Above is an excerpt of the Tobin Montessori School Children’s House phenology guide for the habitat at Fresh Pond. While it is keyed to a particular open space, many of the same species are found in other large open spaces and even in some parks in the city and elsewhere in Massachusetts and New England. Request a PDF of this document.
- Botany Resources and a special page about Moth and Butterfly Host Plants
- Fish (1-Charles River Fish Field Guide)
- Amphibians and Reptiles (1-Mass. Herpetological Atlas)
- Amphibians and Reptiles (2-iNaturalist Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles in Massachusetts)
- Energy Cycle Resources
- Phenology: See Project Budburst
- Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning: BioKids
- Environmental Education and Outdoor Learning: Top Twitter Chat (Weds. 9 pm EST HT #EnviroEd)
- Cambridge Animals Project on iNaturalist
- Wetlands in Cambridge (includes maps and guides)
for Teachers, Parents, and Caregivers
- Discovering Nature With Young Children: Junior Kindergarten Curriculum, Cambridge Public Schools. Science concepts include
- Plants and animals have their needs met in particular ways in particular places.
- Living things have basic needs including, for most: water, food, light, air and space.
- Organisms: Kindergarten Curriculum, Cambridge Public Schools. Science concepts include
- Plants and animals are two kinds of organisms.
- There is a wide diversity of living things on earth.
- Organisms have basic needs, such as food, water, air, space and shelter.
- Living Things: Grade 1 Curriculum, Cambridge Public Schools. Science concepts include
- Living things have similarities and differences.
- Living things grow and develop over time.
- Living things have needs that they meet in a variety of ways to survive.
- What about Place-Based Education? Two pages pointing the way, by David Sobel of Antioch University.
- Montessori Education and the Outdoors A short essay
- Forest Schools (Wikipedia entry)
- Forest Kindergarten (Wikipedia entry)