The Nature Conservancy

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.

The Local Tomato: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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This video is the second chapter in the story of how tomatoes are produced (find the first chapter, The Industrial Tomato, here). 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.

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.

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

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Nature works to filter and release water over time, thereby reducing the amount of artificial treatment needed to filter water and to help prevent flooding. In this video, learn about how the water cycle impacts our daily lives and how we can take steps to improve the health of our own local watersheds.

Find a lesson plan here to accompany this video. 

Educator Support Video: Water Filtration | Nature Works Everywhere

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This short video for educators supports the Garden Lesson Plan for Water. The video walks educators step-by-step through the process of using a school's rainfall data to determine how much water is filtered by their green spaces. Students will also learn how natural water filtration benefits their local watersheds. Use this video in preparation for teaching the lesson.

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.

Project-Based Learning: Design and Build a Rain Garden for Your School or Community: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Use this video in conjunction with the Design and Build a Rain Garden Teacher's Guide and Lesson Plans to get guidance and inspiration for building a rain garden on school grounds or in your local community. 

Educator Support Video: Soil Analysis | Nature Works Everywhere

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This short video for educators supports the Garden Activity Guide for Soil. The video walks educators step-by-step through the Soil Analysis experiment found in the lesson plan. This experiment helps students identify the composition of soil in areas throughout the garden or school campus. Use this video in preparation for teaching the lesson.

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.

The following lesson plans are designed to be used with this video:

 

 

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