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Included in this section are activities that provide relevant, hands-on, environment-based explorations of children's natural and physical environments. Improved observation skills, excitement about learning, positive social interactions and physical exercise are but a few of the documented benefits of environment-based learning.

  Environment-based Learning Resources
Acorn Naturalists offers a comprehensive selection of resources for environment-based learning including activity guides, DVD's, educational kits and curricula, outdoor education activities, science and nature games and more.
 
  Cultivating Environmental Literacy
Increasingly, individuals and the communities in which they live are aware of the relationship between quality of life issues and environmental literacy. Included in this section are resources that help educators make those links in both the community and in the classroom.
 
  Animal Tracking Tools
Learning about animal tracks and tracking offers an exciting, engaging activity for teachers, naturalists, camp leaders, nature center educators and parents. Included are activity kits, guides, field equipment and supplies for casting tracks, and animal tracking references.
 
  Magnifiers, Binoculars and Optical Equipment
In this section you will find a comprehensive selection of magnifiers, hand lenses, bug boxes, binoculars, microscopes and related observation tools.
 
  Nurturing a Sense of Place
Included in this section are a number of resources to help children and adults connect with their local environment, in other words to develop a sense of place. In so doing, individuals often come to understand that their efforts really do make a difference and that their interactions with both natural and built communities influence their emotional and intellectual growth in a positive manner.
 
  Voices of Environmental Stewardship
Throughout history, individuals have appeared who made environmental stewardship their life work. For example, treasures such as Yosemite and the Grand Canyon became national parks through the efforts of a handful of passionate conservationists. Children and adults alike will be inspired by the lives and efforts of these rugged individualists.
 
  Observing and Contemplating Nature
Contained in this section are a number of resources to help students and teachers observe nature more closely.
 
  Journaling Activiities
Writing skills can be effectively enhanced through journaling. Writing down observations and thoughts encourages individuals to harness their creative energies and integrate science and nature with language arts, math, social studies, art and drama. When used effectively, journals can become a catalyst for developing a life-long interest in science and nature - sketches, field observations and notes are the clay that has molded many generations of innovative scientists.
 
  Nature Literature and Stories for Children
Wide selection of children's literature with an emphasis on learning more about science and nature. These resources offer a perfect way to blend language arts with science learning, making reading relevant to topics that children are naturally curious about.
 
  Puppets for Environmental Educators
Puppets are wonderful tools for teaching concepts such as food chain relationships, anatomy, behavior, diversity, and life cycles. In addition, for interpreters and naturalists, they make excellent models for introducing behavioral traits and adaptations found in wild animals. Children naturally gravitate toward puppets, making them an excellent enrichment tool for presentations, discussions, and enhanced storytelling.
 
  Teaching about Biodiversity
This section includes specific biodiversity resources for teachers and students of all ages. Included are hands-on activity guides, curricula, posters and multimedia resources that are specifically designed to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity.
 
  Life Cycles - Activities and Models
This section contains a wealth of resources for teaching children about plant and animal life cycles. Included are readers, references, activity books and models, all designed to enhance early childhood learning about life cycles.
 
  Energy Education
This section contains a selection of activity books, kits, and other resources geared toward teaching about both traditional and alternative energy sources.
 
  Global Perspectives on the Environment
The boundaries of earth's diverse ecosystems have little to do with political delineations. Environmental awareness, therefore, must extend past political boundaries. Air pollution, for example, readily moves across entire land masses - thus if a neighboring country has weak controls over pollution, it affects countries that have careful controls over pollution. This section contains resources that help students understand this concept.
 
  Environmental Education in Action
Understanding that individuals can and do make a difference, students often ask how they can combine their interest in environmental issues with a career. This section offers resources for providing guidance to those who want to make a difference.
 
  Promoting Recycling and Waste Reduction
Recycling has now become a universal goal of cities, industries and environmentalists. One major reason for this is that recycling not only conserves valuable resources, but also when done right, pays off financially. In this section a wide range of activity books, curriculum guides, card games, and musical resources are offered, all in the name of recycling and reducing waste.
 
  Service-learning Books
Increasingly, schools are developing service-learning programs, to help students connect classroom learning with the real world. Such connections help students understand the relevancy of their studies, thus increasing student focus on academics. This section documents success stories and provides resources designed to help schools implement their own service-learning programs.
 
  New Teaching Ideas
Included here are numerous resources for increasing teaching effectiveness and improving student learning. Includes theory books as well as practical manuals and guides for creating the next generation of innovative scientists.
 
  Wildlife Conservation Society Resources
Acorn Naturalists is proud to help distribute the resources offered by The Wildlife Conservation Society. This organization "saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks." Their activities change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction on both a local and a global scale.
 

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