Teacher Guides and Materials
The links below are tools for educators to use before a visit to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. They are designed to help introduce some of the subjects and concepts to students as they prepare for their visit. These materials adapt well for post Reserve visit use too. Each of five animals packets includes a Teacher Guide, an Animal Letter and an 8.5” x 11” photo. The Teacher Guide includes a vocabulary list, suggested questions and activities complimenting California’s Third Grade Science Curriculum.
The ‘Animal Letters’ are a fun way to introduce students to some of the important safety lessons and ecological concepts that they will encounter during their visit to the Reserve. Each letter is “written” by an animal representative. The Animal Letters incorporate the four different habitats that students will experience on their hike – woodland, grassland, riparian wetland and chaparral. The vocabulary used in each letter is also chosen from state science standards curriculum and will prepare students for their visit.
We encourage teachers to use any or all of these teaching tools. Introducing students to the Plateau in the classroom will help students better appreciate their experience on the Reserve’s trails!