DeVries Nature Conservancy

Continuing Education, Certifications and Workshops

For a great resource on other Michigan programs and resources, look to the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education.  

Project Learning Tree - Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award-winning environmental education program that uses the forest as a "window" into natural and built environments, helping people gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them.

The Leopold Education Project - LEP - The LEP is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation ethics curriculum targeted for grades 6-12. LEP is a part of Pheasants Forever's education program to create an ecologically literate citizenry.

Project F.I.S.H - Project F.I.S.H is and educational program for youth and families sponsored locally by schools, fishing conservation organizations, others interested in fishing and our fisheries

Project Wild - Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation education program emphasizing wildlife. The program is designed for educators of kindergarten through twelfth grade. Project WILD capitalizes on the natural interest that children have in wildlife.

Curriculum Links

The Habitable Planet - Environmental Science curriculum for high school and adult students. 

Survival Central for new teachers - Find all sorts of helpful tips and lessons

Lessons in Biodiversity Monitoring - A program from the National Zoo pairs scientists with teachers to provide great lessons.

Electronic Naturalist - Weekly units on animals, plants and environmental issues that include poster, indepth info, activity, definitions, and access to a professional naturalist in two reading levels (1-3 and 4-8.

Great Lakes Information Network - The Center for Great Lakes Environmental Education is an informational resource which is designed to provide access to Great Lakes educational material, as well as to identify and address teacher training needs.

Michigan Forests Forever Teachers Guide - The Michigan Forests Forever Project is a three-piece suite of materials addressing forests and forestry in the State of Michigan. The Teacher's Guide provides extensive background material, activities, and curricula.

Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) - Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support project consists of FIVE outstanding, Michigan-specific science and social studies units: Ecosystems & Biodiversity (Gr. 4-6), Land Use (Gr. 4-5), Water Quality (Gr. 6-8), Energy and Resources (Gr. 7-9),

Michigan Envirothon - The Michigan Envirothon is a broad based approach to teaching natural resource management, environmental stewardship and conservation concepts to Michigan's high school students. The program emphasizes and encourages hands-on learning in the outdoors.

This Land Is Your Land - 20 FREE activity-based lessons created by MSU Extension's United Growht for Kent County project to help students grow and develop into involved citizens who understand the importance and practice of wise land use. Designed for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, al


NSTA has over $80,000 in awards with over 20 programs. Check their website for a complete list. Most deadlines are November 30.

Earthwatch fellowships allow teachers and students to get out of the classroom and head into the field.  Fellows learn about cutting edge research and conservation efforts, develop professional skills, and make a difference for our shared environment.  Earthwatch fellowships bring the world alive like never before!

Funding for classroom projects 

Target Field Trip Grants

American Honda Foundation Grants

Classroom Materials and Freebies
Salmon in the classroom - DNR program for your students to raise salmon

FREE Aquarium for your classroom - Just visit a Petco and ask at the counter.

For a great resource on Michigan programs and resources, look to the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education.  

Contact us

Mail us: 2635 N. M52 

             PO Box 608

             Owosso, MI 48867

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