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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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  • Teaching Young Learners to Connect With Nature

    Teachers can guide pre-K students to understand and appreciate nature by discussing and documenting their observations.
    Julie Hunter
  • The Benefits of Taking Kindergarten Outdoors

    By exploring outside their classroom—and even their schoolyard—two teachers found their students’ learning potential became boundless.
  • 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.
  • Using the Outdoors as an Extension of Your Classroom

    Regular exposure to the outdoors helps young children learn and develop the skills they need to thrive in school.
  • Using Digital Tools to Enhance a School Garden Curriculum

    Students can use technology to conduct research into weather, ecosystems, and more, and to showcase their learning.
  • An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Climate Change

    Combining several content areas can guide students to develop a deep understanding of how climate change affects them and their community.
  • Teaching Climate Change in Every Subject

    New Jersey teachers are integrating the state’s new climate change standards across K–12. We dropped in to see how they’re doing it.
  • Hands-On Learning and the SDGs

    A look at a few ways to incorporate the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals across the curriculum.
  • How Hidden Classroom Dynamics Can Stymie Girls in STEM

    If we want to close the gender gap in science, we need to look at the invisible forces that shape classroom culture.
  • Making Climate Change Connections in Every Class

    When students learn about climate change across the curriculum, they see different parts of the problem—and different ways to be part of the solution.
  • Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

    Resources from around the web for incorporating Earth Day into your class.
  • Using PBL in Environmental Science Class

    Project-based learning and an apprenticeship model helped garner community support when students decided to open a rural county’s first recycling center.
  • How to Set Up a Butterfly Garden

    A project that guides students to learn about the migratory patterns of butterflies is a good way to explore science concepts.
  • Using Place-Based Learning to Teach Middle School Students About Climate Change

    Climate change lessons become more relevant to students when they learn about how it’s affecting their communities.
  • Guiding Students to See Themselves as Changemakers

    Students may see ways they can effect change if they break down big issues like climate change into smaller, more accessible challenges.

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