Educators

Teaching environmental change

Environmental change is all around us—the neighborhoods we live in, the tree canopies we walk under, the nature preserves we visit. To advance discussion of climate change’s broader contexts and empower teachers and students, the Environmental Resilience Institute works with faculty and education partners to provide classroom resources and professional development opportunities focused on environmental science and climate change.

Educational Resources

To help students recognize the widespread impacts of climate change and how to address them, ERI is releasing activities and discussion questions that build on the research and implementation work being led by the institute. These materials are free for anyone to use. Current offerings include:

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ERI Data Scavenger Hunt

How will climate change affect Indiana’s water supply? What do Hoosiers think about environmental change? How can Indiana communities anticipate future climatic conditions? The ERI Data Scavenger Hunt introduces students to multiple data tools created by the institute that can be applied to answer questions about climate change’s impact on Indiana and beyond.

Education level: high school or college

Time commitment: 20-30 min

View the ERI data scavenger hunt

Resilient Communities Case Studies

Communities across the US are preparing for the impacts of climate change and taking steps to reduce local emissions. ERI is documenting these actions in case studies to serve as a resource for others. To facilitate discussion on communities’ resilience activities in the Midwest, the institute offers discussion questions with each case study.

Education level: high school or college

Time commitment: 20-30 min/case study

See the case studies
Decorative: a sample of the available data from FutureWater

FutureWater Lessons

How much water will be available to Indiana communities in the future and at what quality? These two exercises will familiarize students with using hydrological models to analyze and interpret data to project how environmental changes will impact water supplies in the state.

Education level: high school or college

Time commitment: 1 hr/lesson

View the FutureWater lessons

Hoosier Resilience Heroes Coloring Book

This coloring book tells the stories of nine real-life Hoosiers and what they are doing to educate others about climate change and protect Indiana's environment. The book is free to download and distribute.

Education level: K-3

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Download the coloring book

Questions about educational materials can be submitted to eri@iu.edu or the ERI hotline: 83-ERI-ATIU (374-2848).

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Educating for Change

Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC) is a professional development program for K-12 teachers to effectively teach the science and policy of climate change. Utilizing hands-on labs and activities, EfEC is deepening educator understanding of key concepts related to environmental change, including how scientists know the climate is changing, how humans are accelerating these changes, and steps to mitigate the severity and impact of climate change.

Learn more about EfEC teacher workshops

Partner with EfEC   

Additional IU Resources

Research and Teaching Preserve

The IU Research and Teaching Preserve offers both lab space and a natural setting for classes from multiple disciplines. The RTP is available to facilitate IU courses, community workshops, high school camps, and K-12 class visits. 

Learn more about the RTP

Campus Farm

Situated just east of the IU Bloomington campus, the IU campus farm offers experiential learning opportunities for classes of any level. Details on how to schedule a meeting or classroom visit are available on the farm website.

Learn more about the campus farm