Our Environmental Center
This is our Environmental Center. We are very
proud of all the gardens and homes for wildlife.
We enjoy working in the gardens and watching everything grow.
This is our pond. We have many koi that live there. We often eat our lunch outside and enjoy watching the fish. In the spring we have lots of frogs and we enjoy watching the development of the tadpoles.
Click here to create your own pond! (online activity)
Montgomery, Alabama Weather
These are some activities I have created to use in your classroom. Each month I will try to bring you activities you can do with children which are related to gardening and environmental science. I will also include recipes and craft ideas dealing with gardening.
Play Gardening Concentration Online!
St. Patrick's Day Gardening Ideas
The Good Earth Tellers - a unit on Environmental Storytelling
Create a Pond - Online Activity
Feeding the Birds this Winter
From Egg to Chick: Hatching chicks in the classroom and activities with eggs
All About Snails
Schoolyard Safari - Discovering Nature in Your Schoolyard
Grow A Plant Person:
These are really neat! First, take a nylon stocking, pour grass seeds in, add soil and then tie off the end with a rubber band. Then you can glue on facial features, and in a couple of days, grass will start to grow on the "head." When the grass grows, students can cut it, make pony tails, and even name their plant person.
Make a Bug Sucker
You take a film canister - the clear ones work better so you can see your little prisoner on the inside when you catch one - hole-punch two sides of it, put medical gauze over the outside of one hole, take two strips of aquarium tubing and poke them in the holes. Use clay to seal the holes around the tubing. Now you can suck on the tube with the gauze and use the end of the other to vacuum up insects for collecting.
You can also make a bug sucker using straws:
Two holes are punched in the top of the film canister. A plastic straw with a bit of nylon is poked through one hole which lets you suck in air without bugs. A bent straw is poked through the other hole and is directed at an ant, gnat, or other small bug.
Environmental and Gardening Links:
Acid Rain Lesson Plans
Air Quality Lesson Plans
America Recycles Day
Bat Conservation International
Biological and Life Sciences Lesson Plans
Birds: Our Environmental Indicators
The Bug Club Homepage
Bugs Aren't All Bad
Eastern Timber Wolf Unit
Earth Day Project
Earth Home Page
Earth Sciences Lesson Plans
Ecology for Elementary School Students
Environmental Education Network
Green Teacher Homepage
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Lesson Plans
Natural History Lesson Plans
Partners for Growing Planet
Plug Your Classroom into the Environment!
Whales: A Thematic Web Unit
Endangered! Exploring a World at Risk
Your Big Backyard
Creating a Butterfly Garden with Children
Gardening for Kids
this is the best site I've seen with information on how to start your own school gardens
kinderGARDEN Garden Activities
I Can Garden Kids Corner
The Great Plant Escape Teacher's Guide
How We Created Our Environmental Center How To Create A Pond
Our Environmental Center Environmental Center Classroom
Meet Grandforest Tree
© 2001 S. Seagraves
Be sure to visit our classroom web site for more thematic units and lesson plan ideas.