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Ecology for Educators and Students

Tools for Teachers

Look up environmental education activities aligned to GLEs

Classroom Curriculum Guides (K-12)

Environmental Education Improves Student Learning - National studies have shown that using the environment as an integrating concept improves student learning in math, science, social studies, and language arts. Students (and, therefore, their teachers) are engaged and enthusiastic in learning real-world applications of their basic skills, in subject matter relevant to their own communities.

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Cool School Challenge

The Cool School Challenge is a school-wide student-led initiative to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2,000 pounds or more per classroom, conserve energy and save money.

  • Online materials, including a carbon calculator, plus teacher workshops
  • Students apply real science & math in classrooms and community
  • Take action to help slow climate change
  • Receive experience that can move toward green jobs and careers
Developed in Washington State, this program received EPA’s 2009 national Clean Air Excellence Award and the 2008 President’s Environmental Youth Award.

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Hazards on the Homefront

Teacher's Guide & Workshops

  • Updated 07/08/2011 Two editions designed for grades 4 through 6, and 6 through 12
  • Teaches about human health and our air, land and water
  • Teaches problem-solving skills
  • Helps teachers apply Multiple Intelligences and meet the EALRs
  • Provides real world examples about hazardous products
  • Provides flexible lessons regarding variety and length
  • Contains Web links and other resources for extended learning and self-directed projects

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Project WET - Water Education for Teachers

Interdisciplinary K-12 activity guide on water availability and water quality issues, chemical and physical properties, aquatic bugs as indicators of stream health, etc. Activities travel through the water cycle, solve the mystery of a waterborne disease, discover the cumulative aspects of nonpoint pollution, and much more.

Excellent for use from the Spokane River, groundwater or stormwater, to the watersheds of Puget Sound or the Columbia River.

Aligned with state EALRs and Grade Level Expectations. Fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills. Works with multiple intelligences. WET integrates across science, math, communications, history and culture, weaving an understanding of our water use and dependence.

WET is an excellent foundation curriculum for water quality monitoring projects or stream restoration work. See Healthy Water curriculum below for advanced monitoring.

Project WET is available only through locally focused teacher workshops. For information or to arrange WET workshops, contact your local WET facilitator or Brook Beeler, Washington Department of Ecology.

Project WET teacher workshop dates. If you have 10 or more teachers, you can request a workshop. Contact Project WET at (406) 522-0394.

Use the searchable database for Project WET activities aligned to Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) by subject area, grade level, activity and more at Washington Environment: Tools for Teachers.

Additional resources on water.

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Healthy Water, Healthy People

"An innovative water quality education program sponsored by Project WET and the Hach Scientific Foundation, offers hands-on activity guides, testing kits, training, and much more. Healthy Water, Healthy People is for anyone interested in learning and teaching about contemporary water quality education topics. . . ."

Healthy Water, Healthy People is an excellent foundation curriculum for water quality monitoring projects. An advanced guide for Project WET monitoring.

Available for purchase online, or through locally focused teacher workshops. If you have 10 or more teachers, you can arrange Healthy Water, Healthy People workshops by contacting the Project WET / Healthy Water - local facilitators by region or Brook Beeler, Washington Department of Ecology.

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Estuary Guide

The Padilla Bay Estuary Guides cover estuaries, eelgrass and mudflats. Available for three levels:

Level I (K-3)
Level II (4-8)
Level III (high school)

Additional resources on wetlands.

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Discover Wetlands

Collection of K-12 activities focused on Washington's wetlands, what they are, their value, and human affects on them. Includes wetland plant and animal identification cards, plus field studies.

Additional resources on wetlands.

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A-Way With Waste

This activity guide presents integrated waste management concepts affecting land, air, and water. Environmental, economic, and political issues are addressed. The activities are designed to promote awareness, attitudes, and actions to solve waste management problems at home, in school and in the community. (Note: download by specific activity to save time.) Additional resources on waste & water.


Washington Green Schools

Web-based program to reduce environmental impacts of energy, waste, toxics, transportation and water.