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Biodiversity & Peace: Montessori Curriculum


The Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace (MISP) and Friends of the Rainforest (FOTR) is pleased to present an authentic learning experience that incorporates tropical ecology, peace education, scientific study and travel abroad in Costa Rica, reflection, global awareness, and youth empowerment and activism – designed especially for Montessori students.Our Biodiversity & Peace curriculum Overview and Resource book are available to you as downloads. This original curriculum was designed by tropical ecologists and Montessori teachers and can be used in conjunction with an EcoTour to the Children's Eternal Rainforest, or just in the classroom and schoolyard.


The Curriculum Overview provides you with the history, rationale, and framework for the program.  This can help you better understand how to use the lessons in conjunction with a trip to the rainforest, or justify planning one to your school administration and parents!


The Resource Book has activities and lesson ideas for you to use in your classroom.  Don't forget to look around our website for additional articles and pictures you can use in class!

Biodiversity & Peace: NGSS-Aligned for Public Schools

Enjoy all of the lessons in our original Biodiversity & Peace Resource Book, adapted for public schools and schools using NGSS. You may reference the Curriculum Overview above for background on the topics and on the Children's Eternal Rainforest. This curriculum can be used in conjunction with an EcoTour to the Children's Eternal Rainforest or just in the classroom and schoolyard.

Migration Models: A Collaborative Game Design Challenge

This three-session unit - developed with input from our friends at Prairie Land Conservancy, Leopold Landscape Alliance, and our brilliant high school volunteers - challenges upper elementary and middle school students to use game play as a tool for scientific modeling and science communication.

Lesson Extension: Butterfly Bonanza!

Lessons that build and expand on our Butterfly Bonanza lesson. You may choose to use these after a classroom visit.

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You will receive an email with more helpful information and instructions on how to access our curriculum. Live in the St. Louis area?  We would be more than happy to come and visit your classroom.  Drop us a line!

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