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April Nature Studies

19 Apr

Well up here in the Northwest the old adage “April showers bring May flowers” is a reality for us.  What better time to study the water cycle?  In my home town we have a Nature Center and a Watershed Educational Center.  Both are free!  Even if you live in a small community that doesn’t provide such resources you can make up your own field trips.  Wether you live in the wet Northwest Mountains or the Southern Deserts, there are plenty of ways to teach about the water cycle just by going out into nature.  Plan a hike near a body of water.  If you are in the desert chances are you can discover a watering hole, natural or manmade.  Or just talk about how the plants and animals survive with so little water each year.  In the middle of the city you could us a fountain or manmade waterfall as an object lesson of the water cycle.  There is so much out there and it is just up to us to do a little research and get-up-and-go to achieve a great study!  Here are some resources to help get you started.

Teacher Resources http://bee.cityofboise.org/WaterShed/Learn/TeacherResources/page25905.aspx

Create your own water cycle http://thewaterproject.org/resources/lesson-plans/create-a-mini-water-cycle.php

Another good starting point http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/education/wl_watercycle.pdf

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Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Adventures, Nature Studies

 

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