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Outdoor and Environmental Education: Resource Roundup

Looking for resources for teaching about the environment, examples of environmental action projects, or ways to take learning outside? You’ve come to the right place. Explore our list of curated resources for these green approaches to integrated studies.

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Benefits of Environmental Education

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Classroom Activities and Videos

  • Earth Day 2014: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas, by Matt Davis (2014)

    To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, Davis has curated some of the best classroom resources from around the Web.

  • Five-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate World Water Day, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2013)

    How do you teach your students about water? VideoAmy has created this list of videos to make learning about environmental issues, water conservation, and the biology of water fun.

  • Five-Minute Film Festival: Earth Day, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)

    Earth Day is April 22nd, but you can teach your students about sustainability and environmental stewardship all year round. It doesn't take much for kids to feel like they can make a difference for our planet, inspiring them to be life-long environmentalists.

  • Think Green Guide, by Edutopia Staff (2011)

    Looking for ideas and resources to inspire environmental awareness and action in your classroom? Download this practical guide, filled with inspiring ideas and classroom-tested resources, to help you plan green projects that take student learning deeper.

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Environmental Action Project Ideas

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Getting Outdoors and Learning From Nature

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School Gardens and Green Schools

  • From The Modern Farm To The Sustainable Table, by Heather Calabro and Gregg Kaneko (2014)

    Follow a ninth grade interdisciplinary PBL class from an on-site sustainability study through designing hydroponic gardens, growing food, and an Iron Chef cook-off.

  • How to Grow an Engaging Learning Environment, by Suzie Boss (2014)

    As the school garden movement continues to grow, Boss suggests it's worth taking a closer look at the strategies that are yielding positive results.

  • Five-Minute Film Festival: School Gardens, by Amy Erin Borovoy (2012)

    This video playlist goes outdoors to check out school gardens around the country. School gardens provide great green lessons about cooperation, sustainability, and stewardship of the earth.

  • The Edible Schoolyard Yields Seed-to-Table Learning, by Edutopia Staff (2004)

    This campus gardening project has done more than teach students about the fundamentals of organic gardening. It's taught life lessons about interdependence, caring for the environment, and the value of hard work. Thinking of doing an edible schoolyard for your school or class? Check out Edutopia’s Edible Schoolyards pinboard on Pinterest for some great resources to point you in the right direction!

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