The Education & the Environment Initiative  (EEI) Curriculum includes 40 science units that contain engaging resources that help support lessons and units of study focused on California’s NGSS.  To learn more about how the EEI Curriculum can support the teaching of NGSS, as well as the Common Core State Standards, please visit the Correlation Guides page. 

Tinkergarten - A growing a technology-enabled network of leaders that bring families together in a natural place in their community for classes where kids learn through play. Classes are designed for children ages 6 months to 8 years.  They develop core life skills while enjoying healthy, fun, engaging experiences in the physical freedom of local green spaces. Tinkergarten offers a library of outdoor activities that can be filtered by age, activity length, and skill being developed.

National Wildlife Federation - Five Ways to Embrace Mud this Spring. Tips for parents to give kids an hour of free exploration and play to enhance their discovery and nature explorations.

Project Learning Tree - Nature is a great teacher!  Try these activity ideas from Project Learning Tree to connect the children in your life to the outdoors and nature. The activities include Walking in the Forest, Exploring a Local Park, In Your Own Backyard, When All Else Fails, Inside, Around Your Home, and Teaching with iTree.

Outdoor Classroom Day - There are individual lesson and topic ideas from a broad range of experts and organizations.  Try a texture walk, building a bird feeder, nature’s orchestra, micro hikes, sustainable shapes, and more!

Nature Bridge - The outside is still open and continues to offer a space of much needed respite and healing.  Best of all, the outdoors can offer plenty of opportunities for learning activities – both inside and out.

California Academy of Sciences - Learning Resources for Students at Home.  You can search through our K-12 Educator resources where there are curated lessons for each grade. Scroll down to find additional resources that can be viewed by a student directly or activities that can be facilitated by a parent.

Children and Nature Network - 10 Nature Activities to Help Get Your Family Through the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Getting outside — but at a safe distance from other people — can be one way to boost a family’s resilience. Here is a sampling of activities (borrowed from books by Richard Louv: Vitamin N, Our Wild Calling, Last Child in the Woods and other sources) to help your family make the best of a tough situation. These activities all depend on availability of outdoor spaces.

National Geographic - Being at home is a great time to learn. This curated collection for learners can be implemented at home with minimal supplies and includes engaging, fun, and skill-building lessons in social studies, geography, science, and more.

PBS Learning Media - Bring the World to Your Classroom.  KQED and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for California teachers.

Smithsonian Science Education Center - The Smithsonian provides wonderful online resources that provide science videos and activities by specific grade level. Choose your students’ grade in the filter at the top and choose from many interesting STEM topics.

Brain POP - Make Any Room a BrainPOP.  Brain POP is here to help you and your curious learners stay informed and on-track with free access during school closures.  BrainPOP is great because it allows you to choose from a variety of science topics and dive deeper from there. If there is a specific focus your student is trying to learn more about, this is a great place to start. Choose from topics such as Space to Energy  or even Earth Systems! Each option takes you deeper into the world of science, earth systems will let your student explore topics such as avalanches, fossils and learn where diamonds come from. They have it all.