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Environmental education examples

photo: weather station in a classroom

Weather Forecasting in a corner of a classroom.

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Preschool sensory table filled with pebbles, bark, and other items.

Create an environmental corner in your classroom

One simple way to introduce EE in your classroom is to designate an area of your classroom for exploration about the natural environment outside your building. Many students (and teachers) may be nervous about exploring the area outside of the building, so bring the outside in!

Get a class pet

photo: Fish tankPets can help students get over their fear of animals outdoors, and provide many opportunities for observing animal behavior, physiology, and other observations. Class pets can range from the traditional hamster to other critters that live in your area. However, there are rules about catching wildlife to keep as pets. In many cases, unless it's an insect, it's not allowed! Buying a pet from a pet store is ok, but like any animal stewardship, it will take a commitment on your part to keep the animal alive, healthy, and happy. Let students feed the animals and record it on a class chart. Insects are usually ok. Think of ant farms, or a bottle biology external link column that contains bugs. You can also temporarily keep pet ladybugs in your terrarium.

Note: All Giant African land snails are illegal in the U.S. because they are highly invasive and can cause extensive damage to food crops. If you have these pets, when you're "through" with them, DON'T RELEASE INTO THE ENVIRONMENT OR GIVE THEM AWAY. Report it to MDA- Report Invasive Species external link

photo: bird feeding stationCreate a wildlife feeding station outside your window.

photo: Pine cone and plaster artDisplay work from outdoor projects:

Create a solar observation area.

If your window gets a lot of sun, use it!

Set up a Recycling Station

Have students make and label bins for collecting paper, tin, aluminum, and plastic. Contact your local recycling center to see what can be recycled. Collect non-recyclable items and measure how much is collected over the week. (Tell your janitor NOT to empty your trash until Friday.) Make a class goal to reduce the amount of garbage that can't be recycled and reuse items you collect as much as you can.

Set up a nature reading area

Books and magazines are a great way to connect readers to nature. Here are some suggestions.

photo of mobileUse the Ceiling

Use the Floor

Have students cut out animal tracks This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. and tape to the floor in the pattern the animal would make.

Use the Airwaves

When students arrive, play a different animal song for each day of the week. For example, play cardinal songs on Mondays, play chickadee calls on Tuesdays, etc. After a while, students will be able to identify the songs in nature. (Try the animal recordings external link Web site from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.)