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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.

  • Two high school students work on science project designing wind turbine

    Climate Justice Projects Combine Science and Citizenship

    Schools and districts can help students make connections between course content, environmental issues, and public policy.
    Suzie Boss
  • Girl writing in her notebook while sitting against a tree outside

    4 Ways to Explore Poetry on Earth Day

    Connecting National Poetry Month and Earth Day can be fun, engaging, and inspiring for high school students.
    110
  • Student makes notes during outdoor science experiment

    7 Tips for Exploring Environmental Science Through Project-Based Learning

    The National Park Service has great resources for students to do real environmental science work—even if they don’t visit a park.
    134
  • Students attend class in an outdoor classroom at Bentley Primary School

    With Safety in Mind, Schools Take Classes Outdoors

    There are plenty of logistics to consider, but educators say outdoor classes keep kids and teachers safer—and provide much-needed fresh air.
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  • Girl looking into puddle on beach

    Using Nature to Engage Students in Learning

    Nature comes in all shapes and sizes—from a park to a potted plant—and teachers can use it to spark learning and build a classroom community.
    443
  • Elementary aged girl walks to her outdoor classroom carrying an umbrella and 5-gallon bucket

    Moving Your Classroom Outside During the Pandemic

    One teacher shares how her rural elementary school safely and effectively took their classrooms outdoors.
    689
  • A picture of children planting vegetables in a garden.

    Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

    Resources from around the web for incorporating Earth Day into your class.
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  • Students mixing compost in a garden

    Making the Most of Compost

    Don’t throw that banana peel in the trash! Use a school compost bin to foster project-based learning across subjects and grade levels.
    792
  • A class off the school bus next to the river taking notes

    5 Benefits of Outdoor Education

    An outdoor education program builds community and culture, raises expectations and standards, increases connection between students, and develops positive associations around school and the outdoors.
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  • Elementary school children in garden

    Bringing the Natural World To Students With a Pollinator Garden

    A garden for bees and butterflies helps local endangered species while providing opportunities for standards-based science lessons.
    590
  • Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Challenge Zone

    Moving From the Comfort Zone to the Challenge Zone

    When we are faced with challenges, our brains are activated to learn new things—so long as a foundation of safety, belonging, and trust is there as well.
    287
  • An exterior shot of a blue-painted bus with clouds and a solar panel roof. It's parked on dirt overlooking hills.

    Climb Aboard: School Buses Reimagined

    Mobile greenhouses, art studios, and makerspaces are traveling to underserved kids across the nation—salvaging vulnerable school programs and leveling the playing field to access.
    2.1k
  • An elementary student looking at bugs with a magnifying glass in a grassy field

    Outdoor Adventures With Students

    Exploring nature with elementary students can be memorable and fun with a little advance planning and preparation.
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  • Three elementary school children kneeling on the ground in a forest. One is holding a pair of binoculars and pointing upward toward the trees. The other two are looking up to where he's pointing.

    Getting Kids Outdoors With Technology

    Five online tools that encourage students to get hands-on experience with nature.
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  • Teacher and students learn about climate outdoors

    Teaching Climate Change Across Subjects

    Teachers in diverse disciplines—such as environmental science, language arts, and social studies—are covering climate change.
    643

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