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This guide provides a selection of print and electronic resources on environmentalism for children ages K-12. It also includes environmental education resources for educators and parents.

For Educators and Parents:

Environmental Education Activities and Curriculum Resources

Chiras, Daniel D. Environmental science. 10th ed. Burlington, MA, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016. 702 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE140.C48 2016; Shelf location: FLM2015 118285

Currie, Stephen.  Environmentalism in America. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2010. 96 p.
   Bibliography: p. 85-90.
   GE197.C876 2010; Shelf location: FLM2015 093172

Ellis, Brian. Learning from the land: teaching ecology through stories and activities. 2nd ed. Santa Barbara, CA, Libraries Unlimited, c2011. 228 p.
   Bibliography: p. 219.
   GE77.E45 2011

Fields of green: restorying culture, environment, and education. Edited by Marcia McKenzie and others. Cresskill, NJ, Hampton Press, c2009. 374 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE70.F54 2009 LANDOVR

Focus on educating for sustainability: toolkit for academic libraries. Edited by Maria Anna Jankowska. Sacramento, CA, Library Juice Press, 2014. 273 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Z675.U5F63 2014; Shelf location: FLM2014 048560

Green education: an A-to-Z guide. Julie Newman, editor. Thousand Oaks, CA, Sage, c2011. 515 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC79.E5G6898 2011

Inside-out: environmental science in the classroom and the field, grades 3-8. Robert W. Blake and others. Arlington, VA, National Science Teachers Association, c2010. 165 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE70.I575 2010 FT MEADE

Louv, Richard.  Last child in the woods: saving our children from nature-deficit disorder. Updated and expanded. Chapel Hill, NC, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008. 390 p.
   Bibliography: p. 317-332.
   BF353.5.N37L68 2008 FT MEADE

Louv, Richard. The nature principle: reconnecting with life in a virtual age. Chapel Hill, NC, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2012. 330 p.
   Bibliography: p. 289-303.
   BF353.5.N37L69 2012

Louv, Richard. Vitamin N: the essential guide to a nature-rich life; 500 ways to enrich the health & happiness of your family & community. Chapel Hill, NC, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016. 277 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   BF353.5.N37L694 2016 <SciRR>

Nature education with young children: integrating inquiry and practice. Editors, Daniel R. Meier and Stephanie Sisk-Hilton. New York, Routledge, 2013. 225 p.
   Incudes bibliographical references.
   LB1140.5.S34N38 2013

Nature preschools and forest kindergartens: the handbook for outdoor learning. Edited by David Sobel. St. Paul, MN, Redleaf Press, 2016. 259 p.
   Bibliography: p. 247-252.
   LB1139.5.S35N36 2016; Shelf location FLM2016 017825

Nolet, Victor. Educating for sustainability: principles and practices for teachers. New York, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. 218 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE70.N65 2016; Shelf location FLM2016 001679

Roa, Michael L. Environmental science activities kit: ready-to-use lessons, labs, and worksheets for grades 7-12. 2nd ed. San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass, 2009. 486 p.
   Bibliography: p. 483-486.
   GE77.R63 2009 LANDOVR

Sampson, Scott D. How to raise a wild child: the art and science of falling in love with nature. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. 327 p.
   Bibliography: p. 305-319.
   QH51.S325 2015; Shelf location: FLS2015 052072

Wagner, Travis, and Robert Sanford. Environmental science: active learning laboratories and applied problem sets. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, c2010. 240 p.
   GE70.W34 2010

Wiland, Harry, and Dale Bell. Going to green: a standards-based environmental education curriculum for schools, colleges, and communities. White River Junction, VT, Chelsea Green Pub., c2009. 337 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE70.W53 2009 LANDOVR

Young, Jon, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGown. Coyote’s guide to connecting with nature. 2nd ed. Shelton, WA, OWLLink Media, c2010. 548 p.
   Bibliography: p. 525-538.
   GE77.Y67 2010 FT MEADE


Environmental Science Fair Projects and Experiments

Environmental science experiments. Edited by Aviva Ebner. New York, Chelsea House, c2011. 140 p.
   Bibliography: p. 135-138.
   GE115.E595 2011

Fredericks, Anthony D. Nature experiments. New York, Sterling Pub., c2005. 128 p.
   GE77.F74 2005 FT MEADE

Gardner, Robert, Phyllis J. Perry, and Salvatore Tocci. Ace your ecology and environmental science project: great science fair ideas. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2010. 112 p.
   Bibliography: p. 109.
   GE77.G36 2010

Reilly, Kathleen M. Planet Earth: 25 environmental projects you can build yourself. White River Junction, VT, Nomad Press, c2008. 122 p.
   Bibliography: p. 120.
   GE77.R45 2008 FT MEADE

