• Green Schools National Network

    GSCE brings together hundreds of teachers, students, facility managers, nonprofit partners, business leaders and sustainability advocates for two days of engaging educational sessions, inspiring speakers, networking, workshops and tours in support of green schools.

  • Aldo Leopold Foundation

    The Aldo Leopold Foundation was established to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. The foundation offers a broad spectrum of educational materials and tools that teachers can use in their classrooms, including the Leopold Education Project, an interdisciplinary environmental education and conservation curriculum. Check out the website for a full listing of available resources.

  • Project Learning Tree

    Project Learning Tree® (PLT), a national environmental education program for PreK-12 educators, offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. The projects partner students with their whole school, local businesses and/or community...

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    The Schoolyard Habitat program guidebook is a tool that takes teachers and administrators through the process of creating schoolyard habitat and outdoor classroom projects. The guide covers everything from concept to completion: developing a plan, choosing a site, design and installation, maintenance, and how to incorporate the space into the curriculum. The guide is available in Spanish as well.

  • Teaching in Nature's Classroom

    In Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Core Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, Larson presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field. The book features vivid paintings by mural artist Becky Redelings and connections to the research literature provided by Alex Wells and Sam...

  • National Wildlife federation

    In 1996, the National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats program was created to meet the growing interest and distinct needs of schools and school districts in creating and restoring wildlife habitat on school grounds. The program focuses specifically on assisting school communities in the use of school grounds as learning sites for wildlife conservation and cross-curricular learning. This website contains information about the benefits of schoolyard habitats, how to start one of your...

  • Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands

    This report documents the journeys and lessons of green schoolyard programs across the country and is informed by a rich dialogue that has been taking place at the national and local levels about how to help children, families, schools, communities, and our environments thrive. It shares information and stories, as well as tangible steps communities can take to develop their own green schoolyards.

  • Into the Outdoors

    This educational website is the online version of the Emmy-winning television series, offering free science videos and companion lesson activities for expanded learning in classrooms. Categories include energy science, farm science, environmental science, life science, natural resource science, health science, and physical science.

  • National Pollinator Garden Network

    The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other pollinators across America. Schools can get in on the action too! Plant a pollinator garden or landscape and register your habitat so it can be counted. The MPGC website contains a number of resources to help you get started, as well as curricula and lessons for the classroom.

  • Safe Routes to School Partnership

    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for kids and communities by promoting healthy living, safe infrastructure, and physical activity, starting with bicycling and walking to school and beyond. The Partnership advances policy change; catalyzes support with a network of more than 750 partner organizations, as well as schools, policy makers, and grassroots supporters; and shares deep expertise at national, state, and local levels...

  • Target

    It has become increasingly difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside the classroom. To help them out, Target began offering Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide in 2007. Since then, Target has made it possible for millions of students to go on a field trip. Each Field Trip Grant is valued up to $700. Grant Visit the website for further details and to see past recipients.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. Printed materials are available only to schools, childcare providers, and summer meal programs participating in one of USDA’s Child Nutrition programs. To request printed materials, use our online order form and allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. All are welcome to download these materials and make...

  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    BirdSleuth is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages kids in scientific study and real data collection through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s exciting citizen-science projects. BirdSleuth provides educators with kits that: •Encourage kids to answer their own questions about nature using the scientific process. •Spend time outdoors, connecting with nature by focusing on the fascinating sights, sounds, and behaviors of birds. •Motivate kids by the real-world importance of the data...

  • United Nations Environment Programme

    Young Champions of the Earth is an initiative to identify young, talented people between the ages of 18 and 30 and to support their inspirations to create positive environmental impact. This platform will serve as a global stage to showcase technological inventions and innovative business models that will inspire others and improve the health of our planet and people around the world. Six young people – one from each global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. The winners...

  • Izaak Walton League of America

    The Creek Freaks program is for kids ages 10-14 who want to make a splash to help the environment. They become their community’s stream experts – exploring local streams; learning how healthy trees, shrubs, and grasses protect clean water and wildlife; and what the community can do to improve water quality. The program uses a guide called Holding onto the GREEN Zone, developed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which helps youth explore “green zones” (another name for riparian zones)....

  • FirstEnergy

    FirstEnergy proudly supports classroom projects and teacher professional development initiatives focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). One of the ways they support these activities is by offering STEM education grants of up to $1,000 to educators at schools and youth groups in communities served by their electric operating companies, other areas where they have facilities, and where they do business. More than 1,000 educators and youth group leaders have...

  • Constellation

    Constellation E2 Energy to Educate grants inspire students to think differently about energy. Through this unique grant program, Constellation has offered over 100,000 students in grades 6-12 and college opportunities to enhance their understanding of science and technology, and experience solving both today’s and tomorrow’s energy challenges. Constellation is seeking proposals for hands-on projects which engage 100 or more students, within the following themes: •Energy in Transportation •...

  • Trout Unlimited

    Sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Throughout the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources. Teachers can...

  • Healthy Schools Campaign

    The Healthy Schools Campaign’s (HSC) Green Clean Schools web portal is the place for all things green cleaning. It brings together practical information and easy-to-use resources from HSC’s multi-faceted strategy to support green, sustainable school cleaning programs nationwide. This website builds on the tremendous success of HSC’s Quick + Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, first released in 2006. In addition to the Five Simple Steps to Green Cleaning popularized by the guide, this web...

  • Green Schools National Network

    The green schools movement is the most critical education reform initiative of our time. Through the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) membership program, you can show your support and become a catalyst for change for green schools everywhere. GSNN’s membership program is designed for leaders (like you!) who use sustainability to drive innovation in their classrooms, schools, or school districts. As a member of the program, you will learn from and be inspired by the people who are...

  • Environmental Research and Education Foundation

    The School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP) was developed by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) - in collaboration with the School Nutrition Foundation and World Wildlife Fund - to quantify both food waste and related wastes (eg. recyclables, to landfill) generated in cafeterias at K-12 schools nationally. The project aims to gather information regarding the quantity of waste generated in school cafeterias and obtain an understanding of how this waste is...

  • Environmental Protection Agency

    This booklet provides school administrators, facility managers, staff and the school community with an overview of how to avoid key environmental health hazards and ways to minimize children’s exposures as they prepare for and undergo renovations. School renovations should be consistent with applicable local, state and federal environmental health regulations.

  • Polar Bears International

    Project Polar Bear is an international competition among student groups who are taking action to fight climate change. With the guidance of an advisor, groups compete by creating a plan for a project that will help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and engage their communities. This can be a plan for a new project, or a proposal to continue an existing project. Students and advisors will track their progress throughout the competition through photos, research, and on social media. The...

  • Beyond Benign

    Beyond Benign is a nonprofit that is dedicated to providing future and current scientists, educators, and citizens with the tools to teach and learn about green chemistry to create a sustainable future. The organization offers professional development, education, and online training for educators to teach them about green chemistry and how to implement it in their classrooms. Educators can access and download a variety of materials from Beyond Benign’s website including curricular materials...

  • Whole Kids Foundation

    In partnership with the Bee Cause Project, the Honey Bee Grant program allows K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations to receive support for an educational honey bee hive. Three grant options are available: •Monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey bee hive educational program. •Observation hive: equipment grant of a custom made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project. •Traditional hive: equipment grant of an outdoor top bar hive with Starter Kit from Bee...

  • Whole Kids Foundation

    Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation U.S. School Garden Grants program provides $2,000 monetary grants to K-12 schools, or non-profits working with K-12 schools, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

  • Saveon Energy

    Interested in winning $500 for your classroom? SaveOnEnergy.com® is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability. We teach consumers of all ages about the many aspects of energy in our Learning Center through blog posts, videos and infographics. Plus, our Nico the Ninja guides help teach kids about electrical safety and energy savings. Now it's your turn to create a lesson plan for our annual Teacher Grant that can help kids learn about energy. We...