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California State Standards, Return of the Natives, and Your School

RON would like to help teachers incorporate project-based learning in their classrooms as a way to introduce environmental education topics. Using several resources, we have discovered activities that both meet the needs of the Next Generation Science Standards and incorporate english and mathematics concepts.

Here is a collection of our favorite environmental education activities. There are a wide range of environmental topics - from the water cycle to habitat conservation!

Where does your garden grow?

Kindergarten – 3rd grade

Playing lightly with the Earth
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4th – 6th grade

Seed needs
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Planet of plenty
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The Incredible Journey
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Soil stories
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Thirsty plants
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Did you notice
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Mapping the schoolyard habitat
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Human watershed
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7th – High School

Did You Notice?
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The Incredible Journey
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Trees in Trouble
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Hot Water
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Color Me A Watershed
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A Human Watershed
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Earth Partnership for Schools Curriculum

Adapted for California by Return of the Natives

Botany Bouquet
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Grassland Scavenger Hunt
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Woodland Scavenger Hunt
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Plant Families
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Ecosystem Observation Cards (Instructions)
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Ecosystem Observation Cards
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Conducting a Site Analysis
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Mapping Your Schoolyard
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Topography: Measuring Slope
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Designing a Restoration Project
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Where does your garden grow?
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Up Close and Personal
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Site Preparation Techniques
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Seeds to Seedlings: Seed Collection
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Seeds to Seedlings: Propagating Seeds in the Classroom
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Germination Determination
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Geometry in Nature
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Nature's Patterns
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Schoolyard Poetry Rap
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