Teacher Resources


Our District has experienced educators on staff who can work with you on developing instruction in many agricultural and environmental topics, including outdoor education and schoolyard projects. WCSW also has print resources for teachers, please inquire. Listed below are some excellent teacher resources we have selected. If you have teaching resources you’d like to share on this web page, please let us know.

Local Environmental Education Programs

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition (BBWC) Natural Literacy Initiative

Waldo County SWCD is partnering with BBWC to provide volunteer teachers, lessons and other resources to teachers in all grades who want to do environmental literacy activities in their classrooms and outside. Resources available include help with lesson and unit plans, materials, standards alignment and volunteer teachers in the classrooms and on field trips.

Friends of Sears Island Environmental Education

FOSI has an ongoing program and assistance available for learning on Sears Island, including a citizen science program that students can participate in. Recently, they offered an after school program Science Squad to all area children ages 8-12. Programs will also be offered in 2019.  If interested contact Ashley at outreach@friendsofsearsisland.org.

Science Squad Curriculum ALL 2018

GreenWays Eco Center (17 Main St. in Belfast)

The center has many books available in their reading room that teachers can use to research topics, and they can assist you in finding information. The center also has books with lesson plans and ideas, and teachers on staff.

Online Resources for Teachers


Maine Audubon Connections Lessons for parents and teachers to help children learn about ecology at home and outside. Great resource!

Pollinator Unit for Project Based Learning (PBL) Includes an overview of PBL

NBEC Outdoor Learning Resources for Schools and Teachers

Agriculture, Soil, Water, Gardening

Ag in the Classroom Lessons Portal Large set of lesson resources on many agricultural topics

NACD (National Association of Conservation Districts) Educational Resources Many lessons and materials on Soil Health, Wildlife, Forests and Conservation

EPA Environmental Education Resources

USDA Dig In Student Gardening and Nutrition Resources

Maine School Garden a Network

Collective School Gardening Network A portal with a search tool for school gardening lessons and other resources.

Teach Me About Food and Farms Lesson Portal

Landscape for Life A complete program for teaching about soil and water, with teacher’s guides and Powerpoint presentations.

Soil Health Educational Resources Portal with many links for soil learning resources, K to adult.

Wiki Watershed Tools for exploring your watershed including mapping and calculating runoff, measuring water quality, etc.


Where Would We Be without Pollinators Download teacher guide and student activities for all levels from the District and the National Association of Conservation Districts.

Pollinator Unit for Project Based Learning (PBL) Also includes an overview of Project Based Learning

Schoolyard/Backyard Habitat

Resources from Our District Check out these two pages with activities for planting and growing trees, and our property eco certification checklist, which can be done as a family learning activity or an at-home assignment.

National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat Excellent, broad set of resources for developing a schoolyard wildlife habitat.

Wildlife, Ecology, Forests

Project Learning Tree  Has many excellent teaching guides available for many environmental education topics across all grade levels. Many of these guides are available for you to use at the WCSW Conservation District. Now with many online resources: Simply register here to access online lessons.

Maine Forest Inventory Growth Project A complete field study opportunity for secondary students to measure trees and forest conditions in their own study plots. WCSW can assist you in implementing this program which teaches data collection and analysis as well as Maine forest ecology.

Project Wild Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.

BirdSleuth K-12 From Cornell University, a wonderful resource for teaching about birds. Also see their bird education site All About Birds.

Xerces Society (Insect/pollinator focus) Education Resources  Insect and pollinator teaching resources.

Project EduBat Free “trunk” of materials for teaching children about bats, and online resources.


Biodiversity Teaching Resources Suggested resources and links to tools such as identification keys.

Encyclopedia of Life A vast resource and library of life on earth. See Education section for teaching resources.

The Macaulay Library A wonderful resource to see, hear and learn about bird and wildlife species, very visual and sound-oriented, and easy to use for students.


Plant Heroes Highly engaging activities for kids on invasive insects such as emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle (ALB).

USDA Resources for Children on invasive insects Also see this page for ALB activities.

Outdoor Education Links

NBEC Outdoor Learning Resources for Schools and Teachers

Tips for teaching outdoors: http://www.birdsleuth.org/leading-groups-outdoors-tips/