Nature is the fantastic factory that makes the building blocks of all our lives—food, drinking water, the stuff we own, and the air we breathe. That’s why The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists have created Nature Lab: to help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can help keep it running strong.
New Virtual Field Trip
Made possible with support from with support
from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
The “Ridge to Reef” (R2R) concept is a holistic approach that takes into consideration all the environments within a watershed — from the top of the mountains down to the ocean — and shows that what happens on land affects what happens in the water. Students will visit Hong Kong’s Pak Nai to understand the R2R approach. Educators based in Hong Kong can use the guides to lead a field trip.
People, businesses and industries, recreation, waste removal, transport, nature, and even lawn care all require water. Making sure there’s enough reliable, clean water for the health and livelihoods of people and natural environments is what we mean by water security, and it is one of the biggest challenges we face. Learn how nature can play a role in ensuring water security and what YOU can do to help!
Whether you realize it or not, climate change is already impacting your daily life. In this Virtual Field Trip, learn about heat islands in Phoenix, Arizona and the connection between water and climate in Shenzhen, China. You’ll also hear about why some communities are at greater risk than others and discover how everyone can be a part of the solution.
Grades 3-8 | Use our week-long thematic family guides to lead at-home enrichment activities! With videos and learning activities, including a weekly hands-on project to get outside safely, kids can explore nature right in their community. Download individual weekly guides below.
Week 1: Provide Food and Water Sustainably
Ages 8-14 | Explore how food and water can be sourced while protecting our planet.
Week 2: Tackle Climate Change
Ages 8-14 | Learn how as individuals, we can all learn more about various types of nature-based solutions to the climate crisis and do our part to help improve our world.
Week 3: Build Healthy Cities
Ages 8-14 | Explore how nature-based solutions can help keep our cities healthy.
Week 4: Protect Land and Water
Ages 8-14 | Learn what it takes to ensure we have clean water and land and how we can protect healthy, diverse oceans for fishing, working and playing.
School Garden Resources
Access resources to lead students in building a garden. Lessons are designed for grades 5-8 but customizable for any grade band.