Resources - Environmental Education

BirdSleuth Investigator

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology announces the 2013 issue of BirdSleuth Investigator—16 full-color pages of student investigations, poetry, prose and artwork—is now available. Follow this link to download a copy

Bringing Environmental Education to Diverse Audiences

“In this Special Report, you will read about children who are acting out the life cycle of a Laysan albatross, gaining traditional and scientific knowledge about fish in Alaska, finding ghost crabs on Texas Gulf Coast beaches, and measuring water quality in Florida.Such experiences will stay with children all their lives.  Research tells us that such “wild nature” adventures during childhood are associated with environmentally-friendly behaviors in adulthood. Environmental education is fundamental to nurturing a strong land ethic.  We can all help connect children to America’s great outdoors.”    Dan Ashe, Director, USFWS

44-page, PDF, 7.8 MB

Classroom Earth

Classroom Earth is an online resource designed to help high school teachers include environmental content in their daily lesson plans. Useful resources on the site include

Environmental Education Apps

At Moms with Apps offers a listing of 7 environmental Education apps,

Field Investigations: Using the Outdoors to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes

Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.

To access this Guide click here.

Flying Wild

Flying WildUsing birds to engage youth in science!

Flying WILD’s focus on migratory birds is designed to inspire young people to discover more about the natural world. It encourages middle school students to get involved in activities that promote environmental learning and stewardship. The Flying WILD program places special emphasis on reaching urban schools with student populations that traditionally receive few opportunities to participate in environmental education initiatives.

To access their website go to

Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum

The Junior Duck Stamp Educational Curriculum has been revised! This an arts-based educational program.

K-12 Conservation Education Scope and Sequential

K-12 Conservation Education Scope and Sequence: An Educator’s Guide to Sequential Learning About Fish and Wildlife from The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

To access this Guide click here.

Living with Wildlife Lesson Plans

From the National Wildlife Federation, “Learning about wildlife helps you appreciate Living with Wildlife. We don’t all see the same plants and animals when we walk outside every day, but we are all connected to our habitats in similar ways. The lesson plans and activities below cover topics that relate to habitat and the different kinds of wildlife you may encounter across some of our nation’s many diverse areas.”


National Wildlife Refuge System: Kids Corner

A National Wildlife Refuge System website for kids that includes:

NWRS Coloring Book
NWRS Coloring Book -Spanish
Mark Trail Coloring Book
Florida Activity Guide
Refuge Manager’s Q&As
Let’s Go Outside Kids
Photography Tips for Kids

Nature's Notebook

Nature’s Notebook gathers information on plant and animal phenology across the U.S. to be used for decision-making on local, national and global scales to ensure the continued vitality of our environment.

Check out this great program at


NestWatch is a citizen science program from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It is a nationwide monitoring program designed to study current breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time. For more information and birdhouse plans go to

Outdoor Skills Education Handbook

Outdoor Skills Education Handbook: A Guide for Developing and Implementing School-Based Outdoor Skills Education from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

School Garden Grant

Whole Kids Foundation

Plant the seed now so you’ll be ready when Whole Kids Foundation accepts new School Garden Grant applications September 1-October 31, 2014. Preview sample application questions to get all your carrots in a row before the due date. We were thrilled to award 511 grants to last year’s applicants. Maybe your school is next! Current grant period is closed.

Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation Educator Guide

Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigation Educator Guide: An Introduction to Biodiversity Concepts and Outdoor Investigations from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.

To access the Guide click here.

USFWS Phenology Network

sandhill-crane-chickRefuge Friends groups are being asked to get involved in helping U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN) in monitoring the phenology of plants, animals, and landscapes throughout the Refuge System.   To find out how Friends can get involved and access education programs go to

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