Eye On Nature Resources

Please take advantage of these supporting resources to supplement your field trip with us!

Pre-Trip Presentation 

Introduce your students to the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge with Davy’s Presentation, which gives a general overview of the BFJNNWR and its history.

The presentation below is specifically for our Eye On Nature field trips. If there are any issues with this presentation, please follow this link: Eye On Nature Pre-Trip Presentation 2019. Here are the notes to go with the presentation:  Eye On Nature Slide Notes 2017

Students can follow along with this worksheet: Eye On Nature Student Note Sheet & Wildlife Worksheet.


Lesson Plans

Our Eye On Nature At-Home Bird Activity uses photos and recordings to explore birds, and the worksheet can be filled out from home! This lesson was designed specifically for school closures and working inside, but can be great preparation for field trips or any outdoor activities!

Where the River Meets the Soundan educator’s guide to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, offers complete information about field trip planning, preparation and pre- and post-field trip activities. It has background information about the indoor and trail activities offered at the Refuge. All activities are matched with Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs).

Use this Ethnobotany Lesson Plan for your Ethnobotany Walk.

Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills is the curriculum we drew from for the field trips and has great supporting before and after activities. Especially notice the data analysis follow-up activities pgs. 78-94!

Check out the Eye On Nature Field Guide we will be using on the trail during the field trip.

From the Since Time Immemorial curriculum, these short handouts give some great background about tribal history and the associated treaty signings in Nisqually. This site houses resources, materials, lessons, and entire units to support the teaching of tribal sovereignty, tribal history, and current tribal issues within the context of OSPI-recommended units for Washington and US history in the elementary and middle school levels and US history and Contemporary World Issues in the high school level. Each unit is aligned with National Common Core State Standards and builds toward the successful completion of a Content-Based Assessment, or CBA. Teachers will find that it’s easy to integrate tribal perspectives into their already existing lesson plans.


Teacher Training Resources

Data Collection

Looking to practice data collection before the field trip? Here is a copy of the data sheet we will use at the refuge, as well as an example of a school specific block map. The map allows your students to practice the art of moving around and keeping track of where they are located, which can come in handy during the field trip! If you’re interested in a block map for your school, please email Davy Clark at david_r_clark@fws.gov with your request. 

Training Data Poster & Questions

Take another look at the data and questions from the teacher training. Please let us know any thoughts and suggestions you have for future use!


We upload all bird data from our EON trips to eBird.org. eBird is a fantastic citizen science tool we use for uploading much of our field trip data. Student data is added to this massive biodiversity database used by scientists to better understand how birds move through and use habitats on a large scale. This tool is a wonderful way to show students how important citizen science observations is to the scientific world! Click here for a great example of a map generated using eBird data. If you would like to access previous years of EON data please use our log-in information to do so. Please remember to not change or delete any past information. Feel free to create an account for your class and practice making scientific observations of birds at school to upload before coming out to the refuge!

Username: Eye On Nature Field Trips

Password: Nisqually

Nisqually Refuge Bird Checklist

The refuge has a checklist for all the birds we might see at the refuge, as well as times of the year we’re most likely to see them. A great tool before a field trip and for students to use when they visit again!

Nisqually Bird Checklist

Waste Free Lunch at the Refuge

Did you know that every school lunch creates an average of 67 pounds of trash per school year? That means, just one average-size middle school creates over 40,000 pounds of lunch waste a year! By reducing the number of items in your lunch that must be thrown out, or only using those that can be eaten, reused, recycled, or composted, you can: Prevent pollution; Conserve natural resources such as coal, oil, natural gas, and trees; Save energy.

EPA’s Waste Free Lunch Activity