Wildlife and Nature Lesson Plans and Resources for Educators

Children learning about nature

According to studies, children’s academic performance in science, math, English and social sciences increase when they have hands-on experiences with nature and the outdoors—not to mention their sense of ownership and responsibility to their surroundings.

National Wildlife Federation works to provide educators with easy-to-implement, trusted curriculum and activities that help inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.

Curriculum and Resources

  • Ranger Rick Magazine - National Wildlife Federation's award-winning children's magazine is packed with engaging content and activities for kids. Download educator guides for each issue, and learn how to order back issues and classroom subscriptions.

  • Lesson Plans - Download lesson plans and curriculum ideas for teaching about wildlife, habitat, conservation and more.

  • More Tools and Ideas - Connect with even more useful links to help incorporate nature and wildlife-themed materials into your curriculum.

NWF Programs That Help Connect Kids With Nature and Conservation

  • Schoolyard Habitats - Learn how to start or develop your Schoolyard Habitat into an engaging outdoor classroom filled with fun lessons about plants, wildlife and ecosystems.

  • Eco-Schools USA - Take action to green your school buildings, grounds and student experience by registering your school and working toward various levels and awards.

  • Trees for Wildlife - Teach your students about the important role of trees through this program's curriculum and option to host your own tree-planting event using trees donated by NWF supporters.

  • Young Reporters for the Environment - Find out how your class can enter this environmental journalism competition.

Unique Opportunities and Ideas

  • Adopt an Animal - Let your class pick an animal to adopt through National Wildlife Federation's Adoption Center. Receive a poster and certificate of adoption and spend time learning about the animal with your students.

  • Start a Camping Team - Inspire your students to spend a night under the stars by participating in NWF's Great American Backyard Campout.

  • Ranger Rick Photo Contest - Bring photography into your classroom by challenging your students to take photos of the nature around them and enter Ranger Rick's "Your Best Shot" Photo Contest.

  • Fundraise to Help Wildlife - Kids are some of NWF's most passionate supporters. Learn a few options for channeling this passion into action and let us know what you're up to!

Related Resources
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