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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.


Service Learning: Growing Action From the Roots of Passion

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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

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Place-Based Learning: Using Your Location as a Classroom

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Service Learning: Growing Action From the Roots of Passion

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Social Justice: A Whole-School Approach

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Elementary Kids Monitor Terrain with Technology

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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Get Out: Educators Need to Nurture an Interest in Nature

If future generations are going to preserve the planet, they need to spend more time outdoors -- with your help.

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Technology Inspires Self-Directed Learning

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

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

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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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.

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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)

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 of the Big...

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

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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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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Cultivate Social and Emotional Skills with Ecoliteracy

Carolie Sly of the Center for Ecoliteracy identifies five vital life practices that integrate emotional, social and ecological literacy.

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