Website Resources

There are many great resources available to help you and your students learn more about the environment.

Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of the largest aquariums in the United States. It’s nearly 1,000 species fill 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits and take visitors on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean's three regions: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific and the Northern Pacific. They offer a wide array of programs for preschool to adult ages.

Audubon Center at Debs Park
The Center's mission is to inspire people to experience, understand and care for the local natural world. The nature-based education and community programs at Debs Park are designed to engage children and their families in the outdoor world, and to give them a personal stake in its protection by making environmental issues relevant to their lives.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is an educational, recreational and research facility devoted to encouraging active public participation to promote knowledge and conservation of marine life in Southern California.

Clean LA
Clean LA is a County of Los Angeles portal to programs that help residents, businesses and government keep the County clean and sustainable.

Community Nature Connection
Mission to increase access to the outdoors for diverse communities through innovative programming and in partnership with the communities they serve. For information on their virtual blog click here.

Environmental Defenders
The Environmental Defenders' Rock the Planet- You Can Change the World Tour is a 30-minute, interactive, musical assembly, proven to inspire students to take action and do more to protect the environment. As Los Angeles County is doing its part to flatten the curve on COVID-19. As a result, the assembly presentations are postponed until further notice. For ideas on what can be done at home while we flatten the curve, visit here for lesson plan ideas.

Heal the Bay
Heal the Bay provides hands on, interdisciplinary educational programs for students K-12. Their topics cover a range of programs, including pollution awareness and prevention, stormwater education, and environmental stewardship. Check out their virtual science education series: Knowledge Drops!

Latino Outdoors - Los Angeles
Latino Outdoors mission is to inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring Latino history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented. Click here for new ideas and activities weekly!

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
The Los Angeles County Arboretum offers activities including concerts, nature and gardening classes, school programs and tours. Though their on-site programs are paused for the time being, The Arboretum is still committed to helping children and families explore the joy of nature-based learning. During this "Stay at Home" period, they bring you two new exciting, hands-on programs a week that you and your little ones can do to stay connected to nature and all its magic! All activities are low-to-no cost, and require materials found in nature as well as common household items. They are designed to embody a combination of scientific, whimsical, and physical activities sure to inspire your child through fun and the joy of nature. Check back each Monday and Thursday for new activities here.

Los Angeles County Library
Kids and teachers can access the current virtual programming as well as having access to the libraries online books, book clubs, homework assistance, animated books, activities, etc.

Los Angeles County Office of Education
The Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) is the nation's largest regional education agency. Under the leadership of Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo, LACOE provides a range of programs and services to support the county's 80 school districts and more than 2 million preschool and school-age children. Please visit their Stay at Home page for guidance and resources.

Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion
The Los Angeles Environmental Learning Center at Hyperion (ELC) was developed to bring textbook and classroom learning to life while showcasing the City's commitment to protecting public health and the environment. The ELC addresses the need for increased public environmental education through docent led tours of our environmental education exhibits which are compliant to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Visitors explore their role in Clean Water Treatment and Conservation, Watershed Protection and Solids Resources Management. During Stay at Home, facility and plant tours are suspended until further notice.

Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors: CAN THE TRASH! Clean Beach Poster Contest
Students in grades 3-5 are invited to enter Los Angeles County's CAN THE TRASH! Clean Beach Poster Contest. Winners will have their artwork displayed around trash barrels on the beach.

Nature for All
Nature for All's goal is to build a diverse base of support for ensuring that everyone in the Los Angeles area - no matter where they live - has equitable access to the wide range of benefits that nature can provide. For ideas and activities on how to enjoy nature during stay at home click here.

Roots and Shoots
Roots and Shoots mission is to empower young people to make a positive change in their communities. Educators looking for activities and ideas to keep students engaged while social distancing can click here.

Star Eco Station
Working in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other government and environmental organizations, STAR ECO Station provides a last chance for illegal or abandoned at-risk exotic wildlife, as well as environmental education outreach programs in over 40 California school districts. Star Eco Station will be closed during Stay at Home until further notice.

TreePeople's mission is to inspire the people of Los Angeles to take personal responsibility for the urban forest - educating, training and supporting residents as they plant and care for trees and improve the neighborhoods in which they live, learn, work and play. The K-12 education programs raise environmental awareness, while enriching academic lessons and teaching life skills. TreePeople is currently offering online learning during Stay at Home. Students can access the online riddles, or quick activities. Teachers can attend webinars with experts and download free supplemental curriculum materials.

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies' Aquatic WILD
Aquatic WILD is a K-12, interdisciplinary, conservation and environmental education program emphasizing aquatic wildlife. For ideas on how to conduct WILD activities remotely in the wake of Stay at Home, visit their WILD About Remote Learning page for educators and page for parents.

California Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation provides services and information that promote environmental health, economic vitality, informed land use decisions and sound management of our state's natural resources. The website provides facts and information that students and teachers can use for school projects.

California Education and the Environment Initiative
The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is a free, state-sponsored K-12 curriculum that teaches science and history-social science standards through an environmental lens. Teachers can download free curriculum here.

California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery's website is a one-stop-shop for information about recycling in California.

California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)
The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project whose mission is to develop a communication network, which provides educators with access to environmental education resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California students.

Erase the Waste
The Erase the Waste public education campaign is designed to reduce harmful storm water pollution in Los Angeles County and improve the environment of the region's coastal and inland communities.

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI)
Receive support through sustainability project-based curriculum, teacher trainings, youth conferences, and conservation competitions. In an effort to continue supporting high schools during shutdowns, we are sharing distance learning resources* to help you continue providing learning opportunities for students.
*Resources are designed for 9th-12th grade students, but can be adapted for 6th-8th grade students. Topics include green careers, air quality, water analysis, solar design, and more.

Ten Strands
Ten Strands mission is to strengthen the partnerships and strategies that will bring environmental literacy to all of California's K - 12 students, their website provides news about Environmental Literacy in California and professional development opportunities for teachers.

Think Earth Foundation
The Foundation strives to create an environmentally aware generation of business and community leaders who will "think earth" by balancing their own needs against those of the environment. For fun activities that can be done with students grades K-5 click here.

Water Education Foundation's Project WET
Project WET works with educators, resource managers, community leaders and concerned citizens in educating young people about one of the most precious resources on the planet - water. Find water education resources to stay in the know including videos, slideshows and more if you are teaching online or at home here.

EarthEcho International
EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet. To explore online events such as a Virtual Career Connection with a Marine Scientist click here.

Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is a national nonprofit public education organization dedicated to engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their local community environments.

North American Association for Environmental Education
EElinked - Environmental Education on the Internet -- is a resource designed to support students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education. For online learning resources, tools, and support click here.

National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
NEEF is a leader in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. Currently NEEF is committed to helping parents and educators following "social distancing" guidelines to slow the spread of this dangerous virus. However, there are still many activity guides and citizen science projects available for children of all ages to learn about environmental education. Click here for more information.