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The production team and staff members from the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System have created new educational materials based on the documentary, A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun. These materials, designed to enhance classroom use,  are now posted on the Dr. E. Lucy Braun website of the Edge (see below). Learn how the educational materials were developed by clicking on our Education Media Release and a special article, A Force for Education: E. Lucy Braun’s Legacy Lessons.”

Lucy Braun Lesson Plans

Dr. E Lucy Braun educational website: Cincinnati Museum Center’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve System.

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun features educational resources for viewers, teachers and students developed by the production team and staff members from the Cincinnati Museum Center’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. Dr. E. Lucy Braun has numerous connections to the Edge. She conducted extensive field research in and near the preserve in Adams County. She was a charter member of the Nature Conservancy in Ohio, which is a collaborative partner with the Edge. And, Braun led efforts to preserve “Lynx Prairie,” “Buzzardroost Rock,” and the “Wilderness,” the first acquisitions of what would become the 20,000-acre Richard & Lucile Durrell Edge of Appalachia Preserve System.

The Lucy Braun educational materials were developed by Robyn Wright-Strauss, Chief Naturalist, Edge of Appalachia Preserve System; and Catherine H. Knoop, Experiential Educator. Ms. Strauss and Knoop have decades of combined experience creating lesson plans, outdoor programs and educator workshops about the ecosystems of the Appalachia Mountains and other regions. The website has free, downloadable educator information, resource lists and lesson plans. The website  also has links to related archival resources, outdoor programs and workshops related to Lucy Braun.

Click on the Dr. E Lucy Braun educational website to access the educational materials listed below:

Educator materials:

Educator Introduction (pdf)

Covered academic standard charts: upper elementary, middle and high school (pdfs)

Curriculum Master Resource List (pdf)

Lesson Plans:

Upper Elementary: “The Life of Dr. E. Lucy Braun;” “Champions Among Us;” “Treasure Chest of Science”

Middle and High School:“Change through Time;” “Documenting E. Lucy Braun;” “Joys and Hardship in the Field;” “Save the Big Trees;” and “Taking Action.”

How to watch A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun

Public television broadcasts

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun continues to be re-broadcast by regional and national public television stations. See our Distribution page for current schedules.

WOSU Passport: streaming video

WOSU (Columbus) is also providing streaming video of the documentary via the WOSU Passport system. The streaming version of A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun is only available to folks who become a WOSU Passport member. Here’s a direct link: WOSU Passport, A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun. The documentary is not available in the national PBS Passport library.

Lucy available on Vimeo On Demand:

A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun is now available for rent or purchase on Vimeo On Demand. The Vimeo On Demand service allows viewers to rent ($5) or buy ($12) the program in High Definition videoThe purchase option also allows you to download the documentary for repeat viewing, and effective classroom use. Meg Hanrahan, Writer, Director, Producer, A Force for Nature: Lucy Braun, says, “Viewers and educators across America continue to demonstrate a strong interest in Lucy Braun’s remarkable story. Vimeo on Demand provides worldwide access, as well as the ability, with purchase, to download the documentary.  With that option, viewers can watch the program whenever they want, and educators can cue specific segments to accompany their lesson plans.” See the Education page on this website for more information, and for links to lesson plans developed by staff of the Edge of Appalachia Preserve System/Cincinnati Museum Center and the producers.


Educators may also get the documentary for their classroom by purchasing a DVD or getting their local or school library to purchase a DVDs. See DVDs for order information.