Teacher Resources

Get Ready to Hike

An Aerial Map of Esopus Bend Nature Preserve

A Tree Walk at Esopus Bend

Botany Scavenger Hunt

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Nature Scavenger Hunt_2

The Catskills:  A Sense of Place series of curriculum guides on the Catskill Mountain Region, this five module resource helps teachers enliven and enrich their lessons. The emphasis of hands-on learning and process skills makes the guides useful for any teacher who would like to address NYS Learning Standards, listed with each activity. The lessons are designed to fit school curricula. The modules span grade levels 3-12, so students can benefit from these engaging, place-based studies over a period of years.


Tools of Engagement – Download the Toolkit    The-Toolkit pdf

Make a Nature Notebook

Keep America Beautiful – an organization that provides a great deal of resources for citizens interested in preserving the splendor or America through litter prevention, waste reduction, recycling and other important community beautification tools. Featuring a special “For Teachers” section External link and even a “Kids’ Zone,” External link the organization’s website is a great place to get children involved in the effort to preserve our communities.

Nation Wildlife Foundation – Connecting Kids and Nature

Six ways to save Monarchs

The Imagination Factory – teach children and their caregivers creative ways to recycle by making art. The lessons and activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, papier-mache, marbling, and crafts.

The tenth annual Esopus Bend Nature Preserve Winter Bird Count was conducted on Saturday, January 10, 2015, under relatively good count conditions.  A total of 613 individuals representing 38 species were recorded during a ten-hour effort that included a 1.5 hours of pre-dawn “owling”.

Read the full report here:  2015 EBNP Winter Bird Count Report

Wildlife Waystation