K12 Resources

Featured Resources for Students, Educators, & Families

Students Visit Core Repository
Climate & Sustainability

Experts from across the Climate School present sustainability topics for K12 students, educators, families, and the public.

Checking Salinity of Hudson River Water Sample
Hudson River

Lessons and activities from our Hudson River Field Station to explore the Hudson's characteristics, complexity, and biology.

Emperor Penguin at Edge of Cape Washington Penguin Colony in Terra Nova Bay Antarctica by Nick Frearson
Polar Science

Our polar education resources offer a range of ways for students to explore the past, present, and future of the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Fold and Forecast: How can we predict weather and climate events?
Climate Services

Activities from IRI on using climate data, forecasts, and science to inform decision-making for real-world problems.

Science Scramble

Wordle and Spelling Bee fans, meet Science Scramble, our science word puzzle from the Columbia Climate School. Challenge yourself and your friends against the clock...stats included!⌛#wordgames

Green Light for Comprehensive Climate Change Education
A special report for Earth Day 2023 from the Center for Sustainable Futures and The Public Matters Project.

More Earth Day & STEM Resources

Kahoot! Climate Challenge

Test your knowledge of the social, economic, and environmental aspects of climate change in this series of Kahoot! quizzes by Columbia University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Center for Sustainable Development - Teach SDG 4.7 for a Sustainable Future

Learn how to integrate climate change education across curriculum and education spaces in our free course SDG 4.7 Across Curriculum & Education Spaces on Udemy. The course brings together voices of various experts to share key pedagogies and approaches, lesson planning tips and resources, ideas for connecting classrooms to communities, and suggestions for monitoring and measuring progress.

American Museum of Natural History

AMNH EarthFest - Family-friendly online content honoring our planet.

AMNH Explore - Content on biodiversity, data visualizations, and virtual field trips.

Causes of Climate and Climate Change - Exhibit on how climate works, our warming world, and consequences of climate change.

Museum of the City of New York

Earth Day Storytime - All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff and City Green.

Art Making and Matching Game Activity - Animal puppet recycled craft and recycling skills matching game.

Rising Sea Levels and New York City - Image exploration and game.

Activist Biographies - Profiles of kids working to fight climate change through environmental activism.

Nature Conservancy

Nature Lab - Youth curriculum platform that focuses on topics like sustainability, ecosystems, and renewable energies.

Environmental Protection Agency

Earth Day - Projects and ideas to celebrate Earth Day.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

50 Earth Day Tips - Tips to help you be a steward of the Earth and live sustainably.

New York Hall of Science

Science at Home - Fun at-home games, activities, experiments, and projects.

Teach the Earth

Teaching Geoscience Online - Resources and a platform for educators to teach Earth science.