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Illustrated Nature Scavenger Hunt

08.17.16

This is a fun and easy outdoor activity for ages K-5. The pictures make it easy to understand and clue students into where to look for wildlife. The hunt motivates students to look closer at their surroundings so that discoveries can be made that otherwise would have been missed. Can be done on a forest walk or in a wooded park next to school.

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Beaver Adaptation Kit

12.14.16

The Beaver Adaptation kit contains materials for students to rotate through hands-on stations while exploring beaver artifacts and learning how beavers thrive in their habitat. Supplies include: 1. Beaver skull and pelt 2. Chewed sticks, laminated pictures of scat, rubber track molds, beaver track stencils, track stamps 3. Beaver dress-up kit (3 sets): items that resemble adaptations 4. The Beaver Pond by Alvin Tresselt 5. Coloring sheets NGSS Connections: K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive. 2-LS4-1. Make observations of

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Salmon Survial Game Kit

04.06.17

The Salmon Survival Game Kit explores the amazing journey Salmon take as they develop and the way human actions affect their success. Students use visuals to review the stages of Salmon growth and explore the factors that determine salmon success along the river and the ocean. The lesson culminates by playing the Salmon Survival Board Game developed by the Estuary Partnership. Students become schools of salmon heading down river trying to avoid losing fish along the way and gaining benefit from the natural habitat features they find. After returning from the ocean to their starting stream the

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Terrestrial Insect Collection Kit

12.04.14

Category: Bugs Collecting and studying insects is a great way to get outside and explore your schoolyard or local natural area because insects live anywhere there are trees, shrubs, or grass. Insect collection can be a meaningful way to engage students in an inquiry project and there are endless ways to extend your collection activity into writing, art, adaptation studies, and ecology. This kit provides everything you need to go on an exciting, hands-on, insect collecting adventure with your students. CHECK OUT: Kits may be checked out for two weeks and are available at our downtown Portland

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Ecosystems Interactions PowerPoint

12.16.14

Illustrate human impacts on the complex lower Columbia River ecosystem using this high school level PowerPoint.

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Food Web Class

01.21.15

The Food Web class provides materials to support and enrich a unit on food webs. The lesson introduced the idea of trophic levels (producers, primary consumers, etc.). Students then can explore a variety of real life food chains, putting them in order and recording their connections to create a map of the complex food web in their ecosystem.

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Food Web Kit

01.21.15

Category: Wildlife The Food Web kit provides materials to support and enrich a unit on food webs. Artifacts representing organisms in a food chain help kids kinesthetically piece together the flow of energy up the trophic levels (producers, primary consumers, etc.). Then students explore a variety of real life food chains, putting them in order and recording their connections to create a map of the complex food web in their ecosystem. CHECK OUT: Kits may be checked out for two weeks and are available from our downtown Portland office. We may be able to arrange a delivery or pick-up.

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Native and Invasive Plant Lesson

01.22.15

This lesson familiarizes students with native and invasive species of plants found in the local area. Students learn what makes naitive plants so important for wildlife and why invasive plants are so good at taking over.

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Native and Invasive Plant Kit

01.22.15

Category: Plants The Native and Invasive Plant Kit has all the supplies needed to conduct the Native and Invasive Plant Lesson. The kit conatins premade packets with laminated clues and pictures illustrating a wide variety of local native and invasive species. Students use the information to decide if these plants are ones we should be planting or pulling. Students also learn why native plants are so cirtical for the survival of native species of animals. CHECK OUT: Kits may be checked out for two weeks and are available from our downtown Portland office. We may be able to arrange a delivery

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Bird Beak Adaptations Kit

02.10.15

Category: Birds The Bird Beak Buffet Kit includes materials needed for the bird beak adaptations activity. In this activity students test the effectiveness of different tools (representing styles of bird beaks) on different objects (representing varieties of food) to explore the relationship between form and function. This activity is a great introduction to adaptations. The kit includes "beaks" (tweezers, clips, straws, etc.), "bird food" (washers, marbles, plastic ants, etc.) and a PowerPoint with short video clips that illustrate different kinds of bird beaks in use (on USB Drive). CHECK

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