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Are you interested in helping students engage with or learn about the U.S. Youth Climate Strike on March 15th? Check out "Youth Climate Strikes: Overview and Resources" for background on the movement, info about current happenings, and strategies to engage as a student, teacher, administrator, or community partner!

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The Orangutan Gang
The Orangutan Gang
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This lesson plan is geared towards grades 6-8 and covers biodiversity in the East Asian rainforest, the destructive effects of palm oil production on this rainforest, and how everyone can help protect the habitat of critically endangered orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and Sumatran rhinoceri.

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This resource includes a wealth of information including how you can incorporate lessons on plastic pollution into your curriculum during Climate Education Week (or any day of the year!). The variety of age appropriate activities provides a broad overview of the environmental issues surrounding the production, use, and disposal of plastic products. By understanding the complete life cycle of plastic products we use every day, we can begin to understand the impacts those products have on our climate, our environment, and our bodies.

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PlanetVision logo over image of the Earth
PlanetVision
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Now more than ever, the choices we make as a species will determine the world we leave for future generations. With PlanetVision, the California Academy of Sciences offers a blueprint for a sustainable future. By focusing on straightforward, effective actions that individuals, communities, businesses, and governments can take to improve our food, water, and energy systems, solutions to these global challenges are in sight.

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SMNHC Educator teaching 5th grade class in 2016
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Since 1967, the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico has guided students on outdoor environmental education programs that provide hands-on opportunities to hike, explore, learn about, and do scientific research in their local ecosystem. The SMNHC is run as a partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools (one of the largest school districts in the country) and the State of New Mexico.

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Local Phenology Program Planning Guide
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Interested in using citizen science for your program? Want to connect to local researchers who will be using data for place-based projects? Consider developing a Local Phenology Project in your area and partnering with other like-minded organizations to sponsor a long-term phenology (plant and animal life cycle event) monitoring program for research and management. Our Local Phenology Program Planning Guide will show you how.

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