Eastern Screech Owl

Dear Teachers,

We continue to bring virtual live animal programs to schools throughout the region engaging children with wildlife and the world around them.

We can also accommodate small school groups for programs on-site at the Science Center or walks on the live animal exhibit trail. All programs will be held outdoors. Groups will be broken into 10 or fewer participants.

Be well and please feel free to contact us with your specific questions or needs.

All programs and post-visit follow-up activities are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and New Hampshire Career and College-Ready Science Standards.

Complete the request form at nhnature.org/teachers or contact Sarah Wall at schools@nhnature.org to schedule your program.

School Programs

Virtually Wild Programs

Virtual programs are 45 minutes and feature two live animals. Our staff naturalists encourage questions and interactivity with your students. Students can join from the classroom or elsewhere. Programs are limited to one classroom per program to facilitate interactivity and include a post-visit activity that students can do at home.

In-person Programs at the Science Center

In-person school programs at the Science Center are for small groups. These unique and up-close encounters give your students the opportunity to discover and connect with nature. Physical distancing and face masks will be enforced. Programs will be held outside.

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Program Highlight:
Grades 3,4

From small to large, all predators live by catching other animals. Students explore adaptations that make these animals successful by studying several live predators.

• 3-LS3-1 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits – Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
• 3-LS4-3 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity – Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
• 4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes – Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

Resources for Teachers

Here are some helpful resources for environmental education and outdoor learning.

• North American Association of Environmental Education:
eeGuidance for Reopening Schools
Monthly webinar series

NHEE Screen to Green Webinar Series

Inside Outside Educators of New England – Outdoor Learning Opportunities for Healthy Students: A Solution for Elementary Schools During COVID 19

Natural Start Alliance – Outdoor Learning: A Solution for Schools During COVID 19

School’s Out(doors): Place-based Education (PBE) Responds to COVID-19 and Beyond by PEER Associates and Shelburne Farms for the Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative

50 Nature Activities for Kids
by Dave Erler

Get Nearer to Nature with Dave Erler and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Dave’s many years of experience as a naturalist along with a lifelong curiosity for nature have come together in this book. Teachers, parents, and children can enjoy 50 nature activities with step-by-step instructions to get outside and explore the natural world.
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