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Educator Guide: Nature Explorers: Nature Explorers Educator Guide

Nature Explorers

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Nature Explorers

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Essential Questions

  • What are the five senses?
  • How are the senses used to explore, investigate, and understand the natural world around us?
  • How do the senses keep living things safe?
  • How do animals and plants use their senses to survive and thrive in their natural habitat?

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Nature Explorers

Materials for Pre-Visit Lesson

Neat Nature Explorer Facts:

  • The iris and retina inside your eye doesn’t look like anyone else’s. They are unique just like your fingerprints. 

  • There are many different types of eyes that animals use to see the world in all different ways. Chameleons can see in two directions at once because each eye can move independently. They can even look forward and backward at the same time. 

  • The colossal squid has the largest eyes of any animal on Earth measuring nearly 11 inches across. Their eyes both face forward and act as binoculars aiding the colossal squid.

  • Humans can hear sounds up to 20 kHz while the greater wax moth can hear sounds up to 300 kHz!

  • Snakes smell with their tongues and hear from their jawbones! Their inner ears are connected to their jawbones allowing vibrations to travel from the jawbones to the ear.

  • Crickets hear using organs called tympanum which are located on their front legs.

  • Plants can sense touch and sound too. For example,  a root that runs into a rock while growing down to seek water can change direction to grow around it.

Connections to Standards


Kindergarten: Unit 3: Animals


K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
K-ESS2-2. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs.
K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on living organisms and non-living things in the local environment.