Nature Lab helps students experience nature from home

Submitted by Kate Ireland

Director of Youth Engagement Programs at The Nature Conservancy

More than 89% of the world’s student population are mandated to stay away from schools and universities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still develop great passion and knowledge about the world and nature.

In March 2020, The Nature Conservancy and its 550 scientists launched Nature Lab, a new online learning platform designed to help students experience nature and learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can help protect it—truly a way that we can work to ensure #NatureForAll!

As schools around the world shut down in response to COVID-19, and families work to balance the demands on their time and energy, we know students will have very different learning experiences over the next few months. With our newly relaunched Nature Lab curriculum, The Nature Conservancy can offer families some support and open up new worlds for young people.

A variety of age-appropriate courses are available for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12, plus bonus Virtual Field Trips such as “The Secret Life of Corals,” “Borneo: The Symphony of the Rainforest” and more. Nature Lab features free curriculum and engaging videos that can be viewed on computers, tablets and smartphones. To learn more about Nature Lab and other youth engagement opportunities offered by The Nature Conservancy visit or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.


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