Teacher Resources

Adopt-A-Stream Equipment
If you are AAS certified, you can borrow the necessary equipment from the nature center for a nominal fee. Biological equipment includes d-frame nets, buckets, trays, magnifying glasses, tweezers, and ID Sheets. Chemical equipment consists of LaMotte Test Kits, including everything you need to measure dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, and temperature. Call to reserve this equipment.

We also have an incubator for bacterial monitoring. Please arrange a time to drop off your bacterial samples for incubation.
Volunteers learn how to collect a water sample.
Discovery Boxes These resource boxes are designed to supplement the school science curriculum for all grades pre-K through 5th. Use them as part of a lesson plan or for extension activities. These resources help make learning more exciting for everyone. Discovery Boxes are filled with pictures, natural artifacts (skulls, bones, etc.), teacher activity books, posters, audio tapes, scientific equipment (rain gauges, barometers etc.), puzzles and games.

Discovery Box Topics include:
  • Mammals
  • Animal Tracks
  • Dinosaurs
  • Earth Paints
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Birds
  • Marine Life
  • Trees
  • Shells
  • Vertebrates
  • Spiders
  • Weather
  • Creatures of the Night
  • Insects
  • Reptiles & Amphibians
  • Astronomy
How to Rent Equipment or Discovery Boxes
  1. Call the Sandy Creek Nature Center at 706-613-3615 ext. 0.
  2. Reservations are handled on a first-come, first served basis. There is a $5 fee for each resource per 2-week rental period. Athens-Clarke County public schools may rent discovery boxes at no cost through a contract between the Clarke County School Board and Sandy Creek Nature Center.
  3. You can reserve these items for up to two weeks at a time.
  4. Please pick up and drop off the equipment at SCNC's Education and Visitor Center.
Note: Clarke County School District schools will have Traveling Exhibits and Discovery Boxes delivered to their schools.
Athens Regional Library System Resource Room This 400-square foot library, housed in the Education and Visitor Center, is available to teachers, visitors, contractors, and others. The library's collection focuses mainly on the natural sciences. A computer link with the library and routine delivery service ensures that visitors have access to the information and resources they are seeking.

Books and videos from the Resource Room may not be checked out, but visitors should feel free to use our library as part of their research on a wide variety of scientific topics.

To browse our collection of books and videos, simply visit the Georgia Library PINES (Public Information Network for Electronic Services) website. Once you log in, highlight the ARL-Sandy Creek ENSAT Resource Library in the column of available libraries on the right-hand side of the "Search the Library Catalog" page.

ensat resources center books

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