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Are you interested in teaching kids about wild animals and the principles behind conservation? Would you like to be able to share Salato’s mission with students in your brick and mortar or virtual classroom? If so, this resource is for you! Pick a program and join one of our professional conservation educators as we explore the wondrous wildlife of Kentucky.
Created just for teachers and parents, these short videos and worksheets provide simple and engaging activities to enhance your curriculum. They are also great pre-fieldtrip exercises! Kids who return 2 completed activity sheets will get a free KDFWR sticker, while supplies last. If you are able to visit in person, be sure to sign your class up for one of our formal classroom programs for a more in depth learning
(Stickers and classroom programs are not being offered during the Covid-19 disruptions to operations).
We will add new resources as they are created so check back with us! If you have questions or comments, please connect with us:
Have you ever noticed that you see different types of birds at different times of the year? Learn how and why many bird species change locations with the changing seasons in this video about migration.
Related Salato Exhibit: Backyard Viewing Area
Activities:Matching, Word Bank and Maze(15 minutes)
Kentucky Academic Standards :
Did you know that black bears spend the winter months in torpor, which is not a true hibernation? In this video you will learn about this and other features that support their survival.
Related Salato Exhibit: Black Bear
Activities:Fill in the Blank (15 minutes)
Have you ever wondered where the fish go when it gets cold? What happens to fish when the water freezes over? Watch to find out!
Related Salato Exhibit: The Living Stream
Activities:Information Recall and Creative Drawing (15 minutes)
Discover how Kentucky’s only terrestrial turtle is designed for life on the land, and built differently than its aquatic cousins! Then use your creativity to color your very own box turtle, or test your newfound knowledge about this turtle’s unique design and characteristics.
Related Salato Exhibit: Eastern Box Turtle
Grades: 2 - 4
Activities:Information Recall and
Creative Drawing (15 minutes)
Learn about one of the more uncommon snakes in Kentucky and how they have adapted to a unique lifestyle! Afterwards, put your imagination to the test by creating your own snake from a table of options.
Related Salato Exhibit: Northern Pine Snake
Grades: 3 - 4
Activities:Quick Quiz with Creative Drawing (15 minutes)
Watch an up-close feeding and learn why we have bison in the United States - not buffalo! Then put your problem solving skills into action by unscrambling key words and putting them in the correct blanks.
Related Salato Exhibit: North American Bison
Grades: 4 - 6
Activities:Word Scramble (15 minutes)
Gain some insight into the basics of one of the most recognizable turtles in the state. Then, see if you can pick out some key features to compare and contrast the common snapping turtle and the alligator snapping turtle!
Related Salato Exhibit: Warm Water Aquarium
Activities:Compare and Contrast (15 minutes)
The Eastern milk snake is a common Kentucky species, but one that is often misidentified. Learn more about this harmless snake, and how it earned the name "milk snake." Afterwards, test your knowledge, and use your creativity to design your very own Eastern milk snake!
Related Salato Exhibit: N/A
Grades: 2 - 5
Activities:Information Recall (15 minutes)
Learn about the small game bird nicknamed “fire bird” and how their habitat lead to that name. After, put your knowledge to the test and see if you can accurately solve the crossword puzzle.
Related Salato Exhibit: The Bluegrass Prairie
Activities:Crossword Puzzle (10 minutes)
Red-tailed hawks take the day shift of pest control by feeding primarily upon small mammals and rodents. Learn more about these hunters, and get a close look at Salato’s non-releasable red-tail, in this Creature Feature.
Related Salato Exhibit: Raptor Aviary
Activities:Word Bank and Search (7 minutes)
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to train our big black bear? Or maybe you’ve thought about what it’s like to prepare our animals food? Complete this worksheet for an inside look at our Animal Care Specialist job!
Grades: 4 - 5
Activities:Q & A (15 - 20 minutes)
Have you ever wondered what is the difference between a frog and a toad? How do you tell them apart? Learn all about these fascinating amphibians in this creature feature. Then, use what you learned in an activity where you become the frog and leap to find your froggy features.
Related Salato Exhibit: Frogs and Toads of Kentucky
Grades: k - 2
Activities:Interactive Game (15 minutes)
There are many misconceptions that persist about Kentucky’s wildlife, and many species that are considered spooky are simply misunderstood. Join us as we bust myths that surround some of Halloween’s key players!
Related Salato Exhibit: Nocturnal Wildlife Exhibit
Did you know that many of the crawling critters that give people the creeps are actually very helpful? Tune in to more about some of Kentucky’s chilling invertebrates, and how they’re beneficial!
Related Salato Exhibit: Insect Specimen Exhibit
Have you ever wondered about the insect responsible for the high-pitched buzzing you hear during the summer months? Learn about the culprit behind the noise.
