Teachers and Students
NRCS New Mexico partners with local governments and organizations to bring
conservation into the classroom in innovative and exciting ways. Want to
learn to rope, milk a goat, shoe a horse, make apple cobber? New Mexico
teachers have had the opportunity to take graduate credit classes that featured
these skills. Want an outdoor classroom in your own backyard? NRCS
has partnered with many organizations to help such opportunities become a
reality. Your local NRCS office is a great resource for hands-on learning
Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations — New Soil Education
The National Science
Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) announce the release of Dig In! Hands-On Soil
Investigations. This lively, 129-page softbound book, a bestseller when it
debuted at the 2001 NSTA convention in St. Louis, will soon assist
educators across the nation in teaching scientifically accurate soil and
soil conservation information in an enjoyable way. The book is available
from NSTA by calling 1-800-277-5300 (7/24/01)
- The book's target audience is Kindergarten through Grade 4 teachers.
Dig In provides classroom-tested lesson plans, stories, and activities
about soil formation, habitats, and land use. The book also discusses
animals and plants that depend on soil. The book's activities are
interesting and fun and lead to a greater appreciation of the value of
soil. Activities meet National Science Education Standards.
- NSTA is the world's largest organization promoting science teaching
and learning for all. The 53,000-member association publishes four
journals, a newspaper, and many books and publications for teachers.
Helping People Understand Soils
Private Land — A Geography of Hope
You'll get the facts and
figures on natural resources from A Geography of Hope, all woven
into a framework of land stewardship and a vision for natural resource
management in the 21st century. (7-12)
Bringing conservation from the countryside to your
backyard. - Whether you have acres in the country, an average-sized
suburban yard, or a tiny plot in the city, you can help protect the
environment and add beauty and interest to your surroundings. There is
colorful publication can get you started and links to other sites to give
you more information. Also, see "Tip Sheets" that help you use
conservation practices at home and bring birds to your backyard.
The rich history of the Natural Resources Conservation
Service is the firm ground which holds our bond with the land and its
people today. (7-12)
in Harmony with Wetlands
Wetlands do so many things — not only for
us, but also for plants, animals, and the land. Discover the functions and
values of wetlands.
Worm teaches soils
It's a dirty job but someone has to do it -- S.K.Worm, the
official annelid, or worm, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service answers
students' questions about soil. Even their teachers can't wiggle their way out
of this one! Slither your way through these soiled questions and earn a very
special diploma. You might even get hooked on Soil!
Database is a single source of standardized information about plants. This
database focuses on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and
lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
Association of Conservation Districts Education site