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Nature Unfolds for MSU-West Plains Pre-service Students

Date: Wed, 04/17/2019 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

This Discover Nature School (DNS) program, Nature Unfolds, is for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. It includes engaging, hands-on outdoor learning that focuses on season, weather, life cycles, and parent/offspring relationships. 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, pre-service teachers will become familiar with the teacher's guide, student guide, science note-booking, and the online Teacher Portal. Additionally, pre-service teachers will experience the activities and outdoor learning themselves. This will help prepare them to implement them and help with their comfort level.

**Pre-service teachers will also become certified to receive the DNS grant funds for learning materials, outdoor classroom materials, and field trips for their schools once they are employed with a Missouri DESE-accredited institution. In order to receive certification, pre-service teachers must attend BOTH Nature Unfolds trainings on 4/17 and the continued training on 4/24.

The program includes the following items:

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

MEEA Certified

Contact Information

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


Missouri State University - West Plains
603 Gohn Hall
West Plains, MO