To support teachers and parents during school closures due to the pandemic, Four Winds has developed these short, engaging natural science explorations meant to be done by students and families across multiple days. Each Nearby Nature from Home module begins with some opportunity for outdoor discovery, and then includes a variety of activities to encourage children to notice, wonder about, and investigate some aspect of the natural world we live in. The units are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and provide wonderful opportunities for children to engage in the science practices. They also include writing prompts, reading suggestions, and extension ideas.

Nearby Nature from Home for Remote Learning

The Nearby Nature from Home modules are divided into separate activities over multiple days, making it simple for teachers to include an exploration idea into their remote learning plans as a choice for their students. These modules are flexible in how they can be assigned, they can keep community connections with volunteers alive (virtually), and they encourage families to explore nature together right in their own neighborhood.

With an $800/year school subscription, schools will receive a password to access remote learning modules for eight (8) extended instructional units with supporting teaching resources. The subscription includes Four Winds support for teachers and volunteers throughout the year — tips, techniques and resources to help children make the most of these learning opportunities by connecting online and sharing discoveries with their classmates.

Nearby Nature from Home for Families

The Nearby Nature from Home modules can be purchased as PDFs for families that are homeschooling and looking for high-quality, standards-based, family-friendly natural science resources. Each module is delivered as a PDF with links to supporting teaching materials. For more information, contact us at info@fwni.org.