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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Manage a Multiyear Project—and Why You Should Try One

    Working on a project like a garden for years is challenging but yields plenty of learning and engagement for each new group of students.
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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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  • 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.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • Exploring Environmental Issues Outside of Science Classes

    Whether students are studying art, math, social studies or English, there’s a way to incorporate environmental concerns.
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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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  • Moving Your Classroom Outside During the Pandemic

    One teacher shares how her rural elementary school safely and effectively took their classrooms outdoors.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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