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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.

  • 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.
  • Bringing Core Content to Life With Outdoor Education

    When students step out of the classroom and explore the concepts they’ve learned about, they deepen their understanding of science, themselves, and the world.
  • 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.
    Laura Lee
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Close-up of student drawing a feather in a nature journal

    Deepening Students’ Connection to Nature

    By helping students connect with the outdoors, nature journaling fosters scientific inquiry, literacy, and environmental stewardship.
  • Boy wearing gardening gloves working with starter plants

    Garden-Based Learning

    School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.
  • 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.
  • 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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