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.

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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5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

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Photos: Classrooms That Really Move

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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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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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Academies Raise the Bar at a Comprehensive High School
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Academies Raise the Bar at a Comprehensive High School

Focusing on careers in green energy and manufacturing technology improves attendance and test scores at Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California.

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Project-Based Learning and the Gulf Oil Spill

Useful resources for applying project based learning to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Students Redesign a New Orleans School with a View...of Dignity

New Orleans students redesign a dilapidated school to be a place of beauty, dignity and respect.

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Why Celebrate Earth Day?

Teacher Jason Flom looks into the reasons behind the environmental awareness holiday.

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A Healthy School Lunch
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A Healthy School Lunch

Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California, serves up nutritious and delicious food kids love -- some of it locally grown in the school's own garden.

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Why Celebrate Earth Day?

Teacher Jason Flom looks into the reasons behind the environmental awareness holiday.

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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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The Permaculture Classroom: A Systems-Based Approach

Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework.

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Growing a Community to Build a Garden

Tapping your community for funds, resources, and labor isn't easy, but with planning, persistence, and good will, rallying local support for a major school project benefits everyone.

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Student Innovators Take Local Action on Global Climate Challenge

See what happens when a group of high school students pitch energy-saving proposals to a panel of entrepreneurs, professors, and sustainability experts.

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Internships Offer Meaningful Real-World Learning (Is School Enough? Series)
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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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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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