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Discover Nature Schools

Date: Fri, 09/27/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

The Discover Nature School (DNS) program, Nature Unhooked, is for 6th-8th grade teachers. It includes engaging, hands-on outdoor learning that focuses on water properties and Missouri ecosystems. It has already been correlated to both the Missouri Learning Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and is designed to work with teachers' needs and existing curriculums. 

During the training, teachers will become familiar with the free teacher guide, student guide, and science notebooks, as well as additional classroom resources such as the Teacher Portal and MDC publications. This will help prepare participants to implement the unit and address any concerns with structured outdoor activities. Participating teachers will also become certified to receive the DNS grant funding for classroom materials and field trips. 

The program includes the following items: 

  • Fully-colored, illustrated student book 
  • Student science notebook
  • Teacher guide with indoor/outdoor activity and lesson plans
  • Non-competitive grants for field trips and classroom equipment, including items to build an outdoor classroom

Participants should bring their own lunch and appropriate clothing for the weather, as we will be going outside. 

Upon arriving at Shaw Nature Reserve, participants should check-in at the Visitor Center to receive a token for the lift arm gate.  The workshop will be held at the Carriage House

MEEA Certified

Contact Information

Kayla Rosen (link sends e-mail)
(314) 577-9555 ext. 76031


Shaw Nature Reserve
307 Pinetum Loop Rd.
Gray Summit, MO