Virtual Classroom

Did You Know?

Central Platte NRD provides FREE natural resources materials for classroom activities in our District. As you plan activities for the school year, please keep in mind that Central Platte NRD will order materials that you may need OR our staff will present the activity for you. Just let us know what you need!

We’re also excited to announce that we have a new Education Assistant to be your classroom guest with activities on any natural resource: trees, water quality, water quantity, water cycle, soil health, flood control, native prairie, wildlife, pollinators, prescribed fire, etc.

Contact Marcia Lee to help you bring natural resources activities to your classroom!
(308) 385-6282   lee@cpnrd.org
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September – October Events

Why do deer sport antlers? Why do badgers live in burrows? How are mushrooms different than plants? Learn the answers to these questions and more through an eight-week virtual webinar series hosted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators starting Sept. 3. The series, “The Science of …,” will take place via Zoom at 3 p.m. on Thursdays and is designed for anyone curious about the natural world — but especially for trivia hounds.  The series will feature:

  • Sept. 3: The Science of … Animal Headgear
  • Sept. 10: The Science of … Fossorial Animals
  • Sept. 17: The Science of … Dangerous Plants
  • Sept. 24: The Science of … Invasive Species
  • Oct. 1: The Science of … Wildlife Diseases
  • Oct. 8: The Science of … Fungi
  • Oct. 22: The Science of … Snakes
  • Oct. 29: The Science of … Nebraska Fish

The webinars are free, but require pre-registration. Sign up for one or all of the webinars at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov or through the Game and Parks’ Facebook page at  facebook.com/negameandparks. Those registered will receive a confirmation email with a password to login to the webinar at the specific date and time.

The webinars will be recorded and posted to outdoornebraska.org/onlineeducation for those who can’t attend. There, people also can find the original six “Science Of …” episodes featured earlier this summer.

For more information, contact monica.macoubrie@nebraska.gov or visit Nebraska Game and Parks Commission or Nebraska Project WILD on Facebook.

 

Virtual Classroom Resources

Need new ideas for your classroom?  Check out the links and resources below for students & teachers below on water, soil, plants, trees, wildlife & habitat.

NRD Education Videos – Lower South Platte NRD           
Nature Tours 
– Twin Platte NRD

Water

Soil

Plants

Trees

Wildlife

  • Aquatic WILD aquatic wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12.
  • Environmental Education for Kids (EEK!)– Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Fun and games about water, trees, wildlife, environment.
  • Flying WILD fowl wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students
  • Growing up WILD early childhood ed curriculum that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.
  • National Geographic Kids – Engaging with Nature
  • Project WILD – wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12, hands-on education program. Available in both English and Spanish.
  • Science for Kids – Air, Water & Aquatic Environments Science Program with the US Forest Service Research and Development

Habitat

  • Carly’s Kids Corner connecting kids with nature. From the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Environmental Education for Kids (EEK!)– Sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Fun and games about water, trees, wildlife, environment.
  • Just for Kids Learn more about wildflowers on our National Forests and Grasslands, and about pollinators, gardening, invasive plant species, and ethnobotany. Enjoy our puzzles, coloring pages, and fun activities!
  • National Geographic Kids – Learning about Nature
  • Nature Explore – help nature become an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning.
  • Platte Watershed in Motion – Learn about the Platte Watershed
  • Science for Kids – Air, Water & Aquatic Environments Science Program with the US Forest Service Research and Development

Contact Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282  or email Marcia Lee: lee@cpnrd.org