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The resources listed below are intended to provide teachers and families with access to high-quality environmental education lessons and activities that students can do from wherever they are. Use the filters on the left to search by grade level, subject, topic, location (indoor, outdoor, or both!) and more to find the one that is right for you and your students.

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This database was developed in partnership with the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) and the Education Innovation Fund, a K-12 initiative dedicated to supporting innovation in learning during COVID-19. E Movement greatly appreciates all of the organizations that have contributed their time and materials – please visit their websites for more great resources!

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  • Insect Scavenger Hunt

    In this video, students will learn about the variety of insects, what their roles are, and how to identify them. It's accompanied by an insect scavenger hunt print-out. Grades: K-2nd

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  • Make Your Own Compass

    Learn how to make a compass with household items! Grades: 2-5

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  • Habitats of Bluff Lake

    Students will learn what makes a good habitat, what types of habitats we have at Bluff Lake, and how plants and animals survive in these habitats. Spanish version here (copy & paste link into browser) - https://tinyurl.com/y5r6fuz3 Grades: ECE-3

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  • Bluff Lake Water Mission

    Learn all about the three water sources at Bluff Lake, near Denver, Colorado, including: where the water comes from, what the habitats look like, and how we test to make sure the water is healthy for aquatic animals! Spanish version here (copy & paste link into browser) - https://tinyurl.com/yy3urnc8 Grades: 3-5

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  • Animal Signs

    Students will learn about various animals signs such as tracks they make in mud or snow, and how to identify tracks themselves! Link to Spanish version here - https://tinyurl.com/y6bqx78e Grades: 2-5

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  • Plant vs. Human Structures and Systems

    Join Garden Coordinator/Educator Gabriela (Spanish) and former Garden Coordinator/Educator Carol (English) as they dig into what makes plants and humans function! Students will witness some plant dissection, then can go looking for evidence of plant systems and structures in the world around them. A worksheet is provided for more learning at home. No printer? No worries! Create your own version of the worksheet, or just use it as a guide to discuss with your class or family. Grades: 4-6

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  • Garden Nutrition

    This lesson comes to us from our Nutrition Intern, Masters Student, Missy Meyers! Join Missy (English) and Garden to Table Garden Coordinator/Educator Gabriela (Spanish) as they visit the garden with 4th grade to find out about nutrition. Students can use the information they share to think about the nutritional value of their favorite foods, and consider trying something new! A worksheet and online materials are provided for more learning at home. No printer? No worries! Create your own version of the worksheet, or just use it as a guide to discuss with your class or family. Grades: 3-5

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  • Explore Water Use at Home

    This activity helps young learners explore how they use water at home. By counting every time they use a source of water in the home, learners are able to create a graph to compare where they go most frequently for water and how they might be able to change where they use water. Grades: 2-5

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  • Insect Habitats

    Garden to Table Garden and Volunteer Coordinator Leslie Norcross shows us about insects and their habitats, then takes us for and up-close visit with insects in the garden! 2nd graders can explore with Leslie, then go searching for different types of insects in their native habitat. Worksheets are provided for labeling insect parts and guidance for finding insects. (Spanish language video and worksheets coming soon!) No printer? No worries! Just grab any sheet of paper, explore, and draw or write what you find. Or find a friend, family member, pet, of favorite toy to tell about your scientific discoveries! Grades: 1-3

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  • Exploring Pumpkins and Sunflowers

    Join Garden to Table Program Director Lindsey (in English), and Garden Coordinator Gabriela (in Spanish), on a fun investigation of sunflowers and pumpkins in the garden! Students can visit the garden with us, then do their own exploration at home, in a garden, or in their yard or neighborhood. A worksheet is provided to help guide students. Kids – make sure you ask permission before picking or damaging any plants! No printer? No worries! Just grab any sheet of paper, explore, and draw or write what you find. Or find a friend, family member, pet, of favorite toy to tell about your scientific discoveries! Grades: ECE-1

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  • Edible Rainbow

    Students will learn about the health benefits of different colored foods and why it is important to "eat the rainbow" through a fun drawing, scavenger hunt in their kitchen and additional supportive materials. Includes: video lesson, hands-on activity, discussion questions, and additional resources. Grades: ECE-2

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  • Honeybees, Pollination and the Food We Eat

    Students will learn about the life cycle of the honeybee, pollination, and the honeybees' contribution to plant life and modern agriculture. Includes: video lesson, hands-on activity, discussion questions, and additional resources. Grades: ECE-2

