Students and Nature

Teachers exploring the woods photo by Liz Soper

On a Monarch Mission

Did you know that monarch butterfly larva chew a notch in the stalk of a leaf before they eat it? Amazingly so, this behavior is called “leaf notching” and it …

National Wildlife Federation Helps Launch Lower Rio Grande Valley Learning Landscapes Initiative

The National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitat Program, which uses outdoor nature gardens as classrooms to help students master science and other subjects, is really making its mark in South Texas. …

Brooklyn Students Build Beaver Dams

In December 2017, Diane Corrigan – a wildlife enthusiast and early childhood science teacher at PS 179 in Brooklyn – came upon an article about how a family of beavers …

Schools in Delaware Are Making Big Strides

“Going Green has changed our school and the way our students learn and live.” Leona Williams, a fourth grade teacher at Forwood Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware, reflects on how …

Confluence of Young Conservation Leaders – Hope for the Future

In early November, National Wildlife Federation’s EcoLeaders program, an initiative dedicated to leadership and career development for young people passionate about futures in Conservation and Sustainability career sectors, sent three …

New Resources in the EcoLeaders Career Center

In 2015, the National Wildlife Federation EcoLeaders team launched a Career Center designed to inspire and educate college students, young professionals, and high school graduates to plan rewarding, sustainable careers …

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 …

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