There is a great need to expose our youth to the science of our environment through applications that excite and intrigue. Backyard STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is an environmental science program that focuses on getting students outside or bringing the outside into the classroom for experiential learning about our ecosystem. These modules were developed for Tennessee 4-H to support the mission of creating the next generation of well-equipped scientists and engineers. Each module addresses Tennessee Standards of Learning and contains a guided inquiry and leaders guide.  

Are you near UT-Knoxville campus and have an opportunity to take a field trip?  Visit our UT Gardens Created Wetlands page to find out how to play "Wetland Bingo" and learn all about the life of a wetland.

​Soil biology
​Soil formation
​Soil texture
Dig In! (W292-C)
​Soil services Soil Web    Leaders Guide     Pictures
​Soil conservation What's Soil Worth?  Leaders Guide
​Soil color The Color of Soil    Leaders Guide
​Soil water holding capacity Sponge Planet  Leaders Guide
​Rain Gardens Rain Gardening  Leaders Guide
Water and Watersheds
Water Cycle 
Nutrient pollution and eutrophication
Ecosystem in a Bottle  Leaders guide
It isn't​ easy being green (W292-D)
​Stormater mapping Stormwater Happens! (W292-E)
Sediments and Water Quality Muddy Water, Woe is Me  Leader's guide
Benthic Macroinvertebrates
Watershed Mapping

Leaf Litter for Dinner  Leaders guide

​Crossword Puzzles: Traveling Tennessee's Natural Resources  

Winding Through Tennessees Watersheds

​Water Chemistry Where's All the O2  Leaders guide

Wildlife and Ecology

​Observations and Inferences
Footprints in the Forest     Puzzles  Leader's guide
​Biodiversity Nature Kaleidoscope  Leaders Guide

​Food Webs


Life As a Chipmunk   Leader's guide

Wonderful Wetlands  Leaders Guide

Other Environmental Science
​Carbon Cycle
Topographical Mapping Making a Mountain Map      Leaders Guide