Teacher Programs & Resources

If you are a teacher reading this...bravo! The fact you're here means you want to help your students learn about the environment and what they can do to improve it.

Teachers play a key role in growing the environmental stewards of the future. TreePeople supports you in that role by providing resources and training to help you share the benefits of environmental education with the young people of Los Angeles.

The case for environmental education

Good environmental education addresses a number of challenges faced by public schools today. In Closing the Achievement Gap, a study undertaken for California’s State Education and Environment Roundtable, researchers found that high-quality environmental education can result in:

  • Better performance on standardized measures of academic achievement in reading, writing, math, science and social studies
  • Reduced discipline and classroom management problems
  • Increased engagement and enthusiasm for learning
  • Greater pride and ownership in accomplishments

Everyone wins: you, your students, your school, your students' parents – and the generations of people who will benefit from a cleaner, healthier world.

Read more about the case for environmental education.

Environmental service learning

TreePeople's educational programs are based upon a teaching approach known as "service learning," which links curriculum-based instruction to action-oriented community service projects. This approach makes environmental education more meaningful and memorable – while increasing the success rates of the student projects. More...

Education and the Environment Initiative

In October 2003, Governor Gray Davis signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1548 (Pavley, Chapter 665, Statutes of 2003). This landmark law, now referred to as the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), provides a comprehensive framework for bringing environment-based education to students across California. More…

Programs for your students


·         Eco-tours (K-5th)

·         Youth Leadership (6th-12th)

·         Campus Forestry (K-12th)


Training and resources for you

Professional Development Training

Teachers can acquire training and resources to complete a variety of green projects through special professional development workshops presented by TreePeople. For more information contact youthleadership@treepeople.org.


The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is the best source for Environmental Education resources in California. Its expansive communication network provides educators with access to high-quality educational resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California Students.

Visit the CREEC website for more information. Click on “Find Your Region” on the main CREEC site to locate resources specific to the City of Los Angeles (Region 11).

Sample lessons