Welcome to the kid's corner! This area is where you start your adventure into the wild lands of your state Nevada. You will find links here to some cool sites that will help you with your studies while you are home from school but also some cool ideas for how you can get involved with your family, friends and school in helping to keep Nevada Forever Wild!
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My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry - Neil deGrasse Tyson
All Ages Friendly
Kids in Nature Reading List (PDF) -courtesy the Children and Nature Network of Fort Collins
First Guides to Urban Wildlife and The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild - Sarah Landry
Because of an Acorn - Lola M. Schaefer
Flowers Are Calling - Rita Gray
You Belong Here - M. H. Clark
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
All Aboard! National Parks: A Wildlife Primer - by Haily Meyers
Loon and Moon and Other Animal Stories - Kevin Strauss
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss
PBS Mondays with Michelle - Read along together some of your favorite children's stories with Michelle Obama. New read along every Monday! “Mondays with Michelle Obama” will be livestreamed simultaneously on PBS KIDS’ Facebook page and YouTube channel, and on Penguin Random House’s Facebook page, and will remain available for viewing on demand on all of those platforms immediately thereafter.
Kids in Nature - Web Resources
The following websites offer a wealth of information for kids and teens, their parents and teachers for experiencing nature and how to enjoy being there while learning about the environment and the need to take care of our natural heritage.
The Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center offers an exciting learning opportunity and curriculum for kids of all ages you can explore.
Check out this site for innovative scenic and nature kits geared for young learners: www.acornnaturalists.com
Some great resources are being offered by Great Basin National Park and Great Basin Observatory friends-
Their first Thursday interactive science-based learning activity this month is starry sky themed!
International Dark Sky Week, begins April 20th, celebrate by getting to know two well-loved constellations a little better! Learn about stars and constellations with this Stay at Home Science Activity, designed to support all the amazing teachers, students, and families currently doing their part by staying at home. This lesson has two levels of activities. The first is great for younger children, the second can be a fun learning activity for all- including adults. In fact, the second activity was created by the folks at Cedar Breaks National Monument as part of their Master Astronomer Program. Find the lesson here and a fun introduction to the lesson below.
New Mexico Wildlife Federation has put together a variety of resources for families to help support this transition: https://www.natureninos.org/homeschool-support/
If you Google "kids in the woods USFS," you will find many press releases and comments about partnerships and associations of the Forest Service with others, as well as information about the Forest Service's involvement with educating kids in nature.
Here are a few examples:
The Children & Nature Network is "Building a Movement to Reconnect Children and Nature," a program that is based on Richard Louv's book (see our "Kids in Nature: Book Resources" page for more information about the book) at Children and Nature Network
They also cite research focused on the benefits and methodology of reconnecting kids with nature. Research articles.
Joseph Cornell (an author noted on our "Kids in Nature: Book Resources" page) also has a website with nature as its focus: Sharing Nature Foundation
An organization devoted to getting kids to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors: Hooked on Nature
As these teen "geeks" say: We are just a bunch of teenagers who don't mind putting down our PS3, Wii or IPOD on a whim to go outside for some adventure. GEEKS in the Woods
The Leave No Trace organization's home page: Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics And here are the Leave No Trace principles, remember to keeps these in mind when you recreate outdoors! Leave No Trace principles
And the PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) Program: PEAK Program
Explore and Learn with the Land Management Agencies
- Bureau of Land Management
- Forest Service
- Discover the Forest
- Conservation Education
- Natural Inquirer – Wilderness Benefits Issue
- Natural Inquirer - Wilderness 2.0 (Wilderness 50 Monograph Series)
- Untrammeled: Pass the Wilderness Torch to the Next Generation (27 minute film)
- The Forest Service's Kids in the Woods Program (national recipients page) Kids in the Woods