Resource Material – The Legacy Worldview (Teach The Children)
Here are the Internet Resources for the Environmental Education Blog Essa

 

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Emma Marris on Wolves, New Conservation & Kids In Nature
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Interactive Web Sites For Environmental Education
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Dr. Scott Sampson is a valued subscriber of this blog. I am in total agreement with his views on bringing young people in Nature. I became acquainted with Scott through his personal blog site and his post called the “The Whirlpool of Life”  http://www.scottsampson.net/index.php?page=education  
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Scott now works with naturerocks.org , a part of THe Nature Conservancy. His inaugural post is called What’s All the Fuss About Kids and Nature?  http://www.naturerocks.org/whats-all-the-fuss-about-kids-and-nature.xml
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Mother Nature is one of the best parents a child can have. A wonderful collection of comments by various parents on how Nature can become an important part of a child’s life.
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Environmental education projects in the great outdoors are among the best ways to teach skills that cut across curriculum
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The park ranger or the naturalist may be becoming an endangered species. Very sad because place-based environmental education is a powerful way to bring people back to Nature.
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A New Dark Age Looms
As our  Earth warms, our historical understanding of Nature will turn obsolete faster than we can replace it with new knowledge. Some patterns will change significantly; others will be largely unaffected, though it will be difficult to say what will change, by how much, and when.
Our grandchildren could grow up knowing less about the planet than we do today. This is not a legacy we want to leave them. Yet we are on the verge of ensuring that this happens.
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Children need nature; nature needs children
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A significant number of my readers are educators. Their contribution is vital to the strength of a nation and to the conservation of Nature because the strength of a nation and a society and the preservation of Nature starts with great education opportunities for all. Here are three great videos that focus on education.
“Making sure all our students get a great education, find a career that’s fulfilling and rewarding, and have a chance to live out their dreams … wouldn’t just make us a more successful country — it would also make us a more fair and just one.” — Bill Gates
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Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods
What if everybody picked a flower? Maybe they’d care more about nature.
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Exploring Our Connections to Nature.  In this environmental education lesson module, students will explore how their lives are linked to everything in their communities and ecosystems at varying scales. Through personal and group exploration, students will begin to understand our role in our ecosystem and how the decisions we make directly affect all living things.
How systems thinking applies to education
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This amazing set of short videos takes science students on a ‘never-before-filmed’ journey exploring animal bodies, behaviors and evolutionary development.
Shape of Life is a series of free short classroom videos that beautifully illustrate the evolution of the animal kingdom on planet earth. Based upon an original PBS Series, Shape of Life, is especially designed for students and teachers who want a first-hand account of how animals adapt and thrive. The series focuses on diversity, biodiversity, adaptability, body structure, design, behaviors, and the innovative scientists who explore these creatures.
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Deb Perryman – an award winning Environmental Education teacher from Elgin, Illinois who oversees the National Biodiversity Teach-In [ http://nationalbiodiversityteachin.com/  ] which is run by her students. This is my second year working with Deb and I’m privileged to be one of the speakers. Here is a video of  her story [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6QWApC04LI ]
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Connections In Nature – A Webinar Presentation
This is a webinar presentation that I gave to the National Biodiversity Teachin earlier this year.
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ECOSYSTEMS AND HOW THEY WORK: CONNECTIONS IN NATURE
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A “slideshare” presentation on connections in Nature. I like this one and may be using it in my classroom
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Some good images of food webs from Pinterest. These are things that can be used in your classroom presentations on connections in Nature.
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Food Webs: Concepts and Applications from the Knowledge Project
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What is the difference between a food web and a food chain?
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A really great series of lessons by he BBC on feeding relationships
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Energy flow in ecosystems. A wikipedia page
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Systems Thinking Concepts For Environmental Education

My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.

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