Explore Living Landscapes

Superheroes TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers are on a mission to teach
students and their teachers and families backyard science, including how
to take better care of the green spaces around them and the importance of
living landscapes. With the activities in this new hands-on science
program, you can help them save the planet one yard at a time.

Lucky Dog

Outdoor Powers
Digital Storybook

TurfMutt-West Coast Adventure
comming soon

Grades K–2

Activity 1

This activity will have students thinking critically about living landscapes and their benefits to communities.

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Activity 2

Learn all about the life cycle of grass with the help of the Green Ranger and by observing real grass.

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Get Additional K–2 Activity Sheets

Grades 3–5

Activity 1

Help students understand the connection between a region's climate and its living landscapes.

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Activity 2

The Outdoor Powers never work alone—take a look at the role plants play in slowing down global warming.

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Get Additional 3–5 Activity Sheets

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© 2016 brought to you by OPEI. Photos: superhero kid, © Dean Mitchell/Getty Images;
family walking, © Klaus Tiedge/Blend Images/Getty Images.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited. The contest is open only to public schools, accredited private schools, and home schools in compliance with their state of residence and have any or all of the following grades: K–5 in the fifty (50) United States (and the District of Columbia). The contest entries on behalf of the School must be composed by a student currently attending the School who is a legal resident of the United States and is enrolled in grades K–5. Entries may only be submitted electronically or via mail by teachers and/or parents/legal guardians on behalf of the student/child. To enter the Be a Backyard Superhero Contest, the eligible student must create an original picture using the character cutouts. Then the student will write a story about how he/she is a Backyard Superhero working to combat the environmental villains (Carbon Creep, Dust Demon, Dr. Runoff, and Heat Freak) alongside TurfMutt & the Outdoor Powers and save living landscapes everywhere. For students in grades K–2 the story should be 25–50 words and for students in grades 3–5 the story should be 100–150 words. Start: 12:01 a.m. ET on 10/14/16; deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET on 1/23/17. The student’s parent/teacher must submit the entry in one of two ways: (i) Visit scholastic.com/turfmutt/contest and complete the online registration form; or (ii) mail the completed entry form (available at scholastic.com/turfmutt/contest) to Scholastic’s Be a Backyard Superhero Contest, Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, 5th Floor, Attn: M. Montalvo, Office 540, New York, New York 10012. One (1) Grand Prize winning school will receive a $10,000 grant from OPEI to improve their green space and a trip for a teacher to attend the National Science Teachers Association conference in Los Angeles, CA, 3/30/17 – 4/2/17 (Approximate Retail Value: $13,000). Official Rules: scholastic.com/turfmutt/pdfs/TurfMutt_officialrules.pdf. SPONSOR: Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Turf Mutt Saving the planet one yard at a time!