Source: California Invasive Plant Council
URL of this page: http://www.cal-ipc.org/resources/outreach/classroom.php
Resources for Teachers
What good is environmental education? Studies have shown that it improves grades, test scores, and decreases the need for discipline. Students who take part in experiential environmental education adapt to new situations better and even become better citizens! These are environmental education resources produced by others that Cal-IPC supports.
Education and the Environment Initiative
The Education and the Environment Initiative was passed in 2003 to bring environmental education into California schools. The result is a comprehensive set of K-12 environmental education curriculum boasting the following:
- Certification by the California Board of Education
- 85 units of curriculum
- Units with everything you need from flashcards to workbooks
- Amazing photos
- Creative ways for students to learn
There is an incredible amount of curriculum centered around invasive plants and restoration on the internet. Here’s a few of the great resources available.
- The Center for Invasive Plant Management has a comprehensive list of invasive species curriculum.
- CREEC offers a searchable database for curriculum, field trips, and teacher training in California.
- BioSITE Online offers resources for teachers to design science programs.
- Return of the Natives, in Monterey, offers teacher training for restoration education as well as field trips and curriculum.
Programs and Organizations
Many organizations have programs that take kids outdoors to learn about invasive plants.
- Center for Land-Based Learning programs use farms, ranches and natural ecosystems as educational resources.
- Back to Natives Traveling Naturalist School Programs, based in Irvine, CA has two curriculum tracks.
- Schoolyard Habitat Programs for K – 6th Grades. Designed to educate students about the value of native plants and wildlife habitat, especially in an urban environment
- Traveling Naturalist Programs for K – 6th Grades - interactive presentations based on the California State Content Standards for Science.
- The EcoHelpers program in the Santa Monica Mountains is designed for high school aged students. The program includes an ecology lesson, nature hike, and restoration work.
- Local parks, conservancies, and land trusts often offer environmental education programs