Welcome to our online learning page for K-12 students, teachers and families! Below you will find various lessons, projects, and activities about how we use our natural resources. We have separated these lessons and activities into categories. However, everything we use and everything we do impacts our environment, thus a lesson could potentially fall under numerous categories. 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!
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!
Climate change and energy
Where is “Away”? Learn about what happens when you throw something away and how not to!
Upstream impacts of our stuff
- Consumerism, What’s the True Cost?
- Textiles and Fast Fashion
- Plastic, from cradle to grave
- Aluminum cans, from cradle to grave
- Glass, from cradle to grave
- Paper, from cradle to grave
Water: What is it, how to conserve it, and how to keep it from being contaminated
- Freshwater vs. Saltwater
- All About the Water Cycle
- Let’s get Local: More on the Water Cycle
- Stormwater runoff
- Toxic Chemicals
DIY Projects and Activities
- DIY experiment: Cloud in a Jar
- Make your own ball run
- Discover the upstream impacts of one of your items
- Waste Conduct your own waste audit
- Upcycled spring flowers vase
- Aluminum can flower
- Upcycled plastic jug
- Upcycled Dancing Fish
- Toothpaste Tube Vase
- Homemade Vegetable Stock
- Homemade Crouton recipe
- Tell us your water story!
- Stormwater walk
- Local opportunities and activities (Part 1)
- Local opportunities and activities (Part 2)
- Create your own wind turbine!
- Take a tour of toxic cleanup sites in Bellingham Bay!
- Nature has stories