Updated April 2023
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd. Below are some activities and resources designed to promote awareness of environmental concerns and provide ideas for active participation and involvement.
The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, when a United States senator from Wisconsin organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues. Rallies took place across the country and, by the end of the year, the U.S. government had created the Environmental Protection Agency. By 1990, Earth Day was an event celebrated by more than 140 countries around the globe.
These exercises may be used in the classroom to sensitize students to their natural surroundings and experience nature from a sensory perspective.
Eco-Friendly Practices for the Classroom:
NPR: Drought Threatens Navajo’s Crops, Culture (All Things Considered Audio Broadcast)
Examines the impact of climate change
on the traditional farming economy as well
as the culture of the Navajo people in New Mexico.
Droughts in the southwestern United States
and global warming are causing rapid
change in the culture of the Navajo nation:
“All Things Considered” audio broadcast.
Here are a few videos for Earth Day on YouTube.
by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
48 pages, Ages 7-11
Dream The Forest Wild: How Children Saved a Rainforest
by Sue Memhard with Jim Crisp
Story may be read to children and then discussed. Book is designed to be illustrated by students and sold to raise money for the rainforest or school. Art project could be modified for students who are blind or visually impaired.
A website geared to teaching children about our environment through lessons and activities.