There are many great resources available to help you and your students learn more about the environment.
Clean LA is a County of Los Angeles portal to programs that help residents, businesses and government keep the County clean and sustainable.
Los Angeles County Water for LA
Learn more about preventing stormwater pollution and keeping local waterways clean.
Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay provides hands on, interdisciplinary educational programs for students K-12. Their topics cover a range of programs, including pollution awareness and prevention, storm water education, and environmental stewardship.
TreePeople's mission is to inspire the people of Los Angeles to take personal responsibility for the urban forest educating, training and supporting residents as they plant and care for trees and improve the neighborhoods in which they live, learn, work and play. The K-12 education programs raise environmental awareness, while enriching academic lessons and teaching life skills.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is an educational, recreational and research facility devoted to encouraging active public participation to promote knowledge and conservation of the marine life in Southern California.
Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the largest aquariums in the United States. Its nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits and take visitors on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean's three regions: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific and the Northern Pacific. They offer a wide array of programs for preschool to adult ages.
Star Eco Station
Working in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other government and environmental organizations, STAR ECO Station provides a last chance for illegal or abandoned at-risk exotic wildlife, as well as environmental education outreach programs in over 40 California school districts.
Generation Earth empowers students in grades 6 - 12 in Los Angeles County to take action and address environmental waste and water issues. They provide support for in-school environmental service learning projects, including personalized assistance that connects students and teachers with opportunities to learn content, and project resources such as community partners, toolkits, guides, and a free bus for project-related field trips, and funding opportunities. Generation Earth is a free program offered to all public and private schools in Los Angeles County.
California Education and the Environment Initiative
The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is a free, state-sponsored K-12 curriculum that teaches science and history-social science standards through an environmental lens.
California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery's website is a one-stop-shop for information about recycling in California.
California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)
The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project whose mission is to develop a communication network, which provides educators with access to environmental education resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California students.
Water Education Foundation's Project WET
Project WET works with educators, resource managers, community leaders and concerned citizens in educating young people about one of the most precious resources on the planet - water.
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies' Aquatic WILD
Aquatic WILD is a K-12, interdisciplinary, conservation and environmental education program emphasizing aquatic wildlife.
Think Earth Foundation
The Foundation strives to create an environmentally aware generation of business and community leaders who will "think earth" by balancing their own needs against those of the environment.
California Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation provides services and information that promote environmental health, economic vitality, informed land use decisions and sound management of our state's natural resources. The website provides facts and information that students and teachers can use for school projects.
North American Association for Environmental Education
EElinked Environmental Education on the Internet is a resource designed to support students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education.
Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is a national nonprofit public education organization dedicated to engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their local community environments.
Environmental Defenders: Meet the Defenders Web Experience
This interactive web experience features short videos and quizzes on environmental topics and a personalized completion certificate students can download and send to their teachers.
Environmental Defenders: Lesson Plans for K-5 Grade
The Environmental Defenders lesson plans were developed by K-12 science education specialists in Los Angeles County and are aligned with California Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and California Environmental Principles and Concepts (CA EP&C).
Aquarium of the Pacific: Teacher Resources
Resources for teachers designed to bring the ocean and hands-on science into the classroom.
California Academy of Sciences: California Biodiversity Activities
Resources for exploring nature at home, including a California Backyard & Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt Bingo.
California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI): Spring Newsletter with Links to Online Resources for Students and Teachers
In addition to the EEI Curriculum being accessible online for free, the Office of Education and the Environment has compiled a list of other free environmental education resources that teachers and students can access online.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: Every Day is Earth Day! Activities, crafts and at-home learning
Digital resources to learn about and support our coastal environments.
California Natural Resources Agency: Educational Portal
Learning tools from the State of California to expand our understanding of the natural world.
California Science Center: Stuck at Home Science
Designed for families to explore, investigate and have fun learning together without leaving home. All activities use easy-to-find household supplies and are appropriate for a variety of ages.
Community Nature Connection: #SafeAtHome Learning
A collection of virtual resources for teachers and home educators to connect students with the outdoors as well as professional development information for aspiring outdoor educators.
Heal the Bay: Knowledge Drops
A webinar series geared for grades 3-8 that explores the water world and offers fun lessons about the marine environment.
Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors: CAN THE TRASH! Clean Beach Poster Contest
Students in grades 3-5 are invited to enter Los Angeles County’s CAN THE TRASH! Clean Beach Poster Contest. Winners will have their artwork displayed around trash barrels on the beach.
Los Angeles County Office of Education: Open Educational Resources
No-cost open educational resources for teachers and administrators to access and adapt in online learning environments.
National Geographic Kids: Kids vs. Plastic
A collection of resources for at-home learning about plastic pollution and solutions.
North American Association for Environmental Education: COVID-19 Resources, Tips and Support
This site includes a list of resources designed to keep learners of all ages interested and engaged during the crisis, from hands-on activities and lesson plans to websites, virtual tours and more.
PBS LearningMedia: Human Impact on the Environment
A collection of resources that shows real-world effects of our actions on the environment. The collection supports teachers who wish to integrate environmental education into existing Life and Earth Science curricula.
Sesame Street: Recycling Challenge
A short video demonstrating how to sort recyclables.
Think Earth Foundation: Think Earth at Home
Fun and educational at-home activities – both indoors and outdoors – for children in grades K-5.
Tree People: Learn at Home
Day-by-day activities to keep reading, thinking and growing. Topics include waste reduction and water.
Water Education Foundation: COVID-19 Resources
Resources to stay in the know and videos, slideshows and more for teaching online or at home.
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