For Educators

EE Class Spring

Tamarac Refuge staff and volunteers are here to help you navigate through these challenging times of virtual teaching. Now more than ever kids need to get outside. Use these resources as you see fit help youth find fun ways to connect with nature.

Be sure to check out the Just for Kids page to see all the activities you can direct your students to explore.

Providing healthy habitat for birds is an important mission of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Invite student to become outdoor explorers and share this Bird Sleuth Activity Guide for several activities that will get students outside and learning about birds.

Here are resources that we think are really great! 

  • iNaturalist is a fun app students can load onto a tablet or phone. It is a citizen science project that allows people of all ages to upload plant and animal sightings. You can make assignments such as inviting students to photograph, identify and upload 5 backyard plants. The app helps them make the identification by narrowing down the options based on where they live. 
  • Seek by iNaturalist is a new child-friendly portal into iNaturalist. The app uses iNaturalist data to create treasure hunts customized to your location. The app uses artificial intelligence to identify what you saw and award badges. 
  • Conservation Connect - A web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service featuring the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers. Several six-to-eight minute episodes feature conservationists and wildlife footage.
  • Pollinator Education Materials -- Curriculum, webcasts, posters, and videos for educating students about the monarch butterfly and many other important pollinators.
  • Exploring Backyard Birds - Educational materials by grade to help students learn about the ecology of birds. This lesson on learning bird calls and creating a sound map is fun! This is from Cornell Lab K-12 Education program.
  • Minnesota Bald Eagle Cam! -- 3 eggs have already hatched -- what's next?
  • The Children Nature Network Finding Nature Site has lots of ideas for sharing nature with children of all ages during the Covid-19 pandemic. It's a compilation of resources from organizations from around the world. 
  • FieldScope is for middle and high school students. It is an interactive mapping and graphing platform that encourages students to collect, visualize, and analyze environmental data. Invitations to Inquiry are short instructional modules designed to help students work with data using FieldScope.
  • Virtual Fieldtrips - The Nature Conservancy's virtual fieldtrips take you to different habitats around the world. 
  • Prairie Wetlands Almanac, lists simple, daily, readily available nature observations students can make in their yard or neighborhood.  Courtesy the US Fish & Wildlife Service Prairie Wetlands Learning Center.
  •  EBird: This is a program at Cornell Lab for Ornithology that collects rich data on bird abundance and distribution across the world. You can submit your own observations via your computer or smart phone.
  • What’s Your Habitat – Discovering habitat at home. Students explore basic survival needs of humans and wildlife by drawing their own homes and neighborhoods. Courtesy National Wildlife Federation