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Wetlands Trunk

Beaver at SunsetThe best time to see a beaver at the refuge is during the twilight hours.

The Wetlands Trunk is filled with information and activities. Each component of this trunk can be useful when educating any grade level. Through this trunk, we are providing various tools to educate students about wetlands.

Trunk Objectives

  • Determine Wetland Types
  • Identify Animals found in Wetlands
  • Wetlands and People
  • Importance of Wetlands
  • Beaver topography and information

Wetland Adventure Binder Subjects

  • Focus on Beaver
  • Welcome to Nature’s Nursery
    • Eat or Be Eaten
    • Turtle Beach
    • The Dirt Stops Here
    • It’s Survival of the Fittest
    • Easy Listening
    • Dine and Dash
    • From Roots to Rat Houses
    • Help Save Our Wetlands
    • Unlocking the Secrets of America’s Wetlands
     
  • The Young Scientist’s Introduction to Wetlands
  • America’s Wetlands – Our vital link between land and water
  • Discovering Wetlands
  • Introduction
  • Teacher Background
  • Activity #1
    • What are Wetlands
    • Wetland Questionnaire
    • Wetlands Facts Word Search
     
  • Wetlands Field Trip
    • Habitat Study
    • Field Guide to Local Wetlands/ Map Making
     
  • Functions and Values
    • Wetland Metaphors
    • Giant Sponges
    • Pure, Pure Water
    • Life Links
    • Home Sweet Home
     
  • People and Wetlands
    • Dragonfly Pond
    • Wetland Controversy
     
  • General Activities
    • The Wetlands Gazette
    • Wetlands and the Native Americans
    • Wetlands in the Classroom
    • Various Interdisciplinary Ideas
     
  • Discovery Trunk – Wetlands
    • Are you me?
    • Wetland Birds and Their Habitat
    • Locating Wetlands
    • Eco-Beaver
    • Migration Headache
     
  • Give Habitats a Hand
  • Cut, Color, and Paste a Wetland Together
  • Food Web Game
  • Threats to Wetlands
  • Wetlands Month
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Economic Benefits of Wetlands
  • Wetlands: Protecting Life and Property from Flooding
  • Wetlands Regulatory Authority
  • Wetlands Reading List 
  • Additional Resources

Resources

Bag #1 – ECO Beaver Props
  • Beaver Skull
  • Beaver Tail
  • Ear Muffs
  • Water Spray Bottle
  • Oil Can
  • Front Teeth (cardboard)
  • Goggles
  • Two Flippers
  • Comb
  • Skin/Fur Set
  • Nose Plug
Bag #2 – Wetlands Metaphor Props
  • Pillow
  • Egg Beater
  • Cradle
  • Strainer
  • Coffee Filter
  • Antacid
  • Cereal Box (Small)
  • Soap
  • Picture of Zoo
  • Picture of Seney National Wildlife Refuge
  • Sponge
Bag #3 – Latex Animals
  • Great Blue Heron (Head and Foot)
  • Mallard (Head and Foot)
  • Coot (Head and Foot)
  • Canada Goose (Head and Foot)
  • Common Merganser (Head and Foot)
Bag #4 – Books
  • Eyewitness Books: Pond and River 
  • Zoobooks: Ducks, Geese, Swans 
  • Water Insects 
  • Wetlands 
  • Trumpet of the Swan 
  • My Little Book of Wood Ducks 
  • WOW Magazine 
  • Welcome to the World of Otters 
  • Welcome to the World of Beavers 
  • National Wildlife Refuges… Wildlife’s Best Friend 
  • A guide to Aquatic Plants 
  • Audubon Society Nature Guide: Wetlands 
  • Seney NWR – It’s Story 
  • Leapfrogging through Wetlands 
  • Unlocking the Secrets of America’s Wetlands 
  • Starting Life of a Frog 
Bag #5 - Books
  • (2) WOW! The Wonder of Wetlands 
  • Wetlands Coloring Book 
  • Wetlands Activity Book 
  • Wading Into Wetlands 
  • Wetland Wonders 
  • Shoreline Migration Game 
Bag #6 – Books
  • Puddler Magazine 
  • America’s Endangered Wetlands 
  • Farming in Flyways 
  • America’s Wetlands: Our Vital Link 
  • The Mini Page 
  • Join Us in a Partnership for Wetlands 
  • Wetlands, Wildlife and You! 
  • Wetlands – Status and Trends 
  • Protecting prairie Potholes 
Posters
  • Wetlands: Water, Wildlife and People
  • Wetlands are Wonderlands – Transitional Zone
  • Water the Resource that Gets Used for Everything
  • EPA Wetlands Poster
  • Various Beaver Posters
Videos
  • Do Your Part
  • Fabulous Wetlands/ The Wetlands Nightmare
  • Wetland World
  • Wealth & the Wetlands
Games
  • Are You Me?
  • Shorebird Game
  • Clever Catch: Reptiles
  • Clever Catch: Amphibians
Props
  • Blue Heron Skull
  • Domestic Duck Skull
  • Metamorphosis of a tadpole into a frog set 
Page Photo Credits — Beaver at Sunset - Sigurd Utych/2012 Photo Contest
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
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