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Environmental Education Lesson Plans

The lesson plans and accompanying activity sheets provided here were developed by DEC environmental educators. They have proven to be successful at environmental education centers, natural areas, and visits to classrooms These education tools bring young people in touch with the natural world and build their understanding of environmental issues.

The lessons, which are divided into topic themes, are grouped by grade level: preK-3, 3-6 and 6-12. Some of these lessons call for the use of specialized equipment. Feel free to adapt the lessons to accommodate the materials you have available. Please contact DEC's Bureau of Environmental Education if you have any questions.

The links below lead to descriptions of the downloadable lessons and student activity sheets. Bookmark this page and check back regularly as more lessons will be added periodically. Recording and activity sheets for observing nature outdoors are on the Kids G.O. (Get Outside) web pages.


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