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How Dirt Works: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Soil sustains plant and animal life, regulates water, filters pollutants, cycles nutrients and supports structures. This video explores the value of soil and its role as a natural resource. See how humans and many other organisms rely on soil, and how agriculture, home building, and road construction change the land in ways different from how nature changes the land on its own. 

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video. 

Global Gardens: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Urban gardens are powerful tools that can help grow healthy food, reduce our carbon footprint, and increase the overall health of our city environments. By creating a small, contained habitat for plants, pollinators, and other creatures, these tiny garden ecosystems actually contain a huge diversity of animals. This video explores the role that urban gardens can have on an individual, a local, and on a global scale.

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

Community: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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This video from Nature Works Everywhere shows the impact of community gardens. Community gardens can be helpful tools to empower students to find their own solutions to environmental problems like storm water management and food deserts.

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

Sustainable Cities: Nature Based Solutions in Urban Design: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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This video was created by The Nature Conservancy, with help from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department, and D.C. Water.

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Virtual Field Trip Video: Powering the Planet | Nature Works Everywhere

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We use energy to power our lives every day—to boot up our computers, fuel our cars, charge our cell phones, flick on a light switch, and in a myriad of other ways. Join scientist Alex Wegmann as we embark on a Virtual Field Trip to explore a compelling question: How can we get the energy we need without harming nature? By harnessing renewable sources of energy, such as sunlight and wind, scientists are finding ways to do just that. 

Find a teacher's guide here to accompany this field trip.

Planning Your Garden: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Having a successful and productive garden starts with a great plan. In this first How-to-Garden video, learn how to design your garden for the most impact. Maximize the sunlight, water source, soil quality, climate, and budget available to you. This video supports the Nature Works Everywhere Gardens curriculum that includes activity guides and the How-to-Garden video series.

Building a Garden in a Day: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Believe it – you can build a garden in a single day. In this second video of the How-to-Garden series, you will see that creating a garden doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By following these guidelines, you will build a productive and healthy garden from the ground-up in just a few hours. This video supports the Nature Works Everywhere Gardens curriculum that includes activity guides and the How-to-Garden video series.

The Industrial Tomato: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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This video is the first chapter in the story of how tomatoes are produced. The carbon “foodprint” of vegetables and fruits is complex, involving how the food is produced, how it reaches us, and what we do with it. In this two part video series on food production, viewers will consider different ways food is produced, transported, and consumed and will evaluate how food they grow locally may have a smaller carbon footprint than food found in the grocery store.

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

Virtual Field Trip Video: China's Great Forests | Nature Works Everywhere

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Join our expert scientist Yue Wang, a conservation planning officer for The Nature Conservancy, on a virtual field trip across the world to two stunning provinces in China—Sichuan and Yunnan—where we will explore majestic forests, towering mountains, and other iconic landscapes. While examining the role these vital natural areas play in the carbon cycle and climate change, as well as the benefits of reforestation, we will learn about the magnificent creatures who call these habitats home: giant pandas, golden snub-nosed monkeys, and the elusive and odd-looking takin. 

Find a teacher's guide here to accompany this field trip.

Coral Reefs: Feeding and Protecting Us: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Explore how coral reefs are more than just a pretty face; the resources from reef ecosystems impact us in our daily life. The ecosystems are some of the most biodiverse on the planet, as well as shaping many aspects of the marine environment, but the reefs are in constant danger of extinction. See how the country of Palau has been at the forefront of preserving reefs and their ocean environment.

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

Forests: The Stuff of Life: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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In this video, explore how forest resources are much more diverse than most of us think. Not only do they provide wood and paper, but also fundamental amenities like water and oxygen. Sustainable forestry is an important field in understanding how we can keep the ecosystems prestine, while also harvesting resources with a controlled strategy.

Pollinators: Putting Food on the Table: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Pollinators are often overlooked, but in reality are overwhelmingly crucial animals in maintaining ecosystem health and productivity. By enabling plant reproduction, bees and other insects hold the key to keeping wild systems functioning. Learn how scientists and everyday people can help pollinators by changing farming practices and by planting pollinator gardens. 

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video. 

 

Urban Trees: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Tree planting in urban areas can reduce summertime temperatures, noise pollution, and harmful airborne particles, all while trapping some of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. In this video, students learn how trees are crucial organisms in urban foodwebs, and how planting and maintaining trees can benefit all elements of city living. 

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

The Amazing Oyster Reef: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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There are many ways to protect coastlines, and in this video, see why oyster reefs are one of the most important lines of defense we have. In many marsh and sea-grass environments, the balance of the ecosystem is maintained due to the shelter provided by oyster reefs, but human impact has caused a massive decline of natural oyster formations in the last century. See how humans are working together to build artificial oyster reefs, and learn about the benefits of using natural resources to save these sensitive coastal ecosystems.

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

Caring for Your Garden: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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You’ve planned and planted; the soil, plants and structures are in place. Now what? In this third video of the How-to-Garden series, see and hear how easy it is to care for your garden. Learn about the three components of a healthy, productive garden and develop long-term maintenance strategies. This video supports the Nature Works Everywhere Gardens curriculum that includes Activity guides and the How-to-Garden video series.

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