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    Bird Study Unit Grade 3-Grade 8
    This unit introduces students to basic ornithology with questions, a flyways map, student instructions for writing a bird report, and a bird watching journal, in addition to a Bible story component.

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    A Program for Outdoor School Education Kindergarten-Grade 9
    "The heart of this curriculum is really about teaching kids to explore the world God has created for us. In addition to all the traditional components of a curriculum, you will also find detailed lesson plans, teacher education and training materials...

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    A Walk in the Park - Antidote for Classroom Apathy Kindergarten-Grade 12
    "Today more than ever, children need many opportunities to experience the wonders of creation." This article suggests ways to make nature a regular part of a school program.

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    Adventist Association of Camp Professionals Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Link to Adventist camp ministries in North America - summer camps, youth camps, family camps, and more. "Noted for our emphasis on such things as Godly living, a healthy lifestyle, Christian education, community service, and conference camps and retreat...

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    Biblical Lesson Plans Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This website offers lessons and resources in a variety of areas, such as Creation, The Flood, Relationships, and more. Suggested uses for these lesson plans include schools, VBS (Vacation Bible School), home school, youth groups, and Bible study groups, among...

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    BirdSleuth - Investigating Evidence Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Need help with student inquiry? Cornell Lab of Ornithology created this free online BirdSleuth module to help! The module includes lesson plans, journal pages, and online resources that will help your students ask scientific questions, craft and test hypotheses,...

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    Building Relationships Outdoors Grade 6-Grade 12
    "The Learn4Life (L4L) program at Gilson College deliberately sets out to create a context that is conducive to relationship development. The program aims to develop self-confidence, independence, and responsibility by engaging students in real-life...

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    Coronavirus Resources - Southwestern Union Conference Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Presented in a blog format, Southwestern Union Conference offers helpful responses to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Resources include virtual learning strategies, a handwashing WebQuest, and how to use outdoor learning spaces.

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    Dreaming of Being Outside Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This article describes how to integrate the schoolyard habitat into your classroom, and curriculum. One important reason to do so is to motivate students who disengage during discussions, or do as little work as possible, yet love to go outdoors.

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    Eagle Eye Inc.: Extending the Classroom Into the Community Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Community partnerships not only expose students to adults involved in meaningful and demanding tasks, but also allow students to participate in such activities themselves. Extending the classroom in to the community provides opportunities for hands-on, cooperative,...

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    Experiential Education and Inquiry Learning Grade 6-Grade 10
    “This article [presents] the case for the importance of providing direct and authentic experiences outside of the classroom for adolescent students in Adventist schools. Research and experience with this age group show that such opportunities afford...

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    Exploring Natural Themes and Symbolism in Biblical Literature Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article discusses ways to help children understand nature underlying many Bible stories, so they can grasp the concepts each metaphor or analogy is about. This includes discussing teacher-supervised student research, outdoor learning projects, a Bible...

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    Holiday Materials - April Kindergarten-Grade 8
    Background information and activities for special events in the month of April. The special events are April Fool's Day and Arbor Day. The articles and activities are as follows: April Fools! - background information and a poem Arbor Day: Day of...

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    Increasing Life Effectiveness Grade 9-Tertiary
    "The iPod, more than any other device, is indicative of the times in which we live. It provides entertainment and information at the click of a wheel, whenever, and wherever we want it. The iPod is tool of choice for many of the current generation...

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    JAE Editorial: Experiencing and Sharing the Gift of Nature Kindergarten-Lifelong
    This editorial introduces a special edition focusing on the study of nature at different levels and from different disciplines. Articles in this issue include: The Need for Nature Repairing...

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    Lost Treasures Earth Education Program Grade 3-Grade 4
    Facilitated by an outdoor center, students at Tualatin Valley Academy are involved in an earth education program. "This exciting new program for 8-9 year olds (3rd & 4th grade US) is based in and around the school with excursions to museums, zoos,...

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    Making Nature Part of the Curriculum - Practical and Spiritual Lessons from God’s Other Book Preschool-Grade 12
    Students can benefit in many ways by spending time with animals and out in nature as a part of their educational experience. Nature speaks of God’s eternal love and care. Chiomenti provides examples of including animals and outdoor education in the classroom,...

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    Marine Biology Field Trip Grade 9-Grade 10
    Each year 9th and 10th grade students from TVA explore the rich marine ecosystems found along the Oregon Coast near Newport. Their annual three-day excursions typically include a 3-hour boat trip with Marine Discovery Tours, collecting fossils and tsunami...