Rybolt, Thomas R., and Robert C. Mebane. Environmental science fair projects: revised and expanded using the scientific method. Rev. and expanded [ed.]. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2010. 160 p.
   Bibliography: p. 156-157.
   GE115.R93 2010

Walker, Pam, and Elaine Wood. Environmental science experiments. New York, Facts on File, c2010. 153 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE77.W35 2010 <SciRR>


For Kids and Young Adults:

Recycling for Kids (Elementary)

Barker, Geoff.  How recycling works. New York, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TD794.5.B37 2014; Shelf location: FLM2014 168087

Miller, Connie Colwell. Garbage, waste, dumps, and you: the disgusting story behind what we leave behind. Mankato, MN, Capstone Press, c2009. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TD792.M553 2009

A Planet choking on waste. Edited by Jared Keen. North Mankato, MN, Smart Apple Media, c2003. 56 p.
   Bibliography: p. 53.
   TD792.P58 2003

Pratt, Mary K. How can we reduce household waste? Minneapolis, Lerner Publications, 2016. 40 p.
   Bibliography: p. 39.
   TD792.P73 2016; Shelf location: FLM2016 048673

Weber, Rebecca. Waste not: time to recycle. Minneapolis, MN, Compass Point Books, 2002. 24 p.
   Bibliography: p. 23.
   TD794.5.W383 2002


Green Living for Kids (Elementary)

Aloian, Molly. Eating green. New York, Crabtree Pub., 2014. 24 p.
   Bibliography: p. 23.
   GE195.5.A46 2014; Shelf location: FLS2014 071806

Aloian, Molly. Living green at home. New York, Crabtree Pub., 2014. 24 p.
   Bibliography: p. 23.
   GE195.5.A47 20014; Shelf location: FLS2014 071803

Johnson, John. Living green. New York, Roaring Brook Press, 2010. 39 p.
   GE195.7.J64 2010 LANDOVR

Raatma, Lucia. Green living: no action too small. Minneapolis, Compass Point Books, c2010. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 63.
   GE195.5.R38 2010; Shelf location: FLM2015 093448

Rooney, Anne.  Reducing the carbon footprint. Mankato, MN, Smart Apple Media, 2010. 44 p.
   Bibliography: p. 43.
   GE195.7.R66 2010; Shelf location: FLM2015 093440

Stille, Darlene R. Changing habits, living green. Mankato, MN, Childs World, c2012. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 32.
   GE195.5.S75 2012; Shelf location: FLM2015 093447


Recycling for Kids (Intermediate)

Recycling. Lauri S. Scherer, book editor. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014. 92 p.
   Bibliography: p. 83-87.
   TD794.5.R4196 2014; Shelf location: FLM2014 171180

Silverman, Buffy. Recycling: reducing waste. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2008. 48 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TD792.S56 2008

Watson, Stephanie. Making good choices about recycling and reuse. New York, Rosen Central, 2010. 64 p.
   Bibliography: p. 59-61.
   TD794.5.W3828 2010

Wilcox, Charlotte. Earth-friendly waste management. Minneapolis, MN, Lerner, c2009. 72 p.
   Bibliography: p. 68-69.
   TD792.W548 2009


Green Living for Kids (Intermediate)

Earth matters: an encyclopedia of ecology. Consultant editor, David de Rothschild. London, New York, Dorling Kindersley, 2011. 256 p.
   Originally published in 2008.
   GE29.E23 2011 LANDOVR

Gardner, Jane P. Environmental science. Broomall, PA, Mason Crest, 2015. 48 p.
   GE115.G37 2015

Kopp, Megan. Putting earth first: eating and living green. Ontario, Canada, New York, Crabtree Publishing Co., 2016. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   GE195.5.K674 2016; Shelf location: FLM2016 154306

Marshall, Natalia. Save the planet: 52 brilliant ideas for rescuing our world. Oxford, UK, Infinite Ideas Co., 2007. 242 p.
   TD171.7.M373 2007

McKay, Kim. True green kids: 100 things you can do to save the planet. Washington, National Geographic, 2008.
143 p.
   GE195.7.M42 2008 FT MEADE

Rosenoff, Wendy. Grow your own tree hugger: 101 activities to teach your child how to live green. Iola, WI, Krause Pub., c2009. 239 p.
   Bibliography: p. 231.
   TD171.7.R66 2009 LANDOVR

Yarrow, Joanna. 1,001 ways to save the earth. San Francisco, CA, Chronicle Books, 2007. 384 p.
   TD171.7.Y37 2007


