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Environmental Education Activities & Resources

Lesson Plans, Activities, Professional Development, and More

  • The Roof is Growing!
    A classroom program developed by the American Society of Landscape Architecture to engage and educate middle school students about green roofs and their environmental benefits.
  • The Rainforest Alliance
    Curricula and resources to help students understand how rainforests contribute to our collective well-being.
  • PollinatorLIVE
    Join this site for a series of live interactive webcasts, web seminars, and satellite field trips about pollinators, gardening, and conservation. Information about pollinators, lesson plans for all grade levels and science projects are available.
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Photo Library
    The NOAA Photo Library was built to capture the studies of the world
  • National Geographic Kids
    Read kids' stories and interviews with scientists, watch videos, look at facts and photos of animals, try activities and games. Find out what everyone's reading about on the site.
  • Wild Kratts
    Choose a creature adventure or visit the clubhouse and learn about creatures from around the world. Make a creature movie and submit it to the Kratt's Brothers website or just watch those in the library. PBS requires registration
  • Green Foundation Curriculum
    Environmental education lessons that provide step-by-step instructions and assessment strategies.
  • Freecycle
    People from all over the world post books, CDs, electronics, and toys they're giving away. All you have to do is arrange to pick up the items.
  • Facing the Future
    Standards-based resources related to global issues and sustainable solutions. Designed by teachers for teachers.
  • Endangered Species Program
    Subscribe to the free Endangered Species Bulletin, which is published approximately six times a year. From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Eco-Tips from GEF - Poster
    Download and print this poster, in color or in black line for students to color. From Green Education Foundation.
  • Urban Bird Sounds Project
    Created BY students FOR students, this audio guide is a way to help others learn about and study birds in their own communities. Listen, download materials, and learn how to make your own.
  • Cool the Earth
    Resources designed to engage kids and their families in climate change by motivating them to take simple actions to conserve energy.
  • Clorox: Clean Up the Classroom
    This website offers lesson plans, games, and a classroom poster.
  • Climate Classroom Kids
    Access climate change lesson plans, fun volunteer activities, guidelines, and tips for discussing climate change with children.
  • Clean Energy Education
    Lesson plans, activities and resources that empower students to make informed choices and develop creative solutions to environmental challenges.
  • Butterflies - Free Learning Resources
    Butterflies really are free in this rich repository of lessons, media, tools, exhibits and many other free things for learning about butterflies.
  • Biological Diversity Brochure
    A 30-page brochure titled "Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation: Recognizing the Role of Biodiversity for Human Well-being."
  • Cooper Hewitt Lesson Plans
    From the Smithsonian Design Museum, the Educator Resource Center at Cooper Hewitt offers extended K-12 lesson plans in all subject areas. Browse, search, and sort!
  • Flap to the Future: The Flight Adaptations Game
    From the Cornell College of Ornithology, here's an interactive site that teaches adaptation and evolution as it takes grade 6-8 science students through stages of bird evolution.
  • Environmental Justice (K-12 Lesson Plans)
    Compiled for Duke University
  • Global Warming Webquest
    Students in grades 5-12 learn firsthand how society and environment are affected by global warming and how to help people make better decisions regarding all the complicated issues surrounding climate change and energy use.
  • Nature Works Everywhere
    Get your family back to nature! This site offers easy tools and tips for planning a family nature adventure. Enter the age of your kids, how much time you have, and the location and the website gives you ideas for activities and events.
  • EarthLabs
    Earth science is emerging as a demanding high-school science course that prepares learners for informed citizenship. Use these resources to help students explore skills that enable them to evaluate scientific findings for themselves.
  • Hot Science
    The K-12 teacher resources from Hot Science - Cool Talks bring leading scientists and their research to your classroom!
  • Great Big Story Freebie
    "Great Big Story" is a prolific library of short videos that can be used by 6-12 teachers to supplement any subject area. Created by filmmakers and gathered from more than 75 countries, this is a great resource to complement your curriculum.
  • In The Air
    This site offers a full spectrum of environmental education materials that can be used to educate and help K-12 students and adults better understand airborne toxics issues in their communities.
  • NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
    These k-12 resources demonstrate the value of coral reef ecosystems to human survival, their endagerment, and what we stand to lose if they are not preserved.
  • The Center for Health and the Global Environment
    A prolifoc resource for biodiversity and human health curricula where you will find hands-on, classroom tested, standards based activities for your classroom.
  • LEAF Curriculum
    This is a prolific set of resources for teaching K-12 learners the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking necessary to sustain our forests and communities.
  • Oregon Institute of Marine Biology K-6 Curriculum
    Help your K-6 learners become "ocean literate". These resources are your connection to ocean education: photos; videos; tools; lessons; career information.
  • The Teacher-Friendly Guides to the Earth Science of the United States
  • California Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum
    This is a free K-12 curriculum that provides 85 units of environment-based instruction aligned with Common Core standards in English Language Arts and Science and History/Social Science Literacy.
  • Jonathan Bird's Blue World
    Using Jonathan Bird's Blue World in the classroom is easy with amazing study guides and resources for educators.
  • Environmental Curriculum (Think Earth)
    Thi comprehensive, award-winning curriculum teaches students about the importance of a clean, healthy environment and about what they can do to: conserve natural resources; reduce waste; and minimize pollution.
  • Ocean Explorer
    Written by educators for educators! Find hundreds of lesson plans built around specific ocean exploration expeditions around the globe and multimedia packages on ocean science topics including lessons associated with major oil spills and more.
  • Sharks4Kids
    Integrate shark education into K-12 science courses! Students can access games, activities and info sheets to satisfy their own curiosity about sharks while learning about sharks' critical role in the delicate balance of ocean ecosystems.
  • El Nino
    Lessons and resources for your 5-12 science learners that describe the cyclical event of El Nino and how it affects global weather, agriculture, and the spread of disease.
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
    From PBs, a prolific collection of resources to help teach your middle and high school students about - and address - the most important issues affecting the health of our oceans.


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