Resources for Students

California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy makes the case that a healthy and safe California relies on residents making wise choices essential to our quality of life. Fostering environmental literacy inspires students to ask meaningful questions about the world around them and their role in it. Together, we can address climate change, use of natural and renewable resources, and protection and enjoyment of our environment.

California’s Education & the Environment Initiative Curriculum is the state’s free TK–12 model curriculum for integrating environmental literacy into classroom instruction. There are 85 units, with materials available in Spanish.

The California Outdoor Schools Association is a statewide network of outdoor schools and faculty that are managed by local educational agencies.

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Toolkit helps students, parents, educators, and community partners who seek to improve education  to participate in their local school district budget development process.

Youth Outside strives to ensure that the lived experience of all youth is honored as part of the outdoor experience to promote healthy lives and inspire future champions of the planet.

The Lawrence Hall of Science provides hands-on learning experiences through programs that engage across the learning continuum. BaySci is a coordinated effort to systematically enhance the quantity and quality of TK–12 science teaching and learning in districts and schools. BaySci works with California school districts to facilitate deepening partnerships between community organizations and districts developing comprehensive environmental literacy plans.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is committed to supporting students, teachers, administrators and community partners to build environmental literacy for all students in their community. Check out their list of resources for students.

The San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs focus on STEM disciples and environmental literacy. Check out their opportunities for students.

The Alameda USD Case Study demonstrates how a district embraced environmental literacy planning as a key driver for education reform. This case describes how skillful and inspired district leaders, with the support of a unified set of partners, have set the foundation for environmental learning within their district.