Outdoor Environmental Education
On this page we have included local outdoor education and environmental education lessons, activities and ideas. Since the spring field programs have been canceled, there are lessons from those programs available here that can be taught at home or through distance learning.
We are adding new resources as we find them - if you have great resources to share, please share them through the form on the Teachers page here - thank you!
Local Field Program LessonsSchools are closed, and so our field programs aren't happening, but here are some lessons from these programs you can use for distance learning or for parents to do at home with their children
For the Birds!Just because we are staying home doesn't mean we can't enjoy wildlife! Birds are everywhere, including out your window! Listen to their songs, set up a feeder to observe, learn to sketch birds, learn about bird songs, how to ID birds, record your bird sightings, start a nature journal!
Cornell's All About Birds website has great resources for studying birds at home, in your backyard, and online.Learn how to identify birds, bird songs, participate in citizen science, use online resources and apps, observe birds online with nest cams, and much more, including resources for teachers!
Engaging Student in Outdoor Education During Remote LearningResources from ICOE online Workshop on 5/8/20Includes guiding principles, resources for teaching observation skills, nature journaling and sketching, projects, phenology studies, citizen science, and support for families.
Get Your Student Outdoors to Learn ScienceCopy these outdoor education "homework" assignments to use with students
Nature Journaling and Sketching
Additional Resources on WakeletMore added all the time!
Connect with Nature and Learn
Outdoor Education At Home
These distance learning lessons and activities from outdoor education programs can be done in nature anywhere: school, your backyard, your neighborhood, a park, or even in your house.
Earth Day Events and Contests
Good things to do on Earth Day, Earth Month, and all year!
Collection of Earth Day Resources