Education

Environmental Lessons

By Mary Ann Zehr — January 04, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has created “resource trunks” for Maryland educators to use to teach about the white-tailed deer, one of the most recognizable wild animals in the state.

The trunks, which can be signed out by teachers for free for one or two weeks, contain a teacher’s curriculum guide, two illustrated books, a CD of deer sounds, a deer hide, an antler, and a replica of a deer skull.

Karina E. Blizzard, the associate director for the wildlife and heritage service for the department, said she got the idea of creating animal trunks for teachers from other states.

“We have a desire to meet the needs of our educators, but we don’t have the staff to be in the schools like we used to be,” she said, noting that the department has trimmed education programs because of budget cuts.

Learn more about the White-Tailed Deer Education Trunk from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Ms. Blizzard named a handful of states whose departments of natural resources have developed such trunks. Arizona has bat trunks, Indiana created North American river otter trunks, Montana has trunks on the fur trade, Washington provides wild-salmon trunks, and Wisconsin makes available wolf trunks.

For about two years now, the Maryland department has provided a black-bear trunk for teachers. More than 50 teachers signed it out. And the department is developing a fur-bearer trunk, which will feature foxes, raccoons, and possums, among other mammals that have fur.

The trunks about white-tailed deer are intended to help educators teach about the basic biology of the deer and how the state manages them.

“There’s no real hidden agenda with this—it’s just educating people about white-tailed deer and the importance they play in our environment,” Ms. Blizzard said, adding that teachers don’t have to know anything about white-tailed deer to use the resource.

One of the first people to sign out the white-tailed deer trunk was Joanne Reed, the wildlife manager and educator for the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville, Md. She used the trunk last month for programs provided to about 30 preschoolers.

“It went really well—their being able to touch the fur,” Ms. Reed said. “They really enjoyed the hands-on.”

Teachers can pick up the trunks at any of four regional offices of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

A version of this article appeared in the January 05, 2005 edition of Education Week

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Data Webinar
Education Insights with Actionable Data to Create More Personalized Engagement
The world has changed during this time of pandemic learning, and there is a new challenge faced in education regarding how we effectively utilize the data now available to educators and leaders. In this session
Content provided by Microsoft
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Accelerate Learning with Project-Based Learning
Earlier this year, the George Lucas Educational Foundation released four new studies highlighting how project-based learning (PBL) helps accelerate student learning—across age groups, multiple disciplines, and different socio-economic statuses. With this year’s emphasis on unfinished
Content provided by SmartLab Learning
School & District Management Live Online Discussion Principal Overload: How to Manage Anxiety, Stress, and Tough Decisions
According to recent surveys, more than 40 percent of principals are considering leaving their jobs. With the pandemic, running a school building has become even more complicated, and principals' workloads continue to grow. If we

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education California Makes Ethnic Studies a High School Requirement
California is among the first in the nation to require students to take a course in ethnic studies to get a diploma starting in 2029-30.
4 min read
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Democratic Assembly members, from left, James Ramos, Chris Holden Jose Medina, and Rudy Salas, Jr., right, huddle during an Assembly session in Sacramento, Calif. Medina's bill to make ethnic studies a high school requirement was signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
Education California Requires Free Menstrual Products in Public Schools
The move comes as women’s rights advocates push nationwide for affordable access to pads, tampons, and other items.
1 min read
Tammy Compton restocks tampons at Compton's Market, in Sacramento, Calif., on June 22, 2016. California public schools and colleges must stock their restrooms with free menstrual products under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Tammy Compton restocks tampons at Compton's Market, in Sacramento, Calif., on June 22, 2016. California public schools and colleges must stock their restrooms with free menstrual products under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Rich Pedroncelli/AP
Education Florida to Dock School District Salaries for Requiring Masks
Florida is set to dock salaries and withhold funding from local school districts that defied Gov. Ron DeSantis' ban on mask mandates.
2 min read
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral, Fla.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee/AP
Education More Than 120,000 U.S. Kids Had Caregivers Die During Pandemic
The toll has been far greater among Black and Hispanic Americans, a new study suggests.
3 min read
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a funeral director arranges flowers on a casket before a service in Tampa, Fla. According to a study published Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, by the medical journal Pediatrics, the number of U.S. children orphaned during the COVID-19 pandemic may be larger than previously estimated, and the toll has been far greater among Black and Hispanic Americans. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)