Trunks & Kits

Are you looking for hands-on on teaching resources for a specific topic? There is an amazing array of educational trunks and kits available to educators. Many of these trunks can be borrowed for a few weeks at a time and contain fun hands-on props, posters, puppets, and activity guides. Click on the item you are interested in to learn how you can borrow one for your classroom, club, or nature center today.

 

Bat Trunksbat trunks
Educators may check out one of Wisconsin's bat educational trunks for use in the classroom free of charge. There is a K-3 trunk and a 4-6 trunk. Each trunk contains a teacher's guide to help the educator share information about bats as well as many bat friendly books, posters, and videos.

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Bird Monitoring Kitbird monitoring
The bird monitoring kit contains the tools to help introduce birds to students, build skills of observing birds in nature, and help them gain knowledge about birds.

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Energy Trunkenergy trunk
The KEEP Energy Education Trunk is full of educational resources available for Wisconsin KEEP teachers to borrow. The Trunk was developed with the middle school student in mind, specifically grades 5-7. They contain materials for five popular KEEP activities as well as energy education videos and hands-on resources.

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Enviroscapeenviroscape
We all live in a watershed with water pollution coming from many sources. This model allows you to visually demonstrate how stormwater pollution and runoff looks like. Rent the Enviroscape Watershed/Nonpoint Source Model for free from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education Resource Library for your classroom today!

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Emerald Ash Borer Kitemerald ash borer kit
This identification kit will help you learn how to recognize the signs of an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) infestation. You will also learn where these beetles came from and why they are causing so many problems. The kit includes adult and larval samples of the beetle, along with bark samples showing typical EAB galleries.

 

 

 


 

Fishing for Fun Backpacksfishing for fun backpack
These kits are assembled and maintained by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Conservation Office in La Crosse, WI and its friends group, Friends of the Upper
Mississippi Fishery Services. The packs are also available in the greater La Crosse
area through libraries in the Winding Rivers Library System. Backpacks have an
aquatic theme with hands-on activities relating to fishing, freshwater mussels, aquatic invertebrates and spending time near water bodies. 


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Forest Exploration Toolkit for Early Childhood Education​
Help young children get in touch with nature through a new resource kit you can check out to explore the forest in your backyard or neighborhood.


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Great Lakes Invasive Species Identification Kitgreat lakes invasive species identification kit
This kit can be used to help teach students of all ages how to recognize some of the most common invasive species that are harming the Great Lakes. An activity guide is also included to help you learn why these species are causing problems and how to stop their spread. The kit includes 10 preserved examples of both animal and plant species.

 

 

 

 

Groundwater ModelGroundwater Model
The Groundwater Model is an interactive classroom tool that is designed to show the flow of water and toxins though differing gradients. It can be used in front of the classroom and is easily used by students themselves. It demonstrates the flowage through confined and unconfined aquifers as well as the effects of pumping these aquifers.

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Hand-crank Generatorhand-crank generator
The hand-crank generator is a great tool to learn the difference between an incandescent light bulb and a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). Use your cranking power to discover how much energy it takes to light up two different light bulbs. As you crank, a generator transforms your muscle power into electrical energy.

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High School Forestry Education Kitsforestry education kit
The high school forestry education kits contain equipment and tools to teach tree identification and management, plot investigations, and navigation using compasses.

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Pedal Powerpedal power
The Pedal Power® is a tool that you can use in your classroom to teach about energy production, use, and conservation. Students can actually ride a stationary bike to power a generator, which in turn powers an incandescent light bulb, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), a LED light bulb, a hair dryer, radio, and a fan.

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Wildlife Track Kitswildlife track kit
These North American wildlife tracks can be used to supplement your lessons on ecosystems, develop creative art projects, or to enhance animal information sheets in your classroom or nature center. Each track is anatomically accurate and made from durable resin.

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Wood Identification Blocks Kit
wood id blocks kitThese wood identification blocks help bridge the gap between seeing pictures of trees in field guides and seeing the live tree itself! This kit contains 24 blocks of different species of wood. Each block is 4" by 2" by 1" in size. This is a great tool to help students and adults see and feel the difference in colors, grains, weights, and textures of wood.