Conservation Educator Resources

Tennessee 2018 Science Standards Connections  

Grade 3. LS4.1. Explain the cause and effect relationship between a naturally changing environment and an organism's ability to survive.

Grade 4. ESS2.3. Provide examples to support the claim that organisms affect the physical characteristics of their regions.

Grade 4. LS2.4. Develop and use models to determine the effects of introducing a species to, or removing a species from, an ecosystem and how either one can damage the balance of an ecosystem.

Grade 4. LS2.5. Analyze and interpret data about changes (land characteristics, water distribution, temperature, food, and other organisms) in the environment and describe what mechanisms organisms can use to affect their ability to survive and reproduce.

Grade 6. ESS3.3. Assess the impacts of human activities on the biosphere including conservation, habitat management, species endangerment, and extinction.

Grade 6. LS2.5. Analyze existing evidence about the effect of a specific invasive species on native populations in Tennessee and design a solution to mitigate its impact.

Activities & Resources

Captain Planet Foundation ecoSTEM Kit: Pollination

ecoSTEM kits include cutting-edge project techniques, 3-dimensional learning, citizen science, and the best materials and equipment identified for each project. Bring your classroom to life with everything you need to plant an outdoor pollinator garden. This kit includes a classroom set of hand lenses, bug viewers, and field microscopes to get EVERY child engaged in outdoor learning. The cargo wagon, gloves, trowels, and seeds, as well as a gift card for local purchase of a raised bed and compost, will enable students to design and build a schoolyard pollinator habitat. The kit also comes with a classroom set of milkweed seeds for students to take home. When students plant milkweed seeds at home, they will create a monarch butterfly corridor or “way station”. A butterfly rearing kit lets students observe the phenomenon of metamorphosis, and the monarch health project enables students to contribute research that may help stop the decline of the monarch butterfly.

Animals at Risk from Climate Change

An educational poster that presents a succinct overview of the fundamental impacts of greenhouse gases—the causes, effects and risks of extinction to all forms of life on the planet.

Local Programs

Tennessee Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy has conserved more than 300,000 acres in Tennessee for people and nature, with a focus on water quality of streams and rivers across Tennessee. The Conservancy has helped create or significantly expand 29 State Natural Areas, 12 State Wildlife Management Areas and 2 National Wildlife Refuges for people and nature.

The Land Institute

The goal of The Land Institute is to create an agriculture system that mimics natural systems in order to produce ample food and reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of industrial agriculture and sustaining ecological biodiversity.

Warner Parks Nature Center (Nashville)

The Nature Center is a place where people and nature come together, providing natural history and education reference; promoting organic gardening and native plant landscaping; offering a wide range of environmental education programs, school field trips, educator training workshops, outdoor recreation programs and other special activities for people of all ages.

Friends of Tennessee State Parks

Friends Groups maintain and enhance the purposes, programs and functions of the state park system by volunteering at their favorite state park.

Cedar Glades

The cedar glades can serve as a natural laboratory to teach many branches of science. The Center for Cedar Glades Studies at MTSU has assembled a group of local teachers who regularly teach science in the cedar glades and have developed lesson plans for students of all ages.