The Nature Conservancy

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.

Virtual Field Trip Video: The Journey of Water: From Colombia's Páramo to the Kitchen Sink | Nature Works Everywhere

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Roughly the size of Texas and Oklahoma combined, Colombia is the second most biologically diverse country on Earth—home to 10% of Earth’s plant and animal species! There are over 300 different ecosystems in Colombia. In this virtual field trip, we will explore the magical páramo ecosystem and the stunning mountain landscapes found just beyond the capital city of Bogotá. 

Students will see what it’s like to walk among towering, furry, sunflower-like plants that capture the mist and rain, ultimately providing water for city residents downstream. And they’ll see moss that can hold 40 times its weight in water—it’s true! They’ll also learn about the incredible wildlife in the area including spectacled bears, tapirs, jaguars, and Andean condors. Along the way, students will explore where water comes from, how nature works to store and filter water, and how they can help protect water in their hometown. 

Find a teacher's guide here to accompany this virtual 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.

The Value of Grasslands: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Grasslands have grown to be a massively undervalued ecosystem, but a recent surge of ecotourism in grassland systems have given the land new value. In this video, explore the balance between ecotourism and environmental stability, and learn about how people all over the world are living together with grasslands. 

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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.

Urban Habitat: Biodiversity in Our Cities: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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In this video, designed to accompany the Habitats and Pollinators Garden Activity Guide, students learn that a garden is a mini-urban ecosystem that can support the health of the entire urban environment.

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. 

 

Virtual Field Trip Video: Coastal Peru | Nature Works Everywhere

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Join fisheries scientist Matias Caillaux from The Nature Conservancy to explore the Humboldt Current Ecosystem off the coast of Peru while learning about the area’s amazing diversity and productivity. While Peru is most frequently recognized for its rainforests, mountains, and ancient Inca civilizations, it is also home to one of the most productive ocean ecosystems. 

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

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.

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