No Boundaries to the Boundary Waters

Educator Resources

Enhance STEM learning using digital and virtual education tools that bring the Boundary Waters Wilderness to your classroom.

Bring the Boundary Waters to Your Classroom

To meet the wide and shifting range of needs in Minnesota schools at this time, we are now providing FREE online resources. The flexible curriculum is created for students in grades 6–12, ages 11–18, and designed to adapt to grade levels, schools, focus areas, and teacher preference. These programs meet state standards in Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math.

Sign Up For:

  • Digital units on Boundary Waters subjects that get students to investigate their local green spaces.
  • A live virtual “Ask the Expert” presentation with a range of topics.
  • A monthly BWCA educational resource email with news on presentations and other opportunities.

Classroom Lesson Plans

Digital units on Boundary Waters subjects that get students to investigate their local green spaces. Units are geared towards 6th-9th grade with topics including animal adaptations, biomes, and climate. Units address Minnesota State Standards in science, social studies, and language arts.


Explore elements of the natural world through the lens of Minnesota’s pristine wilderness. Discover natural phenomena and scientific concepts in the Boundary Waters with easy-to-follow content.

Interact & Apply
Your Knowledge

GIS mapping tools, 3-D models, and beautiful footage allow students to interact with the information in different ways. Students can explore, use their senses, go at their own pace, and engage their critical thinking as they collect evidence in BWCA-themed investigations.

Explore Your Neighborhood

Grab a pencil and pen, or even a smartphone, and head outside! Each unit brings an opportunity for students to relate the material to their own surroundings and make observations in the green spaces in their own community.

Expand on Your
Lesson Plans With a
School Visit

After exploring these materials in the classroom or at home, build student learning with virtual or in-person school visits! Bring in Friends staff for BWCA activities and explorations to your school, or check out our list of virtual expert presenters to explore a specific BWCA topic in depth.

Get Your School Involved

For access to our online resources, please fill out a few questions, as it helps us to continue to offer these free resources!

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).

Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund