Deer Camp (K-5th grades)
Elementary students across the state can join in a one-day adventure to learn about the importance of white-tailed deer. This day, fondly called “Deer Camp,” is full of fun activities for all school subjects.
The Nov. 15 firearm deer season opener falls on a Sunday this year, but you can use these activities whichever day works best for your class.
Registered educators will be emailed a packet of interactive activities to do throughout the day. The activities cover a variety of subjects, including science, math, English, gym and art. Educators will also receive a PowerPoint presentation as an optional aid to guide discussions.
We hope you consider joining in on the fun teaching your students about the importance of Michigan’s white-tailed deer in November!
Go Wild for Michigan's Wildlife (K-5th grades)
Share the wonders of Michigan's wild inhabitants with young learners to build appreciation for these unique critters and the places they call home with these lessons and materials for your classroom. Materials include four lesson plans, wildlife posters for the classroom, and sets of Go Wild for Michigan's Wildlife Critter Cards for students. (Note: sets of the Critter Cards for students are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.)
The Teacher Guide and Critter Cards, are provided via email to educators who register.
This curriculum is free of charge and open to K - 5th grade educators in Michigan.
A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear (6th - 8th grades)
Are you looking for a fun way to integrate Michigan's unique flora and fauna into your curriculum while still meeting the educational standards required? You and your class have an opportunity to begin an adventure that will allow you to experience A Year in the Life of a Michigan Black Bear.
Throughout the school year, students will learn about the life cycle of the Michigan black bear, general black bear biology and behavior, as well as how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy black bear population. You and your students also have the opportunity to track movements of a Michigan black bear throughout the school year by looking at actual location data from collared bears.
An educator guide with six lessons, including activities, maps, and videos, are emailed to eligible teachers who register.
This free curriculum is available to all interested 6th, 7th and 8th grade educators in Michigan.
Elk University (9th - 12th grades)
The elk success story in Michigan is truly special and unique. Elk University - Educating Tomorrow's Wildlife Managers, designed to fit into your busy semester while meeting educational standards. This program touches on Michigan history, forest management, elk biology, wildlife disease, and social considerations for wildlife management. Students will learn about how the DNR manages and maintains a healthy elk herd for current and future generations.
Registered 9th-12th grade educators will receive an electronic educator guide, with activities and videos, sent to their email.
This curriculum is free of charge and open to all interested 9th-12th grade educators.
Michigan’s Wondrous Wetlands and Waterfowl Curriculum (6th, 7th and 8th grades)
Wild turkeys can now be found in parts of every county in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, plus areas of the Upper Peninsula. Learn more about the wild turkey’s success story, biology and history in Michigan with Turkey Time!
Once you register, you’ll receive a packet with a variety of wild turkey-related activities that you can do throughout one school day or spread the activities out over a few days if you have limited time. They are meant to be incorporated into the subjects your class is studying like science, math, writing, etc. A PowerPoint is also included, which can be used to guide discussions and help students visualize what they are learning. You can also simply use this packet and base your day’s activities on this outline.
All educators are welcome to participate! Please be aware that you may need to modify lessons and activities based on the age of your students.
Department of Natural Resources