Environmental Education Guidelines

Educating for Action is a Green Teacher Article providing a framework for thinking about the place of action in environmental education (William F. Hammond, from issue #50)

Education for a Sustainable Future: A Resource for Curriculum Developers, Teachers, and Administrators is intended to assist Manitoba curriculum developers and educators to integrate sustainability concepts into new and existing curricula. It is interdisciplinary in approach, and provides direction, that is relevant to Alberta educators, for the integration of sustainability knowledge, skills, values, and life practices within the curriculum, the classroom, and the community. 

Environmental Learning and Experience: An Interdisciplinary Guide for Teachers provides assistance to British Columbia teachers of all subjects and grades to integrate environmental concepts into teaching and learning. The Teaching and Learning Principles as well as the Principles for Conceptualizing ‘Environment’ can be applied in Alberta classrooms.

Pathway to Stewardship is a framework providing a guide and roadmap towards stewardship. It covers every stage of a child's development using a series of benchmarks or goals. It is grounded in extensive research and interviews with 75 community leaders. Pathway to Stewardship is a call to action for everyone who plans for or spends time with children - parents, teachers, relatives, community groups, health professionals and government agencies.

Guide to Education for Sustainability offers introductory tools, background, and examples to help educators of all grade levels and subject areas strengthen classroom curricula and community projects

Forest and Nature School in Canada: A Head, Heart, Hands Approach to Outdoor Learning is a resource focused on new approaches to nature-based learning

Connecting the Dots focuses on learning strategies and the ways of organizing learning experiences; the “how to” of learning. These learning strategies involve students as engaged learners, learning within the context of their communities and addressing relevant, local issues.

The NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence series is available for free download. Guidelines for Excellence include: Community Engagement, Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs, Nonformal Environmental Education Programs, Environmental Education Materials, K-12 Environmental Education, and Professional Development of Environmental Educators

The guide is written for teachers and includes both the basics of climate change science and perspectives on teaching a subject that has become socially and politically polarized (US based info but some good information). 

NEW Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults! 

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s beloved bestselling book has been adapted for young adults by Monique Gray Smith. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish, and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience. This new edition reinforces how wider ecological understanding stems from listening to the earth’s oldest teachers: the plants around us.

With informative sidebars, reflection questions, and art from illustrator Nicole Neidhardt (Navajo), Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults will help provide educators to bring Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the lessons of plant life to a new generation. This new version will provide the essence of this book in a way that better engages high school students. You can purchase it from the Outdoor Learning Store.