Teacher Resources

The Teacher Resource Center

The Teacher Resource Center (TCR) is a collection of over 1,000 items including EE curriculum, references, journals, magazines, and videos as well as some field teaching supplies. The TRC is available to any educator, formal or non-formal, in Utah.

USEE's TRC is currently housed at a remote storage facility.  Please call us at (801) 328-1549 to make arrangements to browse the TRC.

We post only resources directly related to environmental education. Thank you for your consideration!

What kinds of resources are available?

Environmental education curricula, references, journals, magazines, and videos, as well as field teaching supplies. Educators are welcome to come and visit us to see what we have available!

Teaching trunks

Books, Journals and Magazines

  • 4-H
  • Adaptation
  • Agriculture
  • Air Quality
  • Animals
  • Archaeology
  • Biodiversity
  • Biology
  • Birds
  • Caves
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation
  • Cultural/Human Aspects
  • Ecology
  • Electricity
  • Endangered Species
  • Energy
  • Environmental Issues
  • Fire
  • Forests
  • Habitats
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Land Management
  • Locations
  • Maps
  • Mining
  • NEED Project
  • Plants
  • Population
  • Rain Forests
  • Recreation
  • Recycling
  • Science
  • Science Activities in Energy
  • Soil
  • Stewardship
  • Sustainability
  • Trees
  • Water
  • Water Quality

Environmental Education Texts

  • Ag in the Classroom
  • Audubon Adventures
  • Decisions and Values
  • Earth Day
  • Environmental Discovery Series
  • Forest Service
  • Green Teacher
  • Guides
  • Joseph Cornell
  • K-8 Activity Guides
  • Kits
  • Nature Scope
  • OBIS
  • Outdoor Classrooms
  • People and Their Environment
  • Project Food, Land and People
  • Project Learning Tree
  • Project WET
  • Project WILD
  • Secondary Modules
  • Urban
  • Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program

Environmental Education Toolkits, Activities, and Supplementary Materials

Water Wonders Toolkit: Use this kit in conjunction with the PLT activity, "Water Wonders," to teach students about the water cycle and the journey of water molecules through this cycle

Waste Bean Bag Toss: Use this activity to teach students about proper waste disposal

PLT Energy & Society Kit: Resources for Energy Education

Advancing Education Through Environmental Literacy - Free Publication

Visit the Teacher Resource Center to get your free copy of "Advancing Education Through Environmental Literacy".  (Also, check out USEE's part in bringing Environmental Literacy to Utah.)

This EETAP publication includes a CD-ROM with activities that use the environment to enhance your curriculum.  The publication focuses on how education and the environment can be combined to advance student learning and performance. Pick up a copy at the USEE office or visit the EETAP web site at to place an order. 

Online Teacher Resource Center

The Online Teacher Resource Center (OTRC) offers a compilation of EE curricula, references, journals, videos, teaching tools, and more to help formal and nonformal educators in Utah teach environmental education.  If you have any online resources that you would like to add to the OTRC, please email to

The OTRC offers resources in the following topics:

Air Quality Education

Clean Air

Environmental Protection Agency (Lesson Plans)

Environmental Protection Agency (Resources)

Recess Guidance for Schools Based on Air Quality

Breathe Utah Current Air Quality Forecast

Breathe Utah's MyAir Tool (Air Pollution Dose Model application)

Breathe Utah: Idle Free Resources

Breathe Utah: Air Quality Information and Resources

Breathe Utah: Ways to Improve Air Quality

Breathe Utah: Air Pollution News


National Geographic: Air Pollution


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Books, Magazines, Journals, Articles, etc.

Children and Nature 

Conservation Booklist

Forestry Supplier's Science Scene (free magazine)

Living Planet Aquarium's Teacher Resource Blog

Annenberg Learner's News & Blog

NAAEE Publications (Tools to Become a Better Environmental Educator)

Emigration Creek Environmental Consortium: Repercussions of Economic Development at Emigration Creek

TWIGA: Story of a Young Giraffe

Wise Eyes: The Adventure Begins (Volume 1)

Tree Branch Acts as Water Filter

Utah Firm Makes Crude Oil from Plastic Waste

Breathe Utah: Air Pollution News

"The Politics of Play: Seeking adventure in a risk-averse society" (Orion Magazine)

Slideshow: Student Art Show Draws on Science for Inspiration (Bowdoin Daily Sun)

A Hot Topic: Climate Change Coming To Classrooms (NPR)

Noticing: How To Take A Walk In The Woods : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture (NPR)

Twenty PLT GreenSchools Named Green Ribbon Schools (Project Learning Tree)

National Science Teachers Association (Publications)

Heating up the Earth with Global Warming and How to Stop It (Roscoe Brown article & Climate Change resources)

