The Nature Conservancy

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.

Virtual Field Trip Video: Borneo | Nature Works Everywhere

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What does sound tell us about the world’s wildest places? To find out, join science writer Justine Hausheer on a Virtual Field Trip to Borneo, the third largest island in the world. We’ll explore a compelling question: How can we use science and acoustic technology to care for the land and protect the plants and animals in one of the world’s most biodiverse regions? 

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

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.

Fighting Fire with Fire: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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For the standards-aligned lesson plan that corresponds with this video, go to www.NatureWorksEverywhere.org.

Wildfires occur naturally when lightning strikes a forest or grassland. Alternatively, controlled burns, also known as prescribed fires, are set by land managers and conservationists to mimic the effects of natural fires. In this video, students can explore controlled burn scenarios and the positive impacts of fire on ecosystems.

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.

Managing Salmon to Support Healthy Forests: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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This video addresses the impact of unsustainable fishing practices and how salmon fishing risks harming much more than just aquatic ecosystems. Salmon runs are an important factor in cycling many nutrients from the ocean to the forest and beyond. Over-fishing salmon can reduce the forest's capacity for growth and regeneration. 

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video. 

Nature Works - To Make Clean Energy: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Explore where our energy comes from, and what makes certain types of energy renewable and sustainable. Unlike the nonrenewable energy sources that humans currently use (fossil fuels, coal and natural gas), solar and wind power can quickly replenish themselves and are usually available in a never-ending supply. But we can't just harness renewable energy anywhere—what makes a good environment for harnessing sustainable power?

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

Reforestation: Impact on Climate: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Deforestation is clearing Earth's forests on a massive scale. In this video, learn the value of large-scale forest landscapes and their role in the carbon cycle. See how can reforestation can impact the climate on a global scale, decreasing carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and thereby minimizing climate change and improving air quality.

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video.

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. 

Meet Three Experts - Changing the Face of STEM: Virtual Career Fair | Nature Works Everywhere

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A career in STEM can be incredibly exciting—especially when it’s your job to study American black bears in the Western Great Basin, to advocate for the benefits nature provides to people in cities, or to act as a test engineer on airplane engines. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? 

Join us as we talk to three STEM professionals about their careers in engineering, ecology, and advocacy, and how they got to where they are today. This event brings to life the wide array of potential STEM careers for your students, with a specific focus on diversity and inclusion in the field.

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