Recycling for Young Adults

Bodden, Valerie. The war on waste. Mankato, MN, Creative Education, c2011. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 46-47.
   TD792.B63 2011

Hall, Eleanor J. Recycling. Farmington Hills, MI, KidHaven Press; Detroit, Thomson/Gale, c2005. 48 p.
   Bibliography: p. 42.
   TD794.5.B65 2005

Mooney, Carla, Recycling. Chicago, Norwood House Press, 2015. 64 p.
   “Explores the pros and cons of several issues related to recycling.”
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TD794.5.M66 2015; Shelf location: FLM2014 203908

Pennybacker, Mindy. Do one green thing: saving the earth through simple, everyday choices. New York, St. Martin’s Griffin, c2010. 270 p.
   Bibliography: p. 240-253.
   GE195.5.P46 2010

Rogers, Heather. Gone tomorrow: the hidden life of garbage. New York, New Press; Distributed by W. W. Norton & Company, 2005. 288 p.
   HD4483.R64 2005


Green Living for Young Adults

Bjornlund, Lydia. Going green. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2009. 120 p.
   Bibliography: p. 111-113.
   GE195.5.B56 2009 LANOVR

Do it yourself: a handbook for changing our world. Edited by the Trapese Collective. London, Ann Arbor, MI, Pluto Press, 2007. 306 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE195.D6 2007 LANDOVR

Gay, Kathlyn. Living green: the ultimate teen guide. Lanham, MD, Scarecrow Press, c2012. 232 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   HC79.E5G3529 2012

The Green movement. Debra A. Miller, book editor. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, c2010. 219 p.
   Bibliography: p. 202-207.
   GE195.G738 2010

Hirshfield, Lynn. Girls gone green. Beverly Hills, CA, Participant Media; New York, Puffin Books, c2010. 192 p.
   Bibliography: p. 189-192.
   GE195.5.H57 2010; Shelf location: FLM2015 084865

Kostigen, Thomas M. You are here: exposing the vital link between what we do and what that does to our planet. New York, HarperOne, c2008. 256 p.
   Bibliography: p. 213-243.
   GF75.K674 2008 LANOVR

McCartney, Christine, and Samantha Booth. The earth handbook: everyday extraordinary. Glasgow, Saraband, c2009. 400 p.
   TD171.7.M374 2009

Morgan, Erinn. Picture yourself going green: step-by-step instruction for living a budget-conscious, earth-friendly lifestyle in eight weeks or less. Boston, Course Technology, c2009, 218 p.
   GE195.7.M67 2009 LANDOVR

Rogers, Elizabeth, and Thomas M. Kostigen. The green book: the everyday guide to saving the planet one simple step at a time. New York, Three Rivers Press, c2007. 201 p.
   Bibliography: p. 147-197.
   TD171.7.R64 2007

Trask, Crissy. Go green, spend less, live better: the ultimate guide to saving the planet, saving money, and protecting your health. New York, Skyhorse Publishing, c2013. 264 p.
   Bibliography: p. 253-260.
   GE198.T73 2013 <SciRR>


Environmental Activism for Kids and Young Adults

Coley, Mary McIntyre. Environmentalism: how you can make a difference. Mankato, MN, Capstone Press, c2009.
32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   GE195.5.C648 2009; Shelf location: FLM2015 093412

Dell, Pamela. Protecting the planet: environmental activism. Minneapolis, Compass Point Books, c2010. 64 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
    E195.5.D45 2010; Shelf location: FLM2015 093406

The Earth is our home: children caring for the environment. Edited by James L. Hoot and Judit Szente. Olney, MD, Association for Childhood Education International, c2010. 168 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE70.E15 2010 LANDOVR

Mission Collective.  The Ten minute activist: easy ways to take back the planet. Edited by M. Ryan Hess. New York, Nation Books, c2007. 278 p.
   TD171.7.M57 2007 <SciRR>

Vaughn, Jacqueline. Environmental activism: a reference handbook. Santa Barbara, CA, ABC-CLIO, c2003. 329 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GE195.S88 2003


Environmental Crafts for Kids and Young Adults

Altar, Anna. What can you do with an old red shoe? A green activity book about re-use. New York, Henry Holt, c2009. 32 p.
   TT157.A46 2009

Bull, Jane. Make it! Don’t throw it away--create something amazing! New York, DK Pub., 2011. 63 p.
   TT160.B862 2011

Diehn, Gwen, Terry Krautwurst, and Bobbe Needham. Nature smart: awesome projects to make with mother nature’s help. New York, Main Street, c2003. 398 p.
   TT160.D392 2003

Fulmer, Lisa. Craft your stash: transforming craft closet treasures into gifts, home décor & more. East Petersburg, PA, Design Originals, 2014. 88 p.
   TT157.F85 2014; Shelf location: FLM2015 079686

