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Many resources available on 50th anniversary of Earth Day
April 22, 2020
(This story will be updated in the coming days with a link to the archived livestream discussion between EGLE Director Liesl Clark and Brandy Brown, EGLE's climate and energy advisor.)
Since 2004, EGLE, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have hosted the annual Earth Day Celebration in Lansing. This year, our celebration will be virtual and there are many resources to support learning about the environment, climate and energy:
- EGLE's Environmental Education webpage has environmental education resources, student online activities and teacher resources for all grades, including professional development, scholarships and funding opportunities.
- Get lost in EGLE’s EnviroMinute videos on YouTube. Topics include composting, geology, e. Coli, recycling, invasive species, sustainability and much more all told in a quick, fun and informative way for all age groups.
- If you want a deeper dive into environmental issues, check out EGLE's Shoreline Stewards videos, presentations, lectures and tutorials as well as our Brownfield Flip series.
- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order allows for outdoor activity so long as proper social distancing from those outside of a household is followed. Explore the backyard, take a nature hike or visit a nearby park to experience nature up close.
- The Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum offers lessons on air and water quality, ecosystems, climate change and energy resources.
- Learn about recycling best practices from Paper MacKay, Nyla P. Lastic and the rest of the Recycling Raccoon Squad.
- The DNR offers Natural and Historical Education Resources for Home. There, you’ll find nature lessons, virtual field trips, ways to explore and engage with nature and lessons for students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers lesson plans, teacher guides and environmental resources for educators in areas such as climate change, energy, air, water and waste.
- Energy Kids by the U.S. Energy Information Administration has explainers about energy, ways to save energy, guides for teachers as well as energy-themed games and activities.