The Natural Inquirer – USDA Forest Service
The Natural Inquirer is a middle school science education journal created to allow scientists the opportunity to share their research with students around the country. Each article explains the current scientific research conducted by scientists in the USDA Forest Service which may include information on trees, wildlife, insects, outdoor activities, water and anything pertaining to the health of our planet. Check out the website and order your free journal for your class!
The Investi-gator is a free science journal for upper elementary level students. This journal is created in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Cradle of Forestry Interpretive Association. The journal focuses on contemporary, Forest Service research and is written in the format of a scientific article.
The NC Office of Environmental Education offers workshops for teachers, parents, and anyone interested in teaching their school groups or children about the great outdoors. In most cases, the workshops are free and travel to different regions to accommodate as many people as possible. You may wish to use these workshops in conjunction with the NC Environmental Education Certification program, which allows the public the opportunity to gain a higher level of experience in teaching the curriculum.
Nature-Oriented Parenting Newsletter
The CFAIA provides the public with a quarterly newsletter intended to help families and teachers in getting their children outdoors and learning a little something about the natural world. Articles, suggestions on day-to-day healthy decisions, indoor and outdoor activities for families and much more are only a click away. Download past issues and get outside!
Environmental Education Listserv
The Office of Environmental Education has designed a massive listserv system to help other educators and the general public in advertising or finding education resources, jobs, workshops and so much more. It’s absolutely free and a great way to find what you need to help teach your class or family. To sign up, simply send a note to:
NC-EE@lists.ncmail.net and you’ll be automatically registered.
Books to get you started
Want to get your family or classroom outside and back into nature but not sure where to begin? No problem! Choosing the right trail, identification book or activity guide can be daunting at first, but will ultimately point you in the right direction. Here’s a list of books that are extremely helpful in giving you up-front, general information on educational and recreational opportunities in the great outdoors.
Last Child In The Woods – Richard Louv
Sharing Nature with Children I & II – Joseph Cornell
The Curious Naturalist – National Geographic Society
The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America – David Allen Sibley
Birding North Carolina – Falcon Guide
Walking the Blue Ridge – Leonard M. Adkins
55 Favorite Family Hikes – Robert L. Williams
North Carolina Wildlife Viewing Guide – Charles E. Roe
Where Nature Reigns – Jack Horan
Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains And Piedmont – Timothy P. Spira
Trees of the Southeastern United States – Wilbur H. Duncan and Marion B. Duncan
About Amphibians (A Guide for Children) – Cathryn Sill
Discovering Black Bears – Margaret Anderson, Nancy Field & Karen Stephenson
In the Woods: Who’s Been Here? – Lindsay Barrett George