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  • Environmental Art

    Students will learn about repeating patterns found in nature, the artist work of Andy Goldsworthy, then will be encouraged to make their own environmental art from materials found in the places they explore. Includes: video lesson, hands-on activity, discussion questions, and additional resources. Grades: ECE-5

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  • Dinosaur Ridge Geology & Paleontology

    Teach students about geology and paleontology through this virtual tour of Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison, Colorado. Student-facing slides with teacher/speaker notes, video links, and questions for students. Note: This is a sample - the full curriculum contains an educator’s guidebook, additional Google slides, student activities and worksheets, and additional videos. Click logo below for more information. Grades: 6-8

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  • Ecosystem Investigations – Consumers

    Consumers are animals that get their energy from eating other organisms. Learn how to tell what an animal eats by looking at their teeth with Ranger Alicia from Jefferson County Open Space. Grades: 4. For the Spanish version, copy & paste this URL into your browser: https://tinyurl.com/y3oqswxj

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  • Ecosystem Investigation – Producers

    Producers are organisms that make their own energy from the sun, and serves as a food source for other organisms in a food chain. Learn about plants and make your own backyard restaurant menu with Ranger Ree! Grades: 4. For the Spanish version, copy & paste this URL into your browser: https://tinyurl.com/y5nwph8m

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  • Ecosystem Investigation – Decomposers

    The first in the Ecosystem Investigation Video Series - Decomposers! Decomposers are organisms that break down dead or decaying organisms. Learn about these important recyclers with Ranger Heidi from Jefferson County Open Space. Grades: 4. For the Spanish version, copy & paste this URL into your browser: https://tinyurl.com/y5pbacar

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  • Homestead Tour

    Join Cal-Wood educator Maddie for a virtual tour of the Cruthers' Homestead in Jamestown, CO. Learn about the tools and routines of homestead life, including what school would look like! Use the Homestead Journal as an accompanying activity to make connections to modern life https://drive.google.com/drive/u/4/folders/1pEeC5vI1V1gFStP8sAHju3qCperNn6G- Grades: 4-6

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  • Natural Resources

    Students will learn about renewable resources on this virtual exploration of Cal-Wood's forests and the mica mine. Video features Cal-Wood educators and includes question prompts and instructions for quick activities. Grades: 5-8

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  • Dream Habitats

    Join a Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Educator for this virtual education program! In this interactive virtual class, students will learn what makes up a habitat. We will encourage creativity while students build or draw a habitat for an animal of their choosing. Spanish link (copy and paste into your browser): https://tinyurl.com/yxjscrxq Grades: 1, 2, 3

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  • Birding 101

    Have you been wondering what those birds are in your backyard or park? In this video, we will be exploring bird adaptations, the steps to identifying birds, and ways to become a keen observer and an even better birder. Includes pauses and breaks for brainstorming and other activities. Spanish video (copy & paste link into your browser): https://tinyurl.com/y45d8l3q Grades: 3-8

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  • Map Your Groceries

    Do bananas grow in your state? Could you harvest oranges from your garden? Where in the world do potatoes come from? In this activity, we’ll explore the food items you have around your house. You’ll learn where these products came from and then find those places on the map. Grades: 1-10

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  • Herban Geography

    Explore the origins of the herbs in your kitchen! Turn this activity into a full-scale research project, or simply learn the name and taste of one new spice. Grades: K-12

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  • My Weather Report

    In this activity, we’ll spend time outside, or near a window, every day for a week to observe the weather each day. We’ll also observe and learn about our own internal weather, or our feelings. For example, some days, or moments, you may feel happy and excited, while other times, you may feel sad. Grades: 1-7

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  • Soil Investigation

    Whether you are new to gardening or are an experienced gardener looking for a deeper connection, investigating soil is a great learning opportunity for all ages! In this activity, you will explore the wonders of soil and learn its components by using your senses. Grades: ECE-8

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  • Kitchen Scrap Garden

    Did you know that many of the fruit and vegetable scraps that get thrown away can be regrown and eaten right in your own kitchen? This activity provides directions for how to grow scraps (food waste). Grades: 2-8

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  • Seeds by Feel

    In this game, your kids will learn about different seed types using their senses! They will also learn that different plants have different types of seeds. Grades: K-6

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  • Fall Harvest – Producers & Consumers

    Garden to Table Program Director Lindsey LeCuyer asks students to think about producers and consumers in connection to the fall harvest. Students can brainstorm with Lindsey then work at home to find connections between producers and consumers in the economy and even the natural environment! A worksheet and online materials are provided for more learning at home. (Spanish language video coming soon!) Grades: 2, 3, 4

