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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.

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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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Simulated Environments Engage Students on Field Trips
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Simulated Environments Engage Students

A rain forest dome and a mock-up of a silver mine enhance science learning for elementary school students in Clark County, Nevada.

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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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Middle School Students Grow Their Own Lunch

Berkeley's curriculum-based Edible Schoolyard gardening program connects students with the Earth.

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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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Taking Class Outdoors with Environmental Education
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Taking Class Outdoors with Environmental Education

The academic program at Minnesota's School for Environmental Studies was designed to promote project-based learning and a love for nature and wildlife.

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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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Kids Learn STEM Lessons Online by Becoming Virtual Adventurers
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The JASON Project: Kids Become Virtual Adventurers

In person or via satellite, students engage in project learning through the exploits of Titanic explorer Robert Ballard.

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Teaching and the Environmental Crisis: Resources and Models

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips looks at the resources and models available for engaging students in meaningful lessons about a wide range of environmental crises.

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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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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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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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Pop Quiz: Karen Allen

The actress (and now college professor) whose career was launched as Indiana Jones's old flame shares details of her own school days.

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Wind Power Project Offers a New Spin for Students

Wind Power Project Offers a New Spin for Misbehaving Students: How one teacher tackles sustainability, recycling, and renewable energy with a tin of baked beans

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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 action on...

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