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To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

Resources for Teachers

I-Tree Lessons

Most school teachers know that their students need to understand the important functions trees play in an urban environment. I-Tree lessons are a perfect way for students to learn those functions and meet the required Science Standards at the same time. Although there are a number of resources that use i-Tree as an educational tool for schoolchildren, these middle school science lessons are intended for in-classroom instruction that fulfills required teaching standards.

Click here for more information or here to jump right into the lessons!

Natural Teachers Network

A Natural Teacher is any educator who uses the natural world as a powerful learning environment. The goal of the Natural Teachers Network is to encourage more teachers to connect their students with nature and provide a place where ideas and activities are shared. Though students' access to nature may be limited outside of the classrom, schools should always present children with an opportunity to become familiar and connect with the great outdoors.

Click here for the Natural Teachers Network forum or here for some popular nature-centric projects & programs!

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is a program of the American Forest Foundation that provides educators with an award-winning environmental education curriculum resources that can be integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas. PLT is designed to increase students' awareness, appreciation, and commitment to address environmental issues.

Visit PLT's website for information about the curriculum!

Project Wet

Project WET’s mission is to reach children, parents, and teachers with water education that promotes awareness of the benefits of healthy water and empowers community action to solve complex water issues. Project WET provides training workshops for educators at all levels and publishes fun water resource education materials that are suitable for any age group.

Click here from education materials or here for training workshop locations!

Project Wild

Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators. Project WILD's education materials are intended for use in both the classroom and informal settings and support state and national academic standards appropriate for grades K-12. The activities can easily be adapted to meet the learning requirements for academic disciplines ranging from science and environmental education to social studies, math, and language arts.

Find out how to get the materials!

Center for Ecoliteracy

The Center for Ecoliteracy understands that students need to experience and comprehend how nature sustains life and how to live accordingly. The Center publishes original books, lessons, and articles for teachers who value nature and want to spread awareness about sustainable practices. 

Visit to view the resources!

Green Schools Initiative

The Green Schools Initiative's main focus is to protect children's health. Their mission is to  transform schools into models of sustainability for communities by engaging youth in hands-on, inquiry-based learning and action to improve the health and sustainability of facilities and operations. They supply lesson plans, project ideas, and other resources to engage students and help keep schools environmentally friendly.

Click here for Water Quality and Conservation Tools 

Kids Gardening

School Gardening engages students by providing a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. Students build an understanding and respect for nature and the environment when learning about the benefits of plants and gardening. Kids Gardening projects and lessons give educators compelling, hands-on garden-related activities for students of all ages.

Visit here for classroom projects or here for the lesson and activity ideas index!

National Environmental Education Foundation

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) believes that with increased environmental involvement of individuals on a national scale, their actions will have a tremendous environmental impact and help bring about a cultural shift in attitudes and behaviors. NEEF has developed programs for all ages that help demonstrate the value of environmental education. Involving young people is a top priority for NEEF and they provide numerous lessons, guides, and toolkits to be used in and out of the classroom. 

Click here to view the resources!

National Wildlife Federation

NWF has a collection of over 1,000 lessons plans for K-12 students! The plans cover a wide range of topics like ecosystems, energy conservation, and wildlife behavior. All lesson plans are aligned to the National Science Education Standards.

Click here to view the lesson plans of our proud affiliate!

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want teachers to get their students outside! They run an online web series called Conservation Connect. The series targets children ages 9-13 and free teacher resources can be downloaded with each episode. Information on various   activities, schoolyard habitat programs, and field trips are also available for educators.

Visit here for more information or here for the activities page!

The Aldo Leopold Foundation

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an innovative, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education curriculum. There are currently five different education resources containing over 70 individual lessons available within the LEP curriculum.

Find out how to get the materials!