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Environmental Education

Goal Setting for Kids and Exploring Nature

Getting kids out exploring nature is always a good thing. It exercises their body and mind in whole new ways, helps them develop their curiosity and imagination, grows empathy skills, encourages them to get fresh air and much more.

When I was 12, my step-father let me borrow his binoculars. It was like a whole new world suddenly opened up for me. I had always loved animals and nature - I proudly called myself a "Naturalist" - but due to eyesight problems had not had much luck with activities like bird watching.

The local park became my haven. I would take my little dog, Tiny, and my binoculars and seek out new kinds of birds and draw them on scraps of paper, try to identify them and follow them around.

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What is Environmental Education?

Holding each other's hands!Environmental education includes teaching about how natural environments function and how humans can impact the ecosystems in order to live in a more sustainable manner.

Environmental education has been considered optional or elective subject in K-12 curriculum but is growing in importance and is often included as part of Social Responsibility Units.

Environmental Education in the Schools


Enriched science curriculum, field trips, guest speakers, Earth Day activities, nature walks, community service projects, outdoor science classes, math activities, reading materials, school recycling programs.

Middle and Secondary

Part of science, clubs, activities, projects with younger students, school recycling programs.

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Green Christmas

Give Something Back to Your Planet this Christmas Holiday Season!

Snowy trees

The holiday season does not need to be a time of overindulgence. With growing concerns about global warming and degradation to our environment, more and more people have been asking how to green their lifestyles.

Here are a few ideas shared by our subscribers to help make your holidays festive and environmentally friendly!

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Eco-Friendly Gifts for Christmas

World in hands

The holiday season does not need to be a time of over-consumption. The best gifts are ones with thought - something you make or even a treasure you pass down to your child.

Why not buy second-hand. A carefully chosen gift that helps the environment can be even more enjoyable to give. Choose versatile toys that last and can be passed down for generations. Remember, the most important gift is the quality time you spend with your family and friends.

Here are some environmentally friendly gifts ideas for your family to give and receive:

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Definitions of Sustainability for Children...and from Children

There are various definitions and debates to the definition of sustainability among leaders in the field. However in general, they all have to do with:


  • The concept of living within our limits
  • Understanding the interconnections among economies, society, and the environment
  • Providing equitable distribution of resources and opportunities

The ever expanding definition of sustainability from Wikipedia starts off with:

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Earth Day Videos

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Earth Day Every Day Mural

A collage of Dov's Earth Day Murals and Seeds of Peace Murals with schoolchildren from Los Angeles to the music of Sagewing, Earth Day Every Day

Tour of a Recycling Plant

This is a video from a tour of Vista Fibers Recycling plant in Texas.

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The Story of Stuff -by Annie Leonard

Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff, by Annie Leonard is a 20 minute video that will take you on a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture — from resource extraction to iPod incineration — exposing the real costs of our use-it and lose-it approach to stuff.

Annie Leonard is an expert in international sustainability and environmental health issues, with more than 20 years of experience investigating factories and dumps around the world. Coordinator of the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, a funder collaborative working for a sustainable and just world, Annie communicates worldwide about the impact of consumerism and materialism on global economies and international health.

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