Take Care Tahoe is made of amazing partners who despite not being able to educate students in the classroom, continue to provide environmental education while we’re all at home.
Below you will find a collection of innovative at-home activities, lessons, and downloadable materials created to supplement in-school activities and programming that has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
Click the links to discover a myriad of learning opportunities, with a Tahoe twist, enjoy!
UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center
Science Expo (Direct Student use for Grades 3-5): Science activities designed for third, fourth, and fifth-grade students outlined at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1v1obrpI6G9BKue3TxsJ-CXcPHXbm77eC.
Videos available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa3BRSex0pXzgivsqrJuvjyXCFKylfmUu.
Citizen Science Tahoe app (Students, Parents, or Teachers for Grades K-12): Download the Citizen Science Tahoe app and share your observations with scientists at Lake Tahoe.
Science-in-Place: The UC Davis Tahoe Science Center is temporarily closed to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, education has continued through social media platforms. Recently, @UCDavisTahoe began a social media campaign called Science-in-Place to promote environmental education from home. The posts follow daily themes: Minute Monday, Tahoe Tuesday, Watershed Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and Fun Friday. These posts include a variety of simple at-home science activities, citizen science activities, and fun facts about Lake Tahoe.
Junior Limnologist Activity Book: Limnology is the study of freshwater bodies, such as lakes and ponds. Completing the Junior Limnologist challenge will provide you with the scientific knowledge and decision-making skills that will help protect Lake Tahoe and other lakes around the world.
Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships
SWEP Snippets (Direct Student use for Grades K-8): Over the next few weeks (and beyond; if necessary) SWEP will be releasing daily SWEP Snippets to support virtual homeschool education. Each SWEP Snippet will feature an inquiry-based, hands-on activity that can easily be done in students’ backyards, in their home, or online. These snippets include easy to follow instructions, video resources, and links that support learning as well as extension activities for students who are eager to do more.
Tahoe Institute for Natural Sciences
TaHome Nature Education (Direct Student use for Grades K-5): TINS is publishing environmental learning activities each Monday, focusing on a diversity of place-based learning topics. Each lesson is geared toward elementary-aged students, with activities for K-2 and 3-5 graders.
Tahoe Nature Activity Book Available for Download: is designed to enhance grades K-2 curricula and align with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) programming. The book is illustrated and designed for children to learn more about the natural wonders of the Lake Tahoe area. In the book, you will ﬁnd a variety of fun natural science challenges to help kids and parents discover and learn about the many animals and plants around Tahoe.
League to Save Lake Tahoe
Activities to Reduce Waste and Litter: Try these fun, Lake-friendly activities as a way to reduce waste and litter! Remember to Refuse, Reduce, Repair, Reuse, and then Recycle! Learn helpful hints for reducing consumption, trash, and litter to ring in Earth Day one more time.
Lessons with Keep Tahoe Blue: While you shelter in place, try these fun, Lake-friendly activities as a way to celebrate Earth Month and Keep Tahoe Blue. Also, don’t miss these virtual events and webinars!
Clean Tahoe Program
Clean Tahoe Writing Contest: It is the year 3030 and there is no such thing as trash. Write a story about this world of no waste. How did the world get to this place? Consider the systematic changes and product innovations that allowed for the elimination of solid waste. Describe what this new world looks like, smells like, feels like, sounds like, and taste likes. Rules:
- Participants must be age 9-18 living in South Lake Tahoe
- 2,000-word maximum
- Submit entries to [email protected]
- Subject: Contest / Grade Level
- Include: name, age, grade level, school, and teacher
- Due by MAY 18,2020
California State Parks
Explore California State Parks PORTS Home Learning Programs: In response to the COVID-19 disruption in-school instruction, California State Parks is now broadcasting our PORTS Home Learning Programs from locations across California. Students learning from home will be able to access our precious natural resources and cultural heritage from the comfort of their own home.
See our program calendar below to register for these FREE K-12 programs. Space is limited, so sign up today! For more digital resources to support young learners, follow us @PORTSprogram on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and check out our YouTube channel.
iNaturalist (Students, Parents, or Teachers for Grades K-12): Connect with nature and share your observations. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. iNaturalist shares your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.
Project WET Curriculum: Project WET is traditionally a workbook of water-related educational activities. They have created a page of free and discounted resources that educators, parents, and children can use to learn about water includes a video with our PWET USA Director (and parent at home) demonstrating a the Early Childhood activity ‘A House of Seasons’ with her son – and wonderful new tutorial for ‘A Drop in the Bucket’. Tutorials for, ‘A Grave Mistake’ and ‘Water Audit are in the works!
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