Acorn Naturalists Catalog


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Population Education


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Energy Education Resources

CLEAN (Climate and Energy Education Resources)

Bytesize Science: The Scoop on Solar Power (Audio Podcasts)

Energy Quest (Interactive website, providing resources for teachers and students about energy: its different forms, how it is generated, its sources and how to protect and conserve it)

Energyville (Game designed by Chevron that allows players to control the energy mix of a virtual city and discover the impacts of their decisions)

National Energy Foundation (Programs, Learning Tools, Curricula)

Rocky Mountain Power Education and Safety

EPA Green Power Partnership

Energy Star

Professor Sneeze (The interactive climate stories targeted at ages 5-12 explain ways to save energy; while the stories available for 8-12 year olds explain how energy is produced by wind, sun, and water.  Professor Sneeze’s website also features kids craft ideas and photos from areas affected by climate change)

Your Car's Carbon Footprint (Everything you need to know about your car's carbon footprint)

Unlimited: Renewable Energy in the 21st Century (Documentary about renewable energy)

National Academies: What You Need to Know About Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Curriculum for Elementary, Middle School, and High School grade levels)

Solar Energy International (Resources for educators)

Solar Action Alliance

U.S. Department of Energy: Teach and Learn

Environmental Science Resource Website 

Climate Change & Solar

Student's Guide to Global Warming  

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Environmental Protection and Conservation

The Nature Conservancy

The Monarch Program

USDA Conservation Education

SLC Public Utilities: Protecting Watersheds 

FREE sagebrush ecosystem curriculum, posters, trunks, and more 

Coastal Clean-Up: 

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Fieldtrip Programs

Natural History Museum of Utah

Red Butte Garden

Clark Planetarium

Conservation Garden Park Environmental Encounters (K-12)

The Leonardo

Discovery Gateway

Student Workshops at Discovery Gateway (preK-6)

Living Planet Aquarium

KSL's Junior Weather Specialists (Conducted at the Discovery Gateway Museum)

The Monarch Program (Fieldtrips, Excursions, Monarch Monitoring & Tagging, etc.)

Recycle Utah's Recycling Center

Recycle Utah's Annual Water Festival

Bean Life Science Museum Nature Experienceships (Ages 12+)

HawkWatch International Field Site Interpretations


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Utah Geological Survey

Glacial Landforms in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons

GeoSights Tour of Utah

Geological Guide to the Central Wasatch Front Canyons


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Learning Programs

Natural History Museum of Utah: Junior Science Academy (For 4th & 5th Graders)

Youth Teaching Youth (For Middle School & High School Students)

Discovery Gateway Student Workshops (preK-6)

Recycle Utah's Composting Workshops

Community Gardens Youth Programs

USDA Service Learning

Project Learning Tree Green Schools

GLOBE Science and Education Program

World Water Monitoring Challenge

National Geographic Programs


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Lesson Plans, Activities and Curricula

The Leonardo (Use these free lesson plans and other resources to increase engagement and learning in science, technology, engineering, math, and art -- and to promote vital 21st-century skills in your classroom)

Clark Planetarium (Can be tied to fieldtrips)

Annenberg Learner (K-12 + College: Arts, Foeign Language, Literature & Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, & History)

National Energy Foundation

Recycle Utah Environmental Education

USDA Conservation Education National Curricula

Environmental Protection Agency (Air, Climate Change, Ecosystems, Energy, Health, Water, and "Reduce Reuse, and Recycle")

Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things we Buy (Correlated with national science and social studies standards)

Facing the Future: Global Sustainability Education Curriculum

Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Climate Change and the Water Cycle Environmental Ed Lesson Plans (Be sure to explore other resources on this site)


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Professional Development, Learning Opportunities and Workshops

Wolf Ridge Naturalist Training Program: Professional development opportunities ranging from internships to graduate studies in:
- Natural History Studies
- Sustainable Living
- Experiential Education
- Live Animal Care
- Adventure Education
- Organic Farming
- and more...

Natural History Museum of Utah

The Leonardo

Red Butte Garden's Grow Lab (Teacher Worksop)

Living Planet Aquarium (Workshops: ProjectWet & Utah's Unique Environments)

Discovery Gateway's Chain Reaction Workshop (covers standard I of the fifth-grade science core—matter, physical changes, and chemical reactions)

Annenberg Learner (Graduate Credit, Continuing Education Units, List of Courses, etc.)

