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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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  • Using PBL to Build a Strong Learning Community

    A grade-level project-based learning unit provides academic and social benefits as students work both in small groups and as a whole class.
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  • Outdoor Science Lessons Foster Environmental Stewardship

    By creating opportunities for students to study outside, teachers can connect their classes to nature through hands-on lessons.
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  • 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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  • Why Climate Change Is a Tough Topic to Teach

    A recent book provides an in-depth look at some of the difficulties in teaching a fraught subject.
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  • 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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  • Exploring Local Waterways in Place-Based Environmental Education

    Studying water sources close to home can connect middle school students to environmental issues in their community.
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  • 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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  • Tapping Into Young Students’ Interest in Construction

    A preschool teacher in Brazil guided her students to learn to make bricks from sustainable materials—and to build their own playhouse.
    290
  • 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.
    754
  • Moving Your Classroom Outside During the Pandemic

    One teacher shares how her rural elementary school safely and effectively took their classrooms outdoors.
    736
  • 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.
    737
  • 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.
    579
  • Taking an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Science

    Teachers in any content area can use project-based learning to explore environmental concerns with their students.
    505
  • 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.
    765
  • 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.
    582

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