Special to GUIDON
Many young Missourians are stuck at home because of school closures, so the Missouri Department of Conversation is encouraging educators and parents alike to take advantage of its online educational resources.
MDC’s virtual nature-based curriculum is free of charge and meant for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Parents wanting to continue their child’s education from home are encouraged to use these links.
Through this link, educators, students and parents can find five separate lesson plans: Nature Revealed (pre-kindergarten), Nature Unfolds (kindergarten through 2nd grade), Nature Unleashed (grades three through five), Nature Unhooked (grades six through eight) and Nature Unbound (grades nine through 12).
MDC wants families to stay safe during this time, while also exploring backyard areas in a safe way. Through this link, citizens of all ages can find free, outdoor educational resources like online and interactive field guides, virtual dissections and wildflower identification. Included in the expansive list of links are comprehensive lesson plans for teachers of students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Through this page, interested citizens and students alike can access a multitude of educational videos and hour-long webcasts. For shorter, more digestible material, there is also AskMDC, a frequently asked questions video segment where experts explain some of nature’s most curious topics. These resources are meant equally for the inquisitive and teachers seeking writing or discussion prompts.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a virtual pamphlet encouraging parents, guardians and families to continue students’ education from home during this time. For tips on keeping young ones engaged in learning while away from school follow the link above.
(Editor’s note: Information for this article was provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation.)