​What are other outdoor education curricula?

This section includes basic information about other outdoor curricula that you may be able to use or draw ideas from in seeking to move lessons outdoors.

Description: 
  • This program covers a variety of topics, including living things, soil, ecosystems, water, natural resources, and sustainable communities.  Lessons and activities offered in both English and Spanish.
Grade Level:
  • K-6
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • NAAEE provides national curriculum correlation, state-level alignment only provided for the state of California
  • National Learning Standards: https://naaee.org/pages/EE+Activities+-+Correlated+to+National+Learning+Standards
  • California Content Standards
Website:
  • General: www.acpe.lake.k12.ca.us
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Land Use, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Water Quality
Description:
  • The Energy Hog Challenge is a set of classroom activities that guide children through lessons about different sources of energy, how we use energy at home, and how to bust energy hogs to save energy.
Grade Level:
  • 2-6
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Meets national learning standards for the subject areas of Science, Math, Technology, Language Arts and Social Studies.
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Energy Resources
Description:
  • Lessons, activities, and data sets focused on the Great Lakes engage students through STEM education.  Topics include fish, food webs, habitats, invasive species, water properties, quality, and quantity, as well as weather and climate change.
Grade Level:
  • 4-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • The Great Lakes Education Program is part of an approved science curriculum for fourth-grade students
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Land Use, Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Description:
  • This program introduces students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects.
Grade Level:
  • 5-8
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Correlations with National Science Standards and state education standards.
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Land Use
Description:
  • This program introduces younger children to basic earth science by including interactive resources on the website and supplemental materials, focusing on water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, and Earth system science.  Translations of GLOBE materials are available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.
Grade Level:
  • K-4
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Correlation to Michigan's Curriculum Framework available.
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Water Quality, Land Use, Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Description:
  • This program integrates geography, history, biology, and physical sciences into classroom introductions to the Great Lakes, field days on either Lake St. Claire or Lake Erie, and classroom experiments and discussions.  The program helps to increase student knowledge of the Great Lakes and water resources.
Grade Level:
  • 4
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • The Great Lakes Education Program is part of an approved science curriculum for fourth-grade students
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Land Use, Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Description:
  • This early childhood education program provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills.  Children will participate in outdoor explorations, art projects, conservation activities as well as reading and math connections (and more) through the program.
Grade Level:
  • Ages 3-7
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Correlations to Head Start requirements and NAEYC Standards can be found here.
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Land and Environment
Description:
  • The LSSI seeks to prepare K-12 students to become knowledgeable citizens engaged in activities that enhance their school, community, and the Lake Superior watershed. The initiative has three strategies focused on place-based curricula engaging students in their community, teacher-training and student programs on the lakes, streams, wetlands and more near their school, and school-community partnerships with local government units and community organizations.
Grade Level:
  • K-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Not provided, but may be useful in teaching about environmental degradation in Michigan's lakes and coastal areas.
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Water Quality, Land Use, Air Quality, Energy Resources
Description:
  • NOS education provides formal lesson plans and classroom ideas that emphasize hands-on activities and problem-based learning using on-line data resources.
Grade Level:
  • 6-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Correlated to National Science Education Standards
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Water Quality, Land Use, Air Quality, Energy Resources
Description:
  • Students get the chance to learn about the ozone layer and why it is so important to the planet.  They take part in writing and debate practice while enjoying a variety of science experiments.
Grade Level:
  • 9-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Not provided, but may be useful as a supplement to lessons on air quality or ozone.
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Air Quality, Climate Change
Description:
  • This program promotes youth and family fishing skills, ethical fishing practices and fisheries stewardship to ensure the future of Michigan fishing.
Grade Level:
  • K-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Not provided
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Water Quality
Description:
  • Multi-disciplinary environmental education program from the American Forest Foundation.  Offers curriculum materials and teacher training, including resources to help teachers take lessons outdoors, with both a national and Michigan focus.
Grade Level:
  • Pre K-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Land Use, Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Description:
  • Project WET is a worldwide initiative to endorse water education.  The project provides education guides for teaching students about water and water resources.
Grade Level:
  • K-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Water Quality
Description:
  • National conservation and environmental education program Project Wild offers instructional workshops for educators, and materials including curricula and activity guides, some of which are only available to workshop attendees.
Grade Level:
  • K-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • List of Content Expectation Correlations, for both federal and state standards
Website:
Content Expectations: 
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity
Description:
  • This website helps educators learn more about programs and activities that can teach students about Michigan's Great Lakes.  It has various lesson plans to suit the teachers needs and time limits.
Grade Level:
  • K-12
Alignment with Content Expectations:
  • Lessons and activities selected and rated based on their correlation to curriculum standards.
Website:
Applicable MEECS Unit:
  • Ecosystems and Biodiversity, Water Quality