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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Environmental Education

How can educators, students, schools, and communities go green? Learn about sustainability, conservation, and other earth-friendly practices and curricula.

Into the Wilderness: Expanding the Lives of Kids

Our relationship with nature is essential to who we are, which is why wilderness experiences are (or should be) part of every young person's education.

From Modern Farm to Sustainable Table: Teaching STEM and Humanities with Authenticity

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.

Expansive Classrooms: Taking Learning Outside

Two Canadian experiential leadership programs usher students into the great outdoors to pique their academic curiosity while enhancing their physical and mental health.

For Earth Day and Beyond: Focus on Environmental Action Projects

Explore exciting projects to teach students about Earth Day and caring for the environment.

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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National Biodiversity Teach-in - free class webinar 9/22 through 9/26

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Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.

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Earth Day 2014: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

Earth Day 2014 is April 22. To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, blogger Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

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For Earth Day and Beyond: Focus on Environmental Action Projects

Edutopia Suzie Boss shares exciting projects to teach students about Earth Day and how to care for the environment.

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Upcycle Night: A Middle School PBL Project

Guest blogger Aaron Kaio shares his students' adventure in upcycling as he details a project that started with trash and recycling, and elevated to a community crafting event.

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5 Steps to a Greener School

Deborah Moore, co-founder of Green Schools Initiative, offers eco-friendly suggestions and resources for a greener, healthier back-to-school.

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Internships Offer Meaningful Real-World Learning (Is School Enough? Series)
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Internships Offer Meaningful Real-World Learning

16-year-old Noah finds purpose and learns valuable career skills working at a nonprofit two full days a week, while protecting and restoring his local watershed. Internships with deep impact are a key element at his high school, San Diego Met, part...

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Integrated Studies Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Evidence points to seven key approaches to integrating curricula that have been shown to be effective.

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The Edible Schoolyard Yields Seed-to-Table Learning
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The Edible Schoolyard Yields Seed-to-Table Learning

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.

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Project-Based Learning in an Elementary Science Classroom
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Journey North: Children Practice Real Science by Monitoring Monarchs

Journey North involves thousands of students in monitoring migration patterns of butterflies and other species.

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Hula to High Tech: Hawaiian Students Re-Create History
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Hula to High Tech: Hawaiian Students Re-Create History

A Honolulu elementary school uses technology to illuminate an ancient heritage.

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The DNA of Learning: Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics
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The DNA of Learning: Teens Tackle Animal Poaching Through Genetics

Eleventh-grade biotechnology students use DNA barcoding to help save endangered African wildlife.

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Elementary Kids Monitor Terrain with Technology
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Learning Landscape: Kids Monitor Terrain with Tech

Students at this Minnesota elementary school use new technology to study the ancient ecology of a vast prairie wetland.

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For Earth Day and Beyond: Focus on Environmental Action Projects

Edutopia Suzie Boss shares exciting projects to teach students about Earth Day and how to care for the environment.

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Learning to Care: A Night in the Global Village
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Learning to Care: A Night in the Global Village

In Perryville, Arkansas, Heifer International re-creates communities from developing countries so kids can experience firsthand how to survive in substandard living conditions.

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