Educator Features

Exploring the Environment
07.07.05
Banner for Exploring the Environment
Image above: View these online modules and activities for grades K-12. Credit NASA

How are industrial and agricultural practices changing Earth's climate? How have war, politics and the natural environment shaped North and South Korea? How does the United States manage resources in its national parks?

These and many other questions are covered in Exploring the Environment (ETE), a collection of online modules and activities in which K-12 students study human actions and their impacts on the environment. Lessons contain detailed background information and tools, including NASA satellite imagery, for students to investigate scientific, social, political and cultural aspects of real-life situations.

Computer graphic of puzzle with various geography terms
Image to right: Find out what ETE has for you. Credit: NASA

Online resources include glossaries, related links and teacher pages. Developed by the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future program at Wheeling Jesuit University, the ETE Web site has won numerous awards for its educational content and design.

Exploring the Environment (ETE)
+ View site

Related Resource
Earth System Science Education Alliance
+ View site

Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies