Are you interested in incorporating environmental education into your classroom? We would love to help. Contact Sarah Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in collaborating on field trips, in-school lessons or projects relevant to the outdoors, or desire guidance and support in including environmental education in class.
Also check out our annual Environmental Education Conference–the next conference will be November 2-3, 2017 @ Burr Oak State Park.
Resources We Can Offer Teachers:
- Equipment and Supplies: Earth ball, giant parachute, team-building initiatives bag, binoculars, aquatic nets, insect nets, field guides, air and water quality testing equipment
- Time-tested environmental education lesson plans built around Ohio’s academic standards
- Environmental Education team available to assist and teach hands-on lessons throughout Appalachian Ohio
- Connection to other educators, naturalists and wildlife experts in Southeastern Ohio
Upcoming Events, Training, & Workshops:
- Birds in the Hills Festival – May 5-7, 2017 Location TBD
- Inquiry Based Environmental Education Conference – November 2-3, 2017 @ Burr Oak State Park
- The “101 Alternatives to the Chalkboard” 41st Annual Educator’s Conference – Oregonia, OH October, 2016
- 50th Annual Environmental Education Council of Ohio Conference – April 6-9, 2017 @ Deer Creek State Park (scholarships available).
- Winter Snow Conference with Environmental Education Council of Ohio – February 3-4 @ Camp Nuhop
- Advanced Naturalist Workshops – Cincinnati Museum Center (dates vary by workshop)
Environmental Education Teacher Resources
Environmental Education Council of Ohio
A great place to get involved in environmental education and find teaching resources.
Monarch Teacher Network
Learn about how to use Monarch Butterflies to enrich classroom learning.
National Geographic Teacher Resources
A collection of content and resources for teaching about the environment.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources Educational Resources
A database of educational resources from the ODNR.
Ohio River Foundation
An organization working to educate people about the water of the Ohio River.
Environmental Education Curriculum Models:
Project Learning Tree
An internationally-accepted environmental education curriculum.
An environmental education curriculum crafted around water, wetlands and water issues.
An environmental education curriculum focused on wildlife conservation.
Leopold Education Project
A curriculum for teaching about land ethics.
Learn More about Local Natural History & Wildlife!
All About Birds
A Cornell Lab of Ornithology guide to birds.
Information on butterflies found in the state.
Ohio Endangered Species
An index of endangered species in Ohio.
Ohio Natural History Blog
A look at various animals and plants around Ohio.
An index of the trees in Ohio.
Temperate Deciduous Forests
Information on our local forests.
What’s that bug?
Identifying bug pictures and answering bug questions sent in by users.
Citizen Science Resources
FrogWatch USA is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that provides individuals, groups, and families with an opportunity to learn about wetlands in their communities and report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. Volunteers collect data during evenings from February through August and have been submitting data for over 15 years.
Project BudBurst is on a mission – to get you outside taking a moment to observe how plants in your community change with the seasons. When you share your observations with us, they become part of an ecological record. Spending time outside with plants is calming, educational, and just plain fun.
Volunteers working together to report precipitation across the nation.
Climate Change Education Resources
350.org – Climate Change & Fossil Fuels
An international organization dedicated to educating the public on our dependence to fossil fuels. (They offer several educational videos on fossil fuels relating to climate change and human impacts on the environment.)
A People’s Curriculum for the Earth
A collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis. This is very educational for both teachers and students.
Audubon Society Birds & Climate Change Report 2015
314 species on the brink. Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century.
The Climate Desk is a journalistic collaboration dedicated to exploring the impact—human, environmental, economic, political—of a changing climate. The partners are The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, The Guardian, Grist, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Slate, and Wired.
Ecological Footprint Calculator
Did you know that if everyone lived the lifestyle of the average American we would need five planets? Use the Global Footprint Network to calculate your carbon footprint.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2015
The IPCC provides a clear and up-to-date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change.
Orion’s mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.
World of 7 Billion – Population Education
Population Education is the only national program focused on population growth and its effects on the environment.
Our Friends and Partners
Appalachia Ohio Alliance
A private land conservancy in central and southeastern Ohio.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Ohio
Volunteer organization that connects children in need with guiding adult friendships
A 700-acre gem preserved, owned and operated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Hocking College Natural & Historical Interpretation program
A program within the Natural Resources school that houses the Hocking Woods Nature Center and Robbins Crossing.
Hocking Hills Adventure Trek
Offers guided treks through the Hocking Hills micro-region, including Shawnee story telling.
Kids on Campus
Afterschool program connecting rural youth with educational, nutritional and recreational opportunities.
Little Cities of the Forest
Dedicated to developing sustainable economies and stewardship in the Little Cities Micro-region of Ohio.
Ohio University Athens Campus.
The Wayne National Forest
The Wayne is located in Southeastern Ohio and covers almost a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills.