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Environmental Education

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

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Garden-Based Learning

School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.

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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Technology Inspires Self-Directed Learning
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EAST -- A Way Forward: Tech Inspires Self-Directed Learning

Students in the Environmental and Spatial Technology program, at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, connect with nature through projects that serve their community.

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Stand Up for Alaska: Alaska Youth for Environmental Action
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Stand Up for Alaska: Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

Members of this high school environmental education and leadership program created a presentation about climate change, gathered more than 5,000 signatures from fellow students, and went to Washington, DC, to persuade one of their senators to take...

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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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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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Fishy Business: A Class of Kids and a School of Fish

A high school hatchery protects endangered species and demands academic excellence.

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Technology Empowers Student Fieldwork
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Technology Empowers Student Fieldwork

Fourth-grade students make meaningful contributions to science through the nationwide NatureMapping program.

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Wetland Watchers: Kids Care for Their Environment
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Wetland Watchers: Kids Care for Their Environment

Through this nationally recognized service-learning project in Louisiana, students have become stewards of the area's fragile wetlands.

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A Learning Space for Learning About Space

A charter school in the Mojave Desert charts the heavens.

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Environmental Education Through Environmental Action

Explorer, social entrepreneur and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau suggests that, with young people already aware of the environmental crisis, the next step is youth-driven environmental action.

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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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Digital Youth Portrait: Dylan
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Digital Youth Portrait: Dylan

Through his Green Your Lives initiative and a ThinkQuest Web site collaboration, this 13-year-old shows us how he uses tech to improve his community and the world.

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Project-Based Learning (PBL) on Wheels: Students Build an Electric Car
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WHEA Electric Car: Project-Based Learning on Wheels

High school students learn a variety of academic, communication, and teamwork skills when they build and race a car for the Hawaiian Electric Electron Marathon.

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Snapshots of Innovation: Travels With Chen (After Steinbeck's Travels with Charley)

Milton Chen, Edutopia's executive director emeritus, offers a glimpse into some exciting developments in public education.

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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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