The SEED Program
The Nation Ford Land Trust has developed a county-wide environmental education program for elementary and middle school students called Sharing Environmental Education and Discovery (SEED).
SEED will provide teachers with an environmental based curriculum which meets requirements in South Carolina's State Scientific Standards for grades kindergarten through eighth grade, and which can be brought to their classrooms and school campuses.
These science requirements emphasize organisms and their habitats, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and the processes and responses of plants and animals.
All of these topics can be linked to the natural communities surrounding students' homes and schools. Helping them make this connection at a young age will be reflected in the decisions they make as individuals and communities in the future.
This program is funded by the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund.
SEED Topics by Grade Level
- Kindergarten: the uniqueness of different types of organisms (plant and animal) and that all organisms must have their basic needs provided to survive
- First grade: plants native to the region (basic needs, primary structures and unique characteristics, basic life cycle, and how different types of environments support different plants)
- Second grade: animals native to the region (basic needs, classifications of animals, basic life cycle, and how different types of environments support different animals)
- Third and fourth grades: plant and animal habitats found in York County, the relationship between organisms and their environments, and how land conversion can threaten these natural balances
- Sixth grade: examine the structures, processes, and responses of plants and animals , the characteristics of different types of plants, and the effect of environmental factors on animal behavior
- Seventh grade: renewable and nonrenewable resources, energy flow thorough an ecosystem, population ecology and the importance of conservation
- Eighth grade: biological adaptations of populations that enhance their survival in a particular environment, and the factors, both natural and man-made , that can contribute to the extinction of a species
to see the SEED Brochure.
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