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    Nature Field Trips - More Than Just Fun Kindergarten-Grade 8
    Make your next field trip into nature a successful learning experience by following the tips in this article: make adequate plans, thoroughly prepare the class, hold students responsible for their learning, start with a great idea, adequately train volunteers/parents...

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    New Frontiers - Outdoor Christian Education Grade 5-Grade 12
    New Frontiers is a unique challenge course ministry where campers are challenged to move beyond their comfort zone, to interact with God in the midst of their fears and to relate these experiences metaphorically to their own lives outside of camp. On over...

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    Nurtured by Nature Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Outdoor Education in Romania led to the formation of Companions, a youth group for teenagers. The author shares his journey in training 400 youth in Outdoor Ministries, who in turn worked with over 2,800 teenagers across Romania. Topics include: A New Program...

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    Outdoor Education Grade 1-Grade 8
    Begin planning outdoor education with this article. It lists general objectives for using outdoor environments as an extension of the school curriculum, as well as practical tips for planning for outdoor education, preparing students and parents, applications...

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    Outdoor Education - God's First Book, Our First Classroom Preschool-Grade 8
    See the handout from this 2018 NAD convention breakout session for "many ideas for taking learning outside the classroom and into God's classroom." The ideas relate to mathematical concepts. Additional resources are available via google drive by...

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    Outdoor Education With a Design Kindergarten-Grade 8
    Outdoor education should not only encourage learning, but also enable students to balance sensitivity to human need with respect for and preservation of the rest of creation. The major benefits of outdoor education are that it brings reality to learning; allows...

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    Outdoor Pedagogy Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article explores various methodologies used in Outdoor Education, and discusses the importance of hands-on activities in stimulating learning and self-awareness. Topics include: Importance of Outdoor Education; Emotional Response; Using Fear for Self-Awareness;...

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    Profile 1: Curriculum Innovation Kindergarten-Lifelong
    The classroom becomes a village at Paradise Adventist Academy. Students participate in an exciting simulation on what westward expansion was like during the year 1875. This activity includes a several-day long trip in a 19th Century wagon which students themselves...

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    Repairing the Breach - Reconnecting Students with Nature Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article explores three ways Adventist educators can “repair the breach” between students and God’s creation: 1. Encourage direct, meaningful experience with nature; 2. Improve science teaching to more effective convey the connectedness...

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    Summertime, Summertime 0-2 years-Lifelong
    Summertime should be fun but it can also be a great way to have fun learning as well. This article discusses how to make the most of your summer.

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    Surprise Visits - When God Speaks Through Nature Preschool-Grade 12 New!!
    "This article will show how nature is God’s direct path for us to achieve a deep and personal experience with Him. Additionally, we will appeal to fellow educators and policymakers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church to revisit the denomination’s...

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    Take a Micro-Hike Kindergarten-Grade 8
    When taking students on a nature-observation hike, how far you go is less important than what you see, according to this article. The objective of a micro hike is not distance or mileage, but encouraging students to use their observation skills by getting...

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    The Need For Nature Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article summarizes some of the benefits of spending time in nature, as educators with learners, as revealed in current research and the counsel of Ellen White.

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    The Outdoor Laboratory - How to Begin Using It Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Swafford tells how to begin an outdoor education program, and demonstrates simple steps to integrating key subjects such as English and Language Arts, Social and Environmental Studies, math, and science. Factors such as taking an outdoor inventory, planning/teaching...

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    Transforming Classroom Practice - Active Recreation in Nature Preschool-Grade 12
    Many children in urbanized nations such as Australia and the United State experience very limited interaction with nature, as well as inadequate physical activity in general. Consider this article’s suggestions to combat this problem with your classroom...

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    Unlocking the Treasure House of God's Word - Outdoor School in the Adventist Curriculum Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article considers the benefits of outdoor education in Adventist schools and memories of students and teachers of positive nature-based learning. It also discusses how to implement an outdoor school program.

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    Up a Tree or in the Mud - How Nature-Based Free Play Contributes to the Wellbeing of Children Preschool-Grade 8
    Many children live very managed, structured and risk-free lives. Consequently, they are not necessarily developing "confidence and resilience that transfer to new situations." In contrast, time outdoors engaging in exploration and free play grows...

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    Wild About Wetlands Unit Plan Grade 4-Grade 6
    Destruction of wetlands environments has been a controversial issue in North America for many years... In this unit, students will explore a variety of wetlands life as well as various attitudes toward wetlands.

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    Your Students Can Be Global Scientists Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE), a hands-on international, environmental science and education program, links students, teachers, and the scientific community in efforts to learn about environment through student data collection...