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Resources for Educators


Environmental education events and resources for North Carolina's PreK-12 teachers. Also useful for homeschool and nonformal educators.

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Curriculum, Field Trips, Programs and other Resources

EE Resource Database Search this comprehensive database for the very best in environmental education opportunities, outreach programs, curricula, service learning, etc.

Field Trips Directory of Environmental Education Centers across the state

Grants and Contests

EE Grants Database The majority of the grants in this updated directory support classroom and school projects related to environmental education and outdoor learning!

Contests and Awards Database This is also a great resource for teachers and nonformal educators. Many of these contests can be used for classroom activities or individual student projects. There are also opportunities for recognition of environmental education efforts by teachers, students and volunteers. Many awards have cash prizes that can be used toward the current or future projects!

Professional Development for Educators

Most EE programs and workshops can also be used for teaching continuing education credits, but please remember to follow your district's policies regarding prior approval and documentation. In addition, many classroom teachers also enroll in the N.C. Environmental Education Program for the professional developent, resources and networking it provides.

Events Calender The latest professional development opportunities in environmental education across the state.

Environmental Education Certification Program Increase your professional skills in EE, meet great educators from across the state and have fun!

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Department of Environmental Quality's Resources for Educators

The Department of Environmental Quality offers a wide array of resources for preK-12 educators including school and group field trips, classroom visits and activities, curriculum and lesson plans, educator workshops and professional development opportunities and field guides, web applications and many other resources.

Visit the DEQ Educator Resources page to learn more.

GIS Resources

The Office of Environmental Education has mulitple GIS web applications on North Carolina's river basins, environmental education resources, and more!

Visit our GIS Resource page to find out about GIS basics, datasets, maps, and applications available through the Office and other organizations.


The Office of Environmental Education provides a variety of publications that educators find useful. Click here to see a listing of all of our publications, all of which are free to order!

Videos and LiveStreams for the Classroom

The are several taped presentations on a wide variety of environmental topics that can be used in the classroom to supplement exisitng lessons on ecosystems, natural resources, and North Carolina history.

Click here to find the entire listing of videos and livestreamed talks.


North Carolina Environmental Literacy Plan

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources entered into a partnership to develop a state environmental literacy plan. North Carolina's environmental literacy plan is being developed by DPI and DENR in partnership with Environmental Educators of North Carolina, the state professional association for environmental educators, and the NC Association of Environmental Education Centers, with additional input from a wide range stakeholders in the education and environmental communities. More Information.

Review the NC Environmental Literacy Plan

For more information, please contact Marty Wiggins at or Lisa Tolley at

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For more information on education and careers in environmental education, environmental science and other related fields, check out these resources.

EE Schools

This is a listing of North Carolina schools that integrate environmental and outdoor education into their curriculum. It is a great way for schools interested in EE to network, learn from each other and use each other as resources. List your school today!

EE Schools Directory

Outdoor Classrooms

Our friends at the Natural Learning Initiative at N.C. State University specialize in outdoor learning environments and have a wealth of information and resources.

EE for Early Childhood

Providing developmentally appropriate environmental education lessons and activities for preschool-aged children can be a challenge. We recommend these resources:

Natural Wonders: A Guide to Early Childhood for Environmental Educators, Minnesota Early Childhood Environmental Education Consortium, 2002

Making the Most of Outdoor Time with Preschool Children, NC Cooperative Extension

Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale (POEMS), NC Cooperative Extension

Outdoor Play: Combating Sedentary Lifestyles, by Betsy Thigpen in Sept. 2007 issue of Zero to Three

Nurturing Children's Biophilia: Developmentally Appropriate Environmental Education for Young Children, Randy White and Vicki L. Stoecklin, White Hutchinson Leisure and Learning Group, 2008


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Lesson Plans

Activities and lessons from the Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs:

Learn NC has a number of environmental education-related lesson plans. Just type "environmental education" into their lesson plan search engine!

Take A Child Outside has simple outdoor activities.