Next Generation Articles

An important part of our Seeds for Education program is the continuing series of Next Generation articles in the Wild Ones Journal. Aimed at showing children and young adults how to have fun with nature, these articles also appeal to adults. Follow the links below to read some of our most recent Next Generation articles.

A Tapestry of Learning: Creating school natural areas.

Fourth Grade State Projects and Our Native Species Creative ways to inspire students to learn.

2006, Nov/Dec–A Turkey Hunt (pdf) How many plants might be named after turkeys.

2006, Sept/Oct–Five, Six, Pick Up Sticks (pdf) Sticks are like a treasure from Mother Nature and not something to be thrown away.

2006, July/August–Measuring Mayapples (pdf) Great example of a plant adapting to weather conditions.

2006, May/June–Paper From the Prairie? (pdf) The paper you create might contain bits of flowers, leaves, and even seeds.

2006, Jan/Feb–American Painted Ladies (pdf) Followup discussion on American painted lady larvae and butterflies.

2005, Sept/Oct–Fluff & Fuzz (pdf) Fuzzy things are enticing, so send your children around the house on a “fuzz hunt.”

2005 July/August–A Campsite Full of Opportunities (pdf) A camping trip can be fun for the kids and be a learning experience.

2005, May/June–Strange World (pdf) A trip to the Sandhills in southeastern Georgia.

2005, March/April–Fun Under a Log (pdf) Can a log filled with squiggly bugs and slimy slugs be fun?

2005, Jan/Feb–Stalking the Wild Skunk Cabbage (pdf) While most other people wait for tulips to bloom in April or May, we can anticipate our first spring flower in late February or early March.

2004, Nov/Dec–It’s the Little Things in Life (pdf) Big flashy things are always competing for their attention, but we can help make sure our children still notice the little things. By Barbara Bray

2004, July/August–From Lawns to Sock Gardens: My, How Seeds Do Travel! (pdf) Do you know how seeds get where they’re going? By Barbara Bray

2004, July/August–Playing in the Mud (pdf) In today’s world, kids grow up in a totally different and regrettably “antiseptic” atmosphere. What experiences can we give back to our children so they grow with a sense of the awesomeness of nature and its critical place in our lives, and yet provide for their safety? By Donald Dann

2004, May/June–Have You Listened to Your Pines Trees Lately? (pdf) Do you know how seeds get where they’re going? By Barbara Bray

2004, March/April–Color Your Springtime Eggs with Colorful Dyes Made from Native Plants (pdf) Although many people today use store-bought, artificial dyes to color eggs, beautiful colors can be obtained from natural dyes. By Barbara Bray

2004, Jan/Feb–Wild About Beans (pdf) A fun experiment for kids. And if you’re not a kid, it’s OK — you can try it too. By Barbara Bray

2003, Nov/Dec–If You Want Your Child to Keep a Journal (pdf) Let them watch as you write in your own journal. By Babette Kis

2003, Sept/Oct–Bringing Up Monarch Baby (pdf) Collecting a monarch caterpillar and waiting for it to become a butterfly – and how to build a butterfly box. By Elaine Swanson

2003, May/June–Frog Egg Hunt (pdf) Spring is in the air and so is the sound of courting frogs. That means frog egg…  By Diane L. Burns.

2003, March/April–Establishing a state grass (pdf) Kids get the ball rolling in Wisconsin. By Kim Lowman Vollmer

See also Kids and Education — Outdoor Classrooms from the Iowa Living Roadway trust fund.