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Acorn Naturalists focuses on developing engaging, field tested science and nature kits. We specialize in innovative activity kits that are inquiry oriented and designed to enrich classroom and field learning experiences.

  Acorn Naturalists Animal Discovery Kits
Acorn Naturalists has developed a wide array of unique hands-on science and nature activity kits, games, and modules for teachers, outdoor educators and parents. In this section you will find a selection educational resources available exclusively from Acorn Naturalists.
 
  Acorn Naturalists Create-A-Scene® Dioramas
These kits feature a generous selection of natural materials for a realistic appearance. Each biome kit includes six or more hand-painted animal replicas, and offers a unique mix of habitat-appropriate rocks, leaves, logs and substrate, along with an original line-drawing of a background (to be colored in). Additionally, the kit contains three extra blank cards for creating more scenes along with an “animal clue” item (such as a squirrel-chewed pine cone in the evergreen forest diorama) to add interest and intrigue. Creatively supplement these hands-on displays with locally collected resources. Each kit is packaged in a 11" long x 9" wide x 6" deep custom-designed stained wooden box with a sliding lid. Turn the box on its side to create the “theater” for the diorama. Includes instructions and suggestions for supplemental activities. Twelve different habitats from different biomes are offered. Each kit contains different blends of the resources listed above along with the specific animals listed below. For ages 7 and up. $69.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $62.91 each.
 
  Acorn Naturalists Animal Replica Packs®
These comprehensive replica packs allow for in-depth study of 10 common North American mammals. Each pack includes the skull replica cast, flexible track replicas, flexible track molds (for making casts), a ScatCast® replica, Trace-A-Skull template, articulating Skull Model®, Nature Circles® Track/Scat Card Set, Nature Circles® Skulls Card Set, DuraGuide to Animal Skulls and Bones, DuraGuide to Animal Tracking and the Pocket Naturalist Guide to Animal Tracks. All of these carefully selected resources come in a reusable storage box. For ages 10-adult.
 
  Acorn Naturalists Skull Replica Study Kits
In this section you will find three very popular skull replica study kits developed by Acorn Naturalists. Included here are (1) the Food Chain Discovery Kit, (2) the Animal Adaptations Study Kit, and (3) the Bird Beak Specialization Kit.
 
  Fish Printing Replicas, Inks, Paper and Kits
Fish printing, or Gyotaku, incorporates science (fish diversity, anatomy, ecology), art (create colorful paintings, note cards, displays), math (measure and count fins, proportions, count fin rays), reading (use with stories about aquatic environments) and creative writing (write fact or fiction about the fish prints). All ages and abilities can enjoy creating beautiful, unique, artistic prints. We offer a wide selection of both fresh and saltwater species.
 
  Owls - Activity Guides, Pellets, Charts & Displays
This section includes owl pellet kits, a variety of natural owl pellets and synthetic perfect pellets, activity guides, DVDs, and owl reference guides. Also offered are metal forceps and probes for owl pellet dissections as well as bone sorting and identification charts. Several species of owl skull, egg and talon replicas are also available along with educational displays and posters discussing owl ecology and behavior.
 
  Afterschool Investigators Kit
This kit from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology offers innovative indoor and outdoor science activities developed with the unique, informal nature of afterschool and club programs in mind. Designed for grades 3 through 8.
 
  Bat House Kit
This activity kit allows children ages 6 and up to construct and install their own bat houses. All materials needed are included, along with directions.
 
  Animal Replica Casting Kits
Students cast and then paint their own replicas. Each of these model kits contains a reusable mold tray, PerfectCast® casting material, paints, paint brush, booklet, and instructions. Creative fun for ages 8 and up.
 
  Rubber Stamp Kits and Ink Pads
Complete rubber stamp kits, including animal tracks, insects and nature images, and colorful, non-toxic ink pads.
 
  Animal Rubbing Plate Kits
Rubbing plate kits offer a creative way for children to learn about nature while having fun. Many different sets of rubbing plates are now available. For example, using the animal tracks set, children can create track patterns; skeleton rubbings can be used to teach anatomy; dinosaur, fossil and botanical prints can be used for both educational and artistic displays. Each kit comes with directions and ideas for expanding this unique art form into a variety of projects and lessons. An ideal way to combine art, science and nature study for young children ages 5-10. Rubbing plates are made of durable yet flexible plastic and range in size from 4 x 5 inches to 4 x 8 inches.
 
  Animal Bandanas (Activity Scarves)
These Fundana bandanas offer a perfect way to turn explorations into into great adventures! These durable, washable, 22" square scarves are perfect for “breaking the ice” or for learning how to make focused observations when visiting a forest, field, desert, pond, or beach. Ideal for naturalists, teachers, camp leaders, parents and children. Activities involve observations, scavenger hunts, clue games, and identifications. $6.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Game Bandanas), $6.21 each.
 
  Track and Scat Identification Bandanas
Collection of bandanas that depict the tracks of animals and their scat.
 

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