Environmental Education at Deer Flat
links for educators
your science curriculum by borrowing a free traveling
trunk. The trunks are designed to help you meet your student’s
needs and bring the wonder of the natural world indoors. Each trunk
contains a teacher’s manual with topic information and suggested
activities, hands-on materials for the activities, as well as related
children’s books and videos.
Download a Traveling
Trunks flyer or browse through available trunks below.
Activities in these trunks
are correlated with Idaho State Achievement
Standards. Contact us
at 467-9278 about borrowing one of the trunks. Borrowers must pick
up and return the trunk from the refuge and may keep the trunk for
About Owls (Grades 3-8)
Idaho is famous for its birds of prey. Explore the unique adaptations
of nocturnal birds of prey and dissect owl pellets to learn what
they eat. This trunk includes a mounted barn owl, displays to explain
owl wings and eyes, a great-horned owl skull, books and a video
about owls, as well as pellets for students to dissect. Also available
as a Classroom Program.
Beaks (Grades 4-10)
Birds use their beaks as tools for many tasks. Conduct hands-on
experiments to explore why birds have different kinds of beaks.
Includes eight experimental beak kits, a variety of bird skulls,
and a book about birds and their beaks. Also available as a Classroom
Bug Box (grades
Insects are everywhere and are a great model for learning about
lifecycles. Observing real insects, reading about them, and making
crafts will help solidify your lessons about the bug world. This
trunk contains many books, magnifying cubes, and lifecycle blocks
for your classroom use.
Discover the fascinating science of fire. From fire ecology to fire
safety, this trunk covers it all. Includes hands-on activities to
help students better understand the basics of fire and the history
Explore the world of fish with hands-on activities. This lesson
focuses on defining characteristics and habitat needs of fish, as
well as the art of fish printing (Gyotaku). Includes preserved samples
of local fish, a fish skeleton, rubber fish for fish printing, and
coloring activities and songs. Also available as a Classroom
& Levers (Grades 4-12)
are everywhere, even in nature! Explore the physics of mammal jaws
and the functions of different classes of levers, as well as the
biology of wolves and coyotes. Includes different types of levers
and tools, a coyote skull, display panels, and a book about wolves.
Also available as a Classroom Program.
in a Box (Grades K-12)
Take a field trip to the refuge without getting on the bus! This
trunk has touchable skins, skulls, and sign (e.g., bird nests) from
a wide variety of Idaho wildlife. Includes a National Wildlife Refuge
System video, descriptions of the touchable items in the trunk,
and activities and books about discovering, conserving, and appreciating
life on earth.
and Tracks (Grades 3-9)
Budding biologists learn about animal sign while practicing critical
thinking, comparing, memorizing, and observing skills. This lesson
challenges students to use knowledge of an animal’s lifestyle
and size to identify its scat and tracks. Includes artificial scat
and tracks to use in the activities, as well as books about scat
and tracks. Also available as a Classroom
Shoots and Leaves (Grades 1-6)
Plants make the world go round! This trunk is full of activities
to complement your lesson about plants. Includes papermaking supplies;
books to read aloud; seed, bark, and leaf identification games;
craft ideas; and a video. Also
available as a Classroom Program.
Survival (Grades 3-12)
Take a closer look at species you wouldn't normally think about.
From elephant ivory to giant python skins, this trunk examines endangered
species, biodiversity, and the reasons why some species are in peril.
Includes confiscated animal items from all over the world, as well
as books and videos on these vulnerable species and the niches they
inhabit. Also available
as a Classroom Program.
Junior Duck Stamp
All the supplies and reference materials you need to have
your students create their own entry into the Idaho Junior Duck
Stamp Art Contest. Use in conjunction with the Junior Duck Stamp
Youth and Leader Guides for a complete curriculum!