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Resources for Home & Distance Learning

A collection of resources for home or virtual exploration.

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Need tips or suggestions for how to carry out these lessons at home? Or how to find Cary Teaching Materials about a specific topic? Send inquiries to Ashley and she will connect you with the resources you need.

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EcoQuest at Home

Recommended for grades 2-7.

Join us on an EcoQuest to uncover the secret ecosystem where you live! How many different organisms live all around you, and what in the world are they eating? Learn how to use ecological tools to understand these fascinating consumers and their bizarre eating habits.


Art + Science at Home

Recommended for grades 6-12, as well as adults.

Weaving together ecology and art, these ten drawing prompts offer participants an opportunity to explore the plants and wildlife around them.


Practicing the Skills of a Scientist

Learn how to explore the plants and animals that live around your home or neighborhood!

Worm Worlds

Grades 3-5 | Also suitable for K-2 students with older siblings or adult assistance

Discover where worms live in your own backyard!

Lesson plan | Lesson plan (pdf)


Quadrats & Questions

Grades 3-5

Explore the world that exists from a bug’s eye-view!

Lesson plan

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Nature Preserves: Is Bigger Better?

Grades 6-8 | Also suitable for grades 3-5 with assistance

Learn how to measure biodiversity in your own neighborhood!

Lesson plan

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Pitfall Trap Protocol

Create homemade traps to investigate insect populations in your yard.

Pitfall Traps (pdf)