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Environmental Education

Welcome to Environmental Education at the Ecology Center! The highlight of our educational programming is our classroom workshops, where we bring hands-on environmental lessons to schools throughout southeast Michigan and beyond. We believe that environmental awareness and caring for the natural world should be crucial components of youth education, and we hope to make a difference by improving the environment one child at a time.

For more information about our programs, please select a topic below.

Classroom Programs — Our experienced educators can visit your classroom to present exciting, hands-on workshops on a variety of environmental themes.

Renewable Schools — Learn more about the Michigan Renewable Schools Program, a project that works to bring programming about energy efficiency and renewable energy systems to schools all across the state of Michigan.

Educational Services — Past activities have included teacher training sessions and curriculum development services. Let us know what your environmental education needs are, and we will see if we can help!

Resources for Teachers — We have compiled a list of web links and print resources that teachers may find useful. Look here for some great curriculum ideas!

EENOW — Learn more about the Environmental Education Network of Washtenaw, a consortium of Washtenaw County organizations providing environmental and science programming to youth and families.

Meet Our Educator

Lauren LaRoccaLauren LaRocca, Education Coordinator — Lauren LaRocca joined the Environmental Education program in October 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Earth Science, from the University of Michigan. She has been in the environmental education field for several years now, working at many places throughout Ann Arbor, focusing on instruction, curriculum and outreach. She is often found at either the library or a park with two of her loves: books and rocks.