Environmental Education Web Resources

Illinois Resources

Conservation Foundation offers a multitude of educational webinars and provides previously recorded events on YouTube.
Environmental Education Association of Illinois website provides educational materials for formal and non-formal educators, information on Illinois events, and links to other useful environmental education websites, including COVID-19 Educator Resources.
Forest Preserve Districts provide education programs and resources pertaining to the flora and fauna of land they protect. The University of Illinois Library lists District websites by county. 

Illinois DNR offers free podcasts & online lessons on various ecology topics.

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant offers an educational toolkit for climate and weather lesson plans.
Illinois State Museum offers an online resources page, Family Fun page and an Educator's page with a variety of environmental resources. 
Kidzeum in Springfield offers online science learning opportunities including videos and hands-on activities. 
Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago provides hands-on science games, activities and videos on its website. 
Scarce in Northern Illinois offers community education and assistance to work toward the shared goals of sustainability, recycling and waste reduction, and online environmental education resources that follow NGSS.
Severson Dells Nature Center offers nature education at home with free nature lessons, activities and videos.
Shedd Aquarium in Chicago offers online teaching guides, curricula and more on its classroom resources page.
Trees Forever supports tree planting across Iowa and Illinois and offers free online webinars.
University of Illinois Extension provides energy & environment webinars and online activities & information relating to their various programs.
The University of Illinois Extension Forestry created the Illinois Big Tree Registry to showcase an interactive digital map of the largest native tree species that can be found in Illinois.
Wildlife Illinois teaches about all animals native to Illinois.  

National and Other State Resources

Berkeley Lab K-12 is a live science series for K - 12 that includes episodes and worksheets that explore innovative research and related hobbies at home.
Cafeteria Culture focuses on waste free schools and plastic pollution with youth made messages and videos. The Microplastic Madness lesson plans and video are available free for Title One schools.
Center for Ecoliteracy Ecological Education in California offers free teaching resources on a variety of environmental topics.
Envirothon is a national, outdoor, environmental competition for high school students. The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors and coordinates the Illinois competition.    
Great Lakes Now offers free resources for remote learning for grades 5-8 on the Great Lakes and groundwater.
National Geographic Kids offers interactive and educational games and quizzes about science, animals and more.
National Science Teachers Association provides free exhibitor STEM resources.
NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project provides webinars and workshops on a range of environmental topics integrating citizen science, STEM, community resilience, and climate science.
North American Association for Environmental Education provides training, workshops, conferences and more for educators in the field. 
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute offers a wealth of educational YouTube videos.
Population Education offers free classroom resources for all grades.
Science Friday offers a Remote Learning Kit that provides free educational STEM activities. 
U.S. EPA Environmental Education Center provides access to classroom ideas, activities and other resources for educators and students.
U.S. EPA Region 5 Environmental Education website provides access to environmental education materials such as books and posters. Educators and students in Region 5 can order printed publications at no cost. Additionally, some materials are available in PDF format to print or download.