Bicentennial Nature Center Network Curriculum

"We envision this Bicentennial Nature Center Network partnership leading to stronger relationships with teachers and schools by using shared environmental curricula. We are thrilled to have this network working together to help facilitate experiences that help more kids encounter nature!"

Alison Zajdel, Executive Director of Cope Environmental Center

 

Habitats Happen!
Encourages students to begin differentiating between living and non-living things and then to connect living organisms to their basic needs, that are found in their specific habitat.   This 2-3 hour program is designed for kindergarten and first grades, and addresses science and social studies standards found here.  Download Habitats Happen and for a 45 minute to 1 hour program for kindergarten and first grades, and addresses science standards found here, download Habitat Sweet Habitat!


Our Land Rocks!
Inspires students to begin thinking of Earth not just as a planet with land and water, but also as a place made up of rocks and minerals.  This 2-3 hour program is designed for second and third grades, and addresses science standards found here.  Download Our Land Rocks!

Help students to understand why the study of geology is an important step in understanding land conservation. To introduce students to the concept of land conservation using the Children of Indiana Nature Park as a tool. Students will learn about the geology of Indiana, the difference between rock types, the way these rocks “shape” our everyday lives, and how important this resource is to Indiana.This 1 hour program designed for second and thrid grades addess science standards found here. Download Indiana Rocks!


What’s the Dirt on Soil?
Introduces students to the importance of soil through: (1) learning the 3 mineral parts of soil; (2) developing an understanding of why soils need to be studied; and (3) connecting soil to land conservation while demonstrating the relationship between humans and soil. This 2-3 hour program is designed for fourth and fifth grades, and addresses social studies, science, health & wellness, mathematics, and English/language arts standards found here.  Download What's the Dirt on Soil?

To appreciate the complexity of soil, understand how long it takes soil to form, and
recognize the importance of soil conservation,  students will learn about the deep history of their local soils through exploration of the soil horizons and the effects of glaciation. This 45 minute to 1 hour program is designed for fourth and fifth grades and address science standards found here. Download I'm Diggin' it!