The Restoration Education Guide contains more than 100 lessons keyed to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science standards. Ten chapters outline our 10-step process for building rain gardens and restoring native habitats.
The Water Stewardship Guide offers students a means to forge deeper connections to their watershed. Activities emphasize hydrology education, native plantings to restore water health, and water-quality monitoring. Steps include: Discovering species, habitats, and cycles; Exploring and Mapping watersheds; Inquiring, Investigating, and Monitoring as citizen scientists; Engaging in community action and service learning; Restoring native species and habitats; and Sharing data and projects.
The Woodland Curriculum Guide was developed by and for teachers and community members who wanted to do restoration education in wooded areas. Activities enhance understanding of woodland ecology and seasonal cycles and provide guidance for restoring vegetation in these areas.
The Rain Garden Curricular Sampler is drawn from the K–12 Curriculum Guide for designing and implementing a rain garden. Rain gardens catch and filter runoff that can otherwise cause erosion and spread pollution. They are an excellent way for schools, communities, and residents to make powerful change with a small space and minimal resources.
The curricular sampler activities are available for download on this page.
The innovative K–12 Phenology Wheel Curriculum enables students to rediscover sense of place through art, writing, and photography. Phenology is defined as the study of natural events—such as bird migration or fall leaf color—that recur periodically in relation to climate and seasonal change. It provides an investigative tool for studying a schoolyard or neighborhood, or even to enhance a woodland, grassland, or wetland as a high-quality wildlife habitat.
Georgia Gómez-Ibáñez of Cambridge Elementary School, Anne Forbes of Partners in Place, LLC, and Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong of Earth Partnership created Phenology Wheels for students to learn about seasonal events and cycles in an experiential way. Georgia, a K–12 environmental educator, developed, tested, and wrote the five phenology-based activities at her school. The activities are based on Anne’s Wheels of Time and Place, an attentive approach to keeping circular nature journals that works well for all ages and in all environments.
Phenology wheel activities are available for download on this page.