Online Environmental Education Resources for Caregivers

March 31, 2020 by Olivia Wisner
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Below is a running list of online resources which may be useful to Caregivers during school closures. If you know of additional resources that should be featured email info@baybackpack.com.

Activity Ideas
-Leaf Activities: No matter where you are, there are always leaves available! You can use leaves for a variety of fun activities.
-Track, Scat, and Sign Activities: Be a nature detective and look for a sign!
-Neighborhood Safari, Chesapeake Conservancy: Neighborhoods throughout the watershed are hosting “Zoofari” scavenger hunts. Participants place a stuffed animal in plain sight in their windows or front yards that can be visually found while folks are out on their daily walks.
-FieldScope Do at Home Inquiry Activities with Data: BSCS Science Learning has responded to the current situation by transforming a new set of citizen science lessons designed for classrooms into student-directed versions that can be done independently from home.
-National Park Trust Buddy Bison Activity: Think of this as a “choose your own” adventure experience. First, pick your park virtual tour. Second, print and color Buddy Bison based on the park you choose. Third, build your own park home for Buddy or write a comic strip based on his outdoor explorations. (Elementary)
-NEEF Environmental Education at Home: list of resources includes selected NEEF toolkits and activity guides that require minimal outdoor time.
-Science Inquiry at Home: These exploration suggestions are designed to explore science content at home in the event of full or partial school closures. Each suggestion starts with a question to answer. Included here are suggested materials and activities to help answer each question and suggestions on ways to communicate the findings. Kindergarten. First Grade. Second Grade. Third Grade.
-Discover Nature Science Series: Maryland Public Television has partnered with Carrie Murray Nature Center to bring you this collection of inquiry-based activities that combine PBS KIDS educational media with hands-on, nautre-based learning to spark curiosity, promote creativity, and encourage children’s sense of wonder. Activities can be used with groups of children or individually; in the backyard, local park, or any favorite outdoor space. (Ages 3-8)


Websites
-Ranger Rick Stuck Indoors: All digital magazines and activities are available for free through the end of June. The site also features guides for educators and parents. Most appropriate for early childhood and elementary grades. Activities in Spanish available here.
-U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, North Atlantic-Appalachian Region Blog: posts cover topics including backyard birding, scientific observation, soil science, plant surveys and more!
-NASA’s Earth Day at Home: Although people around the world are socially distancing, NASA is creating an opportunity to observe Earth Day virtually with the #EarthDayAtHome collection of new and curated activities and information. The collection includes at-home science activities, videos from Earth and space, downloadable posters, social media engagement and more. Many resources will be available in both English and Spanish.


Webinars and Videos
-Archived NOAA Live! Webinars: This YouTube playlist is a growing archive of the webinars. Each webinar features a different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated question and answers session so that you can get a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices. (Grades 2-8)
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Other Lists While not all within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, we hope these other lists can also help you.
-NAEE Online Learning Tools and Resources: This site includes a list of resources designed to keep learners of all ages interested and engaged during the crisis, from hands-on activities and lesson plans to websites, virtual tours, and more.
-NY Department of Environmental Conservation: Caregiver Resources While at Home, Surviving at Home with Youth: Activities to Stay Occupied
-MI Deparment of Natural Resources: Natural and Historical Education Resources for Home.
-Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators: Teaching Environmental Education at Home.
-Woods Hole Sea Grant Suggested Educational Resources: Woods Hole Sea Grant is pleased to be able to provide this list of educational resources to assist families with ideas and on-line programming for use during the shutdown of schools in response to COVID-19.
-MAEOE Home-Based Environmental Education Resources: Discover a wealth of online data sources, community/citizen science platforms, multimedia, curriculum guides, and individual lesson plans.

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