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Earth Quest: A game of Environmental Literacy

earth quest gameboard

Environmental Quizzes

K-2 biodiversity quiz

Coloring Sheets

channel catfish coloring sheet

Green Holidays Calendar

MEEA Resources

Stuff Discovered, Compiled or Created by MEEA to make EE Easier

Linking to Standards

MEEA's "Not the Standards" guides are a handy way to link a program to a Missouri Learning Standard

Creating Materials

This guide from the North American Association for Environmental Education outlines the characateristics of high quality EE curricula

Classroom Management

A summary of 8 effective practices for managing student behavior whether indoors or out

MEEA Lessons

MEEA has created a few lessons of its own

Modeling Environmental Problems

This 2-page guide shows how to build box and arrow models to understand the causes of environmental problems

Reaching Audiences

This smart chart walks through the steps needed to create a promotional campaign for your program

Finding Funding

Getting grants is one way to fund your needs. Use this fund development plan to identify others.


Creating Visual Materials

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words - Visual Literacy and EE (2018 NAAEE ppt)


Linking to Standards

If you plan on working with your local public school, you should explicitly link your programs or lessons to state standards. Scoring well on the state standardized tests given March-May in public schools drives much of what schools teach. English Language Arts (ELA) and Math are tested every year in grades 3-8, and Science is tested in grades 5 and 8.

Use MEEA's "Not the Standards" Guides to the Missouri Learning Standards to explore the standards. Classroom teachers can see at a glance how topics are sequenced through the grades, and what topics could connect within a grade. Non-formal educators can quickly locate topics that align with their programs, or which topics could be developed into a program.

Earth and Space Sciences

Life Sciences

Physical Sciences

Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science



Creating High Quality EE Materials

High quality environmental education materials have six features: 1) fairness and accuracy; 2) depth; 3) emphasis on skills building; 4) action orientation; 5) instructional soundness; and 6) usability. These features, and how to incorporate them are described in Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence.

This is a publication of the North American Association for Environmental Education downloadable for free from the internet. Check out NAAEE's other materials at


Classroom Management

Whether you teach in a school, forest, prairie, or garden it is helpful to know about and be able to use effective classroom practices. Check out the "Effective Practices"


Modeling Environmental Problems

A model is a simplified and abstract representation of a real-world object, event, process or phenomenon that can be used to understand cause and effect relationships, to make predictions about results, to generate interesting questions and to intervene to change outcomes.

Check out this short guide to developing system models.


Reaching Audiences

One challenge for every non-formal educator is getting people to a program, teachers to a workshop or classes to use a lesson. The key is to understand your audience and what has meaning for them. Use SmartChart to walk yourself and your program through the steps need to develop a successful promotional campaign for what you want to share.



Finding Funding

For a list of currently available grants visit MEEA's grants page to find resources for your education project. The list is updated monthly.

For longer term funding consider creating a fund development plan. The five major sources of income for non-profits are membership dues, conference revenue, fees for services, gifts and grants. Surprisingly, gifts can be a significant and reliable source of regular income once you get the hang of asking for donations. Check out the pdf here for a comprehensive introduction to putting a fund development plan together for your organization.



Creating Visual Materials

Visuals can reveal the depth and complexity of nature in ways that hands-on experiences cannot match. They are also accessible to a wider audience than written materials. This powerpoint makes the case for developing effective visuals for environmental education, and introduces a 5-part model for developing them. It was presented at the 2018 North American Association for Environmental Education.

A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words: Visual Literacy and EE