To succeed as global citizens and future stewards of our planet, children and young adults should be well-versed in the underlying principles of nature and wildlife. Through educational programs focused on conservation and environmental knowledge, the National Wildlife Federation provides ways to create a lasting base of environmental literacy, stewardship, and problem-solving skills for today's youth.
The National Wildlife Federation helps communities across the nation develop their own beautiful and much-needed wildlife habitats where they live, work, worship, and learn. Nearly 5 million people at over 235,000 locations have been reached through our Garden for Wildlife and Community Habitats programs, and in 2019 alone, our programs served more than 12 million young people and involved nearly 170,000 educators. The Education and Garden for Wildlife Map illustrates how the National Wildlife Federation is helping communities all around the country create, maintain, and enhance wildlife habitats.
From prekindergarten through high school, these programs provide educators with engaging resources to develop nature-based experiences and knowledge.
Eco-Schools USA provides a unique learning experience through effective "green" management of school grounds, facilities, and curriculum.
With Schoolyard Habitats® students create and restore wildlife habitat on their school grounds, which in turn serve as outdoor classrooms.
Trees for Wildlife™ educates youth about the importance of trees and how to plant and sustain them both locally and across the nation.
Earth Tomorrow creates education and leadership development opportunities for youth in communities across Atlanta.
Based on obesity prevention research, ECHO™ helps provide Colorado kids with daily access to quality outdoor learning environments.
For students pursuing education with a college or university, these programs provide resources and support for building job skills and careers in the sustainability sector.
As EcoLeaders, college students develop leadership skills, access resources, and network through an online community.
Colleges and universities are protecting wildlife and habitat, and improving their campuses’ overall green educational programming and on-site sustainability.
Through an online career center and annual conference, EcoCareers prepares students and young professionals for the growing green economy.
Discover books, guides, reports, and other resources to enhance your students' environmental learning.
Help Pollinators on Campus
Pledge to protect pollinators by providing healthy habitat through creation, restoration, and protection efforts.
Craig Tufts Scholarship Fund
Established in honor of the National Wildlife Federation's chief naturalist, this fund finances an annual award for a student inspired by nature.
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