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Included in this section are resources that move learning outside including activity kits and guides, field equipment, observation tools and supplies.

  Outdoor Education Activities, Games and Guides
This section contains a wide selection of hands-on activities, engaging games, outdoor curricula, mapping activities, leadership manuals and specialty items for outdoor educators.
 
  Outdoor Exploration Packs from Acorn Naturalists
Acorn Naturalists Get Outdoors!® Field Packs are designed for children ages 7-11. Each contains a selection of books and equipment related to the topic. Packs are designed as "starter kits" that initiate interest in the field while teaching basic observation and identification skills.
 
  Acorn Naturalists Discovery Kits and Games
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 of educational resources available exclusively from Acorn Naturalists.
 
  Tree Ring Study Kits and Tree Cross-Sections
Acorn Naturalists now offers a wide selection of tree limb cross sections. These quality rounds range in size from 2-1/2" to 5" across by 1/4"-1/2" thick and allow for easy reading of growth rings. Tree rings vary in size and appearance depending on climatic conditions and species variations. Oak species can be easily identified by their characteristic radial rays; all rounds show classic seasonal dry/wet ring patterns. Tree rounds provide an ideal hands-on resource for introducing students to botany, forestry, dendrology and methods scientists use to determine past climatic conditions. Acorn Naturalists offers a varied selection different tree rounds of both eastern/midwestern as well as western species, Also available is a bark beetle life cycle demonstration kit and two tree round discovery kits (eastern and western species).
 
  Outdoor Education Activity Kits
Includes a wide selection of innovative science and nature kits for outdoor education, including many unique hands-on activity kits developed by Acorn Naturalists.
 
  Outdoor Observation Equipment
Included here are containers for classroom and field observation of invertebrates, aquatic organisms and other creatures as well as a wide variety of resources for making your own museum-quality displays.
 
  Magnifiers, Loupes, Hand Lenses and 2-Way Viewers
This section contains a wide array of high quality observation equipment including magnifiers, jeweler's loupes, tripod magnifiers, magnifying glasses, linen counters, two-way viewers, hand lenses and lucite bug boxes.
 
  Binoculars, Spotting Scopes and Macroscopes
This section contains a selection of binoculars, spotting scopes and macroscopes. For an explanation of the numbers used to specify binocular magnifications and field of view click here.
 
  Animal Tracking Tools for Outdoor Educators
Learning about animal tracks and tracking offers an exciting, engaging activity for teachers, naturalists, camp leaders, nature center educators and parents.
 
  Replica Collections for Outdoor Educators
Acorn Naturalists' collection of quality replicas includes animal track, scat, skull, talon, claw, tooth, fur, egg and leaf replicas, as well as replicas of insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
 
  Outdoor Education and Sense of Place
Included in this section are a number of resources to help children and adults get outside to connect with their local environment, thus developing a stronger 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.
 
  Outdoor Education through Journaling
Writing skills can be effectively enhanced through journaling. In any season, any weather or place, journaling encourages individuals to harness their creative energies into organized thoughts, integrating 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 anbd notes are the clay that has molded many generations of scientists.
 
  Outdoor Education Field Guide Collection
Field identification manuals are an essential component of every outdoor enthusiast's reference collection. Acorn Naturalists carries the latest versions of the Audubon, Peterson, Golden, Stokes, Nature Finder, National Geographic, Pocket Naturalist, Simon and Schuster, Sibley, Kaufman, Newcomb, and UC Press field guides. We also offer high quality field guide covers, custom designed to protect your guides both in the classroom and on the trail.
 
  Outdoor Education DVD Collection
Acorn Naturalists offers a wide array of science and nature DVDs for outdoor education. In this section you will find those resources conveniently located in one place.
 
  Outdoor Educational Displays
In this section you will find educational displays for outdoor educators. Each has been sustainably collected, preserved and prepared by experienced curators, and showcased in sturdy displays. These exhibits offer a wonderful hands-on addition to classroom learning centers, nature centers, museums, after school programs as well as for home displays.
 
  Science & Nature Posters
Acorn Naturalists offers a wide selection of quality science and nature posters for the classroom, nature center, or home.
 
  Track Identification Scarves (Bandanas)
These wearable field guides are perfect visual aids in the field or classroom. Each 21" square scarf features 14 labeled animal tracks that are 2/3x life size (bear, 1/2 life size). These scarves include representatives of the major taxonomic families of North American mammals: Bears (Ursidae), Bison (Bovidae), Cats (Felidae), Deer group (Cervidae), Dogs (Canidae), Pronghorn (Antilocapridae), Rabbit group (Leporidae), Raccoon (Procyonidae), Shrews (Soricidae) and Weasel group (Mustelidae) plus the Rodentia Order, represented by Beaver (Castoridae), Mice & Voles (Cricetidae) and Squirrel (Sciuridae). Available in a variety of colors.
 
