Educator Resources

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Audobon Bird Guide App

"The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to over 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. Built for all experience levels, it will help you identify the birds around you, keep track of the birds you’ve seen, and get outside to find new birds near you.

With over 2 million downloads to date, it is one of the best and most trusted field guides for North American birds."


BEETLES - Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, & Expertise Sharing

"Outdoor science programs–especially residential, multi-day experiences–can be transformative for students for many reasons. In addition to important social/emotional impacts (not a small thing!), students often return to the classroom excited about science, interested in nature, and excited about learning in general.

To make the most of these rare outdoor opportunities, students should have pre and post experiences in the classroom that are connected to and coherent with their field experiences.

BEETLES is in the process of developing four classroom activities that support the outdoor science field experience."

Check out their "Indoor Field Observation" activity as a post-trip activity for your students!

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Teachers Guide to iNaturatlist

"One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 750,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature."

If you are new to using iNaturalist, please take advantage of the teacher resources!

Incorporating Journaling into your Trip

We highly encourage incorporating journaling into your classroom and into your McDowell Environmental Center Trip. We've written a pre/post trip lesson plan to help you integrate journaling into your trip.

Let us know if you would like to incorporate journaling into your upcoming trip!

For a more immersive curriculum that helps incorporate nature journaling as a regular part of your classroom instruction, we love this curriculum from the Smithsonian.