In the early 1990s, Bemidji Middle School language arts teacher Jack Judkins began giving his students Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine to read. The Young Naturalists stories especially appealed to them. So Judkins began building lessons around these educational nonfiction stories. On sabbatical, he made an appointment to meet the magazine's editorial staff. He proposed to develop Teachers Guides to Young Naturalists stories. We said yes, and "Minnesota's Rocky Roots" in the Sep.–Oct. 1995 issue became the first to have an online Teachers Guide. Judkins and MCV staff have been producing Teachers Guides ever since.
Classroom Bulk Order Policy
Current and past Young Naturalists and Teachers Guides can always be
[link to YN stories page] downloaded and printed free of charge. However, if you prefer to have the physical magazine in your classroom, Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine does accept purchase orders for payment of classroom subscriptions.
The following pricing structure covers the full cost of providing bulk copies.
One-time order: $1.50 per magazine. Annual order (6 issues): $9.00 per subscription. To setup a bulk order, please contact David Lent at 651-259-5347 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many schools obtain annual sponsorships from local individuals, service clubs, or parent-teacher organizations to cover a portion or all of the subscription cost. If this support is available to your school, please have checks made payable to Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, and clearly indicate the name of the school on whose behalf the payment is being made. If sponsorship support covers a portion of the subscription, we will provide an invoice for the balance.
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Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine's Young Naturalists series is designed to engage elementary and middle school students with a wide variety of nonfiction topics on natural science and outdoor life. Each Young Naturalists teachers guide includes ready-made classroom activities. Current and past Young Naturalists stories and guides can be downloaded below.