Educator Spotlight: Spot the Species

Sara Plowman, this week’s Educator of the Week, has been a special education teacher for 11 years. She believes in the importance of outdoor experiential education to help students actively observe, experience, and question the world around them. Sara teaches science at Millennium High School and Piedmont Middle School in Piedmont, California. Who or what inspired you to teach? My first classroom of students inspired … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Spot the Species

For Venus Flytraps, Catching Prey is as Easy as 1-2-3

SCIENCE According to this new research, the Venus flytrap can. . . count? (Washington Post) Take a walk on the Flytrap Trail with our short article. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Venus flytrap has a very tiny natural species range. Where is it? Read through our short article, “Plant Predators,” for some help. … Continue reading For Venus Flytraps, Catching Prey is as Easy as 1-2-3

Mesmerizing Maps of Bird Migration

GEOGRAPHY New maps track the movement of bird species across the U.S. using lava lamp-esque visuals. (Atlas Obscura) Compare the new maps with our classic high-resolution map of bird migration in the Americas. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Browse through some of the bird occurrence maps from the good folks at eBird. Many bird species seem … Continue reading Mesmerizing Maps of Bird Migration

Panda Populations on the Rebound

SCIENCE The population of wild giant pandas has risen some 17% in just over a decade, the Chinese government reported this week. (Nat Geo News) Play our game to design a giant panda wildlife reserve with the right amount of food, water, and shelter to help your pandas be healthy, learn important survival and social skills, and prepare for release into the wild. Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading Panda Populations on the Rebound

Can Washington Bear Some Grizzlies?

ENVIRONMENT The awe-inspiring bears are almost extinct in Washington State, but the government is now studying whether they should be brought back. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn more about grizzlies and species range. Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas Grizzly bears are “federally protected.” What does this mean? Federally protected species have … Continue reading Can Washington Bear Some Grizzlies?