NatureHoods:  “Bear” Necessities:  How Plants and Animals Use Their Surroundings to Survive

Children’s Forest of Central Oregon


Grade:  Kindergarten
Length:  4 1-hour lessons
Location:  Schoolyard
Cost:  Free
Audience:  Prioritize rural and Title I schools
NGSS Standards:  K-LS1-1 and K-ESS3-1



  • To understand what plants and animals need to survive
  • To understand the interdependent relationships among animals, their needs, and their habitats
  • To understand the impact that humans have on the environment
  • To practice making observations and drawing conclusions



The NatureHoods Education program is a free outdoor program for Kindergarten-2nd grade students in Central Oregon.  The goal of the program is to build observation and questioning skills in students, and foster a connection and appreciation for the natural world.  In the Kindergarten program, students makes observations and participate in hands-on activities to learn about what plants and animals need to survive. They will then apply this knowledge to draw conclusions about why plants and animals live where they do.


To learn more and schedule a program, contact [email protected].