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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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!
Have fun with your summer with these project ideas. Learn more about the world around you, and expand your creative horizons!
Keep up the good work — activities and ideas for continued learning and summer fun!
Taking action can look many ways. It’s education for you and those around you. It’s listening and taking a step back. The mistreatment, the shunning, the shoving, the incarcerating, the quieting, the sidelining, and the murder of human beings that don’t fit the dominant paradigm must stop. Now.
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.
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.
A look into the impact plastic has on our planet, and what we can do about it. Grade level: 4 – 6, Lesson time: 15 – 45 min.
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.
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.
Learn about all the resources needed just to produce one piece of paper. Grade level: 3 – 6, Lesson time: 15 – 60 min.
Learn about the impacts of climate change in Washington and what you can do to help. Grades: 9 – 12, Lesson time: 20 – 45 min.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!