Energy & Environment

Resource Collections

Energy and Environment is a broad and diverse area of study. We've organized our resources into several topical themes to help you dig more deeply into your areas of interest. From educational curriculum units to websites devoted to deeply exploring a single topic area, our resource collection represents best practices based on both proven and emerging research and the work of our professional education staff.


Trained Volunteer Programs  -  Environmental Stewardship at Home  -   Energy  -  Weather and Climate

Water  -  Composting and Soil   -  Insects, Plants, and Wildlife   -  Podcasts, Blogs, and Newsletters

Additional Resources for Environmental Stewardship at Home

Additional Resources for Energy

  • Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory: Working to advance research and education focused on renewable food, fuel and fiber-based processing platforms.
  • Ethanol: Learn the basics of ethanol production and use.
  • Energy Education Council: Research, education, and outreach promoting the safe and efficient use of energy. Working with utilities to provide educational resources for public outreach.

Additional Resources for Weather and Climate

Educational lessons

  • Riding the Winds with Kalani: This weather adventure teaches about temperature, clouds, precipitation, and Earth movements (intended for K-2nd grade students). Spanish, Chinese, and Korean versions available
  • Tree House Weather Kids: Learn about why the weather changes, how we predict the weather, and how weather can cause great destruction (intended for 5th-8th grade students). Spanish version available
  • Shake, Rattle, and Slide: Learn about the work of earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers (intended for 5th-8th grade students). Spanish version available
  • Weather and climate education toolkit: Teachers can use this package of weather, climate and climate change lesson plans and activities (intended for K-12 grade students) from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant as is or adapt it for virtual learning and at-home teaching environments.

Additional Resources for Water

Educational lessons

Additional Resources for Composting and Soil

Educational lessons

Additional Resources for Insects, Plants, and Wildlife

Educational lessons

  • Adventures of Squirmin' Herman the Worm: Lessons about worms and how to make your own worm bin (intended for 1st-3rd grade students). Spanish version available
  • I Think Green: Youth investigate how living things interact with each other and with their environment.
  • Trees are Terrific: Designed to help young children (5–8 years of age) gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their everyday lives and develop an interest in learning more about trees. Spanish version available
  • Exploring the Secret Life of Trees: Designed to help 3rd–5th grade students gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their everyday lives, and develop an interest in discovering more about trees. Spanish version available