Students and Nature

A Unique Visitor to Austin Eco-Schools Community

The monarch butterfly migration is a unique phenomenon where multiple generations of monarchs complete a 3,000 mile journey from the oyamel forests of Michoacán, Mexico to the northern U.S. and …

“Homegrown” Attitudes in STEM Gardening

What happens when a car dealership partners with a school to reduce their environmental footprint? The front lobby of Suski Chevrolet in Birch Run, Michigan suddenly transforms into a farmer’s …

Passion for Pollinators!

North America’s pollinator populations are declining…fast. Monarch populations have dropped by 90% over the past 20 years and native bees, birds and bats are facing severe threats as well. This …

Eco-Schools USA Traveling Along the Pathways to Sustainability – Part 3

Imagine if your school district could cut energy usage by 10% or even 20%. Not only would the cost savings be dramatic, it would also reduce the environmental impact that …

NYC Program Empowers Students to Evaluate Climate RiSC

Hurricanes on Steroids The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has broken all records in terms of the quantity and intensity of consecutive storms, their destructive power, and the toll on human life, …

Eco-Schools USA Traveling Along the Pathways to Sustainability – Part 2

Ever thought about turning your school grounds into an outdoor learning laboratory? How about working towards zero waste by recycling and composting? In this second post of our three part …

Eco-Schools USA Traveling Along the Pathways to Sustainability – Part 1

School is in full swing and as Eco-Schools USA begins its ninth year, we are excited to introduce two new environmental focus areas, or pathways. This brings the total number …

A Tale of a Trail-blazing Monarch

It all began a year ago when a Monarch butterfly emerged from his chrysalis on September 16, 2016. Two hundred Sisters Middle School (SMS) students in Sisters, Oregon watched him …

Top 10 Reasons to Join Eco-Schools USA

Close to 5,000 schools across the nation are already Eco-Schools.  Why have so many schools joined this global environmental education program?  Because it WORKS!  Not only are students more engaged …

Studying Water Conservation Results in a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat

Rachael Barker is the lead Eco-Schools teacher at Rockdale Intermediate where she works with 3rd-5th grade Gifted & Talented (GT) students during the school day and after school in the …

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