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Distance Learning Resources for Environmental Literacy

Many community partners have developed content to support environmental literacy at home. Through these lessons and activities, students can still explore the world around them and discover their connection to the natural world. Check out these resources developed by past and current recipients of OSSE’s Environmental Literacy Advancement Grant, the Department of Energy and Environment, and other partners.

  • Anacostia Watershed Society has compiled Learning at Home resources for learning about the Anacostia Watershed from home. Organized by grade bands, topics include freshwater mussels, American shad and wetlands. Also included are ideas for creating a Naturalist Notebook. Students can also view these short videos: Explore the Anacostia Watershed and Groundwater and the Anacostia River to learn about how streams, creeks, and land areas feed into the Anacostia River and how issues happening on land, such as littering, impact the river after it rains.
  • Audubon Naturalist Society’s YouTube Channel has several videos with nature and environmental content. The Garbology Playlist includes lessons and activities related to waste reduction and recycling, in English and Spanish. For younger learners, you can also search the Audubon Naturalist Society playlist for read-alouds of many books and craft projects.
  • City Blossoms is providing free resources to support nature-based activities and healthy living skills. Resources include lessons, booklets, and garden guides in English and Spanish. They also have virtual garden field trips.
  • Cleaner Air, Tree by Tree, a program developed by Casey Trees and Clean Air Partners, is a series of virtual investigations that explore the connection between planting trees and human impact on the environment.
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Learn Outside, Learn at Home is a selection of activities that can be done at home or in the neighborhood.
  • The Department of Energy and Environment has a virtual tour of its Aquatic Resources Education Center, which houses over 40 species of fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Rain Gardens in your Neighborhood is a video about how rain gardens help keep DC’s watersheds clean, provide habitat for wildlife, and look naturally beautiful.
  • EcoRise has created an At Home Learning resource page with STEM and sustainability lessons.
  • FoodPrints Anywhere provides activities weekly that help build nutrition knowledge, extend science and math education, and help families cook and eat FoodPrints recipes together at home.
  • Project Learning Tree has a series of Activities for Families geared toward students ages 3-15. Explore a nearby park, your backyard, or around your home.
  • Urban Adventure Squad has distance learning resources that encourage exploring the outdoors through adventures such as geocaching.
  • Washington Youth Garden has created a distance learning page that includes garden and science activities, particularly geared towards elementary-aged students. The page includes links to additional resources hosted by other organizations.