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  • Seed Exploration

    Garden to Table Program Director Lindsey LeCuyer leads students on an exploration of plants in the garden, reviewing plant parts and focusing on all of the amazing ways that plants spread their seeds! Students can learn with Lindsey, then go seed finding in their home, garden, or neighborhood environment. Worksheets are provided for labeling plant parts and helping students find seeds that can travel. (Spanish language video coming soon!) Grades: 1, 2

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  • Garden Scientists

    Young scientists explore a school garden using their 5 senses with experienced Kindergarten teacher, Mary Claire Collins, then do their own exploration at home, in a garden, or in their yard or neighborhood. A worksheet is provided to help guide students. (includes option for if there is no printer too) Grades: PreK, K, 1

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  • Plastic Audit Tutorial

    This lesson uses a combination of videos, slides, and activities to introduce students to single-use plastics and why we should care about them. Includes a challenge for students at the end! Grades: 6-12

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  • Nature Sketching

    A great way to learn more about your world is to look closely and draw what you see! Let your curiosity flow—what can you learn about the things you see by drawing them? (Directions for an outdoor activity.) Grades: 1-8

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  • Sit Spot

    Normally, we don’t take a lot of time to just sit and be in nature, and notice it around us. A Sit Spot is a super easy way to start building our connection to nature. This activity requires no supplies and can be repeated over and over (ideally, daily!) Grades: 3-12

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  • Pollinators Need Your Help!

    In this Quest, students will research and identify pollinators that naturally live in their region and need their help. They will uncover and explore life science concepts through the lens of their local pollinator species in order to identify the threats facing them, and the human behaviors that are contributing to decline. Then, students will design and implement project to make a meaningful difference! Small grant funds are available to help with the material costs of projects for classes that register and submit feedback and data at various checkpoints. Grades: 3-5

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  • Soil Heroes Needed!

    In this Quest, students will become carbon sequestration experts by investigating the differences between healthy and unhealthy soil in their community, and by examining relationships that soil has with plants, animals, the atmosphere, and the climate. Students will design and carry out a project to apply what they've learned on the Quest to help restore the health of local soils. Small grant funds are available to help with the material costs of projects for classes that register for the Quest and submit feedback and data at various checkpoints. Grades: 5-8

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  • Should Gray Wolves be Reintroduced into Colorado?

    In this Quest, students will research and defend conflicting citizen views on the reintroduction of wolves to the mountains of Colorado. They will compare scientific facts with misperceptions about wolves and their reintroduction, analyze relevant data, and explain ongoing research. It also compares anticipated and actual impacts of wolves in places where wolves were reintroduced in the 1990s. Grades: 9-12

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  • Sylvia’s Spinach

    How did that get on my plate? Students will investigate the answer in this lesson series (video + activity options). Young learners will see how Sylvia’s food preferences change when she grows her own food. Older students will understand where various crops originated and currently grow and calculate how far the food travels before it becomes part of a meal. Starts with story time! Link to Spanish version at the top of the page. Grades: ECE-5

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  • We Can’t Live Without Adaptations

    Interactive unit (slides + audio) walks students through activities to explore adaptations and how they help us survive including thumbs, hibernation, camouflage, & migration. Activities include imaginary Schoolyards Survival, Build a Habitat, & Build an Animal. Share all or part! "View Lesson" link goes to English student-facing document. Link to Spanish student-facing document here (copy/paste into browser): https://tinyurl.com/y6asxyed Link to teacher facing doc: https://tinyurl.com/CPWAdaptationsHyperdocTeachPDF Grades: 3-5

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  • The World in One Square Foot

    We think of nature as forests, mountains, and oceans, but there’s so much to discover even in a small patch of dirt or grass! (Directions for an outdoor exploration activity.) Grades: 4-8

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  • Pass the Energy

    Learn how energy moves through an ecosystem. Mutimedia learning module includes information on food chains, decomposers, and the clues we can get about what an animal eats from looking at it's skull! Videos + instructions for an outdoor exploration and links to additional activities. Grades: 3-6

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  • Decomposers

    Learn about decomposers, specifically worms, through this multimedia learning module. It includes videos, instructions for outdoor exploration, and links to additional games and activities. Grades: ECE-2

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  • Virtual Plant Field Trip

    Follow along with Thorne educators as they explore plant parts, plant art, soil, and plant shapes at four "stations" at Coal Creek. Each section includes multiple videos, instructions for art projects and outdoor exploration, and links to other related activities. Grades: 1-2

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