Educators, these nature-based lesson plans and activities are designed for you to use with your students.
We’ve adapted the same nature-based lesson plans we’d normally teach during after-school programs and field trips to suit a distance learning environment. All My Nature Connection lessons for educators are tied to MN State Education Standards and cover topics found within STEM and Environmental Education subject fields.
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Camp Fire Watersheds
Learn about the various water sources here at camp and around Minnesota.
Grades: 5+ | Takes: 20 mindownload pdf
Wondering About Woodpeckers
Learn about the different species in Minnesota, discover why woodpeckers don’t get headaches, and observe a woodpecker in its natural habitat.
Grades: 1-5 | Takes: 40-50 mindownload pdf
Learn about seeds, pollinators, and the life cycle of a dandelion through a hands-on activity.
Grades: K-6 | Takes: 20 minDownload PDF
New Age Nuclear
Read about the pros and cons of nuclear power and build your own thoughts on this renewable energy source.
Grades: 4-12 | Takes: 30 minDownload PDF
Read about the origins of Earth Day, create a nature mural, and play an Earth Day Jeopardy game.
Grades: 5-12 | Takes: 60 minDownload PDF
Solar Power Scientists
Learn the science behind solar power, discover the largest solar power plants in the world, and plan your own plant using google maps.
Grades: 3-12 | Takes: 45 minDownload pdf
Students will learn how to propagate a plant from a vegetable scrap and map the growth of their new plant.
Grades: K-8 | Takes: multi-week projectDownload PDF
Curious About Clouds
Learn about the 4 main types of clouds and go on a “cloud hunt” to see which types you can identify.
Grades: K-6 | Takes: 30 minDownload PDF
Animal Tracks in the Snow
Using observation skills, learn how to identify different animal tracks in the snow.
Grades: K-3 | Takes: 40-50 minDownload PDF
Learn the science behind snowflakes and create a fun, at-home snowflake craft.
Grades: K-4, 6 | Takes: 45 minDownload PDF
Create and decorate a journal using found items from the outdoors while exploring nature and making scientific observations.
Grades: K+ | Takes: 40-60minDownload PDF
Animal Adaptation Superpowers
Create your own animals with realistic or imagined adaptations.
Grades: 1-5 | Takes: 40-60 minDownload PDF
Learn about pollution and design & build a water filter system from a homemade mixture.
Grades: 1-12 | Takes: 60-90 minDownload PDF
Learn about renewable energy and then build a model wind turbine (pinwheel), form a hypothesis, and test the design.
Grades: 1-12 | Takes: 50-60 minDownload PDF
Learn about aquaponics and build a craft of this system that includes all of the symbiotic parts
Grades: 1-12 | Takes: 45 minDownload PDF
Frost in a Can
Learn the science behind frost and complete a hands-on experiment to make your own frost at home.
Grades: 2-5 | Takes: 15-20 minDownload PDF
Become an engineering problem solver by designing and building a chair and a bridge using minimal everyday materials.
Grades: 2- 12 | Takes: 60-90 minDownload PDF
Gain an understanding of community gardens and their importance for communities.
Grades: 2-12 | Takes: 30 minDownload PDF
Learn about different terrestrial and aquatic invasive species and their threat to Minnesota landscapes.
Grades: 3-8 | Takes: 30 minDownload PDF
Go on a virtual tour of the Camp Fire garden, learn about fruits and vegetables, and debunk misconceptions about them through a hands-on experiment.
Grades: 3-8 | Takes: 30-40 minDownload PDF
Climate Change & Activism
Students will learn the basics of climate change, how it is affecting Minnesota, and create posters that inspire change.
Grades: 3-12 | Takes: 60 minDownload PDF
Neighborhood Plant and Animal Exploration
Identify and research different species of plants and animals in nature with the aid of the iNaturalist app.
Grades: 4+ | Takes: 30-40minDownload PDF
Learn about the history, common causes, challenges and ways nature benefits from wildfire.
Grades: 5-12 | Takes: 20-30 minDownload PDF
Learn about bird migration and some of the dangers that birds face on their journeys. Then create a bird migration map of a local area.
Grades: 5-12 | Takes: 40 minDownload PDF
Hydrology and Dams
Gain a better understanding of the Importance of hydrology and take an online quiz to test your water footprint.
Grades: 5-12 | Takes: 20-30 minDownload PDF