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Looking for some resources to help you teach kids about environmental health? Here are some good sources for lesson plans, activities, educational materials, and more.

Classroom Materials for Teachers

Content courtesy of the NIEHS, some content courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.


NIEHS Resources

As part of its education outreach efforts, NIEHS offers educational tours/visits of the Institute in Research Triangle Park, NC. The tours offer area K thru 12 and college/university students and teachers the opportunity to learn about a wide range of fascinating topics related to environmental health, along with an inside look at some of the career options available to those who are considering employment in biomedical research.

Institute tours are conducted weekdays during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Tour groups are limited to 50 participants.

Through the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health program, we have discussed the importance of environmental health literacy, which has strong ties to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. However, teachers today face many demands and have limited time and tools for introducing new concepts, such as environmental health. This webinar highlighted different approaches to working with teachers to engage students on environmental health topics. Two presentations focused on hands-on tools and resources that teachers can use in the classroom, and the third presentation described the value and impact of workshops that strengthen teachers' capacity to address environmental health with their students.

Institute tours are conducted weekdays during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and are reserved on a first-come first-served basis. Tour groups are limited to 50 participants.

Other Resources

Interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to national education standards for science and health.
Educational resources and climate education collections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Digital media for the classroom and professional development.
NIH Curriculum Supplement for Middle School, Grades 7 - 8.

These are just a few examples of great work from scientific kids. The possibilities are endless for what you can do. Follow the links below and get inspired.

Other Kids Environmental Art Resources!

Learning about the Greek Alphabet can be interesting for math and science students. Complete and color these connect the dot pages!
There is no machinery at The Imagination Factory, and they don't have smokestacks that pollute the air. Instead, they teach children and their caregivers creative ways to recycle by making art. Recycling is one way to minimize or lessen the amount of trash we have to throw away. When we recycle, we make a new product out of waste materials. This process helps save natural resources like trees as well as landfill space and the money needed to get rid of trash.
Aims to inspire kids to be creative in hopes for a healthier future by combining art and science.
Adventures with art- interactive activities and projects.
From Art to Zoo, the Smithsonian has something to interest kids and students of all ages.
musical notes
Other stuff you might like ...
Sing-Along Songs
With words and music!
Male Scientist Ready to Speak
Other stuff you might like ...
Speakers Bureau
Our scientists are available to come talk about a variety of topics involving your environment and your health.
Baby ducks following mother duck
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Wildlife Articles
Learn about wildlife and ecology! Read these tales written by NIEHS staff.
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