PEI offers rigorous FieldSTEM guides for educators on conducting field experiences with their students in the outdoors. Our guides are designed to meet the intent of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Initiative and are available for free download.
Photo Point Monitoring
The “Photo Point Monitoring: Using Technology in Field Investigations to Monitor Change Over Time” guide is a intended to provide formal and informal educators a tool to bring technology into outdoor experiences
and field investigations.
Field Investigations with NGSS
Helps students learn the skills of field science methodologies and understand that science doesn’t only happen in a laboratory or classroom. Outdoor field investigations in natural settings increase students’ problem solving abilities and motivation to learn science.
Designing High Impact Field Experiences
Field experiences are one of the most meaningful learning opportunities a student will have throughout his or her educational career. This book guides you to consider learning goals, locations and partners, activities, adjacent lessons, and logistics that will help maximize the positive impact of a field experience.
Project Based Learning Model
Provides resources and examples through an 8 step model for how to conduct project-based learning, addressing a problem. Aligns with Next Generation Science Standards Engineering Practices.
Demonstrates how to apply systems concepts and problem solving tools used by natural resource managers using lessons from Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, and Project WET.
Landscape Investigation Guidelines
Challenges K-12 students to integrate science and social science inquiry by applying spatial thinking, which mirrors what scientists practice as they make decisions that impact natural resources on landscapes.
Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation
Targeted to elementary and middle schools, these guidelines teach students about biodiversity in their own schoolyard using field investigation methodologies.
Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
The first step in conducting field investigations is learning how to observe. This guide helps teachers connect students by observing the “book of nature.”
Technology for Field Investigations
The technology guidelines provide tools for students to design and conduct their own field investigations mirroring the practice of professional scientists.