For Teachers

Students Taking Action

Projects to Build a
Conservation Mindset

Let’s inspire the next generation to take action. As students brainstorm – and craft – conservation projects, they gain valuable skills, like design thinking. Defending storm drains from trash that pollutes our wetlands, class-wide water-saving efforts, and Earth-friendly reminder signs for the whole school are just a few examples of the many routes you can take. Every environmental effort can help protect our wetlands, San Diego, biodiversity in our area, and the whole planet.

Together, we can promote a brighter future!

Conservation in the Classroom

Need design thinking ideas for your classroom? Enjoy our treasure trove below, as well as other conservation projects! With our resources, your students can get inspiration, then dream up their own project ideas. We believe that every student can learn how to solve problems like a designer – and a scientist.

Male student looking at laptop with his presentation on pollution

Climate Change

Students learn to observe their environment and how to reduce their carbon footprint. They see how energy consumption, composting, carpooling, and food waste all impact our environment (for better or worse).

Fourth and Fifth grade students sitting at a table displaying their pollution reduction project

Stop the Litter

Giving recycled materials new life! The sometimes forgotten “reuse” in “reduce, reuse, recycle” takes center stage with student inventions made from recycled plastic such as piggy banks, planters and pencil cups. 

Group of five students look over a rainwater collector bin

Water Smart

Water-saving posters around campus, presentations to other classes, and more – these all contribute to a vibrant, conservation-minded school. Students can also create pledges to save water or even create a native plant garden with water-saving techniques.

Two young female students display their biomes and presentation on an ipad

Design Thinking Treasure Chest

Teach your students to iterate as they solve problems. Explore our entire design thinking toolkit for ideas, which we keep updated via Google Drive.

Hall of Fame

Pioneer Elementary 4th & 5th Graders

Reducing Plastic Pollution

Pioneer Elementary 3rd Graders

School Garden and Composting Program

Pioneer Elementary 4th Graders

Prototypes of Pet Waste Collectors

Pioneer Elementary Students

Don't Pollute Project

Pioneer Elementary 5th Graders

Biodomes Using Recycled Materials

Pioneer Elementary Students

Rainwater Collection

Pioneer Elementary Students

Don't Pollute Project

Lincoln Elementary 3rd Graders

Edible Plant Planters Made From Recycled Materials

Pioneer Elementary 4th Graders

Prototypes of Pet Waste Collectors

Share Your Class Project

Send us your class project – we’d love to see what you’ve dreamed up. If the Nature
Collective finds it extra-notable, you might see it posted on this page’s Hall of Fame.

Here’s to a cleaner planet!