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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.

  Acorn Naturalists Nature Circles® Guides
Nature Circles Guides® consist of a collection of creative cards filled with ideas, activities, and identifications. Each set contains includes introductory cards, science activity cards, resource cards, and a Make Your Own activity card. $11.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Nature Circles Cards), $10.71 each.
  Environment-based Activities for Ages 3-9
This section contains carefully selected science and environmental education activity books, DVD's, curricula, guides and other useful hands-on learning resources for young children.
  Environment-based Activities for ages 8-adult
This section contains a variety of science and environmental education activity books, DVD's, curricula, guides, games and other hands-on educational resources for ages 8-adult.
  Environment-based Science & Nature Kits
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.
  Magnifiers and Optical Supplies for Educators
In this section you will find magnifiers, hand lenses, bug boxes, binoculars, microscopes and related observation tools.
  Environmental Education Displays
Professional displays prepared by experienced curators and showcased in sturdy cases. Ideal hands-on additions for classroom discovery tables, nature centers or museum displays.
  Water Quality and Soil Test Kits
LaMotte kits are known for their reliability, ease of use, and accuracy. Acorn Naturalists has been providing educators with high quality LaMotte resources for over twenty-five years. In this section you will find a comprehensive selection of kits for freshwater, saltwater, soil, plant, aquatic insect and environmental analysis. To help you locate what you are looking for, resources are listed both alphabetically and by category.
  Science and Nature Posters
Acorn Naturalists offers a wide selection of quality science and nature education posters to enhance your environmental education programs.
  Learning through Journaling
Journaling instills in students a love of writing, and a subsequent desire to improve their observation skills. In any season, any weather or place, nature journaling encourages individuals to harness their creative energies into organized thoughts, integrating science with language arts, math, social studies, art and drama. Journals become the catalyst for developing new interests that can last a lifetime.
  Activity Bandanas (Fundanas)
These Fundana game 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 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.
  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.
  Children's Nature Books
Wide selection of children's books with an emphasis on 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.
  Science and Nature Bingo Games for Ages 4-9
This section includes a colorful selection of science and nature bingo games, each containing 42 illustrated cards with information on the back of each card. Bingo games also include six playing boards along with chips for placing on the appropriate square. The teacher or parent can call out the cards while at the same time reading the information on the back of the card. Different board arrangements for bingo can also be called out to add variation to the games. Educational fun for children ages 4-9.
  Life in a Biome Series for Ages 5-6
This series introduces young children to the concept of animal adaptation in places as diverse as deserts, oceans, rainforests, and polar regions. Children explore the diversity of global habitats and read about the animals that call these places home. Each of the eight books has a glossary, a read more section, global maps, notes to parents and teachers, and internet links. For readers ages 5-6. $6.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $6.21 each.
  One Small Square Series for Ages 6-10
This interactive, popular book series effectively teaches children how to observe nature closely at the same time as teaching basic scientific methods. Each has beautiful illustrations to accompany an informative text. Along with habitat descriptions, these books feature suggested activities to extend studies from the classroom out into the field. Ages 6-10.
  Big Science Ideas Series for Ages 8-9
This series offers an ideal way to help students in grades 2-3 understand key science concepts by focusing on specific key topics. Captivating text is accompanied by dramatic color photographs.
  Explore the Biomes Series for Ages 8-11
From dry deserts to lush rain forests, Earth’s biomes and the plants and animals that live in them are highlighted in this series. Each profiles real-life scientists-their field notes add interest and reality to the explorations. Ages 8-11. $7.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $7.11 each.
  Green Team Series for Ages 9-10
Each book in this series encourages children in grades 3-4 to take basic steps to protect their environment and work toward a sustainable future. Each volume features case studies that show how children can take part in addressing each concern.
  Take-a-Walk Series for Ages 8-13
These hands-on 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. $9.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Take-A-Walk Series), $8.91 each.
  Energy Revolution Series for Ages 10-11
Introduces students in grades 4-5 to the fast-changing arena of energy production and use. Each title begins with a definition of the energy form being discussed, followed by challenges associated with each form of energy. This series provides a well-rounded picture of alternative energy sources. Each book features full color photographs and an engaging text. $8.80 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $7.92 each.
  Food Chain Series (by biome) for Ages 11-13
This series for grades 5-7 (ages 11-13) brilliantly combines biological regions and food chain concepts. Beautiful photography and an engaging text introduce readers to the diverse flora and fauna of each biome. Plant/animal and animal/animal interactions are described as they combine to form unique food chain relationships. These Green Books are printed with non-toxic ink and recycled boardstock.
  Voices for Green Choices Series for Ages 11-14
Offers biographical portraits of individuals who have advanced the goal of achieving a greener, more sustainable world. Each title reveals informed solutions for complex environmental issues. For students in grades 5-8.
  Global Climate Change, Air, Alternative Energy
This section includes activity books, references and resources for studying about global climate change as it relates to human survival, weather patterns and atmospheric conditions. This section also includes resources for studying alternative energy sources.
  Science Discovery Kits
In this section you will find a wide array of engaging hands-on science kits, including kits that teach about rocks and minerals, crystals, chemistry, physics, earthquakes and volcanoes, solar power, fossils and more.
  Mobiles with Science and Nature Themes
These creative mobiles come ready to hang, with strong threads pre-attached to thin metal rods for quick assembly. Simply remove from package and mount-each is perfectly balanced and will float in different patterns with only the slightest breeze. Ideal for the classroom, outdoor education center or home. For ages 7-adult. $33.20 each. MIX OR MATCH 10, $29.88 each.
  Environmental 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.
  Professor Noggin's Educational Card Games
Creative fun for players ages 7 and up. Each of the thirty cards in each deck combines trivia, true/false, and multiple choice questions with the goal of promoting lively discussions and engaged learning. A special three-numbered dice is used to increase randomness along with promoting interactions and communications between players. Easy to hard levels keep everyone interested and challenged. Perfect games for classrooms, activity centers, campfire quizzes, boy and girl scout programs or for use as creative, educational travel games.
  Clever Catch Science and Nature Play Balls
Use these 24" diameter Clever Catch® inflatable balls to add a new dimension to learning fun! Students enjoy tossing them around the classroom, playground, nature center, scout gathering or home. The player catching the ball answers the question nearest their left thumb. Use as icebreakers for beginning a new topic, quizzing on what has been learned, or for getting group dynamics going. Answer key and instructions are included. $12.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Clever Catch Balls), $11.61 each.
  Scramble Squares (Science and Nature Puzzles)
Align the squares to make a scene. Simple in appearance, but remarkably challenging, each puzzle contains information about each animal. Ages 6-adult. $9.90 each. MIX OR MATCH 10 (Scramble Squares), $8.91 each.
  American Indian Crafts and Activities
This section includes a wide array of activity books, games, DVD's and kits for introducing children to American Indian cultures.
  Audubon Adventures Curricula
AUDUBON ADVENTURES. National Audubon Society. Ranked as one of the most effective and scientifically accurate environment-based education curricula in the country, Audubon Adventures is perfect for upper elementary students. Each classroom kit contains four different editions of the award-winning Audubon Adventures Student Nature News Magazine (32 copies of each). The Classroom Resource Manual features engaging, hands-on activities along with background material for classroom discussions. Also included is a classroom wall certificate (for participating in the Audubon Adventures program), an environmental wall poster, access to Audubon’s bird and wildlife information website and call center and the Audubon Guide for A Healthy Yard and Beyond. The content is aligned with the National Standards for the Language Arts and Science—perfect for classroom teachers, after-school program coordinators, nature centers, and scout programs. For students in grades 3-6.

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