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Environmental Education Activities & Resources

Lesson Plans, Activities, Professional Development, and More

  • Climate Classroom Kids
    Access climate change lesson plans, fun volunteer activities, guidelines, and tips for discussing climate change with children.
  • Clean Energy Education
    Lesson plans, activities and resources that empower students to make informed choices and develop creative solutions to environmental challenges.
  • Butterfiles - Free Learning Resources
    Butterfiles really are free in this rich respository of lessons, media, tools, exhibits and many other free things for learning about butterfiles.
  • In The Air
    This site offers a full spectrum of environmental education materials that can be used to educate and help K-12 students and adults better understand airborne toxics issues in their communities.
  • NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
    These k-12 resources demonstrate the value of coral reef ecosystems to human survival, their endagerment, and and what we stand to lose if they are not preserved.
  • The Center for Health and the Global Environment
    A prolifoc resource for biodiversity and human health curricula where you will find hands-on, classroom tested, standards based activities for your classroom.
  • LEAF Curriculum
    This is a prolific set of resources for teaching K-12 learners the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking necessary to sustain our forests and communities.
  • Oregon Institute of Marine Biology K-6 Curriculum
    Help your K-6 learners become "ocean literate". These resources are your connection to ocean education: photos;videos; tools; lessons; career information.
  • The Teacher-Friendly Guides to the Earth Science of the United States
  • California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum
    This is a free K-12 curriculum that provides 85 units of environment-based instruction aligned with Common Core standards in English Language Arts and Science and History/Social Science Literacy.
  • Games and Interactives from the Monterey Bay Aquarium
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium has Games and Interactives for K-12 students, including an “I Spy” activity using downloadable posters, “critter cards,” a unique “go fish” game, and more.
  • Environmental Curriculum (Think Earth)
    Thi comprehensive, award-winning curriculum teaches students about the importance of a clean, healthy environment and about what they can do to: conserve natural resources; reduce waste; and minimize pollution.
  • Ocean Explorer
    Written by educators for educators! FInd hundreds of lesson plans built around specific ocean exploration expeditions around the globe and multimedia packages on ocean science topics including lessons associated with major oil spills and more.
  • Water.org Lesson Plans
    This international nonprofit organization transforms millions of lives by providing access to safe water and sanitation, and offers these classroom resources for K-12 cover water, sanitation, women & children and water, disease, and economics.
  • Sharks4Kids
    Integrate shark education into K-12 science courses! Students can access games, activities and info sheets to satisfy their own curiosity about sharks while learning about sharks' critical role in the delicate balance of ocean ecosystems.
  • El Nino
    Lessons and resources for your 5-12 science learners that describe the cyclical event of El Nino and how it affects global weather, agriculture, and the spread of disease.
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
    From PBs, a prolific collection of resources to help teach your middle and high school students about - and address - the most important issues affecting the health of our oceans.
  • Estuary Education
    K-12 students and teachers can explore these living classrooms and laboratories, discover their importance and beauty, and learn how to protect them.
  • The African Elephant And The Ivory Trade
    Once very common in Africa and Asia, the future of elephants is uncertain due to habitat destruction, the ivory trade, and other man-made conflicts. These lessons and resources examine the threatened future of Earth’s largest living land mammal.
  • 15-Minute History
    A growing collection of podcasts with supplementary materials exploring aspects of Texas, U.S. and world history. Each audio includes a transcript, links to documents, and further reading. Search by region, time, or standard.
  • International Day Of Peace Resources
    Observed around the globe annually on September 21, the International Day of Peace is dedicated to the absence of war and violence. Use these resources to teach about peace, conflict, and justice.
  • EekoWorld
    EekoWorld, a Web site from PBS Kids, informs K-4 students about the role they play in taking care of Earth. Colorful, engaging interactives are perfect for young students; teachers will appreciate the how-to guide and lesson plans.
  • Drought
    Droughts can devastate crops, livestock, and jobs. These resources stress the importance of wise water use and suggest smart water habits.
  • Environmental History Resources
    Resources for students and anyone interested in environmental history. Topics reflect the interdisciplinary nature of environmental history, landscape history, forestry and land use, pollution and ideas and perceptions of nature.
