Classroom Activities for Sustainability
K-12 Resources for Teachers, Parents and Students
Getting Their Hands in the Dirt
A Case for Elementary School Gardens
Meet the students of Manzo Elementary in Tucson, AZ, and discover the impact of gardening on students’ learning, development, health and happiness.
Short Classroom Activities
Sustainability in the News
Product Life Cycle Analysis: Electronic Devices
If the World Were 100 People
Nature Lab for Educators: Middle School
Sustainable Earth has partnered with the Nature Conservancy to provide their Nature Lab resources all in one place! The lessons below are intended to help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can help keep it running strong.
Grades 3-8 – Use these guides to lead enrichment activities! With videos and learning activities, including a weekly hands-on projects to get outside safely, kids can explore nature right in their community. Download individual weekly guides from the Nature Conservancy below.
Week 1: Provide Food and Water Sustainably
Week 2: Tackle Climate Change
Week 3: Build Healthy Cities
Week 4: Land and Water Conservation
Week 5, Bonus Activity: You’re the scientist! Citizen Science, Frogs & Cicadas
Week 6, Bonus Activity: Climate Change Heroes – The Power of Trees
Nature Lab for Educators : Highschool
Download these educational resources from the Nature Conservancy for students in high school. Lessons cover urban runoff, biomimicry, climate change, and more!
Ecosystem Interdependence: Managing Salmon Stocks
Urban Runoff: Stormwater Management
Understanding Climate Change
Gray, Green, Blue: Water Security and YOU!
How a Chicken Nugget Impacts Our World
Introduction to the Life Cycle Analysis
“Drawn Futures: Arizona 2045” Comic Book
Sustainable Agriculture Around the World Learning Book
Want to learn more about where food is grown before it lands on your plate? Read about sustainable forms of agriculture around the world, fun facts about food, and includes some fun activities for students.
Games on Sustainability
Sustainable Explainable Video Series
Take a field trip, virtually
Virtual field trips, or VFT’s, enable learners to quickly move across field sites and examine data at micro and macro scales. These unique 360° virtual reality experiences embed links to explanatory videos, images, and gigapixel imagery within spherical images of a field site. Students of all ages can explore those multimedia, zoom in/out, rotate their view in 360°, and navigate to new locations. VFT lessons also include instructions for each activity and tutor students through those activities with adaptive feedback.
It doesn’t matter if you are a young explorer, a high school or college student, or a retired adventurer, you will find these fields trips engaging and informative.