Wetland education can be incorporated into many lessons plans or provide a fun opportunity to take your students or children for hands on learning about natural ecosystem processes and functions. On this page we aim to provide you links to other organizations who have information to help you get your feet wet (literally!).
North Carolina Division of Water Resources – Curriculum Connection. This site has wetland education materials developed to meet NC’s curriculum standards including printable materials, video, and pictures. Link to ncwetlands.org.
North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission’s 2020 Salamander Workshop – Mike Campbell and Jeff Hall present the virtual workshop that explore the wonderful world Salamanders. Learn what how to identify different types of salamanders and where you might be able find salamanders. Link to Virtual Workshop
Water Badge Challenge: ecoEXPLORE partnered with the NC Department of Environmental Quality in a new challenge for kids centered on hydrology and aquatic habitats including wetlands. Learn more at Ecoexplorer.net.
Weekly Topics and Challenges include:
Week One: NC Watersheds – Watch the”Follow that Ducky!” video.
Week Two: Wetlands watch the”What’s up Wetlands?” Video.
Week Three: Streams the “The Stonefly and the Stream” Video.
Week Four: Estuaries/ Coastal Waterways the “The Magical Oyster” Video.
Highlands Biological Station
Highlands Biological Station & Nature Center is providing a wide variety of live, virtual programming for public, private, or homeschool groups in grades preK-12. Virtual Programs are available via Zoom or Google Meet, and are designed to provide supplementation to the North Carolina science Essential Standards for each targeted grade level.Most programs last approximately 30-45 minutes, unless specific circumstances require adjustments to the schedule. . For more information, please call 828-526-4123 or visit highlandsbiological.org
Living with Nature distance learning event for the 2020-2021 academic year. During the event, you go around the Zoo virtually and often go places guests can’t go. This program is FREE but registration is required. This academic year’s events:
- Animal Behavior and Biology – Wednesday October 28, 2020 (To register)
- International Conservation – Wednesday November 18, 2020 (To register)
- Regional Conservation – Wednesday February 24, 2021 (To register)
- Green Practices – Wednesday April 28, 2021 (To register)
NC Climate Education Network
This network provides resources and inspiration for all educators interested in learning about Climate Education, especially here in North Carolina. If you are interested in getting connected with the latest in Climate Education, specifically in North Carolina, then learn about this initiative by kicking off a Climate Resiliency Art Contest that asks: What does Climate Resiliency mean to you?
Additional Curriculum Resources
North Carolina Curriculum Connection