Michigan offers wetland lessons for middle-school classrooms

(Michigan DNR)

LANSING, Mich. — Teachers looking for a way to work Michigan’s animals and plants into their lessons have a new option to choose from.

The state DNR has developed a curriculum called Michigan’s Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl. It’s intended for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades and will provide information about the importance of local wetland ecosystems.

The six lessons focus on waterfowl species, their biology and life cycles, plus wetland management and history. The program also recommends a field trip to a local wetland.

Educators are asked to register for the classroom program by March 30. Materials will be provided via email to eligible educators.

May is American Wetlands Month, so the program offers an opportunity to prepare students for the celebration by teaching them about Michigan’s wetlands and waterfowl, the DNR said in a news release.

To find out about other available wildlife curricula and resources for the classroom, visit mi.gov/wildlife and click on Teacher Resources. Explore additional DNR education and outreach opportunities and resources at mi.gov/dnreducation.