Environmental Health Education

Our Environmental Health programs for the K12 community inspire critical reflection on existing systems, and model, in practical terms, how we can live in healthier ways with one another and our planet through personal action and institutional change.

Toxic Chemicals

Chemistry of Cosmetics Curriculum Unit

Students examine the relationship between molecular structure and function by researching the harmful health effects of common cosmetic ingredients, and use what they have learned to plan social action in response to current human health issues.

Horrible Halloween - Healthy Stuff Lesson

Students use data from the Healthy Stuff Team’s Halloween Report and an introduction to toxicology in order to see which student team can plan the most toxic Halloween Party ever!

Anatomy of a Toxic Chemical - Healthy Stuff Lesson

Students use data from the Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff Team and their knowledge of human anatomy to investigate the impact of chemicals used in everyday electronics and reconsider their consumer choices.

BPA and DNA -Healthy Stuff Lesson

Students examine data from the Ecology Center’s Healthy Stuff Team and apply their learning about mitosis and DNA to wrestle with this driving question: What is the potential link between how our food is packaged and our health as individuals and for our future children?

Healthy Stuff Reports can be found at: https://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff/reports

Air Pollution

Air and Equity - EcoBit Lesson

EcoBit Lessons are mini-lessons that give students an age-appropriate introduction to published research with a focus on environmental justice.  Each activity provides practice with skills such as research methodology, data analysis, graphing, and reasoning, while asking students to think deeply about the relationship between social inequities and environmental and human health. 

Air Quality Monitoring - Webinar for Educators

This 2-hour webinar training covers the following topics: What is air pollution and how does it impact human health? How do monitors test air quality and how do you access and interpret data from community air monitors? How can this data be used in classrooms to address curriculum standards, investigate student questions about their local environment,  and support healthier communities?
More information about Ecology Center's Air Quality Program: https://www.ecocenter.org/air-quality