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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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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Interdependence

Filmmaker Randy Taran talks about the importance of Interdependence, Door 6 in her 7 Doors to Happiness series.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Earth Day

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...

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Act and Inspire: The Dual Roles of Schools in Environmental Protection

Blogger Anne O'Brien proposes ways schools can lighten their environment footprints

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Five-Minute Film Festival: School Gardens

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.

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NatureMapping: Tips and Resources

Helpful hints from NatureMapping on a variety of topics, including starting a program, assessing your program, and best practices for mentoring relationships.

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The Ratzel Room Daily: Encouraging Kids to Think About Science in the Real World

An interview with Marsha Ratzel, middle school earth science and social studies teacher who shares some innovative ideas for integrating Paper.li and Twitter to teach critical thinking and information literacy.

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Earth Day Challenge: Making Teacher Innovation Sustainable

Blogger Suzie Boss describes how simple things like turning off lights, turning down heat, and recycling can reduce a school’s carbon footprint.

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Act and Inspire: The Dual Roles of Schools in Environmental Protection

Blogger Anne O'Brien proposes ways schools can lighten their environment footprints

2 79 4,373 views
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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.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Encouraging Kids to Get Outdoors

With summer here, Edutopia's VideoAmy has collected some videos and resources to inspire you and your kids to get outside!

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Earth Day

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.

1 173 3,924 views
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Reading, Writing, Recycling: One Oregon School Is Making the Planet a Better Place

At Clackamas High School, green ideals infuse the curricula, the building, and, most importantly, the students.

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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.

215 3,476 views
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Five-Minute Film Festival: School Gardens

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.

2 135 3,252 views

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