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University of Minnesota

Kathryn A. Martin Library

Outdoor and Environmental Education Research Guide

This guide provides resources for outdoor and environmental education.

Teaching resources

Minnesota Volunteer Teaching Activities

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides activies that can be downloaded and used in the classroom. Areas covered are: foreests; geology, soil, mining; plants; prairies; wildfire; field trip ideas; outdoor classrooms; and school forests.

Minnesota's Natural Resources

This website by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides pictures and facts about nature; animals; ecological classification system; plants; native plant communities; rocks and minerals; endangered species; invasive species; climate; forests; prairies; and water.

Education & Safety Training

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides information on safety for hunters; recreational vehicle; boat and water, and ice as well as natural resources education.

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Kits

Classroom Resources: Young Naturalists stories with teachers guides

Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine's Young Naturalists series is designed to engage elementary and middle school students with a wide variety of nonfiction topics on natural science and outdoor life. Each Young Naturalists teachers guide includes ready-made classroom activities and how those activities connect to current Minnesota Academic Standards. Current and past Young Naturalists stories and guides can be downloaded at Young Naturalists stories with teachers guides.

The UMD library receives 15 booklets and the teacher's guide. This are put into a kit to be used by educators. Those kits can be found on the third floor of the library in the Teaching Materials and Kits collection. Here is a floor map of the third floor showing where to find the collection.The call number for the kits is TKS 636.