Supporting Environmental Educators

In 2010, The Nature Conservancy launched the LEAF Educator Network for environmental high schools to share the best practices. Designed with our environmental high school partners, we offer online communications and regular professional development workshops for educators to address topics of common interest including:

  • Sharing of tools, best practices, and resources among member schools;
  • Access to the scientific resources of The Nature Conservancy;
  • Opportunities for peer mentoring and support networks amongst educators; and
  • Peer review of existing high school environmental curriculum by leading scientists in the field.

The Conservancy also developed the LEAF Anthology of Urban Environmental Education, a collection of interdisciplinary lessons, projects and activities for high school educators that explore environmental themes through the lens of cities. The LEAF network is made up of over twenty environmental themed schools in cities across the U.S., many of which contributed to the anthology. With the support of the Toyota USA Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and LEAF are pleased to make these lessons available for download at no charge in the hopes that they inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

The Conservancy is also committed to supporting the schools and educators who are spearheading a movement of environment-themed high schools across the country. 

To be eligible for possible inclusion into the LEAF Educator Network, high schools must self-identify as an environmentally focused high school, serve a diverse student body, and have a strong graduation rate. If you feel your school meets these criteria, please have a school administrator contact leaf@tnc.org with “LEAF school” as the subject of the email. 

Take a look at just a few of the resources The Conservancy makes available to high school educators:

Nature Works Everywhere

Nature Works Everywhere gives teachers, students and families everything they need to start exploring and understanding nature’s benefits — videos, interactive games, and interactive lesson plans that align to standards.

Climate Wizard

ClimateWizard allows users to visualize the impacts of climate change anywhere on Earth, including your classroom or backyard.

The Atlas of Global Conservation

No one has ever tried to collect everything we know about nature on planet Earth — until now. Students can analyze their own place in the world, not only by longitude and latitude but also by the types of habitats and species surrounding them.

The Cool Green Science Blog

The Cool Green Science blog features the latest conservation science news around the world. Experts blog about issues of moment — everything from migratory birds to coral reefs to the intersection between humans and nature.

The Carbon Calculator

Measure your students’ individual and household impact on our climate with the carbon footprint calculator. This interactive tool estimates how many tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases individual choices create.

Floodplains by Design

Floodplains by Design serves as a collection of up-to-date and cutting edge information designed for water users and resource managers to ensure that floodplains are used and managed in ways that enable them to provide these valuable services, while maintaining or even improving flood protection.

The Living Laboratory of Nature

Get your students into the wild world of nature! There is no better way for students to learn about ecosystem function — and develop a passion for the natural world. Many of our preserves across the country are open to the public and free to access.

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