Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources that Complement Our Programs

Our educational programs were created to help teachers deliver science, natural- and cultural-history curricula to students. The below resources may be beneficial to teachers who will be bringing their class to the Nature Center, or bringing one of our programs to their classrooms.

Nature Preserver Exploring Plants

Nature Bowl

Coordinated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in our region, Nature Bowl is an annual, science-based educational program for 3rd - 6th graders that increases ecological knowledge and conservation literacy. This year Effie Yeaw Nature Center is proud to support a new Nature Bowl host, Sacramento Aububon, at Camp Pollack! Nature Bowl team registrations begin in September. Click the title link above for more information.


Great free fundraising tool for teachers - get funding for your field trips and more!

Project Learning Tree

Environmental education units, lesson plans, training, grants and more!

Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)

Free K-12 curriculum focused on teaching critical skills in science.

CREEC Network - Capitol Region

Look to this page for upcoming workshops, events, field trip opportunities, grants and resources with a science and environmental education focus.

Nature's Notebook

Teacher's Quick Start Guide to Citizen Science in your Classroom.

Lost Ladybug Project

Great citizen science opportunity for your students.

Journey North

Citizen Science opportunities for your students to study wildlife migration and seasonal change.


Have your classroom gather data for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail And Snow network.

Bozeman Science

YouTube NGSS and science tutorials.

Phenomena for NGSS

Dig deep into student-discovered phenomenon to uncover some ideas that are core to science.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace information and activities for educators.


Wonderful science and nature education resources for teachers!

John Muir Laws

Free nature journaling curriculum for teachers.

The Inquiry Project

Want your students to talk like a scientist? Check out the Talk Science Primer to engage your classroom in a culture of productive talk.

Project Budburst

You and your students can join the national Budburst network of scientists, students, teachers who are monitoring plants as the seasons change, and together help us understand how plants respond to environmental change.

Children & Nature Network

Collection of free toolkits, reports, infographics designed to help you or your school connect children and families to nature. Do you have enough Vitamin "N" in your classroom?

Idle-Free California

Sacramento Valley schools now have an exciting opportunity for schools to bring Idle Free awareness and better air quality to their communities! Students will practice math, science and public outreach skills as they work to reduce air pollution at school. There is no cost to participate.

Every Kid in a Park

Get passes for your fourth grade students! Download an activity and print paper passes for each of your students.

Water Education Materials

The Department of Water Resources offers water education materials to educators at no charge.

Bird Sleuth K-12

Free birding and science education resources for teachers.

Bird Cams by All About Birds, a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Project

Studying birds in your classroom? Offer a real life experience by live streaming Cornell's bird and nest cams.

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