Online Environmental Education Resources for Educators

March 31, 2020 by Olivia Wisner
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Below is a running list of resources that may be useful to Educators during school closures. If you know of additional resources that should be featured email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Professional Development
-MWEE 101: This course introduces the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience through engaging modules, videos, and discussion questions. There is CPD/ CEU/ Act 48 credit associated with this course.
-Virtual Climate Change Teacher PD: National Wildlife Federation, Project WET, and Project WILD have co-created a free, self-paced virtual Climate Education course for educators. The focus is on climate change and biodiversity/wildlife and includes the following topics of study: earth systems; climate vs. weather; phenology; extreme weather; biodiversity; soils; and oceans. The course is currently open through June 1. Upon completion, educators will receive free lessons from all three organizations. Register here.

Webinars
-April 29th, Climate Education and Art Online. Event details here. For invitation to meeting email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
-April 30th, Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration. NOAA ESTC. Event details here.
-May 12th, Climate Resilience and Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences. Event details here.
-May 21st, MWEEs in Different Contexts: Afterschool and Summer. Event details here.
-May 28th, Climate Change in Chesapeake Bay. Event details here.

Planning Resources Are you interested in using your time at home to get ahead on planning? Explore these classroom resources for ideas.
-Bay Backpack Teaching Resources: Check out all of the over 650 Teaching Resources featured on Bay Backpack. You can filter by grade, subject, keywords and more.
-National Estuarine Research Reserve Estuary Curriculum and Classroom Activities: Bring estuarine science into the classroom through hands-on learning, experiments, fieldwork, and data explorations.
-Eco-Schools USA Resource Library: Library of curriculum, activities, and leadership opportunities engage students in education for sustainable development.

Distance Learning Lessons
-FieldScope Do at Home Inquiry Activities with Data: BSCS Science Learning has responded to the current situation by transforming a new set of citizen science lessons designed for classrooms into student-directed versions that can be done independently from home.
-NEEF Environmental Education at Home: list of resources includes selected NEEF toolkits and activity guides that require minimal outdoor time.

Online Platforms
-Edmodo: An online teaching platform that allows educators to share content and stay in touch with students and parents.
-Flipgrid: Engage your students through short video responses to prompts you create.

General ELL/ ESL Resources Not all of these resources are centered around Environmental Education.
-PBS Learning Media: Documents, interactive resources, and videos in Spanish.

EE Materials
-Sale on Project Learning Tree Materials: 50% off online trainings with e-books thru midnight April 30, 2020. That includes the grade-band specific, tied to NGSS e-units and the pre-K-8 guide & Early childhood guide e-books with online trainings. All are now $20 or less.

Other Lists While not all within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, we hope these other lists can also help you.
-NAEE Online Learning Tools and Resources: 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.
-Alliance for NJ Environmental Education: Remote hub of lessons and activities broken down by grade level.
-MI Deparment of Natural Resources: Natural and Historical Education Resources for Home.
-NC Environmental Education: Click on the blue bar at the top of the page to visit a searchable database of online teaching resources and online professional development options for educators. Select “COVID-19 Education Support” under “Resource Type.”
-Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators: Teaching Environmental Education at Home.

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