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~ EARTH DAY PROJECT IDEAS & RESOURCES~

The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Math & Environmental Education has many excellent resources for planning an Earth Day Project!

¨ For a list of activity guides, children’s literature and equipment available to teachers for loan through our Resource Clearinghouse, visit our website:

Manuals

Teacher Resources


¨ For information about projects that were done by schools during the past three years of the program, visit our website:

See menu at left

Here are project ideas and website links to get your class or youth group thinking about what YOU can do:

Plant a school or community garden that provides wildlife habitat, enhances human habitat, or provides food.

Creating Habitat Sites

Kids Gardening

Build bird nesting boxes or bat boxes.

Organize a tree-planting project.

Calculate your Ecological Footprints:

Footprints

Start a “Waste Free Lunch Program”:

Decorate paper bags for a local grocery store with earth-friendly messages:

Hold a recycling drive or set up an in-school recycling program:

Make a worm bin for classroom or school cafeteria composting (Center has plans to follow).

Conduct a frog and toad calling or deformity survey.


Conduct a forest, schoolyard, or stream clean-up.

Conduct a storm drain stenciling project.
(Center has stencils that may be borrowed)

Broadcast an Earth Day message over the school PA system, or in cooperation with your local TV or radio station.

Study an environmental topic of interest to your class or group!!

Earth Day Websites:
¨ Earth Day Network:
¨ Official Site of International Earth Day:
¨ Earth Day at Kids Domain:
¨ Wilderness Society Earth Day Page:
¨ EnviroLink Earth Day Pages:
¨ U.S. Government:
¨ U.S. Department of Energy:
¨ Environmental Protection Agency :
¨ National Institute of Health:
¨ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:
¨ Department of Transportation:
¨ Sierra Club :

Resources for Environmental Education in Michigan:
¨ MTU School of Forest Resources & Environmental Sciences “Kids Corner”
¨ Michigan Environmental Education Resources :
¨ Michigan Department of Environmental Quality:
¨ Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education:
¨ North American Association of Environmental Education:

  Updated 02/07/2005

Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental Education
Michigan Technological University
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Tel: 906-487-3341

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