Earth Day, K-12
“Among other things, 1970 in the United States brought with it the Kent State shootings, the advent of fiber optics, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Apollo 13, the Beatles' last album, the death of Jimi Hendrix, the birth of Mariah Carey, and the meltdown of fuel rods in the Savannah River nuclear plant near Aiken, South Carolina -- an incident not acknowledged for 18 years. It was into such a world that the very first Earth Day as born.” (

Earth Day Network's Environmental Education Program provides tools to integrate environmental issues into core curriculum subjects. It includes games, interactive quizzes, and a variety of other fun and informative ways to learn about the environment. Earth Day Educators' Network includes the following:
• Resources that promote civic education, engagement, and responsibility
• Five editions of Environmental Jeopardy
• Monthly lesson plans conforming to state standards and tested by educators
• Ideas for celebrating Earth Day and engaging students in local community issues
• Access to a network of dedicated environmental educators

A second resource is an educational play about the final two days Henry David Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. The complete script, lesson plans, poster art, performance program, director and actor instructions, music and more is available free to schools,

Go to the Walden Web site listed above for instructions on how to e-mail for your password for full access to all the support materials for the play.