Thank you all for participating in our ON(line)SC programming this spring! It has been amazing hearing from student naturalists across the country these past four weeks! We hope you have all learned a lot about nature, and have been having fun at the same time!
When we first started this program, we planned out five weeks of programming, unsure if we would even need that many. We were learning that blazing a trail through the world of online learning is just as difficult as blazing a trail through the forest, with plenty of obstacles to overcome. We're still learning some of these new “trail rules”, but you've stuck with us the whole time. With that, we would like to say, “Thank you!”
With schools in most states being closed for the rest of the school year, we have decided to extend our online program a few more weeks! This way, we can continue to explore and discover the wonders of our planet together.
So far we have covered:
On week six, dive headfirst into nature writing. Experience the enjoyment in reading stories, science articles and poetry. Each day we’ll be focusing on a different type of writing, and you will have an opportunity to practice each style, leading up to sharing your own story about why it’s important to protect our earth. So sharpen those pencils, open that word processor, and crack open your favorite book!
During week seven, prepare for a whirlwind adventure into the forces of nature, and how life recovers after natural and man-made disasters. Why do we allow small fires to burn? How do rivers change their course? And what happens after the dust settles? It's time to discover the strongest forces on the planet!
On week eight, we'll be rounding out the school year with our naturalist grab bag. Did you ever wonder what your teacher-naturalists love about nature? Do you like to geek out about snakes, flowers, or birds? Have you ever wanted to know more about insects or ferns? This will also be a time for student-naturalists everywhere to send in what you've been learning throughout our nature journey, as well as a chance for all of our Teacher-Naturalists do best: share our enthusiasm on our favorite topics!
We also have a few surprises up our sleeve, which we won't reveal just yet. Keep your eyes open for an announcement in the next few weeks! In the meantime, we hope that everyone is staying healthy and finding time to enjoy the natural world, whether that is out on the trail or out your kitchen window!
The ONSC Teacher Naturalists
*For those of you joining us for the first time, check out our “About” page to learn more about who we are and what we do.