The Nature Conservancy

Water: The Source of Life: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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As water travels across our planet, it shapes our environment, connects all living things, and is critical for survival. But how does our water get from its source to its destination, and what does it encounter along the way? This video follows the journey of water to find out how one city, Bogotá, gets water from its source in Chingaza National Park and the surrounding páramo ecosystem. Along the way, students learn about the people and communities whose health and well-being depend on this vital resource.

The following lesson plans accompany this video:

 

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.

Nature's First Defenders: Video | Nature Works Everywhere

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Indigenous people—nature’s first defenders—play a vital role in sustaining our planet. This video, along with the accompanying Nature's First Defenders teacher's guide and lessons, enables students to understand that role and to explore the many perspectives and issues involved in conservation, including how we relate to nature, how culture influences our points of view, what tools we have to be engaged in the conversation, and how we might address and reconcile differences.

 

Virtual Field Trip Video: View from a Canoe | Nature Works Everywhere

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Take your students on a virtual field trip led by Tsimka Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, to explore this beautiful landscape that stretches from Washington State to Canada’s Coastal British Columbia to Southeast Alaska, and find out how nature and people are interconnected. Find a teacher's guide here to accompany this field trip. 

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.

Educator Support Video: Habitat Survey | Nature Works Everywhere

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This short video for educators supports the Garden Lesson Plan for Habitat and Pollinators. The video walks educators step-by-step through the use of a school garden or other space for conducting a habitat survey in order to examine the biodiversity and health of a garden ecosystem. Use this video in preparation for teaching the lesson.

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