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Nature Unbound (HS) Field Experience at Caney Mountain

Date: Fri, 11/15/2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

This Discover Nature School (DNS) program, Nature Unbound, is for high school students. It includes engaging, hands-on outdoor learning that focuses on wildlife management, ecology, adaptations, populations, interactions, and biodiversity. It has already been correlated to both the Missouri Learning Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards and are designed to work with teacher's needs and existing curriculums. Additionally, learning outdoors improves student physical and mental health and reduces behavioral issues.

During the training, teachers will participate in a mock field experience of Caney Mountain while reviewing the curriculum teacher guide and lessons. Lessons will include introduction to using "Fifty Common Trees of Missouri" dichotomous key, biltmore stick, taking tree diameter and help, wildlife sampling techniques, and discussing invasive species. 

Teachers will become familiar with the teacher's guide, student guide, science note-booking, and the online Teacher Portal. Additionally, teachers will experience the activities and outdoor learning themselves. This will help prepare them to implement them and help with their comfort level. Teachers will also become certified to receive the DNS grant funds for learning materials, outdoor classroom materials, and field trips for their schools.

The program includes the following items:

  • Full-color, illustrated student book
  • Student science notebook
  • Teacher guide with outdoor activities and lesson plans
  • Non-competitive grants for field trips, exploration equipment, and building outdoor classrooms

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

MEEA Certified

Contact Information

Mary Beth Factor (link sends e-mail)
(417) 255-9561 ext. 4755


Caney Mountain CA
, MO