Young Naturalists stories with teachers guides

Our Young Naturalists series

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 david.lent@state.mn.us.

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.

Download Stories and Teacher's Guides

Niches for Everyone Story Teachers guide

Raptors in the Neighborhood Story Teachers guide

The Young Naturalists Story Teachers guide

Chirp, Croak, Snore: Story Teachers guide

Awesome Opossums: Story Teachers guide

Beetlemania!: Story Teachers guide

Splash: Story Teachers guide

Hundreds and Thousands and Millions of Fish: Story Teachers guide

Night Fliers: Story Teachers guide

Big, Bold, and Blue: Story Teachers guide

Ask a Rock: Story Teachers guide

Who is Alces alces?: Story Teachers guide

Ojibwe Lifeways: Story Teachers guide

Little Habitats on the Prairies: Story Teachers guide

Fish in the Zone: Story Teachers guide

How Do Birds Fly?: Story Teachers guide

Fabulous Fox Family: Story Teachers guide

Two Eastern Screech-Owls: Story Teachers guide

Wild Ideas, Wild Inventions: Story Teachers guide

Agate Hounds: Story Teachers guide

Minnesota's Wild Anglers: Story Teachers guide

Northern Saw-Whet Owl 10-583: Story Teachers guide

The Greatest of Feet: Story Teachers guide

Who Was George Bonga?: Story Teachers guide

Learn to Hunt: Story Teachers guide

Why is a Bluebird Blue?: Story Teachers guide

Life of a Pike: Story Teachers guide

Let's Find Out!: Story Teachers guide

Forest Builders: Story Teachers guide

Nature's Alphabet: Story Teachers guide

Have Fun Painting Ducks: Story Teachers guide

Nature's Recyclers: Story Teachers guide

Let's Make a Fishing Pole: Story Teachers guide

Sugar From Trees: Story Teachers guide

Ubiquitous Conifers: Story Teachers guide

Sweat Pads, Logging Berries, and Blackjack: Story Teachers guide

Tree Guardians: Story Teachers guide

A Most Amazing River: Story Teachers guide

Spring-to-Life Ponds: Story Teachers guide

The Magic of Morphing: Story Teachers guide

Who's That Navigator?: Story Teachers guide

The World From a Stump: Story Teachers guide

Counting Critters: Story Teachers guide

What's in a Bird Song?: Story Teachers guide

Ants: Story Teachers guide

Hoot, Tremelo, Yodel, and Wail: Story Teachers guide

Nature's Calendar: Story Teachers guide

Wild Engineers: Story Teachers guide

Ready, Set, Grow: Story Teachers guide

Let's Outfit a Tackle Box: Story Teachers guide

Look Down in the Woods: Story Teachers guide

The Hole Story: Story Teachers guide

Lichens: Two Lives in One: Story Teachers guide

George and the Voyageurs: Story Teachers guide

Wild Vision: Story Teachers guide

The Wonder of Water: Story Teachers guide

Let's Go Camping!: Story Teachers guide

The Parenting Game: Story Teachers guide

Let's Go Ice Fishing!: Story Teachers guide

Let's Go Snowshoeing!: Story Teachers guide

Gallery of Game: Story Teachers guide

Buggy Sounds of Summer: Story Teachers guide

Let's Go Canoeing: Story Teachers guide

Special Delivery: Eggs: Story Teachers guide

The Nature of Feathers: Story Teachers guide

Wired Life: Story Teachers guide

Mirrors of Minnesota: Story Teachers guide

Hey, How's the Weather?: Story Teachers guide

The Slinky, Stinky Weasel Family: Story Teachers guide

Let's Go Birding: Story Teachers guide

Hopping With Hares and Rabbits: Story Teachers guide

Life in a Jar: Story Teachers guide

Color On, Color Off: Story Teachers guide

Six Slippery Salamanders: Story Teachers guide

Whoooo's Watching?: Story Teachers guide

Tremendously Marvelous Trees: Story Teachers guide

Damsels and Dragons: Story Teachers guide

Oh Deer!: Story Teachers guide

Fish Sense: Story Teachers guide

Rocky Roots: Story Teachers guide