Videos & Resources
We’ve compiled a large list of Enviro Resources for you! Here you can find information about recycling, living green, conservation, and getting out and enjoying our natural world!
The USGS has also put out a cool video showcasing what they are learning about the migration of Loons.
STEM in Action
Learn a little bit about why Outdoor and STEM education is so important to the growth of today’s youth.
In honor of Earth Day, learn a bit bout how you can help in the battle to grow back forests in the places we need them most.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Zebra Muscles, Eurasian Milfoil, and other Aquatic Invasive Species are becoming more common on Minnesota Lakes.
Nothing is more important to the ecosystem around Camp Foley than water. Learn more about how to protect this natural resource.
Learning to survive in a place using the most local of resources could be key to environmental change. Find out a few simple things you can do now!
Mississippi River Record Run
Starting in early May a group of four canoers will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records canoeing the entirety of the Mississippi River from Lake Itasca in Northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The current record is a little over 18 days so the team will need to go about 130 miles per day to break the record. We have a personal connection to the team, with one of our neighbors, Moose Daughtery, on the support team that will bring supplies to the paddlers and follow them along the route.
They will be raising money for several river and water based organizations and nonprofits in an attempt to bring awareness to water conservation both in Minnesota and all along the Mississippi route!
Good luck to Moose and the whole team!
Children & Nature Network
The Children & Nature Network mission: “Together we can create a world where every child can play, learn and grow in nature.” Read below for specific pages we like:
- C&NN’s Movement Directory: Here you can find campaigns, clubs and people in your region that support the children in nature movement. Here they also list regional, national and international organizations and programs that support their mission.
- Natural Teachers: For teachers that are interested in “natural teaching.”
- C&NN News: Click here to get news, articles and commentary.
Podcasts – Audio
*Unless otherwise noted, all of these podcasts are kid-friendly!
- Brains On – Produced by Minnesota Public Radio, interviews, songs, interesting topics that kids will find amusing. Produced by kids.
- The Show about Science – Hosted by a 5 year old who asks science questions of adults…comedy ensues.
- What’s the Point – Made for older kids who are in to numbers, this podcasts investigates how numbers can help solve problems.
- The Naked Scientists – despite the name it is usually suited for kids (may want to pre-listen) and covers all sorts of topics that kids often ask about related to science and nature.
Richard Louv is the author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder (this book “has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature.”) And The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit (“which offers a new vision of the future, in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology.”) He is also the founding chairman of the Children & Nature Network (see above). Links to his books and his blog below:
Environmental Education in the News
Environmental Education has never been more talked about then right now. With programs looking at ways to get students more learning while staying out of the classroom, environmental education has solutions. Here are a few articles written over the last couple years explaining benefits of this outdoor learning.
Mother Nature Network
The Mother Nature Network‘s goal is to “Improve Your World.” The site wishes to provide accurate, up-to-date news and information about environmental news and social responsibility issues.
Check out the Local Report on Minnesota to find out what’s happening in your own backyard.
While you’re there, take a moment to check out some Family Activities!
Eat By Date
Eat By Date is exactly what it sounds like! It’s a website that answers the question, “How long does food really last?” The site’s focus is to help you “save money, eat healthily, and debunk the myths of expiration dates on food.” The site also provides great suggestions for substitutions just in case you’re mid-prep and realize you don’t have a specific ingredient!
According to the website, “Eartheasy is a family business committed to bringing you practical products and information for sustainable living.We hope to share what we’ve learned from 30 years of living close to the land.”
We like the below pages:
- Guides: Guides to live, grow, eat, play, dress, move and live sustainably!
- Environmental websites for kids
- Checkout the Eartheasy blog.
According to the website, “Consumer Affairs is a consumer news and advocacy organization founded in 1998 by James R. Hood, a veteran Washington, D.C. journalist, and public affairs executive. Our website includes consumer news, recall information, and tens of thousands of pages of consumer reviews.”