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  • Environmental education is the essential ingredient for developing environmental stewardship. We hope to provide meaningful information and resources to assist you - students, educators, and everyone else - to learn more about the environment and to foster environmental stewardship. If you have suggestions for improvements, please contact the Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278.


    A recycling list to check twice


    While the holidays are a time to spread joy and happiness among family and friends, they’re also an opportunity to show Mother Nature a little love. Recycling rules can vary by community or even from one recycling center to another, so Michigan residents are urged to check with their local provider about what is acceptable in their area to ensure they don’t end up on a list of naughty recyclers.

  • State of Michigan Earth Day Event

    Earth Day 2020 LogoThe Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) come together annually to celebrate Earth Day.



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Classroom Resources

  • Air Related Resources

    Climate and Energy Related Resources

    • Climate Kids

      Climate Kids is a NASA affiliated website used as a fun education resource for children to easily understand climate change and other environmental issues. It includes games, short videos, information about common green careers and green technologies, and other environmental topics kids can learn about. There is also an Educator Resources section with interactive activities to help families and teachers explain these topics to children.

    • DTE: Visit our largest wind and solar parks now!

      The 27-minute virtual field trip takes students to Michigan’s largest wind and solar parks to help students learn about how these clean energy technologies work and the important role they play in helping reduce carbon emissions.

    • Energy Kids: For Teachers

      The U.S. Energy Information Administration provides energy related stories, hands-on activities, and research articles for your classroom! These curriculum-based lessons are separated by age-grade.

    • Energy Kids: U.S. Energy Information Administration

      The U.S. Energy Information Administration's redesigned website, Energy KidsSM features more than 100 pages of fun educational content for kids, parents, and teachers. Kids can learn about energy and challenge their brains with energy Sudoku, crossword puzzles, word searches, and the new "Energy Sliders" game. Teachers can submit energy lesson plans, share their expertise and get chosen as contributor of the month. 

    • Cloud Lab

      Covering some 70 percent of Earth's surface, clouds play a key role in our planet's well-being. But how do they form, why are there so many types, and what clues can they give us about the weather and climate to come? Try your hand at classifying clouds and investigating the role they play in severe tropical storms.

    • Energy Lab

      This Lab investigates what energy is, how it can be converted into useful forms, and why some sources are running low.

    • Toolbox for Teaching Climate & Energy

      NOAA and a community of educational and science partners have developed and organized supporting resources and programs for those who want to teach climate and energy science.

    Land Related Resources

    • EGLE: GIS, Maps and Data

      EGLE has a significant amount of spatial data in the form of maps. The purpose of this page is to consolidate these online resources, providing links to interactive maps, printable maps, and downloadable data.

    • Geography Education Resources

      Developed by Central Michigan University staff and trained teacher consultants, the following resources are provided by the Michigan Geographic Alliance to enhance student learning.

    • Michigan Invasive Species

      An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan's economy, environment, or human health.

    • Shifting Shapes of Sandy Scapes

      Nature builds with sand, using wind to create dunes. Explore how wind and sand form different types of dunes on coastlines and in deserts. And find out how satellites help scientists figure out how dunes formed and how they are changing them over time. Then try the DIY Science activity, “Sandbox Dunes” to make your own model dunes.

    Water Related Resources

    • EGLE: Michigan's Great Lakes

      The Great Lakes are known for their beauty and the wealth of resources within and around them. The combined lakes contain one-fifth of the world's surface fresh water, with more than 3,000 miles of shoreline.

    • Great Lakes Learning: Resources for Teaching

      A collection of lesson plans that engage students with the science and study of the Great Lakes.

    • H.O.M.E.S. at Home

      Want to keep exploring our fabulous Great Lakes, even though you’re hanging around the house? Check out H.O.M.E.S. at Home! The acronym is an easy way to remember our five Great Lakes: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. While it may be harder for us to dip our toes in the lakes right now, we’ve got lots of ways for you to enjoy and learn about our freshwater seas right from your own home.

    • Hurricane Katrina Learning Module

      The U.S. National Ocean Service formed a task force that studies trends and impacts on coastal regions. Students in grades 5-12 can now conduct their own research to answer the question, "Is global warming causing an increase in hurricane frequency and intensity?" This is done by using a problem-based learning module created by NASA. This activity will stimulate students brains to gather data and come to their own conclusions as to what is happening in the atmosphere.

    • Michigan Invasive Species

      An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan's economy, environment, or human health.

    • Michigan Sea Grant: Teaching Great Lakes Science

      Focuses on advancing the nature and distribution of Great Lakes-related education materials to the broad audience of educators and students in the Great Lakes region and beyond.

    • Michigan Water Stewardship Program

      The Michigan Water Stewardship Program (MWSP) is a partnership of organizations that provide educational assistance to Michigan's residents to identify and reduce contamination risks to water and other natural resources. Easy-to-find resources for educators on a wide range of environmental topics. These materials are for a variety of ages from pre-school to adult.

    Waste Related Resources

    • EGLE: Drug Disposal

      Proper drug disposal is important because it helps protect our environment. Unwanted drugs should not be flushed down the drain.  Over the last several decades, studies have shown that medications persist at low levels  in our surface water and ground water.  Although there are no known health risks to people, there are known impacts to amphibians, fish, wildlife, and bacteria. & ...

    • EGLE: Open Burning in Michigan

      "Open burning" is the burning of unwanted materials such as paper, trees, brush, leaves, grass, and other debris where smoke and other emissions are released directly into the air. During open burning, air pollutants do not pass through a chimney or stack.

    • EGLE: Radon

      EGLE site for local information and sources for test kits.

    • How Do I Handle This Waste?

      How to handle numerous wastes from antifreeze to yard waste.

    • My Garbology Online Waste Reduction Game

      MyGarbology is a new game developed by NatureBridge. It features ideas on how to reduce trash and stop pollution. The website features additional information and resource links, along with activities for teachers, students, and families.

    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources for Students and Educators

      The following are resources U.S. EPA for students and educators on reducing, reusing, and recycling.

MEECS Curriculum


  • Recycling saves the earth!

    • EGLE: Recycling in Michigan

      Education is an essential ingredient for a sustainable and thriving recycling system. We hope to provide meaningful information and resources to support education efforts across Michigan. Together, we can make more informed decisions about how to manage our discards, preserving our landfill space, improving our economy, and preserving natural resources.

    • EPA: Recycle City

      Explore Recycle City to see how its people reduce waste, use less energy, and save money by doing simple things at home, at work, and in their neighborhoods.

    • Recycling Raccoons

      Meet EGLE’s Recycling Racoons and learn how to recycle right!  EGLEs Recycling Racoons have been hard at work helping Michigan residents understand the rules of recycling so that the materials they offer for recycling are clean enough to be used in manufacturing new products.  

    • Recycling Raccoons Videos

      Short videos to help you on your recycling journey. 

    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources for Students and Educators

      The following are resources U.S. EPA for students and educators on reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Other Resources