Resources for Parents & Teachers
SCD educational programs include hands-on, interactive demonstrations and activities about natural resources and local issues concerning these resources. The lessons are designed by a certified teacher to be grade level appropriate and in line with all state standards. Most lessons will also connect with the science education that students are receiving in their schools. Lessons are provided free of charge to K-12 classrooms; as well as, home-school groups and other organizations that serve the youth (i.e. YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club).
Browse the options for educational presentations and programs or contact Stacey to get scheduled: Stacey Selcho, 509-535-7274 ext 217 or Staceyfirstname.lastname@example.org.
For Teachers and Classrooms
SCD and our partners host continuing education workshops for teachers. Keep an eye out for these opportunities:
Vermiculture in the Classroom
Adaptable for K-12 education, this workshop will provide information on composting with red wigglers, why it is important to reduce food waste, and ways to use them in your teaching. The worm bins are easy to keep in a classroom and provide numerous hands-on learning opportunities that can emphasize science, math, literature, and more!
- 5 free STEM Clock Hours
- Worms Eat Our Garbage
- Worm Bin
- NGSS aligned activities
Kris Major – Waste Reduction Education Coordinator for the City of Spokane
Stacey Selcho – Education Coordinator for Spokane Conservation District
K-12 Lessons & Programs
Browse our SCD classroom lessons and programs. Click on a subheading below to view the opportunities; grade level suggestion is listed at the end of each description. If you are interested in a presentation that is not listed, contact our Education Coordinator Stacey Selcho to discuss options.
Trout in the Classroom
SCD Education Coordinator Stacey Selcho will help teachers set up their trout tanks, deliver trout, provide technical and curricular support, and help coordinate trout release days. Multiple classrooms can benefit from one trout tank. Wheat Week Lessons Five days of wheat lessons examine wheat from the ground up. 4-5th grade.
EnviroKids Club: Do you care about the Earth and our natural resources? Would you like to learn more information about our natural resources around Spokane County and ways to take care of them? If you are between the grades K-6 you can become an EnviroKids member. Receive quarterly newsletters, become informed about local events we might be attending, and join us for EnviroKids Clubhouse events at the local libraries. If you are in girl scouts or some other youth organization, contact us to come visit with our information. Spokane Conservation District as well as the agencies listed below are all participants of this local environmental club. The agencies actively supporting the EnviroKids program are:
- Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency
- National Weather Service
- Spokane Aquifer Joint Board
- Spokane County Environmental Services
- Spokane County Solid Waste & City of Spokane Solid Waste (one representative for both)
- City of Spokane Water Department
- Spokane Conservation District
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Here are some quick links to fun and educational activities you can do at home!
It’s always a challenge to keep students engaged over the summer in learning. Here you will find 25 activities to keep students engaged. From using a cricket to determine the temperature, making a hot air balloon, and creating art. These activities will engage any learner in a simple hands-on approach. Included is a journal page to have students reflect on their learning.
Check out these great websites for teaching youth about natural resources.
Environmental Learning From Home – Virtual tours, backyard activities, conservation education and more!
Nature Rocks: Let’s Go Explore – A website for parents or their kids to find inspiration for playing outside in their backyard, park, forest or in the water.
The Green Squad – A website for kids created by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
EPA Teaching About the Environment – Air, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Waste, and Water lessons for K-12.
Mass Audubon – Explore the Outdoors with Nature Bingo!
Outdoor School – Soil Activities