Ressources for Hands-On Activities for Youth
• Earth Force - environmental problem-solving program through which middle-school aged youth identify local environmental issues and create lasting solutions to these problems.
• Student Conservation Association - engaging high school and college students in hands-on service to the land in national parks, national forests, and other public lands.
• Nature Journal - Make your own nature journal template
• EarthEasy - Ideas for simple sustainable living
• Global Teenager Online Forum - opportunity to exchange news about what you are doing to solve global problems in your schools and communities (Endorsed by United Nations Environment Programme)
• National Envirothon - High school competition offering both in-class curriculum and hands-on field experiences focused around ecology, natural resource management, and current environmental issues.
• Journey for the Planet - A five week adventure to create an Earth-friendly life.
• EPA Kids Club - A great site with hands on activities for kids PreK-4th
• EPA Student Center - Another EPA site geared to middle school students.
• EPA High School Environmental Center - Resources on environmental issues for high school students.
• EcoKids - A place for Kids to find out about EE. IT also has a Kids Blog page but it is about what is happening in difference places rather than each kid write something. It also has a section for teachers/adults. Many different areas to use.
Support and Curriculum for Classroom or Outdoor Studies
• Kids Gardening - This site includes classroom projects, thematic explorations, parents' primer, classroom stories activities, kid gardening, FAQs, school greenhouse, guide, exploring hydroponics, pollinator curriculum, harvest of history and mountain adventures.
• Classroom Earth - sponsored by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF) , lists top programs in categories of most popular, rising stars, home school, and for Earth Day.
• Acorn Naturalists - books, curricula, equipment and supplies for teachers and naturalists of all ages
• Bullfrog Films - a leading US publisher of independently-produced, environmental videos.
• Aldo Leopold Education Project - Lessons in the Land Ethic
• Center for Ecosystem Survival (teacher's guides)
Five Minute Field Trips - excellent games for your classroom!
Download link found in on our Resources Page!
The activities in Five Minute Field Trips are grouped into three sections: Awareness, Understanding and Action. The Awareness section consists of outdoor activities that are sensory and experiential giving kids a chance to reconnect with the earth.
Next the students will be involved in the Understanding activities which are exploratory and inquiry-based. For example, they will investigate a tree and all of its parts, examine and record insects that live in a shrub; or locate and make a temporary habitat for insects living near a pond. Most of the activities take place outdoors and are structured by categories of time, materials, instructions, discussion and variations.
After completing the above mentioned activities students will be ready to engage in an action project. They will acquire citizenship skills guiding them to shaping a more ecologically sound, sustainable community.
Students will be evaluated through two activities at the end of the unit as well as ongoing evaluation in the activities. A list of resources is provided at the end of the unit. The resources are Alberta based, however the field trips could take place in any province.