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Nature's Classroom Institute, the nation's premier environmental education program, creates customized and individual experiences for every teacher and student. 

February 2018

Dinner in the Woods

Save the Date | Saturday June 2, 2018

NCI eagerly invites you to our annual Dinner in the Woods held on our 100+ acre property in Mukwonago WI. Don't miss this unique evening under the stars!
Nature's Classroom Institute hosts Dinner in the Woods on June 2, 2018 in Mukwonago WI. Join us for a delightful evening of local food, friends and fun! Event details at

Ready, Set, Grow!

The students will combine a discussion of the basic needs and structure of plants with actual planting. Younger students will physically act out the parts of a plant while learning their function.
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Spring Cleaning Science

Eco-friendly house cleaners vs. commercial cleaners: Which is more effective? With a little research and experimentation, your students can turn spring cleaning into an educational science experiment. The structure of this activity helps him gain insight into some important parts of the scientific method: guessing, observing, and reporting results.

Smartphone Detox: How To Power Down In A Wired World

When we hear a ding or little ditty alerting us to a new text, email or Facebook post, cells in our brains likely release dopamine — one of the chemical transmitters in the brain's reward circuitry. That dopamine makes us feel pleasure. In other words, just hearing the notification can be more pleasurable than the text, email or tweet. "Smartphone notifications have turned us all into Pavlov's dogs."

Why Does February Only Have 28 Days?

Why does February have 28 days when all the other months get 30 or 31? The answer is part superstition, part politics, and parts astronomy. (Basically, it's the Romans' fault)

Houston Targets Post-Harvey Parks Expansion

The Acre is like a mega courtyard, cutting between the tall buildings, transforming a patch of concrete hidden from the street by a few trees into an inviting green space visible and open to the public. The lawn, planted with native prairie and wetland prairie seed mixes, and the 300-plus trees should soak up hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per year.

NCI - Lake Geneva WI

Nature's Classroom Institute in Lake Geneva is less than 1.5 hours from downtown Chicago, and less than 1 hour from Milwaukee. Our Lake Geneva site sits on the shores of Geneva Lake with ample woodlands, wetlands and open fields to explore. The property shares it's boundary with Big Foot Beach State Park which offers amazing marshes and bogs.
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