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

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

3 683 views
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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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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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