  Scat Identification Scarves (Bandanas)
These unique educational scarves feature scat drawings that are twice life size, sketched from samples found in the field. Includes ringtail, shrew, bat, racoon, armadillo, opossum, mouse and vole, bear, rabbit and hare, prairie dog, porcupine, squirrel and chipmunk, gopher, marmot and woodchuck, beaver, muskrat, pronghorn antelope, fox, weasel, mountain lion, bobcat, mountain goat, river otter, pine marten, skunk, mink, badger, wolverine, bighorn sheep, elk, deer and moose. These wearable field guides are great for field trips, hikes, or as a conversation piece. Each measures 21 inches square. Available in a variety of colors.
 
  Bird and Mammal Calls
The calls we offer are the finest available, but don’t expect to imitate the animal perfectly the first time you try. The best way to learn is to head into the field and start practicing, listening to tapes or mimicking the birds themselves. Note: although the directions in these calls often refer to hunting, these calls are also effective at bringing birds and mammals closer for photography or observation purposes.
 
  Science & Nature Posters
Acorn Naturalists offers a wide selection of high quality science and nature posters for the classroom, nature center, or home.
 
  Experiential Education - Learning for Life
Camps have long known about the transformation that takes place when children participate in experiential learning. This form of education is beginning to be recognized by mainstream schools as a means of increasing student interest in learning about their community and environment. This section includes both books on experiential learning theory as well as implementation.
 
  Orienteering Tools and Techniques
Features a wide selection of materials for teaching orienteering, including instructor kits, compasses, GPS systems, and training manuals.
 
  Outdoor Game Bandanas
Fun way to turn any outdoor activity into a great adventure. These durable, washable, 20 inch square scarves are perfect for “breaking the ice” when visiting the woods, fields, desert, prairie, lake, or beach. Perfect for naturalists, teachers, camp leaders, parents and children. Activities involve observations, scavenger hunts, clue games and identifications. Ages 6-adult.
 
  Storytelling Techniques and Activities
Prior to the development of written languages, individuals often communicated knowledge, values and traditions through storytelling. Children benefit greatly from storytelling, both in terms of language acquisition and in terms of human contact. This section contains a wide array of technique guides for both beginning and advanced storytellers.
 
  Puppets for Outdoor Education and Storytelling
Puppets are wonderful resources for teaching about food chain relationships, anatomy, animal behavior, biodiversity, and life cycles. In addition, for teachers, interpreters and naturalists, puppets make excellent models for introducing behavioral traits and adaptations found in wild animals. Children naturally gravitate toward puppets and begin role playing as soon as they pick them up, making them an excellent enrichment tool for discussions, presentations and, of course, for storytelling.
 
  Nature at Night - Activities for all Ages
With appropriate guidance, children are fascinated by the outdoors at night. This section offers activity books that help interpreters, teachers, students, camper leaders and parents explore the diverse forms of life that emerge after sundown. For a complete selection of nighttime astronomy activities, simply type in the word astronomy in the search area at the top of each page.
 
  Nature Knowledge Cards
These cards are perfect for groups as well as for individual study. Features 48 cards with up-to-date information presented in a fun, interactive manner that grabs the attention of everyone. Combines learning and fun for ages 9-adult.
 
  Astronomy Activities
In this section are resources for enhancing the nocturnal programs of outdoor educators, extending the day into the wonder and excitment of night hikes, constellation identification and associated storytelling.
 
  Take-a-Walk Series
These engaging activity books introduce children to the world at their doorstep, teaching them how to keep a field notebook on the plants and animals they discover. Using a hands-on approach, students also learn the skills to identify what they find. These guides are ideal for introducing children ages 8-13 to the world right outside their door.
 
  Pocket Naturalist Series
Each of the Pocket Naturalist activity guides features 64 pages of educational games and activities. Includes word mazes, origami, name and picture scrambles, word search, Who Am I, Spot the Difference, Color Me, Be an Artist, and Oddball-Out games. For teachers, outdoor educators, and parents looking for new, creative hands-on learning activities for ages 7-13.
 
  Outdoor Survival Laminated Field Guides
Lightweight, laminated, waterproof format makes these outdoor survival guides perfect for the field. Information is presented logically based on what the outdoor explorer is most likely to encounter or need. Compact 4” x 8” size opens out to 8” x 22”. Color pictures and information are located on both sides of the card.
 
  Waterproof Paper, Field Notebooks and Pens
Acorn Naturalists offers a wide selection of all-weather paper designed specifically for use in the outdoors. These papers repel water and are favored by artists because they can respond well to pencil sketching and shading. Manufactured by a company that knows that everything can’t stop just because it is raining - they are located near the Olympic Rain Forest in the Pacific Northwest.
 
  Bird Sleuth Activity Kits
These activity kits bring the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's largest citizen-science project directly into your classroom, nature center, camp or scout program. In this section you will find kits for different age groups and regions.
 

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