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April 2014

NCI Staff Hike Ice Age Trail to Raise Classroom Funds


Two adventurous NCI staff members will be hiking the Ice Age Trail in WI to raise funds for their school! The total distance is 1,100 miles to be covered over 10 weeks.

Learn more about this project and show your support!  

 

Ready, Set, Grow!


Subjects: Science, Gardening

In this lesson, students will combine a discussion of the basic needs and structure of plants with actual planting. Younger students will physically act out the parts of a plant while learning their function. Check it out!
 

3-D Fruit Craft


Use household craft supplies, to create 3-D fruit mobiles, including apples, watermelons, pears, plums, and peaches! These are great to hang from a window or from a ceiling.




 

"My students continued to talk about the visit to Nature's Classroom throughout the semester--so many of them found it incredibly powerful. A number of students meaningfully discussed the way it deepened/shifted their understanding of constructivism. They just loved it. We are so grateful for your time. It was an exceptional field trip and your school is pretty incredible! My students learned a lot."

Kerry Kretchmar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Carroll University - Department of Education

Read more teacher testimonials.

Celebrate EE this week!


National Environmental Education (EE) Week is going on now! From April 13-19, take part in the nation's largest celebration of EE, inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. 

It's not too late to celebrate!
 
Check out the National Environmental Education Week website for activities and more.
 

Park Rx: Using Technology to Connect Us to Nature

Health care providers are prescribing neighborhood parks. Park Rx is a new program under the National Park Service's (NPS) Healthy Parks, Health People U.S. Initiative. At its core, Park Rx fosters a unique patient-provider relationship where providers talk with patients about “how” to use their neighborhood parks to do fun physical activities. 

Learn more about this initiative.

***Tune in April 22nd***

Green Ribbon Schools to Be Announced


Every year, the U.S. Department of Education honors a select number of schools for the prestigious Green Ribbon Award. 

Bruceville - Texas


Located in Central Texas, Nature's Classroom Institute in Bruceville is close to most major Texas cities including Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston. The new EcoVillage sits in the woodlands of nearly 290 acres adjacent to a zoo and vegetable garden.  It can house up to 72 people and a kitchen and dining room powered by solar cells.

Read more or find an NCI location near you!
Nature’s Classroom Institute        888.469.4190        learn@discoverNCI.org       www.DiscoverNCI.org

Learning through experience. Growing through expression.

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