Nature in the Classroom
Bring the rich biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest into your classroom!
Nature in the Classroom is a free multidisciplinary science-based curriculum created for 4th and 5th graders (but adaptable for use with all ages) that allows students to explore the biodiversity of the Puget Sound using real-life museum specimens. With these kits, students will learn to hone their observation skills through nature journaling, answer questions about structure, form, function, adaptations, and interspecies interactions, and gain an appreciation for the natural world!
The full Nature in the Classroom curriculum consists of three lessons, each packed into its own kit. These three kits: Wild Things: Naturalists-in-Trianing, Urban Bird Diversity: Birdiversity!, and Tooth Sleuth, contain unique sets of museum specimens and can be taught as their own individual lesson or used together to create a comprehensive biodiversity curriculum. Lesson plans and teaching materials are provided with each kit, and while we do offer additional support if needed, teachers are responsible for teaching the lessons themselves.
In addition to our Nature in the Classroom kits, we also offer a fossil-based curriculum called Leaves of Change: a Lesson in Paleobotany.
Learn more about our individual Nature in the Classroom kits:
Borrow a Nature in the Classroom kit!
Want to bring the biodiversity of the Puget Sound into your classroom? Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information to request a kit loan, and we will be in contact within two business days.
School or Organization you're borrowing the kits for
Which kit you're looking to borrow
What age group will be receiving the lesson?
# of classes that will receive the lesson
# of students per class
Rental Period: please tell us how long you would like the kits as well as a desired pick-up and drop-off date. Please note that pick-up and drop-off is only available during weekdays (10-4PM).
Because the specimens in our kits are delicate and invaluable, we request that you allow an extra 15 minutes during your kit pick-up time to be trained in proper specimen handling form one of our museum employees.