Nature in the Classroom Online

Welcome to the Slater Museum's online naturalist lessons! We will soon offer two fully remote, self-guided lessons for anyone, anywhere to enjoy: Bird Diversity and Mammal Skulls.

All you need are paper, a pencil, and an internet connection. There are additional, optional materials for each lesson.


Looking for information and materials from the previous in-person NIC lessons? Click here.


Bird Diversity

Over the course of four-sessions, you will practice crucial naturalist skills, learn about how birds thrive in their environments, and apply what you've learned by creating your own bird! Expect to spend at least an hour for each session, or four hours in total. 

Materials Needed:

  • Paper/Notebook (11 pages/6 sheets) OR printed Nature Journal
  • Pencil
  • Coloring materials (optional, highly recommended)

Each session has its own page of instructional videos, interactive activities, and frequently asked questions:

Session 1- Introduction to Bird Diversity

Session 2- Beaks and Feet

Session 3- Sketching

Session 4- Build-a-Bird


Mammal Skulls

This three-session lesson will guide you through what sets mammals apart from other animals and what sets them apart from each other. Follow along and learn what you can tell about an animal just by its teeth!

A major naturalist skill you'll practice in this lesson is using a dichotomous key--useful for identifying all sorts of things from mammals (of course) to rocks and beyond.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper/Notebook
  • Pencil

Each session has its own page of instructional videos, interactive activities, and frequently asked questions:

Session 1- What Makes a Mammal

Session 2- Tooth Types

Session 3- Dichotomous Keys