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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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  • How to Set Up a Butterfly Garden

    A project that guides students to learn about the migratory patterns of butterflies is a good way to explore science concepts.
    Thomas Courtney
  • The Benefits of Taking Kindergarten Outdoors

    By exploring outside their classroom—and even their schoolyard—two teachers found their students’ learning potential became boundless.
  • 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.
  • The Meeting of Climate Science and Literature

    An eighth-grade student-led project blends reading climate-change fiction with research and ends with a presentation to younger students.
  • Promoting Outdoor Learning in Urban Settings

    Teachers can create meaningful outdoor learning experiences, even if they don’t have easy access to a wilderness space.
  • 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.
  • Developing Disciplinary Literacy by Exploring Biodiversity on Campus

    Taking campus walks and having students plant pollinator gardens are great ways to expose them to concepts related to biodiversity.
  • 4 Earth-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day celebrations are fun—and can also generate a lot of waste. Here’s how to show love for your classroom, your community, and the planet.
  • Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

    Resources from around the web for incorporating Earth Day into your class.
  • How to Set Up a Bike Bus at Your School

    Administrators can make bike buses happen in most communities with careful route planning and plenty of volunteers.
  • Guiding Students to See Themselves as Changemakers

    Students may see ways they can effect change if they break down big issues like climate change into smaller, more accessible challenges.
  • How to Make Fat Bear Week Part of Your Classroom Activities

    Giving students a peek into the lives of brown bears is a fun way to shake up science and math lessons and spark interest in animal conservation.
  • 5 Tips for Creating an Effective Virtual Field Trip

    Students can connect what’s happening in the classroom to real-world locations by using digital tools to gain new perspectives.
  • 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.
  • 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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