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General Environmental Education Kits

Bat Kits (K-6)

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

Bat Kit (7-12)

This kit is provided by Project EduBat and is designed to help educators explore the wonders of bats with middle and high school students through fun, hands-on activities. The kit includes information to educate students about the ecological and economic importance of bats, as well as the threat that White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) poses.

Bird Monitoring Kit

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


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

Emerald Ash Borer Kit

This identification kit will give you the skills 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.

Fish Hotel Kit

Explore the effects of shoreline trees on Wisconsin fish species with the Fish Hotel Kit. The kit developed by the University of Wisconsin-Division of Extension Center for Land Use Education at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point contains a variety of instructional materials designed to help students learn about the benefits of leaving trees in lakes. Trees in lakes not only provide areas for fish to spawn but also offer shelter to help some species protect their incubating brood. Large submerged trees can host entire fish communities! Recommended for educators of grades K-8.

​Fishing for Fun Backpacks

These kits are assembled and maintained by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office in La Crosse, WI, and its friend’s 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.

​​Great 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 Model

The Groundwater Model is an interactive classroom tool designed to show the flow of water and toxins through 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.

​Impervious Surfaces Kit

Examine what happens to rain as it travels across pervious and impervious surfaces. This kit contains materials for a surface demonstration along with resources and posters that can be used to help students understand run-off and the impact it has on our lakes, rivers, and streams and the fish that live there.

​Wildlife Track Kits

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

KEEP Energy Kits


DEN Kit is under development!
The DEN Kit provides the resources necessary for educators to make use of KEEP’s Discovering Energy in Nature (DEN) bundle of lessons.

​Energy Kit

Energy Kit is being updated! Please check back in 2023!
The Energy Education Kit is full of educational resources available for Wisconsin educators to borrow. The kit 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.

Energy Audit Kit

The Energy Audit Kit includes easy-to-use tools to perform simple energy assessments and behavior investigations in the classroom. Monitor plug load, moisture, light, and temperature levels to find energy loss in any building. Aids in integrating technology into math and science curriculum.

​Energy Audit Kit – Take-home

Have students go beyond the classroom to explore the energy they use daily. This kit includes the tools and information needed to explore various energy uses in the home, including how many appliances pull phantom loads in your home or whether your refrigerator temperature is at its most efficient setting.

​​Hand-Crank Generator

The Hand-Crank Generator is a great tool for learning the difference between an incandescent light bulb and a light-emitting diode (LED). 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.

​​Pedal 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, a radio, and a fan. A photovoltaic (PV) panel is available for use to power the equipment above as well.

Solar Tilt Kit

Solar photovoltaic l​​panels can be used to collect sunlight and turn it into clean, renewable electricity. The Solar Tilt Kit includes apparatus that will allow students to take on the role of a Solar installer or Solar Design Engineer as they explore how solar panels can be used to generate electricity and how a variety of factors like the angle of the sun, the angle of the solar panel, cloud cover, etc. can impact the amount of electricity generated.

​Sun Oven

The Global Sun Oven is a great tool that cooks delicious treats while students learn about the potential of the sun’s power. Use the Sun Oven to spark a discussion on the possibilities and benefits of using renewable energy, like solar thermal energy. The oven comes with two cooking pans.

​​Wind Kit

Students learn about wind through reading and hands-on activities that focus on inquiry and observation. Students learn how wind is formed and used as an energy source. They will explore ways to measure wind speed and direction and investigate how wind works and generates electricity. Students are challenged to choose the optimum blades for a turbine by collecting and analyzing data from multimeters. The kit comes with an activity binder correlated to NGSS and Wisconsin State Science Standards. This kit is recommended for K-8 students but includes activities adaptable for older grades.

LEAF Forestry Education Kits

Digital Herbarium (K-12)

The Northern Forest Digital Herbarium contains a digital and print archive of 200 plant specimens that includes a user guide to foster awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of Wisconsin’s Northern Forests for learners of all ages. Each specimen is printed in color on 11×17 paper and includes its Anishinaabe name, habitat, and interesting notes. The herbarium was created by the University of Wisconsin-Extension (Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center), CESA 12, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, and USDA Forest Service.

