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Environmental Education


Creating Habitats

(see Animals section)

How Many Trees?
Duration: ¼ - ½ hours
Grade Level: 4th – 12th
Standards: 4.2.4, 4.2.7, 4.2.10, 4.2.12, 4.8.4, 4.8.7, 4.8.10

Our society uses many products that come from trees. This activity contrasts how many trees it takes to support each person’s need for paper, paper products, and furniture with the benefits that are derived from a standing forest. Students explore how recycling can reduce the need for paper.

Integrated Pest Management
Duration: 1 - 1¼ hours
Grade Level: 3rd - 12th
Standards: 4.3.4, 4.3.7, 4.5.4, 4.5.7

Students explore alternatives to chemical pesticides by participating in a simulation of the food chain, collecting insects in a garden and lawn ecosystem, and learning how to use the food chain to control pest species.

Re-Cycling/Completing the Loop
Duration: 1¼ - 1½ hours
Grade Level: 3rd - 12th
Standards: 4.2.4, 4.2.7, 4.2.10, 4.2.12, 4.8.12, 4.9.7, 3.9.7

Students explore how cycles occur in nature and how we can imitate those cycles with our "trash". Students also participate in a game that demonstrates how energy is conserved through recycling and investigate how recycled materials have been used in the construction of the home at Terra Dei Homestead.

Terra Dei Homestead Tour
Duration: 1¼ - 1½ hours
Grade Level: 3rd - 12th
Standards: 4.2.7, 4.2 10, 4.2.12, 4.3.4, 4.8.4, 4.8.10, 4.8.12, 3.2.7, 3.5.7, 3.9.7

Terra Dei Homestead was designed to demonstrate ways that people can conserve energy and resources in daily lifestyles. Students begin by participating in a game that focuses on fossil fuels and alternative energy sources. They then explore Terra Dei Homestead and the many ways that energy and resources can be conserved in a home environment.

Trash Stash
Duration: ½ - ¾ hour
Grade Level: K - 4th
Standards: 4.2.4, 4.2.7, 4.9.4

This activity focuses on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Students learn about what materials can be recycled and what happens to materials that are not.

World Population Simulation
Duration: 1¼ - 1½ hours
Grade Level: 5th - 12th
Standards: 4.2.10, 4.2.12, 4.8.10

Students explore how resources are allocated around the world by becoming citizens of six regions. The simulation concludes with a discussion of what the students have learned about resource allocation and pollution production.