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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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    Students can connect what’s happening in the classroom to real-world locations by using digital tools to gain new perspectives.
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  • How to Make Fat Bear Week Part of Your Classroom Activities

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  • Guiding Students to See Themselves as Changemakers

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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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  • 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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    Make this big issue personal for young students by showing them how they can work toward solutions using community science.
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  • Using PBL to Build a Strong Learning Community

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  • Building a Sustainable Future—One Classroom at a Time

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Taking an Interdisciplinary Approach to Environmental Science

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