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Aggregate Stability Demonstration
Abstract: ACTIVITY: All Ages: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: Learn about the role that clumps of dirt play in healthy soil.
Source: Conservation Technology Information Center

Agricultural Experiments
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary/Middle School: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL : A few basic ideas of agricultural science projects you can do.
Source: USDA

Animal Waste
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WATER QUALITY: On-line U.S. map links by state to animal waste information and to additional information about animal waste and non-point source pollution.
Source: Environmental Defense

Backyard Conservation
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary and Middle School Ages: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WATER/WASTE: Teaches citizens how to improve water quality and provide habitat for wildlife in their yards using conservation techniques developed for farms. Modules encourage students to explore and investigate and also to utilize nearby natural areas as outdoor classrooms.
Source: Wildlife Habitat Council

Building Better Soil [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: All Ages: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: Recipe for making an edible parfait that compares to the makeup of real soil (including gummy worms). Includes explanation of soil profile.
Source: Conservation Technology Information Center

Compost Critters
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Learn about the wide variety of organisms found naturally in organic matter that also break it down into compost.

Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT:Describes the what, how and why of composting, including benefits and descriptions of various methods as well as linking to more info.
Source: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Edible Soil Compaction Demonstration [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: All Ages: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: Using cereal to illustrate particles/aggregates of soil and milk to imitate rainwater, the experiment shows how compaction affects the infiltration, storage and rate of water movement through soils.
Source: Conservation Technology Information Center

Elementary Urban Integrated Pest Management Curriculum
Abstract: CURRICULA: Lower and Upper: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Elementary: A curriculum on integrated pest management to reduce pests while also reducing pesticide use. PDF format that can be downloaded by section.
Source: MSU Extension

How to Grow a Healthy, No-Waste Garden
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANGEMENT: How to utilize your garden to lower your household waste plus greener alternatives for yard maintenance.

IPM Super Sleuth
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Lower and Upper Elementary: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: On-line activities related to and that teach about integrated pest management to reduce pests and pesticide usage, divided by age groups.
Source: IPM Institute

John Muir Study Guide and Science Lesson Plans
Abstract: Sustainable Agriculture: ACTIVITY: All Age Groups: Learning about John Muir's life can serve as a launching pad to science-based environmental studies through plant and animal habitats, ecosytems, earthquakes, avalanches, glaciers, geology, weather, biodiversity, and forests.
Source: Sierra Club

Journey to Planet Earth
Abstract: Sustainable Agriculture, Water Quality: ACTIVITY: The seven programs in the series Journey to Planet Earth explore the fragile relationship between people and the world they inhabit.
Source: PBS

Kids Gardening
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: The National Gardening Association links to classroom stories, articles, web sites, and other resources to help students investigate garden ecosystems and sustainable growing practices. This includes exploring the living and nonliving parts of soil, decomposers' abilities to turn once-living materials into a rich nutrient source, and "benign" pest- and weed-control strategies.
Source: National Gardening Association

Managing Non-Point Source Pollution from Agriculture
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WATER QUALITY: Describes water quality impacts from agricultural sources.
Source: EPA

Natives are Nice
Abstract: Sustainable AGRICULTURE: Definition of and information on native plants and how they help the environment. Also links to activities.
Source: Montana Education Telecommunications Network

Non-Point Source Pollution
Abstract: Sustainable AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT/WATER QUALITY: Describes what nonpoint source pollution (NPS) is and why it is the nation's largest water quality problem.
Source: EPA

Pesticides Reduction
Abstract: Sustainable AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Common pesticides, their uses, and why reducing our usage of them is important, including alternatives.
Source: EPA

Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, WATER QUALITY: Web-based animation featuring a new superhero, Robocow. Robocow flies over agricultural horizons, rescuing us from ill-advised practices endangering the quality of surface waters. For students in grades 6-10.
Source: Agriculture Canada

Service Learning: Beyond the Classroom [PDF]
Abstract: This booklet describes how students across the country are gaining hands-on awareness of waste reduction, recycling, and composting, through solid waste service-learning projects.
Source: EPA

Silent Invaders [PDF]
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: Information on alien plant species or invasive weeds including why and how they create problems.
Source: BLM

Abstract: CURRICULUM: Middle School: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: A project that enables students, grades 7-12, to plant trees of more than 30 kinds and then choose the environmental factors that affect their growth, such as rainfall, temperature, and soil conditions. The software is intended for biology and ecology classes. Teacher and professional development materials are included.
Source: National Science Foundation

Soil is Alive [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: All Ages: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: Build a Berlese Funnel to trap six types of organisms commonly found in soil.
Source: Conservation Technology Information Center

Teaching Youth About Trees
Abstract: A website with classroom activities and games designed to teach kids about trees.
Source: The National Arbor Day Foundation

The Big Three Pollutants [PDF]
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WATER QUALITY: Description of how dirt, bacteria and nutrients impact water quality.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency

The Killer in Your Yard
Abstract: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Describes household usage of pesticides, gives information on specific ones, and offers alternatives to pesticides in your yard.
Source: Audubon

Tree Cology [PDF]
Abstract: ACTIVITY: Upper Elementary: Sustainable AGRICULTURE: Plant a tree as a classroom project and learn how trees help prevent pollution and maintain ecology. Links to kits, related activities and poster contest.
Source: SLOC

What is a Biopesticide?
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Definition and advantages of pesticides derived from natural materials.
Source: EPA

What is a Pesticide?
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Definition and description of pesticides with examples.
Source: EPA

What is a Pesticide?
Abstract: Sustainable Agriculture: Great definitions and examples of pesticides.
Source: EPA

What is an Alternative Fuel?
Abstract: Sustainable Agriculture/ENERGY Consumption/Transportation: Describes ethanol and its benefits as an alternative fuel.
Source: Alternative Fuels Data Center

What is Sustainable Development?
Abstract: Sustainable Agriculture, Air Quality, Energy, Waste Management, Water Quality: Information describing components of sustainable development.
Source: The World Bank Group

What is Vermicomposting
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT: Defines vermicomposting (using worms) and describes how to do it.
Source: Worm Woman

What You Can Do to Prevent Non-Point Source Pollution
Abstract: AGRICULTURE/WASTE MANAGEMENT/WATER QUALITY: Listing of proactive choices to prevent water pollution in urban and agricultural areas.
Source: EPA


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