Whether you’re just getting started or looking to expand your environmental/arts-teaching program, these online resources will inspire and inform you.
Use these resources in conjunction with our River of Words Watershed Explorer Educator’s Guide and our online art and poetry resources.
River of Words Art Judge John Muir Laws's website provides exceptional resources for environmental education. In particular, his nature journaling curriculum, Opening the World through Journaling (created in collaboration with the CA Native Plant Society) is top-notch and fun for all ages! And, it's free!
National Math Trail
Integrating math into outdoor education. Includes a good section on evaluation.
National Geographic Lesson Plans
For grades K-12.
State Education and Environment Roundtable
The environment as an integrating context for education.
Center for Ecoliteracy
School gardens, creek restoration, collaboration ideas, and more.
All Species Project
Based in Kansas City; provides interdisciplinary environmental education and community building action projects for cities, neighborhoods, and villages.
Quality publications and nature-based curricula.
Surf Your Watershed
U.S. students can type a ZIP ccode to find their watershed. A service of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Give Water a Hand
Programs for student-led community projects, from the University of Wisconsin’s Environmental Resources Center.
NOOA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Everything you need to know about estuaries! Huge selection of free, downloadable lesson plans for middle and high school teachers, tied to national standards.
San Francisco’s hands-on science and art museum.
Lawrence Hall of Science
Online experiments, activities, and projects for kids. Museum is part of the University of California at Berkeley.
Plants and animals
View the world through a bee's eye!
A World Community of Old Trees
Kids and adults around the world draw, paint, and photograph their favorite trees. Click on the name of a school to view a project.
U.S. students can type in a Zip code and see field guides, maps, and other information about their location.
How kites could be the future of clean, renewable energy
A TED talk by Saul Griffith, founder of Makani Energy.
Visionary and practical ideas for restoring the Earth.
Europe and Mexico
Rivieres d’Images et Fleuves de Mots
River of Words in Europe
Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Danish-based organization that offers environmental education resources for all European countries.
Centro Ecológico Los Cuartos
Based in Mexico; provides Spanish-language environmental-education resources.