Come celebrate National Environmental Education Week!
Submitted by Samantha Blodgett
April 16-22, 2006
There are many different fun and easy activities that educators can do during National
Environmental Education Week to prepare for Earth Day. Here are just a few:
Teach classes or activities during National EE Week from a variety of national
environmental education programs or curricula (use www.ClassroomEarth.org for
Sign up to participate in National Youth Service Day (www.nysd.org).
Create a backyard or schoolyard habitat.
Plant a garden or tree.
Start a recycling program either in your school, at home, or within the community.
Organize a carpooling campaign in your neighborhood to reduce air pollution.
Create a campaign to encourage biking and walking.
Create a traveling Watershed Program with supplies to construct stream tables, aquifer models, and other models.
Develop resource boxes, specific to local issues and share the boxes among all schools in the district.
Create a school or district-wide environmental library (include field guides, resources,
Develop a butterfly garden for elementary school children and teach lessons on the
development of the butterfly.
Work with local parks on maintenance, trail establishment, and trash pick-up.
Create a classroom rainforest.
Study an endangered species.
Adopt a nearby lake, river, or stream for research and pollution testing; determine the
condition of the water and develop solutions such as trash pickups, waste disposal, public regulations for boat use; inform users of positive actions they can take.
Develop botanical guides to local flora and fauna and share throughout your school.
Develop a field guide to local parks and make available to the community.
Plant and maintain flowerbeds around the school or throughout the
Support a campus ecology project that will help students of all ages see demonstrations of sound environmental practices where they learn.
Make a visit to your local zoo, aquarium, museum, or nature center.
Take students to a local park, wildlife area or farm to provide a heightened and fun
opportunity to learn about the environment and life.
Take an educator's training course from such organizations as Project Learning Tree,
Project Wild, Project Wet, GLOBE, Keep America Beautiful and many more.
Suggest readings for students using www.EElink.net as a library source.
Bring in a guest speaker - there are many environmental professionals available to visit your class and address the students.
For more information about National Environmental Education Week, contact:
Manager of EE Programs
1707 H St, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) is
a private non-profit organization chartered in 1990 by the U.S. Congress to
advance environmental education in America and abroad. For more
information about NEETF, go to http://www.neetf.org