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Environmental Education Activities & Resources

Lesson Plans, Activities, Professional Development, and More

  • Think Green 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.
  • 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.
  • Winter-Themed Classroom Resources
    These interdisciplinary lessons, activities, and other resources for all grades levels will help students develop an understanding of the mechanisms that bring about seasonal change and how animals have adapted to them.
  • 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.
  • The Roof is Growing!
    A classroom program developed by the American Society of Landscape Architecture to engage and educate middle school students about green roofs and their environmental benefits.
  • The Rainforest Alliance
    Curricula and resources to help students understand how rainforests contribute to our collective well-being.
  • The Greens: Energy Vampires
    In the web episode, students learn how to identify energy vampires, electronic devices that continue to drain energy even when you’re not using them.
  • Vampire Energy - Poster
    Download and print this poster that shows the yearly cost of common electronic devices in passive and active standby modes.
  • Teacher's List: 11 Classroom Creativity Killers
    Veteran art teacher Marvin Bartel lists 10 teacher behaviors that discourage student creativity and tells how to avoid them.
  • Stickers
    Kids love stickers. Teachers love stickers. Now, a fellow educator shares her tried and true great way to get free stickers for use in the classroom.
  • SEN Teacher
    This site provides free teaching and learning resources for students with special needs and learning disbiliies: prinatbles; downloads; teaching aids; software.
  • PollinatorLIVE
    Join this site for a series of live interactive webcasts, web seminars, and satellite field trips about pollinators, gardening, and conservation. Information about pollinators, lesson plans for all grade levels and science projects are available.
  • Peace Corps Coverdell Word Wise Schools
    This site offers lesson plans on arts and music, cross-cultural understanding, mathematics and more, stories, multimedia (ed videos, slide shows, posters, podcasts) and information on service learning.
  • 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.
  • National Geographic Kids
    Read kids’ stories and interviews with scientists, watch videos, look at facts and photos of animals, try activities and games. Find out what everyone’s reading about on the site.
  • Light It Right!
    In this game, students earn points by turning lights on and off when someone enters or exits a room.
  • Wild Kratts
    Choose a creature adventure or visit the clubhouse and learn about creatures from around the world. Make a creature movie and submit it to the Kratt’s Brothers website or just watch those in the library. PBS requires registration.
  • Green Foundation Curriculum
    Environmental education lessons that provide step-by-step instructions and assessment strategies.
  • 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.
  • Freecycle
    People from all over the world post books, CDs, electronics, and toys they're giving away. All you have to do is arrange to pick up the items.
  • Facing the Future
    Standards-based resources related to global issues and sustainable solutions. Designed by teachers for teachers.
  • Environmental Education Activities & Resources
    Green projects, lesson plans, activities, professional development, and more.
  • Energy vampires: Is it worth it to unplug your electronics?
    Read this blog: Unplugging isn’t the only way to save energy. Follow these simple tips and save energy and money.
  • Energy Vampires 101
    Read this blog: Highlights on this energy saving site include a table summarizing average, minimum, and maximum power levels observed on common devices while in standby mode.
  • Endangered Species Program
    Search for information about and photographs of endangered species by state or species. Listen to an audio interview with experts.
  • Eco-Tips from GEF - Poster
    Download and print this poster, in color or in blackline for students to color. From Green Education Foundation.
  • Cool the Earth
    Resources designed to engage kids and their families in climate change by motivating them to take simple actions to conserve energy.
  • Clorox: Clean Up the Classroom
    This website offers lesson plans, games, and a classroom poster.
  • Climate Classroom Kids
    Access climate change lesson plans, fun volunteer activities, guidelines, and tips for discussing climate change with children.
  • Nature Works Everywhere
    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.
  • 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.
  • Biological Diversity Brochure
    A 30-page brochure titled “Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation: Recognizing the Role of Biodiversity for Human Well-being.”
  • 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.
  • Jonathan Bird's Blue World
    Using Jonathan Bird's Blue World in the classroom is easy with amazing study guides and resources for educators.
  • 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.

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