Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Environmental Education Resources for Teachers

Teaching about the environment can be fun for both teachers and students. DEQ has developed lesson plans for various grade levels on a wide range of air quality, water quality, and waste management topics to assist teachers in providing environmental education.


Air Quality

  • Clean Air Zone: Putting it to the Test (Lesson Plan: 7th - 12th grades)
    Students bring the anti-idling Clean Air Zone program into schools and study its effects.
  • Earth Cleaning: Dusting the Air  (Lesson Plan: 4th - 8th grades)
    Students make "dust catchers" to collect particulate pollution around their school.
  • Inversion in a Cup (Lesson Plan: 4th - 8th grades)
    Students create a temperature inversion and observe how cold air becomes trapped and how pollutants can become trapped with that cold air.
  • Smoke Detectives (Lesson Plan: 4th - 7th grades)
    Students observe air quality conditions in their town to investigate the link between air quality and wood smoke.
  • When a Car Coughs...Taking a Close Look at Vehicle Exhaust (Lesson Plan: 7th - 9th grades)
    Students capture particulate pollution from vehicle exhaust and compare results among vehicles.

Water Quality

Waste Management

  • Conduct a Mercury Audit in Your School (Lesson Plan: 8th - 12th grades)
    Students conduct an audit to determine what mercury-containing items exist in their school.
  • Doing the "Three R" Wrap (Lesson Plan: 4th - 7th grades)
    Students wrap gifts and learn how to eliminate, reduce, reuse, and recycle waste.
  • Making a Mini-Landfill (Lesson Plan: 4th - 7th grades)
    Students build landfills, learn about environmental issues surrounding landfills, and discuss actions they can take to keep waste out of landfills.
  • Pollution Prevention in the Laboratory (Fact Sheet)
  • Recycling Relay (Lesson Plan: Pre-K - 3rd grades)
    Students learn about trash and landfills, and how to reuse and recycle to produce less trash.
  • Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Reused? (Lesson Plan: 4th - 12th grades)
    Through interviews with older Americans and/or individuals from different cultural backgrounds, students gain an understanding of how the concepts of reduce, reuse, and recycle are neither new nor specific to American culture.

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Staff Contacts

Pollution Prevention and Continuous Improvement Lead
Ben Jarvis
DEQ State Office
Director's Office
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0146

DEQ Resources

Children and Air Quality: What Schools Can Do to Protect Students' Health

Let's Talk Ground Water

More Information

EPA's Environmental Teaching Center

Ground Water Adventures

Related Pages

How Your School Can Prevent Pollution

Idaho Chemical Roundup Program for Schools

Clean Air Zone Program for Schools

Waste-Free Lunches Program for Schools

Mercury in Schools