USDA Conservation Education

GLOBE Teacher Training Workshops

Nature Explore Educator Workshops

Facing the Future Teacher Professional Development Webinars

National Geographic Professional Development

Affordable Online College Opportunities (comprehensive lists of affordable colleges and online college options)

Online Education and Teaching Degree Programs

Shift Workshops


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Recycling Education

Recycle Place (Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling)

Momentum Recycling

Recycle Utah Environmental Education

Ebay: Sell Used Phones 

Ways to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Plastic Containers 

How to Recycle Anything


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School Gardens

Nature Works Everywhere (The Nature Conservancy)

Kids Gardening

Synthetic Grass Warehouse: Green Thumb Guide for Kids Gardening

Vegetable Gardening for Dummies-A Novice's Guide 

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School Visits

 Bean Life Science Museum Live Animal Shows

Leo on Wheels (Themes: Energy or Forces of Motion)

Living Planet Aquarium Outreach Vans (Themes: Rainforests or Utah Waters)

Recycle Utah (Themes: Recycling, Resources, Precycling, Water Conservation, Hazardous Materials, Electronic Waste, Alternative Energy & Climate Change, Planet Earth as a System, or Energy Conservation)

Discovery Gateway's Reaction Time (Covers Standard I of the fifth-grade science core—matter, physical changes, and chemical reactions)

HawkWatch International School Outreach Programs (Meets State Science Curriculum and Intended Learning Objectives for grades 1-12)


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ck-12 (STEM practice, videos, text books, quizzes, and more)

Exploratorium Teaching Tools

NASA Education

eGFI (Tools to boost students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand professional horizons and stay informed)

Kinetic City (Science games, experiments, and activities)

National STEM Video Game Challenge

MASTER Tools (Interactive math and science tools and simulations for students in grades 6-12)

Engineer Your Life (Guide to Engineering for High School Girls)

PBS STEM Resource Center

NASA Electronic Professional Development

A Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs 

Norwich Univeresity Online: Guide to K-12 STEM Resources for Teachers 


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Spanish Environmental Education

Recycle Utah's Spanish Education


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Teaching Tools

Natural History Museum of Utah (Dinosaurs, Bugs, Plants, Mammals, and Museum Collection)

Annenberg Learner's Interactives (K-College: 6 Disciplines)

Annenber Learner's Video Series

The Cornell Lab of Ornothology: Education Resources (K-12 and Beyond)

The Nature Conservancy

How Global Warming Works (5 videos explain how global warming (related to climate change) works in as few as 52 seconds. The most chemistry-rich video is less than 5 minutes long)

Nature Action Collaborative for Children (Connecting Children with Nature)

Green Building Center

Nature Sound Map

Utah Bats Website

Project Learning Tree Resources

Free Technology for Teachers

PBS Learning Media (Free High-Quality preK-12 lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simultaions)

National Wildlife Week for Educators (Lessons and Activities, Educational Resources, Webinars, and Citizen Science Opportunities)

Bean Life Science Museum Videos

National Public Lands Day Resources

EcoScraps: Organic Gardening

Guidelines for Excellence: Aligning EE and Common Core Standards

Nature Explore Resources

Utah State University Cooperative Extension (Provides informal education through workshops, mass media, demonstrations, 4-H Clubs, Master Gardener volunteers, telephone consultations, individual and group meetings, and educational bulletins)

National Geographic Teaching Resources

National Geographic Interactives

HawkWatch International's Raptor Species Fact Sheets

National Science Teachers Association (Freebies for Science Teachers)

A Complete Guide to Continuing Education for Teachers

Master's of Education Degrees (My Teaching Degree)

Teaching Degrees without Debt (My Teaching Degree)

Request A Resource (Educator Labs)

Educator Labs Resource Bank

"Get to Know" Educational Resources (Connect youth with nature through the arts, technology, and outdoor activity)

Acorn Naturalists: Environmental Education Resources for the Trail and the Classroom!


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Technology in the Classroom

Tech for Teachers


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Natural History Museum of Utah

Utah's Hogle Zoo

National Energy Foundation

USDA (Themes: Climate Change, Kids in the Woods, Water Resources, Wildland Fire, & Forest Service)

Bean Life Science Museum Bio Boxes

Water Wonders: Toolkit Available at USEE Office (Use this kit in conjunction with the PLT activity, "Water Wonders," to teach students about the water cycle and the journey of water molecules through this cycle)


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Glean (Explore free video lessons by subject)

Conservation Connect (Web-based video series produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), which aims to connect youth, ages 9-13, with the great outdoors, wildlife species, and conservation careers)


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Water Education

Division of Water Resources

Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District

Recycle Utah's Water Education

Jordan River Restoration Project

SLC Public Utilities: Protecting Watersheds

Conservation Garden Park Resources

Water Wonders Toolkit: Available at USEE Office (Use this kit in conjunction with the PLT activity, "Water Wonders," to teach students about the water cycle and the journey of water molecules through this cycle)

RiverXchange (year-long writing and water education program for 4th - 6th graders)


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