Today children spend less time playing outdoors than any past generation. According to recent statistics, only six states require physical education in every grade, only 20% of school districts require daily recess, and 2 out of 3 children are considered inactive. The Benefits of Connecting with Nature lesson plan helps explore student's relationship between nature and mental health.
Awareness of the Eastern Hellbender is growing due to the decline in numbers. Extension specialists receive reports of a "hellbender" that is found in a barn, or on a basement floor, crawling across a driveway, or occasionally in a pond. Here are some resources to help identify these large salamanders.
Learn about reptiles and amphibians with the Indiana Amphibian and Reptile ID Package. The four books share information on each species and includes full-color photos, physical descriptions, list of similar species, and descriptions of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Indiana is home to 17 frog and toad species, and this full-color book covers all of them. Whether you are a herpetologist, a recreational amphibian enthusiast or just want to learn more about frogs and toads, you will want to travel with this new publication. This 50-page book includes full-color photos, a physical description, a list of similar species, and a description of important aspects of their ecology and behavior.
Teachers : this new lesson plan from The Nature of Teaching titled Hellbenders Rock! is full of engaging activities to teach K-5 students about the endangered eastern hellbender, while meeting Indiana academic standards.
An article published on June 8th, 2016 by the University of Cambridge noted that a new record-holder for the tallest tree in the tropics is the same species as a tree used in the extremely popular game Minecraft. The use of actual tree species that require maintenance in a video game that has player numbers in the millions to help inform the young and old alike about the value of trees and some of the different species is genius.
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.