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EARTH PARTNERSHIP CURRICULUM GUIDES

Earth Partnership has innovative curriculum guides that direct interdisciplinary explorations in ecology and restoration. Guides are aligned to Common Core standards and encourage growth in science, math, literacy, art, social studies, and more.

Sample activities and an interactive woodland restoration workshop are available below.

The K–12 Curriculum Guide contains more than 100 lessons keyed to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science standards. Ten chapters outline our 10-step process for building rain gardens and restoring native habitats:

  1. Study species and ecosystems
  2. Investigate site history
  3. Analyze site
  4. Connect with community
  5. Design
  6. Prepare
  7. Plant
  8. Maintain
  9. Research
  10. Learn from the site

The Water Stewardship Guide offers students a means to forge deeper connections to their watershed. Activities emphasize hydrology education, native plantings to restore water health, and water-quality monitoring. Steps include: Discovering species, habitats, and cycles; Exploring and Mapping watersheds; Inquiring, Investigating, and Monitoring as citizen scientists; Engaging in community action and service learning; Restoring native species and habitats; and Sharing data and projects.

The Woodland Curriculum Guide was developed by and for teachers and community members who wanted to do restoration education in wooded areas. Activities enhance understanding of woodland ecology and seasonal cycles and provide guidance for restoring vegetation in these areas.

SAMPLE ACTIVITIES

The Rain Garden Curricular Sampler is drawn from the K–12 Curriculum Guide for designing and implementing a rain garden. Rain gardens catch and filter runoff that can otherwise cause erosion and spread pollution. They are an excellent way for schools, communities, and residents to make powerful change with a small space and minimal resources. The curricular sampler activities are available through the links below.

Rain Garden Activities:

The innovative K–12 Phenology Wheel Curriculum enables students to rediscover sense of place through art, writing, and photography. Phenology is defined as the study of natural events—such as bird migration or fall leaf color—that recur periodically in relation to climate and seasonal change. It provides an investigative tool for studying a schoolyard or neighborhood, or even to enhance a woodland, grassland, or wetland as a high-quality wildlife habitat.

Georgia Gómez-Ibáñez of Cambridge Elementary School, Anne Forbes of Partners in Place, LLC, and Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong of Earth Partnership for Schools created Phenology Wheels for students to learn about seasonal events and cycles in an experiential way. Georgia, a K–12 environmental educator, developed, tested, and wrote the five phenology-based activities at her school. The activities are based on Anne's Wheels of Time and Place, an attentive approach to keeping circular nature journals that works well for all ages and in all environments.

Earth Partnership for Schools is pleased to offer this curriculum for teachers and parents interested in connecting children and youth to the natural world in a simple and inspiring way. Funding for this project is from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.

Download the activities for classrooms and youth groups. The Partners in Place website has an online gallery of finished wheels.

WOODLAND RESTORATION INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP

Learn about Wisconsin woodland communities -- what types of woodlands grow in Wisconsin and the general characteristics of woodland ecosystems. Here you can identify plant species and woodland communities that may grow on your site.

Go to the workshop