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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.

  • 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 at Constitution Hall in Lansing, Michigan.

     

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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.

    • 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.

    • PBS.org: 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.

    • PBS.org: 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 Climate.gov 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: 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.

    • 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

  • 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

      Say Hello to the Recycling Raccoon Squad! Our mission is to help Michigan recycle better, smarter, more efficiently and more adorably. (We’ll handle that last one if you want.) To accomplish our mission, we have created a clear set of simple rules for you to follow that will help you become the best of the best at recycling.

    • 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