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EnviroAtlas Educational Materials

EnviroAtlas tools can be used in  both formal and informal educational settings. There are ready-made lesson plans for every grade level, from kindergarten through undergraduate. All lessons are aligned with Next Generation and State Science Standards for each grade in the Appendix. Watch short videos on the lesson plans and access them below. 

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Ecosystem Services kids outdoor activityIntroduction to Ecosystem Services

This suite of six mini-lessons for grades 4-6 introduces the concept of ecosystem services in a blended learning format.  Each of the six mini-lessons can be completed in 30 minutes or less, and combined, use cutting-edge technology, get students outdoors, and engage students in hands-on activities.  

Building a Greenway: A Case Study

UPDATED  This interdisciplinary learning module promotes student discovery using available maps and data, engaging  students to be collaborative decision-makers. This case study is intended for secondary education, undergraduate, and community education/engagement programs. 

Connecting Ecosystems and Human Health

This engaging lesson plan module from grades 4-16 introduces students to the connections between ecosystems and human health by using an interactive web-based tool and a hands-on activity.

Exploring Your Watershed

This interactive lesson-plan module for grades K-6 encourages students to explore their local watershed through a hands-on lab, an outdoor exploratory session with maps, and an EnviroAtlas web-mapping session that can be completed with or without internet. This lesson plan is also available in Spanish!