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Carson River Project

Explore, conserve, celebrate: Reconnecting children with nature to make a difference for our future

Environmental Education on the Carson River

The Whit Hall Interpretive Center at River Fork Ranch will be a learning center for local students and the community, showcasing how and why we should lessen our environmental footprint.


At River Fork Ranch, the Conservancy is working to connect people with nature through hands on learning opportunities that capture the imagination, engage the sense and demonstrate the connection between human and natural communities.

River Fork Ranch is available for school field trips throughout the year. Please contact Carson River Project Director Duane Petite at dpetite@tnc.org for more information.
Tools for Teachers, Students and Families

Nature Treasure Hunt Grades pre-K to 6

An increasing number of studies say that kids who play outside are happier, healthier and smarter. Help kids connect with nature and put smiles on their faces by going on a Nature Treasure Hunt!

Do this easy Nature Treasure Hunt in your own backyard, in a nearby park or at a Nature Conservancy preserve near you…wherever you like to be in the great outdoors! What treasures will you find in nature?

Nature Rocks Grades pre-K to 8

Nature Rocks is your nature fun planner - helping you find all sorts of nature activities, plus tools to help guide and plan your adventures. You’ll also find useful tips and information to help you get into nature without getting over your head. It's fast and easy so you can shut your computer down quickly, open up that door and be on your way in as little as 5 minutes. Nature is closer than you think!

Opening the World through Journaling: Integrating art, science, and language arts Grades 3 to 7

The acclaimed curriculum, Opening the World through Journaling: Integrating art, science, and language arts, was created with the support of the California Native Plant Society by John Muir Laws, Emilie Lygren, Emily Brueunig, and Celeste Lopez.

The lesson plans can be used in school yards, camps, nature centers and family outings. The activities teach children to become keen observers of the natural world by drawing and writing about plants and animals in the field. In a set of nested games and activities, students gain confidence in drawing and writing to as a way to gather information. Using a set of key prompts, children and adults also discover a language to create poetry from their observations.

Nature Works Everywhere Grades 6 to 8

Nature: It’s more than just a faraway beach or mountain. It’s a fantastic factory that makes the building blocks of all our lives—food, drinking water, the stuff we own and the air we breathe. It makes amazing memories, and even protects us from floods and storms!

Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature’s fantastic factory — videos, interactive games, and interactive lesson plans.

All Hands on Earth Grades 8 to 12

You want to save the world but it seems like a lot of work. Now you don't have to do it all on your own; All Hands on Earth divvies up the duties into bite-sized pieces and takes the confusion out of going green.

One person taking a shorter shower could save 20 gallons of clean drinking water, but will that really have an earth-shattering impact? Probably not. But if thousands of people lather and rinse, but skip the repeat, suddenly those gallons start to really add up. That’s the idea behind All Hands on Earth: Building a community to take action together and have some fun saving the planet!


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