New: Solar Energy Teaching Guide
Does the need for carbon-free renewable energy outweigh the potential risks to wildlife habitats, cultural and historical resources, and recreation areas? Middle school teachers can explore this question with their students with Solar-Generated Electricity, the latest teaching guide in the BLM’s Classroom Investigation Series. The three-activity unit describes how solar facilities on public lands work, examines the tradeoffs in detail, and illuminates the factors that affect decisions about where to build solar electricity plants.
Habitats and Wildlife Teaching Guide
Habitats and Wildlife, the BLM middle school teaching guide, helps students understand the importance of habitat conservation, how changes to habitats health affect wildlife, and how the BLM monitors and promotes healthy habitats. The four-activity unit concludes with students designing an experiment based on their research of Western wildlife and habitats in the preceding activities. The unit is designed for middle school students, but it can also be adapted for the high school and upper elementary levels. The activities offer students speaking, research, and teaching roles as they progress through the unit. To download a copy, select this link.
2015 Update on Our Programs
The Division of Education, Interpretation, and Partnerships is pleased to announce the availability of Connecting People to Their Public Lands: An Update on BLM Education, Interpretation, Volunteer, and Youth Employment Activities 2015. This publication presents narrative overviews of selected BLM accomplishments in the areas of education, interpretation, volunteers, and youth involvement. It also includes Fiscal Year 2014 statistics on BLM programs that support the Secretary of the Interior's "four pillars" of youth/public engagement: PLAY, LEARN, SERVE, and WORK.
The update highlights outstanding education and engagement programs for students, lifetime learners, and the general public, demonstrating the BLM's commitment to bringing meaningful programs to larger and increasingly diverse audiences. Special 2-page spreads highlight the many programs and projects in each BLM State Office. Profiles of youth employment projects emphasize the important role that young people are playing in the management of public land resources. To download a copy of the report, click on the cover image or select this link.
Explore, Investigate & Discover Native Plants
“Native Plants” is the first subject area for a new series of BLM educational publications entitled "Explore, Investigate, Discover.” These materials address topics related to the programs and mission of the BLM, and are targeted to learners ranging from young children to adults. For each topic, the BLM will produce a suite of three publications for different audiences. Junior Explorer activity books offer information, paper-and-pencil activities, and puzzles for younger children. Classroom Investigations present lessons and activities for secondary school teachers to incorporate into classroom instruction. Lastly, Discovery publications offer more in-depth information suitable for lifelong learners and public lands visitors.
The national BLM Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program creates a structure to share the scenic beauty and unique stories of the BLM’s landscapes with the public through the world of art. The BLM Artist-in-Residence Program provides artistic and educational opportunities that promote deeper understanding and dialogue about the natural, cultural, and historic resources on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
Learn how artists are creating artwork on the public lands, including several wilderness areas. More>>