Environmental Education Resources

Educator Toolkits
Expedition Toolkit

Learning Expedition Toolkit

The toolkit proceeds step-by-step from planning, to conducting, to presenting place-based projects. Additional resources and tips are included.
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Nautilus shell spiral

Rooted in Math Educator Toolkit

This educator toolkit has lesson plans, activity ideas, and informational resources to help bridge the gap between mathematics and the natural world.
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Craters of the Moon science

Surrounded by Science Educator Toolkit

Use this collection of lesson plans and guides to help students discover more of the science going on around them, in and out of the classroom.
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Greening STEM kids collecting data at the shore

Engineering a Sustainable World Educator Toolkit

These lessons teach useful correlations, deeper understandings, and real world applications of skills students may not associate with engineering.
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The SunWise program is a free environmental & health education program to teach K-8 children about sun safety, UV radiation, and stratospheric ozone.
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Educational Activity

The Watershed Sleuth Challenge

In this Watershed Sleuth Challenge, you will learn more about your watershed—what it is, why it’s important, and what you can do to help protect it.
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Bee covered in pollen on top of a yellow flower

Greening STEM Biodiversity Activities for the Classroom

Learn about biodiversity with resources that were developed by NEEF and the Frost Museum of Science for implementation in virtual classrooms.
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Rooted In Math Infographic

Rooted in Math Infographic

When you take a closer look at the world, you might be surprised to find out how much of what we know about the environment is rooted in math.
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Surrounded by Science Infographic

Surrounded by Science Infographic

Explore some of the many ways science connects the world around us. Help increase our understanding of the environment through citizen science.
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Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Biomonitoring

Biomonitoring with Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Explore how different organisms in our watersheds can signal the strengths and weaknesses of the local ecosystem.
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Engineering and Our Planet infographic

Engineering and Our Planet Infographic

Explore the past, present, and future of environmental engineering, from the ancient Roman aqueducts to the renewable energy sources of tomorrow.
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STEM and Our Planet Infographic

STEM and Our Planet Infographic

The environment is a compelling context for teaching and engaging today's students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
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Citizen Science is Blooming

Citizen Science is Blooming

Check out this infographic to learn about the value of citizen science and opportunities to learn about the planet and its dynamic systems.
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Children and Nature Infographic (snippet)

Children and Nature Infographic

This infographic, available in English & Spanish, shows the state of children & nature and how interacting with nature can improve health outcomes.
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Understanding Water Quality Tests

Understanding Different Water Quality Tests

Develop an understanding of common water quality indicators, why they are important, and how we measure them.
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Activity Guides
Monarch migration

Animal Migration Activity Guide

Designed for elementary age kids, this activity guide can be used in a classroom or at home for fun and easy ways to learn about animal migration.
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Pollinator Activity Guide

Pollinator Backyard Activity Guide

Young explorers! Print out a copy of this activity worksheet, grab a pencil, and head outside to start your pollinator investigation!
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mother and daughter doing upcycling projects during school holidays

Three Easy Upcycle Projects

Our top 3 list of easy upcycling projects to do with children.
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Water Quality Activity Guide

Water Quality Backyard Activity Guide

Use this activity guide to explore the topic of water quality. It's perfect for your next environmental investigation!
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Community Cleanup Activity Guide

Community Cleanup Activity Guide

Get your friends together and plan a community cleanup to help out in your neighborhood or school! This quick how-to guide will get you started.
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Apps for Environmental Education
Teacher and students using a tablet

Apps for Environmental Education

Are you looking for more ways to incorporate technology into your classroom? Here are some engaging, educational apps.
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The Cornell Lab
eBird Lessons from The Cornell Lab

Free eBird Lessons for K-12

These comprehensive free eBird lessons give educators an opportunity to explore the world of birding with their students.
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Cover of the Explorer's Guidebook

Explorer's Guidebook from The Cornell Lab

BirdSleuth wants kids to get outside and enjoying their local parks through an activity book with scavenger hunts, sounds maps, and more.
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Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree Green School

Empower Students to Make Their Schools More Green and Healthy

Use this interactive online poster to spark discussion among students about things they could do to make their school a greener, healthier place.
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Watering an indoor plant

Improve the Environmental Quality of Your Home

Indoor pollutants can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, dry or runny eyes, congestion, and sore throats. Improve your home health.
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Group training by Project Learning Tree

Professional Development for Environmental Education

Integrate environmental, sustainability education into your teaching & become comfortable teaching outdoors—in urban, suburban, & rural environments.
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New Online Units for Grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8

Made for teachers, these new online units from Project Learning Tree are designed to engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate.
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More EE Information
Environmental-Education in an outdoor classroom

EE and the Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the development of skills students will need in for the future.
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EE and the Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards aim to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn.
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Beautiful Asia Woman Taking Photo For Rose

Citizen Science Resources

Citizen science calls on the observations and analysis of the public to help scientists gather and interpret real-time information about our world.
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NEEF Programs & Initiatives
Teacher holding a seedling in glass jar while teaching young students in a garden

National Environmental Education Week

EE Week has changed, but our dedication to providing resources and support for EE has not. Sign up for our EE in Focus Newsletter and stay connected.
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Outdoor classroom, Greening STEM

Greening STEM Hub

Every classroom has a STEM lab right outside their doors. Our Greening STEM Hub has the resources educators need to engage students with nature.
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Climate Superstars Students smiling in different locations

Samsung Climate Superstars

Presented by Samsung, ENERGY STAR®, and NEEF, Climate Superstars is an online environmental challenge to get kids excited about the environment.
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