Edible Forest Reference Kit

A wide range of subjects are included in the books and other publications in this reference kit. Reference materials provide information on permaculture, orchards, foraging, and everything in between. Use the kit to help you decide what path to follow and what resources to purchase for your own use.

Field Guide Kit

BioBlitz Kit Series
A wide range of field guides are found in this kit. Search for Monarch’s emerging from their chrysalis in September, go on a winter bird watching walk, improve your tree ID lesson with color photos of leaves and branches or discover the names of those creepy crawlies under that log.

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.

Forestry Education Kit

The high school forestry education kits contain equipment and tools to teach tree identification and management, plot investigations, and navigation using compasses.

Forest Health Kit

The forest kits contain equipment and tools to teach about invasive species, disease, and other aspects that impact the health of a forest.

Forest Products Kit

The Forest Products kit allows students to learn about forest products, and associated careers, through hands-on exploration.

Garmin Handheld GPS Kit

BioBlitz Kit Series
Get out, explore and develop your students’ mapping skills with the eTrex 10 handheld GPS from Garmin. The device includes a worldwide basemap, 2.2” display, both GPS and GLONASS satellites for fast positioning. Kit contains 10 GPS units. Each device takes two AA batteries. Batteries not included in kit.

Kestrel 5500 Pocket Weather Meter Kit

BioBlitz Kit Series
Help your students to discover the impact weather conditions have on forest environments. The Kestrel 5500 Pocket Weather Meter is a handheld weather-monitoring device that measures essential environmental factors like temperature and wind speeds. Additionally, an external temperature sensor and waterproof casing allow you to gauge the temperature of water (it even floats) and snow, as well as the open air.

LEAF K-1 Lesson Guide Kit

These kits contain supplemental lesson materials, fiction and non-fiction books focused on Wisconsin forests, and equipment for students to use when exploring in the forest for grades K-1.

LEAF 2-3 Lesson Guide Kit

These kits contain supplemental lesson materials, fiction and non-fiction books focused on Wisconsin forests, and equipment for students to use when exploring in the forest for grades 2-3.

LEAF 4th Grade Kit

These kits contain supplemental lesson materials, fiction and non-fiction books focused on Wisconsin forests, and equipment for students to use when exploring in the forest for 4th grade.

LEAF 5-6 Kit

These kits contain supplemental lesson materials, fiction and non-fiction books focused on Wisconsin forests, and equipment for students to use when exploring in the forest for grades 5-6.

LEAF 7-8 Kit

These kits contain supplemental lesson materials, fiction and non-fiction books focused on Wisconsin forests, and equipment for students to use when exploring in the forest for grades 7-8.

The Private Eye Magnifier Kit

BioBlitz Kit Series
Bring out the private investigator in your students with the Private Eye Magnifier kit. Great for enhancing outdoor discoveries and heightening student inquiry. Kit contains 36 loupes.

Tree and Log Scale Sticks

BioBlitz Kit Series
Develop your students’ measuring and math skills with the Tree and Log Scale Sticks. A Tree and Log Stick is a commonly used tool by foresters to measure tree diameters, heights and lumber potentials. Kit contains 30 sticks.

Tree ID Kit

LEAF’s Tree ID kit includes everything an educator needs to confidently work with students to master the skills of identifying trees that are native to Wisconsin. The kit pairs well with LEAF’s Field Enhancement 1, Tree Identification lesson or can be used independently as part of any Tree ID lesson. The kit also includes Climate Change Field Guides that will help students assess the impact a changing climate can have on trees in their communities.

Wildland Fire Kit

The Wildland Fire Kit includes equipment to model what professional wildland firefighters use in the field. It includes protective gear, digging tools, mapping devices, and weather-monitoring equipment. Increase literacy skills with various fiction and non-fiction books focused on wildland firefighting and the cultural and historic practices of fire management. Pair this kit with LEAF’s K-12 Wildland Fire Lesson Guide (included in the kit) to teach students basic wildland fire principles. Note: this kit is for educational purposes only. It is NOT to be used for firefighting.

​​Wood Identification Blocks Kit

These 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.