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In the Schools - Nature Up North in North Country Classrooms

Nature Up North made me Nuts About Nature!

By Nancy LaFaver on August 2, 2017
I attended the Nature Up North Summer Workshop to find new ways to incorporate nature and to enhance my Nuts About Nature after school program. After two days of information overload and field experience, I was able to map out an entire school year of nature programs and activities!  It was wonderful to not only hear about what Nature Up North is doing but to feel like it could be integrated into…

Nature Up North Teaches the Teachers!

By Susan Dodds on August 2, 2017
Let the adventure begin! Once again the NUN crew delivered on their promise to provide relevant and engaging environmental education activities to our area teachers. This year's group of teachers included some veteran's of the NUN program and a couple of newcomers. Participants were engaged throughout the two day workshop in activities such as an Encounter walk at Heritage park, MOWing the Grasse…

Colton-Pierrepont Earth Week 2017

By Emlyn Crocker on June 9, 2017
It's late spring in the North Country, and the hills are alive with the sounds of birds and bees doing that important job - pollination. Last week Nature Up North joined Colton-Pierreont Central School's Earth Week Celebration, where pollination is the theme of this year's festivities. We challenged 1st-6th grade students to act out the story of pollination through a hands-on relay game, and…

Get Outside!

By Jenna Levandowski on February 17, 2017
Stumbling upon a group of grown-ups in the midst of a snowball fight is a seldom sight to see. As we get older, we so easily fall into this concept of “adulthood” where all of a sudden engaging in play is no longer commonplace. There is this idea that you can only play like a kid if in fact you are a child or are in the presence of one. Earlier this year I was able to visit the Little River…

Bringing Community back to the Classroom

By Rebecca Munn on August 4, 2016
For the past two days, I have had the amazing experience of absorbing all things Nature Up North through a teacher workshop on the St. Lawrence University campus. As a local science teacher, I spend a lot of my summer...yes enjoying a well deserved break from the daily grind...but also reflecting on the past school year. I am always brainstorming ways to make science content in the classroom more…

Registration Open for the Nature Up North Teacher Workshop, August 3-4

By Jacob Malcomb on June 13, 2016
Are you a St. Lawrence County teacher interested in incorporating more nature-based learning into your lessons? Do you want to increase opportunities for integrating outdoor learning with STEM content? Nature Up North is offering a workshop for local teachers on August 3rd and 4th during which we will discuss ways to improve STEM learning through hands-on and place-based teaching strategies that…

Maple Monitoring at Colton-Pierrepont

By Jennifer Morrill on October 5, 2015
During the month of September, students from Colton-Pierrepont Central School participated in the Monitor My Maple Project through Nature Up North.  Through this citizen science project, students at different grade levels are asked to monitor the phenology of the maple trees around campus over the course of several weeks.  Students in the sixth grade participated in the Monitor My Maple project…

Nature Up North Teacher Workshop: A Community of Educators

By Conner Eldridge on August 5, 2015
It has been a busy two days at the Nature Up North teacher workshop.  Twelve educators from across the North Country convened to share our ideas for diverse learning experiences with an emphasis on local, natural features. During the workshop, Nature Up North director Dr. Erika Barthelmess and project manager Jake Malcomb introduced us to Place-Based Learning. Their goal was to inspire us to take…

St. Lawrence River Field Day

By Justin Dalaba on July 9, 2015
On June 10th 2015, Nature Up North hosted a St. Lawrence River field day for Jefferson Elementary 5th graders.  Roughly 55 students came to Robert Moses Nature Center to learn about the watershed, pollution, macroinvertebrates and fishing.  There were four total activities for kids to rotate through.  The first activity was a nature walk discussing the interactions between water and land.  The…

Powtoons from Colton-Pierrepont at Conservation Field Day

By Krista Sonia on July 9, 2015
On June 4th 2015, Indian Creek Nature Center hosted Conservation Field Day! About 70 students from Colton-Pierrepont, Huevelton and Trinity schools came out to spend a day immersing themselves in the natural environment and becoming biologists for the day. At the event, Nature Up North held a nature scavenger hunt with digital cameras where students photographed their finds ranging from ferns and…