We already know that getting outdoors is good for the mind, body and spirit. But visiting Delaware's’s forests, farms, rivers and beaches is also good for the brain – especially when paired with the Conservancy’s new Nature Works Everywhere partnership with Discovery Education.
Available any time of the year, Nature Works Everywhere helps teachers, families and children learn how the science behind how the natural world makes our everyday existence possible – including the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and the products we buy.
The website includes videos and introductions to some of the Conservancy’s scientists. It features lesson plans that meet national education standards in their subject areas. It also boasts a game that teaches about how nature is more than just a beach, river, field or mountain – it’s a fantastic factory that produces the building blocks of our lives.
So feel good about going outdoors. Then when you find yourself back inside, check out Nature Works Everywhere. Here are some ideas for pairing this new tool with fun family visits around the First State:
- Explore the Ponders Tract Trails System when it’s open to the public between March and August to witness a forest restoration project and two streams comprising the headwaters of the Broadkill River before making its journey towards the Delaware Bay. Then download a lesson about the role forests play in our everyday lives.
- Travel by canoe or car to get a closer look at the Broadkill River at the Edward H. McCabe Preserve. Follow up with a lesson about the broader Delaware Bay and Basin landscape and how natural areas filter water.
- A lesson about the effects of erosion on coastlines makes a trip to any of Delaware’s beaches a fun learning experience for the whole family!