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    Empowering Stewards of Nature (Free Study Guides)

    Empowering Stewards of Nature

    Lessons From the Web of Life

     


    For Nature at all levels to exist, everything in our universe, in our world, and in our local communities must be connected because Nature’s fuel is energy which must flow between all plants and animals. Everything is connected. Nothing is self sufficient. Every rock, bird, beast, plant, and human being is dependent on each other in some way that is important. Without interconnectivity, Nature would not be here on Earth.

     

    Everything lives within this web of life. A plant is connected to our sun because the plant needs the sun’s energy to live. An animal, such as ourselves, needs the plant because the plant gives us the energy that we need to live. And so on. The conservation of our natural environment is the identification, understanding, and protection of these vital connections in Nature.

     

    I am pleased to offer this series of lesson guides that focus on the theme that “Nothing In Nature Exists In Isolation”. The material is in the form of a PDF eBook which is provided, free of charge.

     

    The objective of this book is to help environmental educators instill the need to preserve an interconnected Nature in the consciousness of our young people. The strategy of the material is to demonstrate the vital importance of identifying, understanding, and protecting connections in Nature. Equipped with this consciousness and new knowledge, a young person is in a position to influence his generation and future generations about how the conservation of connections in Nature will preserve the Earth’s environment for ourselves and for other creatures.

     

    This book is written for environmental educators and their students. The material and methodology has been successfully used in environmental education programs in junior and senior high school levels. Modified and simplified material has been used from fourth grade up to sixth grade. I’ve found that all students, no matter what grade level, love the question and answer approach. I have also trained my high school students to become the mentors for sessions given in the lower grades. Young students seem to follow the lead of other students better than the lead of adults.

     

    The material in this book is a collection of lesson modules that focus on our interconnected world of Nature. Individual lessons may be used separately or the complete lesson set may be used in the sequence provided as activities that focus on connections in Nature. Each module can be printed as a handout to your students.

     

    The methodology sets aside the formal presentation of facts in favor of individual exploration and discovery. Instead of being a purveyor of facts, the “teacher” acts as a mentor who only asks questions. The research and the answers must come from the students.. Through Socratic style seminars and discussion groups accompanied by hands-on place-based education, this material will assist a student in engaging, exploring, and discovering Nature’s interconnected world. The Socratic approach is used because it builds critical thinking skills and strongly encourages students to do their own Internet research.

     

    An important part of this book is the process of regularly providing updated editions. New material and ideas are openly welcomed and will be incorporated into new editions. Those who download a copy of this book will be asked for an email address so that new editions can be sent automatically. In effect, the book is a community project where, with time, the expertise of many environmental educators will be represented.

     

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    Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments – List Of Collaborators
    • Who Should Read And Use This Book?
    • Welcome
    • Suggestions For Using The Material in This eBook
    • Student Instructions For Participating In Seminar Sessions
    • Seminar Material On Connections In Nature
    • What Is Nature?
    • What Does “Engaging Nature” Mean?
    • What Are Connections In Nature?
    • What Is Energy?
    • What Are Ecosystems?
    • What Are Habitats?
    • What Are Food Webs?
    • Why are Wildlife Corridors Important ?
    • How Are You The Same As Rocks, Birds, Animals, and Rivers?
    • How Are Plants And The Sun Connected?
    • How Are Plants, Animals, And Humans Connected?
    • Why Are Sounds In Nature Important?
    • Why Are Forests Important In Our Lives?
    • How Can I Identify Connections In Nature ?
    • How Can I Protect Connections In Nature?
    • Case Studies
    • Our Sun’s Energy
    • Our Moon
    • Air
    • Water
    • Ice Bergs
    • Log Beaches
    • Winds
    • Storms
    • From Raindrops To Rivers
    • The San Pedro River
    • Estuaries
    • Fiddler Crabs
    • Forests
    • Lichens
    • Cow Pies
    • Grasslands
    • Fire
    • Deserts
    • Sand Dunes
    • Nursery Plants
    • Insects
    • Bugs And Flowers
    • Spines
    • Spider Webs
    • Emergent Behavior
    • Gray Whale Migration
    • Salmon Migration
    • Ant Colonies
    • Ants and Eggshells
    • Penguin Colonies
    • Elephant Seal Mother And Her Pup
    • Bull Elephant Seals
    • Salmon And Bears
    • Gentoo Penguin And Chicks
    • Albatross Predators
    • Pelicans And Seals
    • Turkey Vultures
    • The Baby Dies Too
    • Coyotes
    • Wandering Albatross
    • Frigate Birds
    • Bison
    • Beavers
    • Soundscapes
    • Fractals
    • Case Studies – Connections Broken By Man
    • Whale Catcher Boats
    • ATVs And Turtles
    • Fences
    • The Killing Of Wolves And Other Great Predators
    • Activity Sets In Nature
    • Using Students As Teachers
    • Engaging Nature With Photography
    • Identifying Sounds In Nature
    • Identifying Connections In Nature – The String Game
    • Applied Connection Identification Activities
    • Developing A Conservation Plan
    • A Final Note – Gifts Of Wisdom Passed On To You

    Web of Life Internet Reference Resources

    This page offers web reference resource lists for various categories that apply to Nature and Her web of life . The lists are categorized by topic. To go to an individual resource list, simply click on its title in the list provided below. To return to this list from a selected list, simply use the back button.

     

    Biodiversity

    Climate Change

    Conservation Practices

    Patterns In Nature

    Energy Flow In Nature’s Ecosystems

    Environmental Education

    Environmental Ethics

    Forests and Subterrainean Ecosystems

    Intelligence, Behavior, and Social Patterns

    Man’s Impact On Nature

    Mankind’s Unsustainable and Inaccurate Worldview of Nature

    Miscellaneous Web of Life Subjects

    Nature’s Living Systems

    Nature Videos

    Predators

    Self Similarity – Fractals

    SIze and Scaling

    Soundscape Ecology

    The Spiritual Voice of Nature

    Superorganisms and Self-Organization

    Symmetry In Nature

    Synchrony and Time Patterns

    Wildlife Issues

     

    Mankind’s Unsustainable and Inaccurate Worldview of Nature

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Blog Topics

    This page lists all of the essays that are presented in this blog site. The essays are listed by category and date (newest to oldest). To go to an individual essay, simply click on its title in the lists shown below.

    In addition to essays, I offer a series of reference lists that you may use as you see fit.. These reference lists contains Internet reference sources for my essays, my research, by books, and my preparation for my student seminars. You may access these lists by selecting the “Online Resource Lists” menu item at the top of this page.

    Conservation Issues

    Ecoliteracy

    Ecological Civilizations

    Empowering Our youth

    Engaging Nature

    Environmental Education

    Favorite

    Human Worldviews

    Moral Guidelines

      My Blog Essays

      Nature's Energy

      Natures Connections

      Natures Patterns

      Our Youth

      Systems Thinking

      Video

      web_resources

      Welcome

       

       

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