Did you know that easy-to-access science laboratories are right outside your door? This summer, our Central Region Institute participants learned how to take advantage of these resources for teaching science skills and instilling inquiry in your classroom. We explored pond, woodland, and field habitats for common organisms that can be used to teach about adaptations and the structures of ecological communities. We compared functional anatomy in seeds, insects and birds to examine how animals and plants move through habitats, and how evolution and natural selection play a role. Teachers created models to explore the interplay between structure and function. We measured community structure in habitats, explore structures in animals and plants that help them prosper and reproduce in their environment, and analyzed resource flow among trophic levels.