrate Earth Day by attending the Earth Day Soundscape Festival with live music and dance performances. Become a citizen scientist and record the sounds of Earth.

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