HDT's Lesson and Activity Resources

While we miss seeing all of your faces at public programs, we are excited to be able to offer online resources for kids, families, and teachers! Many of these resources correlate to topics we've posted about on the HDT Facebook Page or the HDT Driftless Facebook page, where we are also sharing resources during these challenging times! Make sure to follow us on Facebook to get ideas and updates! We will continue to add more lessons, activities, and resources to this page, so please check back often for additional fun! Feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions, would like book recommendations to go with a topic, or are looking for something specific!

Please note: starting on June 15 - our weekly storytime and related resources will become part of our Home Grown Steward summer program. Click here for more info on how to follow along! 

 

 

Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt - Storytime on June 10

 

Not for Me Please, I Choose to Act Green - Storytime on June 3

 

Rock Resources - Storytime on May 27

All of us have found a special rock we wanted to keep at some point in our lives.  Kids love rocks! Here are some resources for them. 

 

Weather Resources - Storytime on May 20

Weather can be tricky to predict - here are some simple weather tools you can make to help you! 

 

Nature Play Resources - Storytime on May 13

One of our favorite books about putting down our electronics and getting outside will inspire you to "do nothing."  :) 

 

Spring Birding Resources - Storytime on May 6

Have you been seeing or hearing birds in your yard or neighborhood?  Robins are considered one of the first signs of spring and are usually the first to make their nests!  Learn all about Robins in this week's storytime, plus get resources on how to make your own nest, nest platform, and window clings to help the birds! Did you know that recording which birds you see can help scientists all over the world?!

 

Native Flower Resources - Storytime on April 29 

Do you know what a native flower is? What makes it native? And why are they important? Find out in this week's storytime, plus find resources for planting your own native flowers, identifying wildflowers, and some wildflower activities! 

 

Earth Day Resources - Storytime on April 22

This year marks the 50th Celebration of Earth Day! Find out more about the amazing woman, Rachel Carson, who changed the way we think about the environment and who led to the creation of the environmental movement and the Earth Day Celebration! 

 

Dark Sky Week Resources - Storytime on April 15

Humans have always gazed up at the wonders of the night sky. Did you know that an estimated 99% of Americans cannot see a "natural" night sky?  That's because artificial light can cause light pollution, which can have a negative impact on humans, wildlife, energy, and climate change. You can also check out our Amazing Astronomy Lesson to find out more about light pollution. 

 

Eggs - HDT's Spring Egg Hunt, April 11-19

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Spring Egg Hunt in Pine River, MN or Trempealeau, WI! If you saw the eggs out on the trail but didn't know what they were at the time, check out our Spring Egg Hunt Guide. You can also look at ouEggs-travaganza Lesson, complete with more information about egg-laying animals, egg activities, experiments to try at home, and coloring sheets!!

 

Frogs & Frog Sounds Resources - Storytime on April 8

Have you been near the water lately? Our frogs have returned and are filling our wetlands with music once again! Can you identify the sounds you hear in our frog orchestra? Or is that a toad? What's the difference? Find all the resources you need to start identifying frog calls when you're out and about! 

 

Tracks & Scat Resources - Storytime on April 1

Spring is also a great time to get outside and hunt down some animal tracks and scat (animal poop)! Since the earth is soft from melting snow and spring rains, it's a good time to look for animal tracks in the mud! It's also mating season, and many animals mark their territory with scat, located in prominent, easy-to-find places! Studying tracks and scat on the ground help you solve the mystery of what animal visitors are in your neck of the woods/prairie and can be a great way to learn more about our wildlife! 

 

Spring/Phenology Resources - Storytime on March 25

Phenology is the study of cyclical and seasonal natural phenomena, or in simpler terms, it is the study of the timing of things in nature! Spring is a great time to become a phenologist, as there are many changes happening with weather, the environment, plants, and animals that can easily be observed! What signs of spring have you noticed?

 

Nature Play Ideas:

Don't undervalue the benefits of free, unstructured play in the great outdoors! However, if your finding you need a little structure, here are some fun activities to try: create a nature mandala from materials you find outside (be respectful, collect materials from the ground!), create a mud painting (below), make a nature play mask, try nature weaving, go on a nature scavenger hunt (the web is FULL of options, find one appropriate for your kids' age!) build a fort to store your nature treasures, plant flowers for pollinators, or clean up litter (wear gloves!) in your neighborhood! 

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