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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.

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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Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 15:00
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5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:00
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5 Lessons for Greening Your Curriculum

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 06:00
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Outdoor Mindfulness Exercises for Earth Day

Guest blogger Patrick Cook Deegan, a mindfulness mentor and consultant, teaches students about Earth Day by bringing them outside and engaging their senses. He shares six easy steps to help your class appreciate their natural surroundings.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Celebrate World Water Day

How do you teach your students about water? Here's a list of videos to make learning about environmental issues, water conservation, and the biology of water fun.

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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.

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Social Justice: A Whole-School Approach

Read about a social justice-based school that addresses larger issues as a learning community, builds curriculum around service learning, and regularly involves families.

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Global Education: Resource Roundup

Looking for ways to help students appreciate cultural diversity, build awareness about global issues, and develop global competence? Explore these resources for ideas on bringing global dimensions into the classroom.

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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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4 Tools to Help You Go Paperless This Year

Your teaching practice doesn't have to generate stacks of paper. Evernote, Noteshelf, Doxie, and Google Drive can help you save frustration and trees.

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A polar bear is standing on a large area of snow above a large expanse of water.
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Climate Change and Game-Based Learning

To learn about complex systems, students explored the basics of game development for a perspective on the causes and effects of global climate change.

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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.

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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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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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Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace

Upcycling happens in a makerspace when design thinking meets hard-to-recycle junk. Inspire students to design and create cool, useful products from trash otherwise destined for landfill.

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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.

1 129 4,983 views

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