Environmental Education | Public Lands Every Day

Attract new visitors to your public land by leading creative and engaging educational programs for children and adults alike. Use this section to find resources on topics of particular interest to public lands. If your friends group or public land produces an educational resource that you would like to share on this website, please email us at pled@neefusa.org.

Educational Resources by Topics

BioBlitzes: Learn about BioBlitzes and how they can be used to engage young people with citizen science and public lands.

Endangered Species: With a diverse range of ecosystems and locations across the nation, public lands provide habitats for many endangered or threatened species. Learn about these species.

Invasive Species: Invasive animal and plant species dramatically effect the health of public lands. Visit the education page with informational resources on how to talk about invasive species with visitors.

Trees and Public Lands: Public lands serve as living laboratories for studying plants and the positive impacts of trees. 

Water and Public Lands: Teach about water and its importance to all life by taking students and visitors to a public land to experience fresh, brackish and salt water environments first-hand. 

Partners and Organizations

World Water MonitWorld Water Monitoring Day Logooring Challenge

The primary goal of World Water Monitoring Challenge (WWMC) is to educate and engage citizens in the protection of the world’s water resources. As individuals learn about the quality of neighborhood waterbodies, they will be empowered to take action on local and international water issues.  Although the official day is September 18, participants are asked to monitor the health of their local waterbodies throughout the spring, fall and winter months. A lot can be learned about the health of an ecosystem by regularly studying the water for key indicators such as dissolved oxygen, pH and turbidity. MORE +

TogetherGreenTogetherGreen Logo

TogetherGreen is helping to build the promise of a greener, healthier future through innovation, leadership and volunteerism. The program is a collaboration between Audubon and Toyota to provide opportunities for people from diverse communities across the nation to take environmental actions. The program has five focuses, conservation leadership training, grants, volunteerism, the youth focused Pennies for the Planet and communications. The TogetherGreen website offers suggestions for families on places to volunteer and how to Exit the Highway to find public lands near cities. MORE +

National Environmental Education WeekEE Week Logo

EE Week, the nation's largest environmental education event held each year the week before Earth Day, inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. EE Week connects educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students’ understanding of the environment. MORE +

Leave No TraceLeave No Trace Logo

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. MORE +

Leave No Trace is guided by seven principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare 
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces 
  • Dispose of waste properly 
  • Leave what you find 
  • Minimize campfire impacts 
  • Respect wildlife 
  • Be considerate of other visitors