Online learning for K-12 students

During school closures and stay-at-home orders, we're offering online learning for students of all ages. Get to know the natural world, do some do-it-yourself projects and experiments at home, and have fun learning!

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Welcome to our online learning page for K-12 students! Bookmark this page and join us each week for engaging new lessons with hands-on projects that are geared towards learners of all ages. Each lesson includes topics that relate to your everyday choices and how they impact your neighbors and the natural world around you. Lessons can last up to a few hours, or you can shorten them by skimming through, only watching a video, or just doing a learning project. You don’t have to follow lessons in any order — follow your curiosity and dive right in!

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Weekly Lessons

Each lesson includes a little history, an in-depth look at a specific environmental issue, and a hands-on project you can do at home to deepen your understanding (or just have fun). Most have fun videos to watch, and ways you can take action in your community!

Material world (part 2)

All the stuff we buy comes from the earth, and returns to the earth. This lesson dives into the high cost of cheap, fast fashion. Grade level: 9 – 12, Lesson time: 15 – 30 min.

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Material world (part 1)

A look at our stuff — where it comes from and where it goes when we’re done. Grade level: 9 – 12, Lesson time: 15 – 30 min.

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Aluminum, from cradle to grave

The good, the bad, and the infinitely recyclable Aluminum! See how aluminum cans are made, and how you can protect the planet by recycling it! Grade Level: 4 – 6, Lesson time: 15 – 60 min.

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Glass, from cradle to grave

Recycle your glass, it will save tons of natural resources! Learn how glass is made in this week’s lesson. Grade Level: 3 – 6, Lesson time: 15 – 60 min.

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Paper, from cradle to grave

Learn about all the resources needed just to produce one piece of paper. Grade level: 3 – 6, Lesson time: 15 – 60 min.

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Climate impacts in Washington

Learn about the impacts of climate change in Washington and what you can do to help. Grades: 9 – 12, Lesson time: 20 – 45 min.

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Types of energy sources

Where does energy come from, and how did it get into the socket? A look at renewable vs. Non-renewable energy sources. Grade Level: 3 – 6, Lesson time: 15 min – 2 hrs.

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Sharing through storytelling

Storytelling is the oldest form of education. Hone your storytelling skills to share what you know with others! Grade level: 6 – 12, Lesson time: 20 – 60 minutes.

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Where does our waste go?

Do you ever wonder where your stuff goes when you throw it away? “Away” is actually somewhere! Grade Level: 2 – 5, Lesson time: 15 – 60 min.

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Toxic chemicals

It’s all connected: life in the sea, the marine food web, and impacts of humans on land. Grade level: 7 -12, Lesson time: 30 minutes – 2 hours.

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Stormwater runoff

What happens after rain falls and snow melts onto streets and surfaces it can’t soak into? It flows into our underground stormwater system, and then into the Salish Sea (after picking up a few hitchhikers)! Grade level 5 – 9, Lesson time 30 – 60 minutes.

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Freshwater vs. saltwater

Water is all around us, but we only have a limited amount. Learn more about the amount of water there is on Earth in this lesson! Grade level 1 – 6, Time commitment: 15 – 90 minutes.

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Earth Day action

April 22nd is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Learn about the community actions that led to the first Earth Day, and the subsequent creation of the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency to name a few.

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Food waste (not!)

Some food for thought, food is one of the most common materials found in landfills. Over 20% of landfill space is food waste, but you can help reduce food waste by learning to cook with scraps from the kitchen! Grade level: 3 – 12, Lesson time: 30 minutes – 2 hours.

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Reduce, Reuse, UPCYCLE!

Where does your garbage go after you throw it “away”? Learn about our local landfills and reuse, and do a fun home project to transform a used household item into something new!

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The water cycle

Water is always being recycled in the environment. Learn the three basic stages of the water cycle, and do two fun activities to see and feel the water cycle at home!

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