Environmental Education Resources
Materials contributed by the ASTE Environmental Education Forum members
Environmental Education Professional Organizations
NAAEE – North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
NAAEE is the professional association for environmental education. The members promote professional excellence in nonformal organizations, K-12 classrooms, universities (both instructors and students), government agencies, and corporate settings throughout North America and in over 55 other countries.
National Marine Educators Association (NMEA)
NMEA brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of marine and aquatic sciences, education, history and arts.
Environmental Literacy Council
The Environmental Literacy Council is an independent, non-profit organization that gives teachers the tools to help students develop environmental literacy: a fundamental understanding of the systems of the world, both living and non-living, along with the analytical skills needed to weigh scientific evidence and policy choices.
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) promotes ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; raises the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science; increases the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and ensures the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers.
Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP)
EETAP is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education through a cooperative agreement with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. EETAP serves as a national leader in the delivery of environmental education training to education professionals and supports a wide array of education professionals and is committed to ensuring that ethnically diverse and low-income communities benefit from and actively participate in education that advances student learning and environmental literacy.
Nationally Recognized EE Curricular projects
Project Learning Tree
PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is a multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12.
Project WILD is a wildlife focused conservation and environmental education program for K-12 educators and their students. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world.
Project WET facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids.
Environmental Education Frameworks and Data Instrument Resources
MEERA – My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant
The primary purpose of this site is to provide tools to evaluate EE programs. There are quite a few EE surveys and instruments on this Web site.
Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy [NMEA]
Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence Workbook Bridging Theory & Practice[NAAEE]
Comprehensive Environmental Education Web sites
NAAEE’s Web-based resource containing over 5400 links organized in 300 categories, Browse or Search for resources for professional development, climate change, global warming, lesson plans, endangered species, national and international events, and more.
Formerly the ERIC Environmental Education Resources Web site, this site contains extensive Web links to many environmental education resources.
EPA Environmental Education Center
This site is developed both formal and nonformal educators who wish to teach about the environment. It offers background information on a variety of topics, lesson plans, and activities that work in and out of the classroom. It contains information on workshops, conferences, grants, awards and a variety of other information and resources.
The Bridge – Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Education Center
Extensive marine sciences and education resource center supported by Sea Grant and NMEA.
Climate Change Education.org
Resources which present the basics of climate change, global warming and solutions through multi-disciplinary approaches.
U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
L inks to more than 350 lesson plans and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy for grades K-12. Each includes a short summary that identifies curriculum integration, time, materials, and national standards.
LEO EnviroSci Inquiry
LEO EnviroSci Inquiry Web site is a K-12 outreach project from LEO – the Lehigh Earth Observatory at Lehigh University. Curricular activities emphasize student-directed scientific discovery of their local environment and the study of environmental issues.
Curricular Activities and Instructional Resources
The GLOBE Program
The GLOBE (Global learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program is a world-wide network of students, teachers and scientists engaged in a tele-collaboration project to do meaningful real-life science. In the GLOBE Program, students make environmental observations and report their data findings on the Internet. The measurements conducted by the students include air temperature, cloud observations, precipitation, surface water temperature and pH, soil moisture, biometrics, land cover assessment, and species identification. Student collected data is displayed in interactive maps.
National Geographic Map Machine
National Geographic’s online atlas. Find nearly any place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, topography, and environmental themes
Abandoned Mine Drainage in Pennsylvania
Abandoned Mine Drainage in Pennsylvania is a science-technology-society (STS) role playing debate simulation. In this activity, learners investigate the abandoned mine drainage (AMD) issue from differing perspectives. In their investigation, they identify AMD problems, search for a solution, evaluate options, and decide on a course of action to treat and clean up AMD in Pennsylvania.
Sprawl in the Lehigh River Watershed
This activity uses Web-based GIS maps to explore sprawl in the Lehigh River watershed. Learners are introduced to sprawl and its effects on human and environmental health. GIS maps are used to study patterns of land use and population centers. Learners form their own opinions and decide on best practice solutions to land use problems and explore some of the options that land owners have today as a result of changing practices.
Stockertown Sinkhole Dilemma
Stockertown Sinkhole Dilemma is a science-technology-society (STS) role playing debate simulation. In this activity, learners investigate the Stockertown sinkhole issue from differing perspectives. In their investigation, they identify sinkhole causes, problems, decide who should be responsible for sinkhole repair and remediation, and determine what new polices should be created to protect the interest of homeowners.
Environmental Inquiry is a website and book series developed at Cornell University to enable students to conduct environmental science research. The goals are for students to: 1) develop research skills, 2) use these skills to design and conduct research projects focusing on relevant local environmental science topics, 3) participate in communities of fellow student scientists, and 4) enhance their understanding of scientific content and process.
The Center for Environmental Education
Web-based resource for information on curriculum, resources and school monitoring. It particularly focuses on resources associated with global climate change and reducing personal and school carbon footprints.