members are available for presentations to groups and
classrooms in southeastern Idaho. Presentations are adapted
to grade-level and are free of charge. Presentations are
limited to four per class per school year and are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Lab Classes may be taught to only one class at a time.
or comments, please contact Alana Jensen at
Plants and Animals of Southeastern
Birds of Southeastern Idaho - Learn what makes a bird
a bird! A fun slide presentation with lots of pictures
illustrating what makes a bird different from other animals.
Learn basic bird characteristics and about specific birds
living in southeastern Idaho's desert.
Reptiles of Southeastern Idaho - Students will enjoy
discovering what reptiles are, what makes them different
from birds and mammals, and how important they are in our
environment. The presentation also includes general
characteristics, adaptation, and reptile importance in the
Plant and Animal Desert Adaptations - The desert is a
harsh environment. For plants and animals who live there,
adapting is necessary for survival. Discover habits and
coping techniques of the animals and plants of the desert in
this one-hour slideshow presentation geared to grade level.
Lewis and Clark and Plants and Animals of the Sagebrush
Steppe - Lewis and Clark were naturalists and wrote
about the animals they encountered on their trek. Students
will discover the native plants and animals Lewis and Clark
studied and what we have learned about these native species
since their expedition.
Insects of Southeastern Idaho - From butterflies to
bugs, there are more insects on our planet than any other
kind of creature. This presentation introduces the anatomy
and life cycles of insects in general and highlights some of
southeastern Idaho's more interesting creepy-crawlies.
Adaptations of Southeastern Idaho Animals - When winter
comes animals work in many ways to prepare for the cold
weather just as we do. Learn about migration, hibernation
and specific adaptations of local animals.
Life Cycles of Southeastern Idaho Animals - The life
cycle of an organism refers to the sequence of developmental
stages that it passes through on its way to adulthood. Learn
about the amazing variety of life cycles within the animal
Optical Illusion and Camouflage - Are things always
what they seem? Students will give their brains a workout in
this presentation as they try to make sense of optical
illusions. Volunteers from the audience participate in
demonstrations that reveal how the brain can be tricked and
how animals use optical illusion to protect themselves.
Going Batty - Learn about Idaho microbats in this presentation. Students will learn about echolocation, bat adaptations and the life cycle of these amazing animals.
Bats and Spiders: Oh My! - This is a fun Halloween presentation about the fascinating world of bats and spiders. Oh my!
the Snake River Plain - Southeastern Idaho is an area of
diverse geologic features and a fascinating geological
history. Students will learn of the region's past and be
introduced to basic geological terms.
Basic Radiation and Environmental Surveillance - This
introduction to radioactivity and radiation will cover the
basics of radioactivity, sources of radioactivity and the
basics of environmental surveillance. This presentation
includes a slideshow and hands-on activities geared to grade
How Nuclear Reactors Work - During this one-hour
presentation, students will learn how a nuclear reactor
works and about the different kinds of reactors used in the
United States. An overview of INL's nuclear reactor history
will be included.
Comparison of Energy Sources and INL's role in the future
of nuclear power - Students will learn to distinguish
between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy and to
investigate a variety of renewable energy resources and
compare the benefits and disadvantages of each.
Water Cycle - This is a hands-on unit which
introduces the students to the continuous re-cycling of
water that occurs all around us, all the time. The students
will observe the changing state of water by the use of
models, simulations, and experiments. (Lab Class)
Weather Basics - Students will have fun while
learning some basics about weather and climate. Topics
covered will include heat, temperature, convection, clouds,
water cycle, winds, precipitation, air pressure, and climate
All About Air - Students will have fun while learning
some basics about air. Students will explore the properties
of air and discover that air occupies space, has weight, and
All About Light and Color - Light is everywhere in our world. We need it to see: it carries information from the world to our eyes and brains. The activities in this presentation are designed to give your students insight about the properties of light.
All About Water - This presentation helps students to
learn about the physical and chemical properties of water,
surface tension, osmosis, and how water can be broken down
into hydrogen and oxygen. (Lab Class)
All About Sound - How does sound work? What turns the motions of molecules into the sounds of music, whistling tea kettles, and barking dogs? This presentation explores the phenomenal world of sound and vibration.
Magnetism and Electricity - Students learn about the two types of electricity: static electricity and electrical currents. They will also learn about magnetism, electricity's close cousin. Magnetic fields and electrical currents make waves of energy. These waves of energy are called electromagnetic radiation. (Lab Class)
Force and Motion - Motion makes the world go 'round. Motion is important to our lives and impacts so many things that we do. Motion is the changing of position or location. But motion requires a force to cause that change. Let's learn about force and motion and the effects of these physical laws in our world.
Basic Chemistry - Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it can undergo. This presentation includes physical and chemical changes in matter. (Lab Class)
Biodiversity and Threatened Species - Endangered
species occur everywhere, and although the specific
creatures change from place to place, the processes and
biology contributing to endangered species are universal.
Students will learn about a locally threatened species, as
well as universal problems threatening biodiversity. (Lab Class)
Paper or Plastic - This presentation will lead
students through an established format for environmental
investigation, one that is used in many types of research.
The process involves four basic tasks: 1) Brainstorm pros
and cons, 2) Research as many of the pros and cons as
possible, 3) Construct a balanced argument for and against
either side, and 4) Present your findings and conclusions.
By modeling this process, the students will learn how to
evaluate other environmental questions and come up with
their own opinions.
Animal Classification System and Scientific Names –
Students are introduced to the concept of classification and
its uses. They learn how to make a simple branching key and
the methods used by scientists to classify and name
The Language of Science - Science contains a language
all its own that looks difficult. Actually, scientific
vocabulary is a collection of roots, prefixes, and suffixes
put together to describe events, body parts, or functions,
etc. In this presentation, participants will learn the more
common roots, prefixes and suffixes used in science and
Basic GPS - ESER will provide a curriculum and
classroom instruction on the Global Position System (GPS).
In this presentation the student will learn what GPS is and
how it works. Students will receive training and hands-on
experiences in using GPS. (Lab Class)
Careers in Environmental Science - Environmental
science is the study of our surroundings, including how our
actions alter our surroundings. There are many fields of
study which make up the environmental sciences. This
presentation focuses on various jobs in environmental
science and presents some real-life ESER projects that
involve these different disciplines.
Scientific Method - This presentation covers the
reason scientists use the scientific method and the steps of
the scientific method. Students then practice using the
scientific by using a scientific experiment. (Lab Class)
Note: Classes are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Lab Classes can only be taught to one class at a time. Request a presentation. For questions or comments, please
contact Alana Jensen, or 208-227-9020.