Online teaching materials



Online teaching materials


The HighWaterLine ACTION GUIDE was developed to accommodate a wide range of participants
including nonprofit organizations, school groups, and individuals. It can easily be a weekend
workshop, an entire semester, or annual project of research, production and presentation.
The project is considered a reproducible tool for anyone interested to take action addressing
climate change.
Although the range of impacts due to climate change are vast and include extreme weather,
drought, food shortages and more, the guide specifically focuses on educating and activating
communities to reduce C02 emissions, and to advocate for adaptation, mitigation and
resiliency. Participants will begin to understand conceptually through active visualization how
accelerated global warming will impact the people and the environment in their community.
Activities found in the guide have been broken into STAGES, which can be executed individually
or all together, and at the depth that makes sense with the learning goals of an organization
or institution. Included in each stage are ACTION STEPS to create your own placed based
HighWaterLine. At the end of the guide are RESOURCES and SUPPLEMENTAL ACTIVITIES
sections that can be aligned with Common Core Standards.

Download the guide here





Nature Interpretation for Children and Young People in the Nordic Countries

The primary goal of this project has been to collect, develop and mediate a series of good examples from the Nordic countires in Europe of how nature interpretation, aimed at children and young people, can encourage children's understanding of nature, and inspire them to involve themselves with questions on humans nature and thus help contribute to sustainable development. Several issues should be considered when planning nature interpretation activities if nature interpretation aims to lead to sustainable development. These points of view are concerned especially with how nature interpreters can encourage children and young people to take ownership, to be involved with their body and mind, and to reflect and put the experience and the activities in nature into a wider context.

Download the report here




Into Nature: A Guide to Teaching in Nearby Nature

The Back to Nature Network teacher’s guide, Into Nature, is a unique teachers’ guide that enables the teaching of school curriculum subjects outdoors in nature on a regular basis. Content of the guide includes logistics, resources and learning experiences for teaching in nature. All learning experiences are linking the indoor classroom to the outdoor learning space.

Download Into Nature

Link to Back to Nature Network, Ontario, Canada




A Handful of Seeds

A Handful of Seeds, developed by the Occidental Art and Ecology Center, is programme targeted at schools to develop the understanding of seeds using school gardens. Developed and tested in California, it takes account of the seasonality of the natural world and the cycle of schools (ie it is geared to schools being closed in the summer months).

Download the free PDF here



GreenMuseum Wiki on eco-art education

The GreenMuseum has a Wiki with examples and discussions of environmental and eco-art projects which involve educators and students. From the introductory page: "Environmental art is a powerful learning tool. Many artists have collaborated with educators (many of them are teachers already) and students to create art that calls attention to important environmental issues.

The interdisciplinary nature of this work can enable one project to teach participants about a range of topics such as biology, local history, art, business practices and politics." Visitors are welcome to add to and edit any page.