Related Salato Exhibit: Insect Cases
Maze (3 minutes)
An early spring hike reveals some of Kentucky’s fleeting wildflowers. Learn what makes them so special.
Related Salato Exhibit: Ephemeral Garden and Hiking Trails
Grades: 4 - 5
Blended Learning Exercise (15-20 minutes)
Join Nikki in Salato's waystation! Learn techniques for creating a native habitat to attract Kentucky’s pollinators and gain some knowledge about the conservation of Monarch butterflies. This program celebrates Pollinator Week but can be enjoyed anytime.
Related Salato Exhibit: Monarch Waystation
Grades: 3 - 6
Activities:Life Cycle Chart and
Creative Drawing (20 minutes)
Gain knowledge about the different bee species that you can find in Kentucky and how they help pollinate native plants. This program celebrates Pollinator Week but can be enjoyed anytime.
Related Salato Exhibit: Bee Tree/Bee Garden
Grades: 3 - 4
Activities:Finger Puppet (10 minutes)
Pollinators come in a variety of species and some of them may surprise you! Learn how the process of pollination works. This program celebrates Pollinator Week but can be enjoyed anytime.
Related Salato Exhibit: Insect Box
Activities:Puppet Transfer (30 minutes)
Did you know that monarch butterflies that emerge in the fall go through a great migration? Helping these butterflies is easier than you think, learn how you can get involved in helping the Monarch butterflies!
Grades: 5 - 6
Activities:Monarch Migration Station (10 minutes)
You may have never thought about tagging butterflies, but tagging Monarchs in the fall allows researchers to better understand their migration patterns and the origin of individual monarch butterflies. Learn all about the tagging process and how you can help during the monarchs fall migration!
Grades: 4 - 6
Activities:Pin the Tag on the Monarch (10 minutes)
Did you know that half of Kentucky is comprised of woodland habitat? Learn what components make up this habitat and the variety of wildlife that call it home.
Activities:Fill in the Blank (15-20 minutes)
Take a look at some of Kentucky’s most common nocturnal wildlife and learn the difference between game and non-game species and how hunting and trapping is beneficial to wildlife as a whole.
Related Salato Exhibit: Nocturnal Wildlife
Grades: 4 - 5
Activities:Follow Directions and Information Recall (15 - 20 minutes)
Learn all about Kentucky’s woodland owl species and the adaptations that make them such effective nocturnal hunters. Be observant the next time you’re near woodland and edge habitats and you just might have an owl encounter of your own!
Activities:Cut and Paste (20 - 30 minutes)
Kentucky Academic Standards: 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. 4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
Did you know that Kentucky is home to 16 species of bats, many of which utilize woodland habitats for food and shelter? Learn more about these amazing creatures and how they use sound waves to locate flying insects.
Activities:Call and Response Game (30 - 40 minutes)
Would you like to take your little ones on a hiking trip but aren’t sure how to get started? Prepare to hit the trail by watching this video and printing our Hiking Bingo activity.
Series : Watchable Wildlife
Related Salato Exhibit: Salato's Hiking Trails
Grades: Parents and Teachers
Activities: Hiking Bingo and
Trail Map, Parent/Teacher Hiking Guide (30+ minutes)
Join us for a closer look at how bears are commonly portrayed in children’s literature. Believe it or not, many fictional bear stories actually have a bit of truth to them!
Related Salato Exhibit: Black Bear Exhibit, Bear Aware Exhibit
Maze (5 minutes)
Pollinators like bees and butterflies often play care-free and flighty backup roles within children’s literature. In reality, these animals face many challenges during their lifecycles. Join us as we identify two stories that paint a more accurate picture of what it’s really like to be a pollinator!
Related Salato Exhibit: Insect Cases and Salato Garden Areas
Have you ever read stories that feature snakes as villainous characters? In this video, we will shed light on some of the common misconceptions surrounding snakes and their portrayal in popular literature. After watching, we hope that you’ll have a better understanding of how in real life, snakes are friends and not foes!
Related Salato Exhibit: Indoor Snake Exhibits
Crossword Puzzle (10 minutes)
Have you ever seen a bobcat in the wild? They’re more common than you might think! Learn about their adaptations and what allows them to be successful hunters.
Related Salato Exhibit: The Bobcat Exhibit
Grades: 3 - 5
Fill in the Blank (10 - 15 minutes)
Could you imagine our state without white-tailed deer? If it weren’t for human intervention that would have been the case. Watch to find out more!
Related Salato Exhibit: Restoration and White-Tailed Deer
Blended Learning Exercise (15 minutes)
Did you know that Kentucky has the largest elk population east of the Mississippi River? Learn about the efforts to restore this game mammal.
Related Salato Exhibit: Elk Enclosure
Blended Learning Exercise (15 - 20 minutes)