ANSS logoTeaching Tips were/are 1- to 3-page ‘lesson plans’ focused on helping teachers and students learn about the natural world. ANSS’ Tips were first published in the Society’s Newsletters but also found their way into many of the Nature Study Journals. Topics were as widespread and as varied as all the associated fields of nature-study and environmental education from Acid Rain to Insects to Bird Houses to the Moon.

Tips were written by members, authors and guests, many of whom were outstanding educators and naturalists. ANSS Teaching Tips have been re-printed many times and are still in use and valuable today.

(Select a Teaching Tip title, then click on the cover image to view a PDF of the entire issue.)

Date Nwsltr/Nat Study Vol Issue Teaching Tip Author
1987 8 3 Acids Unveiled Wisconsin Dept. Nat. Res.
1987 8 2 Becoming a Wildlife Lister Craig Tufts
1987 8 4 Life on the Edge: Exploring the Inter-Tidal Zone Journal Maine Audubon Soc.
1987 8 1 Using Old Christmas Trees Joy Finlay
1987 8 2 Your County Almanac Stephan P. Carlson
1988 9 1 Beaks Are In the Bag Tom Hallowell
1988 9 4 Connect Dots & Pinhole Constellations John Kominsky
1989 10 2 Neighborhood Habitat Inventory Dr. Darrell Young
1989 10 1 Winter Survival Reconniasance Hike Jerry Scherloch
1990 11 1 A Place for Native American Oral Tradition in Nature Study Clayton Russell
1991 12 1 Comparison Shopping- Environmental Style Diane Wiessenger
1992 13 4 Getting to Know the Wolf Joe Fontane
1992 13 1 Trees in Our Lives Joy Finlay
1993 14 2 Build a Birdfeeder Marla Cohen
1993 14 1 Finding a Sink-in-the-Snow Coefficient Verne Rockcastle
1993 14 3 Ultimate Packaging Chritina Russo
1994-5 14 4 Forest Product Cards Bonnie Koop
1995 15 2 Predator by Night Katharina Fichtner
1997 17 2 Chemical Spill Mark Russo
1998 18 1 Sizzlin’ in Our Solar System Jessica Pierson, Mark Russo
1999 19 2,3 The Baited Tracking Box Dillon Finan
1999 19 1,2 The Spider Web Effect Verne Rockcastle
2001-2 NS Vol 50 3 & 4 Amphibian Research Betty Mc Knight
2001-2 NS Vol 50 3 & 4 Life in a Hole Bonnie Koop
2003 NS Vol 52 1 & 2 Common Volunteer Plants Helen Ross Russell
2004 NS Vol 52 1 An Outdoor Investigation-Using All Your Senses Mark Baldwin
2004 NS Vol 52 1 The Moon: A Journal Exercise in Inquiry Mark Baldwin