Working together, Ecosystem and Creek Farm have also established the Creek Farm Network
(CreekFarm.Net) devoted to
connecting people who are interested in teaching about nature and ecology. CreekFarm.Net
is a network of organizations and people who are devoted to educating for a sustainable
and healthy environment.
Ecological Field Studies Materials: Videos and Manuals
Ecological Field Studies Materials help teachers and students to learn ecological
concepts and field study skills in the context their local environment. Materials include
40 ecological field study activities illustrated with videos of students and teachers
conducting ecological research at "Ecosystem" Field Studies Center, northeast of
Each field study has a 5-9 minute video featuring real students conducting the
ecological field techniques in nature. Each video illustrates the primary instructional
outcomes and the major steps in accomplishing the task including reporting the results.
Accompanying teacher materials (7-20 pages of text for each lesson) include background
ecological concepts, specific details about the field study techniques, approaches to
analysis of the data collected and suggestions for conducting the field study with
The 40 ecological field study lessons cover a wide variety of activities focusing on
aquatic ecology, botany, forest ecology, soil studies, landscape analysis, mammal studies,
ornithology and human effects on nature. The lessons are divided into appropriate seasons
with 10 lessons for each season of the year. Ecological field studies begin with basic
skills in Autumn, proceed through Winter
and Spring with appropriate seasonal activities and culminate in
advanced studies in Summer. The lessons are based on five main
themes: landscape, botany, zoology, water ecology and environmental monitoring. Links to
descriptions of the seasonal field studies are found at the top of this page. Click on the
seasonal buttons and then select specific lessons to preview.
Ecological field studies promote a wide variety of student outcomes that correspond to
established science education standards in many countries. These include content standards
in the areas of earth science, life science, biology, ecology, science process skills and
the nature of science. Intellectual skill development includes questioning, data
collection, analysis and drawing conclusions. Affective outcomes include an appreciation
for the processes of science and positive values related to natural, scientific and
Ecological Field Studies 4CD Set:
It is possible to purchase the complete set of 40 seasonal Ecological Field
Study Materials (video in mpg + manuals in pdf formats) in an attractive 4 compact disk set.
These compact disks are compatible with Mac and PC computers.
The teacher background information and manuals can be printed out for easy reference.
The videos are suitable for individual student or whole class instruction. To purchase the complete 4CD set
write a request to the authors (in a free form).
Some of these manuals you can also purchase in the form of applications for Android devices on
Ecological Field Studies Demo Disk:
We also have a free and interesting demonstration disk that explains our ecological field studies approach.
The demo disk has short excerpts from all the seasonal field study videos as well as sample text from all the teacher manuals.
The disk has an entertaining automatic walk through which describes the field study approach and explains how field studies meet education standards.
You can also download the Demo Disc from ecosystema.ru/eng/eftm/CD_Demo.iso.
This is a virtual hybrid (for PC and Mac computers) CD-ROM image (one 563 Mb file "CD_Demo.iso").
You can write this image to the CD and use it in your computer in ordinary way.
You also can use emulator software of virtual CD-ROM drive to play the disk directly from your hard disk.