Jones, Jen. Cool crafts with cardboard and wrapping paper: green projects for resourceful kids. Mankato, MN, Capstone Press, c2011. 32 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   TT870.5.J66 2011

Lampe, Tracie. Upcycled accessories: 25 projects using repurposed plastic. Cincinnati, OH, North Light Books, 2010. 127 p.
   TT297.L27 2010

Lim, Annalees. Recycling crafts. New York, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2014. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 32.
   TT160.L4853 2014

Morgan, Richela Fabian.  The green crafter: 52 eco-friendly projects for every week of the year. New York, Citadel Press, c2009. 180 p.
   TT157.M63895 2009

Scheunemann, Pam. Trash to treasure: a kid’s upcycling guide to crafts: fun, easy projects with paper, plastic, glass & ceramics, fabric, metal, and odds ends. Minneapolis, Scarletta Junior Readers, 2013. 144 p.
   TT160.S2973 2013; Shelf location: FLS2014 018372

Seo, Danny. Upcycling celebrations: a use-what-you-have guide to decorating, gift-giving & entertaining. Philadelphia, Running Press, c2012. 264 p.
   TT900.H6S45 2012; Shelf location: FLM2015 041294

Shoup, Kate. Rubbish! Reuse your refuse. Hoboken, NJ, Wiley Pub., c2008. 131 p.
   TT157.S44 2008

Sirrine, Carol. Cool crafts with old jeans: green projects for resourceful kids. Mankato, MN, Capstone Press, c2010. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TT157.S5285 2010

Sirrine, Carol. Cool crafts with old T-shirts: green projects for resourceful kids. Mankato, MN, Capstone Press, c2010. 32 p.
   Bibliography: p. 31.
   TT157.S5284 2010

Tymony, Cy. Sneaky green uses for everyday things: how to craft eco-garments and sneaky snack kits, create green cleaners, remake paper into flying toys, assemble alternative energy science projects, and construct a robot recycle bin with everyday things.  Kansas City, MO, Andrews McMeel Pub., c2009. 124 p.
   Bibliography: p. 122-124.
   TD171.7.T96 2009


For More Information:

Internet Resources

Earth Times
   URL: External Link
   Provides daily information about environmental issues. Provided by Media Foundation.

Eco Friendly Kids
   URL: External Link
   Features advice on how to “go green” at home and school. Includes puzzles, quizzes, and activities.

   URL: External Link
   Offers guidance and information on the benefits associated with implementing the eco-schools programme. Provided by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

The Edible Schoolyard
   URL: External Link
   Offers information on edible school gardens as well as lesson plans that can be used along with the garden. Provided by The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans.

The Encyclopedia of Earth
   URL: External Link
   Includes information about the earth, its environment, and its relation to society. Content contributed by scholars, educators, experts, and other professionals. Provided by the Environmental Information Coalition and National Council for Science and the Environment.

Environmental Kids Club
   Offers interactive games and activities for young kids. It also includes resources for middle school and high school students as well as resources for teachers at the “teaching center.” Provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Global Stewards
   URL: External Link
   Provides environmental tips for living a sustainable lifestyle as well as information on sustainable solutions to everyday matters such as food, transportation, clothing, energy, business, and more.

North American Association for Environmental Education
   URL: External Link
   Offers environmental resources for teachers, professionals, and K-12 students.

Project Learning Tree
   URL: External Link
   Offers teachers curriculum resources for children ages three through grade twelve. Also provides family activities and information on green schools and how to become a green school.
   URL: External Link
   Offers resources to implement a waste free lunch program, tips for parents, case studies and research, strategies for reducing waste, and comparisons between a waste free lunch and a typical school lunch.


Related Journals

Journals that often contain articles on environmental education.

E: the Environmental Magazine TD171.7.E13
Environmental Education Research
   URL: External Link
Green Teacher
   URL: External Link
Journal of Environmental Education S946.E54 (Prior to 2010)
   Available now in LC through Environment Complete
Natural Inquirer

   URL: External Link
World Watch HC79.E5W674

Other journals that often contain articles relevant to environmental issues.

Audubon QL671.A82
Discover Q1.D57
Earth QE1.G56
National Geographic G1.N27
National Wildlife S964.U6N35
Science Activities Q181.A1S29
Science Teacher Q181.S38
   Latest issues available in LC through Education Full Text


Resources within the Library of Congress

Environmental History

Environmental Science Projects

Explorations in American Environmental History

Green Roofs

Guide Compiled by Ally Frueh, SRS Intern, July 2011. Updated August 2016 by Constance Carter.

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