Curriculum, Books and Environmental Education Resources


US Fish and Wildlife Service

Schoolyard Habitat Guide

California Native Plant Society

They offer some support and resource listing for schools.

A downloadable pdf of Opening the World Through Nature Journaling, Integrating Art, Science and Language Arts. Includes grade level standards for each activity. This will be particularly pertinent in light of the new Core Curriculum requirements from the State.  Highly recommended.


Foss is a hands on inquiry based science curriculum many schools have adopted.

Investigating the Oak Community, by Kay Antúnez de Mayolo, published by the California Oak Foundation. This curriculum guide is designed to involve 4th through 8th grade students in a variety of activities that will develop their awareness, understanding, and knowledge of the important role of oaks in the California landscape. Its goal is to help today’s youth join the ranks of Californians who value and protect the state’s rich biodiversity. In PDF format, 110-81Ž2” x 11” pages, black & white except for the cover. Free download

John Muir Laws

Nature stewardship through science and education nature journaling

Madrone Audubon Environmental Education Resource Kit – Birdhouses and Nestbox Kit, Birds and Habitats Study Kit, Bat Study Kit, Owl Kit All kits are free of charge and are contained in a large suitcase which must be picked up in person. (Small deposit required.)

Contact-Barbara Novak (707) 795-3996

 Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS)

From the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, this curriculum was developed in the 1970s to help adults take young people outdoors to experience ecological principles in their local area. Activities are versatile, easy to lead, easy to prepare and require mostly simple or homemade equipment.

Project Learning Tree

Also provide an environmental education activity guide

Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students.

Phenology Wheels

A curriculum for students to learn about seasonal events and cycles in a hands-on, experiential way. Phenology is defined as the study of natural events, such as bird migration or fall leaf color, that recur periodically in relation to climate and seasonal change. This innovative K-12 Phenology curriculum allows students to rediscover their sense of place through art, writing and photography and provides an investigative tool for students to study their school yard or neighborhood or even to enhance a natural area, be it a woodland, grassland, or wetland, as a high quality wildlife habitat. Georgia, a K-12 environmental educator, developed, tested, and wrote five new phenology-based activities at her school in Cambridge, WI. The activities are based on Anne’s “Wheels of Time and Place,” an approach to keeping circular journals in order to bring careful attention to the natural world and the cycles of life. This way of journal-keeping works well for all ages, whether one lives in the city, suburbs, or the countryside. Site includes free lesson plans.

Questing from LandPaths

Muir Woods;

Fog to Bog;

Save the Bay

Curriculum and native plant id cards!


David Sobel, author of several books and supportive data on Place Based Learning. Also on YouTube.

Schoolyard Habitats: A How-to Guide for K-12 School Communities. The National Wildlife          Federation

NWF Access Nature. The National Wildlife Federation

Greening School Grounds: Creating Habitats for Learning. Tim Grant

Asphalts to Ecosystems. Sharon Danks

How To Grow A School Garden.Arden Bucklin-Sporer

POW! The Planning of Wetlands: An Educator’s Guide. Karen L. Ripple.

Schoolyard Enhanced Learning, Using the Outdoors as an Instructional Tool- K-8. Broda, Herbert W.

A Guide to Transforming School Grounds, Ann Cofffey

Earth Partnership for schools, K-12 Curriculum Guide, the US Environmental Protectio  Agency & Office of Children’s Health and Environmental Education

No Student Left Indoors, Creating a field guide to your schoolyard, Jane Kirkland

Habitats Alive! An ecological guide to California’s diverse habitats, the California Institute for          Biodiversity

How to Grow a School Garden, A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers, Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Kathleen Pringle

Buzzing a Hive: Teachers Guide, Lawrence Hall of Science, U of Cal Berkeley

One Small Square Backyard, Donald M. Silver

Garden Allies: Beneficial Insects, Birds, Frogs & Other Helpful Garden Denizens, Frederique          Lavoipierre and Craig Latker, Pacific Horticulture Magazine

Designing California Native Gardens, Glenn Keator & Alrie Middlebrook

California Native Plants for the Garden, Carol Bornstein, David Fross & Bart O’Brien

Wildlife Friendly Plants, Rosemary Creeser

Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife, David Mizejewski

Attracting Native Pollinators; Protecting North America’s Bees and Butterflies,  Xerces Society Guide

Habitat Plants for Birds, Butterflies and Beneficial Insects, Master Gardeners of Sonoma County

Plants of the San Francisco Bay Region Mendocino to Monterey, Linda H. Beidleman and Eugene N. Kozloff

The Habitat Garden Book, Wildlife Landscaping for the San Francisco Bay Region, Nancy  Bauer

The Bird-Friendly Backyard: Natural Gardening for Birds, Julie Zickefoose

The California Wildlife Habitat Garden; How to Attract Bees, Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals, Nancy Bauer

Notes on Natural Design: Ideas for the California Backyard Restoration Gardener, Judith Larner Lowry,

Moving the Classroom Outdoors, Schoolyard Enhanced Learning in Action, Herbert w. Broda

Plants used by the Indians of Mendocino County California, V.K. Chesnut, 1974

Sonoma County Plants: How the Indians Used Them, Jane Clayton 1977

Introduction to California Plant Life, Robert Ornduff, Phyllis Faber, Todd Keeler Wolf

Discover California Shrubs, MaryRuth Casebeer

Edible and Useful Plants of California, Charlotte Bringle Clarke

Plant Cards, Alex Palmerlee, Center for Land-based Learning,


On Meadowview Street, Henry Cole

The Empty Lot, Dale Fife

The Gardner, Sarah Stewart

Planting a Rainbow, Lois Ehlert

The Curious Garden, Peter Brown

Two Old Potatoes and Me, John Coy & Carolyn Fisher

Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney

Frog & Toad Together, Alan Lobel

Life Cycle Storybooks:

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones, Ruth Heller

From Tadpole to Frog, David Stewart

Butterflies and Frogs, Robert Leiber, Golden Gate National Conservancy

The Caterpillar and the Polywog, Jack Kent