"We hope that this site will not only
help children gain an understanding of the plants and animals that
might be seen during a walk in the woods but that it will also
develop an appreciation of nature," said Jane Scherer, U of I
Extension urban programs specialist.
"There are many children who, because
they live in a city, may not have the opportunity to visit the
woods. This site not only addresses that situation; it also
provides a positive, interactive learning experience."
The site, which is part of the
"Schools On-Line" section, is divided into several sections,
including a virtual walk in the woods, which features narration.
Students can also click on various icons and learn about the
animals and plants they might see. There is also a section
containing tips on getting ready for a walk in the woods,
including precautions and trail etiquette. A teachers' guide is
included on the site to enhance classroom use.
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"We have a 'Fun Things' section,
which includes activities children can do as well as a 'journal'
they can keep on their visit to the woods and the things they
see," said Scherer.
narration on the site was done by Stu Ellis, U of I Extension unit
leader in Macon County and former radio broadcaster. The site was
developed by Greg Stack, Extension educator for urban
horticulture, and Molly Hofer, Extension educator for family life,
both based in Matteson; Ron Wolford, Extension urban horticulture
educator based in Chicago; and Scherer.
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