Teaching Resources

Our thanks to Buckman for its support of the Wolf River Conservancy Education Program and the development of our online education resources.
A vital part of the Wolf River Conservancy’s mission is to educate members of the community about the Wolf River and its value as a natural, educational and recreational resource. We are committed to providing quality educational programming to people of all ages, and especially to young people, the future stewards of the Wolf River as well as our local and global environment.
For information on K-12 SCHOOL PROGRAMS, please click here. Contact Education Director Cathy Justis for more information, education@wolfriver.org
The Wolf River Conservancy also provides educational lectures and workshops for adults, including Project WET educator workshops, and a variety of activities and volunteer opportunities for families. Our website also includes a growing number of educational resources.  Please contact WRC Education Director Cathy Justis for more information, education@wolfriver.org.  
Please explore the following links below to information on the Wolf River; environmental education; water, wetlands and watersheds; conservation and biodiversity; litter and recycling; and education research and resources.

The Wolf River

Wolf River Information

Wolf River Water Quality Information (TDEC)

An Educator's Guide to the Wolf River (Download the PDF)

Service Projects Along the Wolf River


Environmental Education

Nature Works Everywhere (The Nature Conservancy)

Birdsleuth K-12: Investigating Evidence Lesson Plans (Cornell Lab)

Growing Schoolyard STEM Projects (NEEF Webinar)

Citizen Science Projects

North American Association for Environmental Education

The Tennessee Environmental Education Association

The Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance

Green Teacher

Natural Teachers Network (Children and Nature Network)

Schoolyard Habitats (National Wildlife Federation)

National Green Schools Conference

National Science Teachers Association

Environmental Science.org


Water, Wetland, and Watershed Education

Life Support: Tennessee's Water - Download both teacher and student editions (PDF's) of this excellent activity guide produced by the Cumberland River Compact. An supplementary booklet of seven lesson plans covering water science, resources, and management, this resource is meant to supplement existing science curricula, especially environmental science, for students in grades 4-12.

University of Memphis (CAESER)

Water on Wheels (CAESER)

City of Memphis Storm Water Program

Memphis Light, Gas and Water

Clean Memphis

Project WET

Discover Water

Rainscaping Video

Article: "Purple Pipes" (Innovations in water conservation)

Water Quality Science Fair Project Ideas (EPA)

Water Science for Schools (U.S. Geological Survey)

Water Science and Technology for Educators and Students (Environmental Protection Agency)

A Guide to Water Conservation

Water Education Lesson Plans (Grades 3-6) from Rain Bird

Plastic Pollution in the Ocean (5 Gyres)

Video:  The World's Biggest Garbage Dump - Plastics in the Ocean

Wetlands Education (Environmental Protection Agency)

Wetlands Education (Environmental Concern)

Wetland Slough Ecosystem Teacher's Guide (Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)

Big River Ecosystem Teacher's Guide (Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife)


Conservation and Biodiversity Education

Conservation at Home

Nature Works Everywhere  (The Nature Conservancy)

The Tennessee Ornithological Society

Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Ducks Unlimited

The Memphis Zoo

Lichterman Nature Center

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

Conservation Articles and Teaching Tools (Conservation Magazine)

Conservation Magazine Archive

Cool Green Science (The Conservation Blog of The Nature Conservancy)

BirdSleuth (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Crossing Boundaries: Bird's Eye View of Changing Landscapes (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Physics of Animal Behavior (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Schoolyard Habitats (National Wildlife Federation)

Ecological Sampling Methods


Litter and Recycling Education

Clean Memphis

Memphis City Beautiful Commission

Keep America Beautiful

Plastic Pollution in the Ocean (5 Gyres)

Kids Recycle!

Video: The World's Biggest Garbage Dump - Plastics in the Ocean

Guide to Glass Recycling for Kids


Education Research and Resources

Children and Nature Worldwide: An Exploration of Children's Experiences of the Outdoors and Nature with Associated Risks and Benefits (PDF)

The Children and Nature Network

EE Research (NAAEE)

Promise of Place: Enriching Lives Through Place-Based Education

Education in the United States (Wikipedia)

Elementary Schools.org

Education Statistics

High School Network

All High Schools

National Center for Education Statistics

High-Schools.com