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.

  • Outdoor Adventures With Students

    Exploring nature with elementary students can be memorable and fun with a little advance planning and preparation.
    Pete Barnes
  • Teaching Climate Change Across Subjects

    Teachers in diverse disciplines—such as environmental science, language arts, and social studies—are covering climate change.
  • Getting Kids Outdoors With Technology

    Five online tools that encourage students to get hands-on experience with nature.
  • Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

    Resources from around the web for incorporating Earth Day into your class.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deepening Students’ Connection to Nature

    By helping students connect with the outdoors, nature journaling fosters scientific inquiry, literacy, and environmental stewardship.
  • Garden-Based Learning

    School and community gardens can be used for academic enrichment, where students can learn about nutrition, food security, and ecological sustainability.
  • Integrated Studies Research Review: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

    Evidence points to seven key approaches to integrating curricula that have been shown to be effective.
  • 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.
  • Photos: Classrooms That Really Move

    These traveling art studios, science labs, and greenhouses are reducing barriers to access by meeting students where they are.
  • Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace

    Upcycling happens in a makerspace when design thinking meets hard-to-recycle junk. Inspire students to design and create cool, useful products from trash otherwise destined for landfill.
  • 5 Lessons for Greening Your Curriculum

    Cultivate an indoor farm with inspiration from the Green Bronx Machine.
  • Learning Kids Can Put Their Hands On

    Taking kids outside—whatever environment your school is in—provides a new path to engagement in learning.