Any time that parents and teachers can bring learning to life–really make it hands on and real–I think they should totally go for it.
And though years ago, the only way for students to step outside the classroom required an old yellow school bus, permission slips, and countless hours planning and organizing, things today are quite different.
Virtual field trips can happen with the click of a button.
Seriously? SO. Cool.
And this month, thanks to The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere, students can take a virtual field trip to learn how nature and water work with people.
April 8th. 12pm ET. (But if you missed it, NO WORRIES! The video is embedded below!)
You’re invited! You’re all invited.
Here’s the skinny. . .
The Nature Conservancy Virtual Field Trip and Learning Resources: Wild Biomes– From America’s Rainforest to America’s Desert
Mark your calendars, share this post with your child’s teacher.
Forward this link to your school’s administration so that they can share the link with staff.
Wild Biomes–From America’s Rainforest to America’s Desert is the latest in a series aimed to build students’ knowledge of and emotional connection to environmental issues that are at the heart of The Nature Conservancy’s mission.
Don’t remember what a ‘biome’ is? Don’t worry. It’s all good. A ‘biome’ is just an area of the planet that can be classified by the plants and animals that live there. Like for this virtual field trip, you’ll be looking at the rainy area of the Olympic Peninsula and the dry, desert landscape of Arizona.
Got it? Good!
Here are the details:
Who: teachers, students, parents, anyone
What: a virtual field trip! Wild Biomes: From America’s Rainforest to America’s Desert hosted by Tyler DeWitt and featuring Kari Vigerstol, senior hydrologist on The Nature Conservancy’s Global Water team
Two wildly different ecosystems, both dependent on the same precious resource: water. On this virtual field trip, we’ll first travel to the lush, rain-soaked splendor of the Olympic Peninsula and explore the urban watershed of Seattle. The abundant rainfall here provides plenty of water, but keeping it clean and safe can be a challenge. Next, we’ll head to Arizona’s dry, desert landscape and take a tour down the Verde River, one source of water that nourishes this parched land. Here, people and other living things must adapt to a limited water supply, yet sudden and violent storms can dump seven inches of rain in a single night! Tune in for our live Google hangout at 12pm ET on April 8, 2015, to find out how geography, people, and water interact in two of America’s ‘wildly’ unique biomes. (40 minutes)
Why: to show students that nature and water work with people
Where: whatever works for you
- you can watch the virtual field trip live as a Google Hangout On Air on The Nature Conservancy’s Google + channel
- live stream on YouTube
- later on The Nature Works Everywhere YouTube channel
When: April 8, 2015 at 12 pm ET
UPDATE: Below is the Wild Biomes Virtual Field Trip. Enjoy!
And more: Check out these supplementary resources to really hit the ball out of the park!
- Gardens Activity Guide–Water!
- How Natural Areas Filter Water
- Managing Salmon to Support Healthy Forests
The Nature Conservancy provides tons of resources that bring learning to life.
And we can experience so many cool things thanks to Nature Works Everywhere.
I have been in awe of the work that The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere has been doing to bring learning to life.
In fact, the kids and I did a lot of exploring and watched two whole past field trips this weekend. You can find two of the past Virtual Field Trips here.
Friends, we are so lucky.
Learning is so much different now, thanks to technology.
Learning is so much more fun now, thanks to technology.
Learning is so much cooler now, thanks to technology.
And thanks to great organizations like The Nature Conservancy and Nature Works Everywhere, we are doubly lucky because they make learning and resources hands-on, accessible, and meaningful.
Check it out!
fyi: This post was written as part of a partnership with The Nature Conservancy and We Are Teachers; as always, my opinions are all my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator.