Livability Curriculum

The Urban Naturalist Program

The Urban Naturalist Program introduces students to the natural environment present in the city and provides tools and background information to engage students in exploration of the natural world and contemplation of their connections to nature in an urban setting. The program provides background information, handouts, and activities on Safety, Map Reading, Tree Identification, Birds, Invasive Plants, Amphibians and Reptiles, Insects, Mushrooms, Freshwater Habitats, and Stream Macro Invertebrates.

Photo of student reading workbook on urban natural environments

Community Quest

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Community Quest offers lessons related to the social and built environment in a city. Lesson plans and background information specific to the City of Greenville are designed to engage students in exploring their community’s social and built infrastructure as well as its history and to empower them to become involved in shaping their community’s future. The Community Quest program includes background information, supplemental materials, and activities on Community, Land Use, Urban Environments, Transportation, Housing, The Urban Water Cycle, Green Space, Housing, Planning, and more.

Greenville's Greener Streets

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Greenville’s Greener Streets was developed as part of the Green Streets grant as a curriculum supplement that provides information and activities excerpted from the Urban Naturalist and Community Quest programs related to trees and their importance in the urban environment.

Exploring Greenville's Water

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Exploring Greenville’s Water is designed to facilitate an exploration of water quality and greater understanding of the connections between land use and our water resources. Exploring Greenville’s Water includes excerpts from Community Quest, the Urban Naturalist Program, and new activities and sections specific to water quality including background information, supplemental materials, and activities on as Watersheds, Land Use and Water Quality, Urban Surfaces, Water Conservation, the Urban Water Cycle, Nonpoint Source Pollution, and more.

Discover Greenville's Falls Park

The Falls Park Guide and Activity Book is set up like a self-guided tour of one of Greenville’s most iconic places, Falls Park. This booklet is packed with fun activities, puzzles, and educational information. It’s the perfect companion piece to a school field trip or a family walk in the park.