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Geography & Environmental Education Resources

Resources listed on this page are relevant for the curriculum areas of geography and environmental education. These external resources should be carefully reviewed before use in the classroom.
  • California Geographic Alliance (CGA) External link opens in new window or tab.
    CGA is dedicated to supporting and improving geographic education and literacy in California by providing professional development for educators, developing and distributing educational materials, promoting geographic awareness and literacy among the general public, and advocating structural changes at local and state levels to institutionalize geographic education across the curriculum.
  • Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum
    The goal of the EEI is to increase environmental literacy for California's kindergarten through grade 12 students by teaching science and history-social science academic content standards to mastery within an environmental context.

  • Environmental Education
    This page contains information on current environmental education resources, special events, grant opportunities, and California's state plan for environment-based education.

  • ESRI GIS EdCommunity External link opens in new window or tab.
    In the ESRI GIS EdCommmunity, educators can find resources to support the use of GIS (geographic information system) technology in classroom instruction including user forums, sample lesson plans, instructional videos, and much more. GIS technology provides the education community with tools to develop a greater understanding of our world through geospatial data analysis. With GIS, students and faculty can integrate and evaluate data from many sources to develop new theories and knowledge. This helps prepare students to meet the demands of the twenty-first-century workforce, whether they are involved in science, government, or business.

  • Generation Earth External link opens in new window or tab.
    Generation Earth is an environmental education program from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works. Their goal is to educate and empower teens to be an active part of the solution to environmental concerns in their community. They offer workshops, mentorship, and do-it-yourself environmental projects that help youth make a positive difference at school, at home, and out in the world.

  • National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) External link opens in new window or tab.
    NCGE is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. NCGE supports geography teaching at all levels—from Kindergarten through University. Our members include U.S. and International teachers, professors, students, businesses, and others who support geographic education.  Their activities include conducting and gathering research, producing journals and other geography publications, developing curricular resources at the K-12 and University levels, providing professional development opportunities, and organizing an annual conference.

  • National Geographic Education External link opens in new window or tab.
    National Geographic Education offers free geography, science, and social studies content resources for K-12 educators, learners, and families. The highly engaging materials maximize learning in and out of the classroom. It features wide-ranging instructional content—spanning pre-kindergarten through post-secondary—that brings concepts and real-world events to life for our worldwide audience. Cutting-edge multimedia and mapping tools engage a new generation of young people in National Geographic’s iconic research and media.
Questions:   Professional Learning Innovations Office | 916-323-6269
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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