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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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  • Middle schoolers help clear an area for an outdoor classroom

    8 Simple Steps to Launching an Outdoor Learning Program

    Learning outside regularly—whether for a class period or on a multiday trip—can improve students’ academic performance and health.
    Mike Chapman
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  • Students study plants outdoors

    Exploring Environmental Issues Outside of Science Classes

    Whether students are studying art, math, social studies or English, there’s a way to incorporate environmental concerns.
    197
  • 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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  • Sparking Interest in Biology by Focusing on Conservation

    Nature-based lessons inspire students to become citizen scientists, tapping their interest in conservation to foster deep learning.
    250
  • Two students draw the Earth with markers

    Taking an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Science

    Teachers in any content area can use project-based learning to explore environmental concerns with their students.
    289
  • 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.
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  • Building Climate Literacy With Community Science Projects

    Digital tools allow students to monitor changes in our environment over time and see the impact of climate change firsthand.
    140
  • 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.
    308
  • 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.
    172
  • An illustration of community and environmental concerns

    Building a Sustainable Future—One Classroom at a Time

    A mini-golf course, a canoe trip down the local river, a discussion about environmental justice. Here’s how schools are teaching students about environmental science.
    640
  • 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.
    710
  • 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.
    492
  • 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.
    4k
  • 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.
    728
  • 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.
    3.6k

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