The Nature Conservancy of Arizona Announces the Launch of Dynamic Environmental Education Program in Partnership with Discovery Education
“Nature Works Everywhere" Enriches Classroom Instruction with Interactive Lessons, Videos & Games
PHOENIX, AZ | August 15, 2012
The Nature Conservancy of Arizona is excited to announce the launch of Nature Works Everywhere, a partnership with Discovery Education designed to help students learn the science behind how nature helps our everyday existence and the importance of environmental conservation.
This new online resource, www.natureworkseverywhere.org, provides middle school teachers, students and families with free tools to explore and understand nature. The site includes videos, interactive lesson plans and an interactive game designed to teach students that nature is more than just a beach or mountain – it’s a fantastic factory that produces the building blocks of our lives.
Unique classroom resources on the site, including video tours from around the world that show nature at its productive best, enable teachers to take their students beyond the walls of their classrooms, exploring a wide range of topics and locales – from forests in Maine to coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. In addition, the site provides related interactive lesson plans designed to immerse students in the fascinating world of nature and science, focusing on the themes of food, clean water, clean air and protection – great examples of nature protecting people.
A fun and interactive ‘Conservation Connection’ game allows students to learn how nature works to create their favorite things, such as ice cream and sandcastles. Students and teachers alike will be surprised by the strange connections.
A ‘Meet the Scientist’ section allows teachers to introduce their students to real-life scientists from The Nature Conservancy who are working to keep nature thriving. Students can learn how modern scientists protect natural areas, restore natural systems, and help nature adapt to change to benefit people in all climates.
“Children today are spending less time outdoors, which has negative implications for their well-being and for the future of conservation,” said Patrick Graham, the Conservancy in Arizona’s state director. “By bringing the program into classrooms, we’re hoping to inspire a lifelong connection to and appreciation for nature in the next generation.”
“Discovery Education is proud to partner with The Nature Conservancy on this important program to ignite students’ natural curiosity in science and create the next generation of conservation citizens,” said Mary Rollins, Discovery Education Vice President of Educational Partnerships. “This unique program allows teachers to expand learning beyond classroom walls and encourage students to explore the world around them through engaging and interactive resources.”
A grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation makes Nature Works Everywhere possible. The Morgridge Family Foundation is a private family foundation with a mission to invest in the transformation of education for both students and teachers. The Morgridges' generous gift will reach thousands of children and inspire young minds to steward earth’s resources and help protect them for future generations.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org