  • National Wildlife Federation - Lesson Plans
    More than 1,000 lesson plans designed to introduce students to life science, ecology, wildlife biology, scientific identification and observation. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards.
  • AASL Lesson Plans
    From the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), this web sit offers lesson plans across the curriculum from the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database.
  • Global Oneness Project
    Inspire high school students to rethink their relationship to the world with this award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles exploring cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens.
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans
    The Environmental Proetection Agency's mission is to protect human health and the environment. Here is EPA's collection of K-12 environmental and science-based lesson plans, activities, and resources supporting their mission - and yours!
  • Environmental Health Science Education
    Find lesson plans, activities, teacher guides, student worksheets, videos and other standards-based, interdisciplinary resources.
  • Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
    A collection of historically significant maps and companion lesson plans correlated to national social studies and geography standards.
  • KidWind
    Find 18 interdisciplinary lessons on wind energy; science fair experiments and projects; information on colleges, training programs and careers in wind energy; and, professional development workshops for teachers.
  • Games and Interactives from the Monterey Bay Aquarium
    The Monterey Bay Aquarium has Games and Interactives for K-12 students, including an “I Spy” activity using downloadable posters, “critter cards,” a unique “go fish” game, and more.
  • EELink Compiles Environmental Education Lesson Plans
    We review a website offering free compilation of preK-12 lessons, activities and other curriculum resources that focus on environmental education.
  • EekoWorld
    EekoWorld, a Web site from PBS Kids, informs K-4 students about the role they play in taking care of Earth. Colorful, engaging interactives are perfect for young students; teachers will appreciate the how-to guide and lesson plans.
  • Weather: Extreme Weather 101 Teaching Resources
    A collection of lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactives, and supporting reading and websites for educators.
  • Public Alert Radios for Schools
    NOAA is distributing these radios to schools to help safeguard children.
  • Vampire Energy - Poster
    Download and print this poster that shows the yearly cost of common electronic devices in passive and active standby modes.
  • Urban Bird Sounds Project
    Created BY students FOR students, this audio guide is a way to help others learn about and study birds in their own communities. Listen, download materials, and learn how to make your own.
  • Nature Rocks
    Get your family back to nature! This site offers easy tools and tips for planning a family nature adventure. Enter the age of your kids, how much time you have, and the location and the website gives you ideas for activities and events.
  • It's a Blue, Blue, Blue, Blue World
    Using Jonathan Bird's Blue World in the classroom is easy with amazing study guides and resources for educators.
  • Think Green Resources Guide
    Looking for ideas and resources to inspire environmental awareness and action in your classroom? This guide from Edutopia is full of succinct and practical ways to prepare students for 21st-century success.
  • Eco Boys and Girls
    The Eco Boys and Girls are illustrated characters who teach children the value of respecting their environment and respecting other people and creatures who inhabit the earth.
  • 366 Community Service Ideas
    Here are fourteen categories of community service ideas from the 4-H Club. A PDF version is available.
  • Weather: Extreme Weather 101 Teaching Resources
    A collection of lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactives, and supporting reading and websites for educators.
  • YES! Magazine
    YES! Magazine is offering classroom teachers and school librarians a free one-year introductory subscription to the magazine. The independent, ad-free magazine covers sustainability, peace and social justice, happiness, climate change, and more.
  • Wildlife Gardens
    Learn how to build your own wildlife gardens: pond, rotting log, and three more.
  • Welcome to the USGS - U.S. Geological Survey
    A huge repository for earth and life science resources, USGS features educational materials and many multimedia resources.
  • Vampire Energy - Video
    This brief (2:17min) and engaging video explains the dollar and environmental costs of wasting energy and suggests how everyone can help reduce wasted energy
  • "Unplug Me" Reminder Cards
    Students create original reminder cards to unplug appliances for their schools and homes.
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Photo Library
    The NOAA Photo Library was built to capture the studies of the world’s oceans and atmosphere —throughout centuries of scientific thought and observations—from the surface of the sun to the bottom of the sea.

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