The Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers free educational opportunities to help educators looking for a fun way to integrate the state’s unique flora and fauna into their classroom, while still meeting required educational standards.
The newest addition to the DNR’s wildlife curricula is Michigan’s Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl.
Michigan’s Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl, developed for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, will give students and teachers an appreciation and knowledge of the vital importance of local wetland ecosystems.
In six lessons, students will expand their knowledge of Michigan’s waterfowl species, waterfowl biology and life cycles, and wetland and waterfowl management and history in Michigan.
Students and teachers are encouraged to explore a local wetland, if possible, as part of this learning experience. If a field trip is not practical, a virtual field trip experience is included in the curriculum.
May is American Wetlands Month, so this program offers an opportunity to prepare students for the celebration by teaching them about Michigan’s wetlands and waterfowl.
Educators are asked to register for this classroom program by March 30. Materials will be provided via email to eligible educators.
To find out about other available wildlife curricula and resources for the classroom, visit mi.gov/wildlife and click on Teacher Resources.
Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at mi.gov/dnreducation.