Resources for Teachers and Parents

Talking to Children About Race and Equity

Raising Anti-Racist Children with Kristin Coggins (podcast)

 Talking Race with Young Children (NPR audio file)

How Silence Can Breed Prejudice: A Child Development Professor Explains How and Why to Talk to Kids About Race” from The Washington Post.

“Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five” By Rebecca Parlakian at Zero to Three

Beyond the Golden Rule” at

In My Skin: Children are not Color Blind Podcast

Teaching Juneteeth at

Visions, Inc. podacsts about DEI

How to Talk to Kids About Juneteenth on Pittwire

13 Children’s Books about Race and Diversity from PBS

P.R.I.D.E. Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education

Also listen to a podcast titled “How Implicit Bias Affects Children” on the page above:

Teaching Hard History for K-5, a PDF from Learning for Justice

The Conscious Kid Library is an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in young children. They promote access to diverse children’s books that center underrepresented and oppressed groups.

American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. resources, articles and more


Read-along Children’s Books About Race & Diversity:

We’re Different, We’re The Same” by Bobbi Kates.
Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox.
It’s Okay To Be Different,” by Todd Parr.
The Family Book,” by Todd Parr.
The Color Of Us,” by Karen Katz.
Same Difference,” by Calida Garcia Rawls.
All Kinds of Children,” by Norma Simon.

History and Culture

Native Knowledge 360, from National Museum of the American Indian

Clackamas Historical Society: She Flies with Her Own Wings- Women in Oregon History

Wisdom of the Elders Native videos

Grand Ronde Tribal History Curriculum:

Grande Ronde Cultural Education Videos on YouTube: Great for kids!

Chief Halo and the Applegate history

Canoe Culture of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw

Zinn Education Project: Teaching the People’s History

The Story of Cedar video on YouTube

Lane County Historical Society: Traveling Trunks – FREE!

“Fire, Forests, and Our Lands: An Indigenous Ecological Perspective”, Non profit Quarterly

Broken Treaties: An Oral History Tracing Oregon’s Native Population

Kalapuya Creation Story told by Esther Stutzman, Kalapuya elder

Willamette Wetlands of the Kalapuya Mural in Eugene- PDF educational material and description of the mural plants/animals and seasonal round:

Willamette Wetland of the Kalapuya Mural in Eugene, documentary video

Basket Weaver Draws Inspiration from Nature- Warm Springs

Thunderbird Atlatls

Native Lands map of North America

Kalapuya Seasonal Round Poster free download – created by our Director, Karen Rainsong, on Teachers Pay Teachers website:

Understanding how fire affects the landscape and Indigenous use of fire:

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

Camas Country- All about the Native Americans and Camas on Beacon Hill

Springfield History Museum

Philip Foster Living History Farm

Little House on the Prairie Fan Site- stories, crafts, games, projects and more!

Opal Whiteley information

Three video playlist about Opal Whiteley, curated by Steve Williamson

Living History Schoolhouse and Country Mill in Alvadore, Oregon:

Museum of Natural and Cultural History (U of O):

Oregon Archaeology Society Web site:

Woodcut of a Kalapuya Indian man:

History of Fort Umpqua

Information About the Kalapuya and the History of the Land

Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport

Places to Go

Center for Rural Livelihoods (Cottage Grove)

West Eugene Wetlands Web site

Mount Pisgah Arboretum Web site

Cascades Raptor Center Web site

Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (located in California):

Elkton Community Education Center

Adventure! Children’s Museum

Willamette Heritage Center in Salem

Five Oaks Museum, Portland area

Things to Do

“Wildcraft” board game about herbs:

How to Be Environmentally Friendly in your Home with Kids

Recipe to make Dandelion fritters on nature

North American Aboriginal Games Web site:

Fort Umpqua Days

Traveling Museum

Local Children’s Programs

Whole Earth Nature School

Youth in Nature Partnership

Nearby Nature

Friends of Outdoor School

Nature Information & Inspiration

National Geographic Photo Ark Animals curriculum:

Video of Dr. Jim Halfpenny on tracking for adults:

Children and Nature Network:

Great Nature Blog!

More About Identifying Insects- Thanks Peyton!

“The Story of Stuff” video- fascinating!

The Nature Conservancy

Controlled Burning Reduces Catastrophic Fire Damage

Walama Restoration Project

Nature Net

Wildwood Survival Web site:

“Leave No Trace” Program

Native American Hide Tanning Techniques


Creating Pollinator Gardens: Flower Fragrances to Attract Pollinators (thanks Jenna!)

All about Bees Activity Sheet from Food Hero:

Butterfly Gardens:

How to Start a Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Gardening Article

Free Butterfly Printables (Thanks Hazel!)

All about Butterflies (Thanks Hazel!)

The Bug Chicks!

More Bugs!

Butterflies and gardens:

More About Insects (thanks Katey!)

All About Butterflies (thanks for the link Dakota!)

Monarch Hatching

North American Butterfly Association Web site:

Raising Butterflies

Bug Guides

Amateur Entomology (Thanks Emma!)


Oregon Reptile Man

Animal Tracks in Snow, for kids

Nature Watch: US Forest Service

Live camera on an barn owl nest:

Skeletons like you’ve never seen them!

Bird Feathers info:

More Bird Info and lesson plans:

Plants & Gardening

Food Hero website for kids and adults on gardening, cooking, with activities for all, including coloring sheets, word search, farm tour videos and much more:

Creating Pollinator Gardens (thanks Nicole!)

Examples of Garden Layouts

 All About Lichens on the US Forest Service Website

For Teachers

Native American Science Curriculum

Learning for Justice

Grand Ronde Tribal History Curriculum

Become a Green School! Oregon Certification Tracks:

Wisdom of the Elders Native videos

Nearby Nature’s Kalapuya Page:

Discovery Education resources for teachers:

“Green Teacher” Magazine:

Acorn Naturalists Store site:

Going Green in the Classroom

Environmental lesson plans

Special Education Resource

NW Nature Matters Podcast

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