Teachers' resources

Whether teaching reading, math, science, or social studies, nature can be a teacher’s best friend for motivating students and engaging learning. The DNR has a variety of resources to help educators in formal and nonformal settings teach students about natural resources. Explore this page to find lessons, outdoor teaching tips, and opportunities for professional development.

Getting Started

  • How to Teach Outside - Tips to help you prepare and succeed in your outdoor classroom.
  • Nature Play - Playing outside has numerous benefits, get started by learning about the benefits and how to encourage nature play.
  • Bringing Nature Inside - Tips and ideas on bringing natural objects inside including how to collect items, attracting wildlife to your window, and creating a nature corner.
  • Classroom animals - Before you bring animals in the classroom consider these important points.

Lessons and Curriculum

Free Teacher Materials

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