Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation
Some CELF inspiration as you plan for back-to-school!
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Bring water-related issues to life in your classroom by exploring these free downloadable activities that focus on connections  between the environment, economy and social justice.
Learn how your high school students can receive free training in sustainability issues, gain hands-on experience and develop interpersonal skills while making a difference in their own community and communities around the globe: CELF Student Ambassadors!
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Learn how students become Earth Citizens with resources from Shelburne Farm's Sustainable Schools Project site and be inspired by the many ways in which you can nurture student 
civic-engagement in systems thinking, choice-making and education for sustainability.
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Looking for a field trip to see how common surplus materials can be reused? Visit the 
Materials For the Arts (MFTA) Education Center in Long Island City.  Providing free resources and supplies to NYC public schools, MFTA also conducts workshops and school tours.   
Project based learning
Explore these tried-and-true resources that make learning stick in students' minds and build student engagement. Check out these 
MS223 Class Mural
 Children's book illustrator and muralist, Besty Franco Feeney, provides school presentations and workshops based on her two environmental books, Amoeba Hop (all about amoebas and microscopic organisms within water) and Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (about the BP oil spill). READ ABOUT the evolution of
MS 223's mural.
Steve Ritz Bronx Green Machine
Every K-5 teacher can find inspiration in knowing Steven Ritz' work and his vertical gardens. Steven Ritz doesn't need to solve "Who will be in charge of the outdoor garden over the summer" dilemmas, because he brings the gardens right into the classrooms, lobby and cafeteria. Check out the Green Bronx Machine!     
How Did That Get in my Lunch Box?
Excellent INTRODUCTION TO FOOD SYSTEMS THROUGH YOUR LUNCHBOX  for Grades K-5: How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food by Chris Butterworth (Author), Lucia Gaggiotti (Illustrator) 
From AMAZON:  "One of the best parts of a young child's day is opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did that food get there? From planting wheat to mixing dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Health tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu." 
Track My T.Anvil
Explore this interactive, animated one-of-a-kind site that allows you to track the journey of your T-Shirt from beginning as a cotton seed on the farm, every step it took to become your T. Introduce your students to product-life-cycle analysis via Track-My-T from Anvil.
Why I should recycle poster
Let your walls speak! Visuals on your classroom walls not only spur conversation; they also provide instructional access to a variety of learners.

Print one of GEF's fun Green Week or Recycling posters for your classroom and help students make connections to their actions. Some of these posters make a great art project, too!

Support a good cause simply by picking up your groceries!
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CELF Whole Foods Market 5% Day 

Wednesday, September 25th, White Plains store

Whole Foods Market - White Plains will donate 5% of net sales to support the CELF Student Ambassadors Program (SAM)

CELF provides free training and community-based programming for high school students to become knowledgeable advocates for healthy, vibrant communities locally, regionally, and nationally. SAMs speak publicly on environmental, social and justice issues, with special emphasis on the freshwater crisis. In addition to educating their own communities, SAMs' efforts help fund water filtration systems, known as LifeStraw Communities, for schools in Africa.


  For ADDITIONAL RESOURCES for educators and more information about 

CELF's programs, visit

Enjoy the end of your summer!